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Romancing SaGa 2 OSV
Catalog Number: PSCN-5038 (first print N25D-022; reprint NTCP-5038)
Released On: November 25, 1995 (first print December 3, 1993; reprint October 1, 2004)
Composed By: Kenji Ito (except tracks 21, 25, originally composed by Nobuo Uematsu)
Arranged By: Kenji Ito
Published By: NTT Publishing (first print Square Brand)
Recorded At: Sunrise Studio
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Prologue - Legend of the Seven Heroes
02 - Opening Title
03 - Song of Everlasting Battles
04 - Empire City Avalon
05 - Dungeon 1
06 - Strangeness - Victor's Death
07 - Empire's Front Line
08 - Battle With Kujinshi
09 - Victory!
10 - Canal Fortress
11 - Village 1
12 - The Dragon's Hole
13 - Another Country's Town
14 - Voyage
15 - Mermaid Legend
16 - The Sinking Ship
17 - Dungeon 2
18 - Village 2
19 - Run!
20 - Ancient Ruins
21 - The Legend Begins
22 - Dungeon 3
23 - The Seven Heroes' Battle
24 - Wiped Out
25 - Heartful Tears
26 - Last Dungeon
27 - Last Battle
28 - Ending theme
29 - Successive Emperor
30 - Epilogue
Dance Tracks
31 - #1
32 - #2
33 - #3
34 - #4
Bonus Track
35 - Prologue - Legend of the Seven Heroes (Original Version)
Total Time:
72'29"

The second of three Super Famicom SaGa's to never hit American shores, this soundtrack is held in high regards by many Ito fans for its more dramatic themes, as well as the lighter pieces. It uses the two trademark Uematsu tracks from the original SaGa for Gameboy, it has a 6 minute prologue, an 8 minute ending, and some very nice synth for its time.

Personally, I do not have too much a fondness for this soundtrack (most likely due to the fact that I never have and never will get to play this fine game, so nostalgia factor is zero). Even so, I cannot help but admire the medieval/rennaissance style composition that makes this soundtrack as great as it is.

Unlike Romancing SaGa 1 and 3, this soundtrack does not have a list of character themes as tracks. This makes me happy, because I like town and dungeon themes more. While I'm on this subject, I'd like to address the idea of "skippable" tracks. While no track on here is amazing, there is not much difference in quality, they are all at least fairly good. Because of this, I never feel the need to skip a track when listening to this soundtrack. This quality is to be admired.

The NTCP print of the RS2 OSV can still be purchased at CD Japan for a very low yen price (but very high shipping).

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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