Music to My Ears: Gaur Plain

What happens when Yoko Shimomura and Yasunori Mitsuda join forces with other composers?

One hell of a soundtrack, that’s what.

Xenoblade Chronicles managed to slip under the radar when it was released in the United States in 2012. Maybe it was because of the two-year gap that delayed localization. Maybe it was because the game’s visuals failed to showcase their full potential on the Wii. I’m not sure. All I know is that I saw several people who were confused when Shulk appeared in Super Smash Bros. because they didn’t know what franchise he was from. That makes me sad.

I played the first few hours of Xenoblade Chronicles before having to abandon my progress (long story short, my Wii would no longer read dual-sided discs, which meant a handful of games were off-limits). Even though I didn’t have a chance to get through much of the game, this track in particular stood out the moment I first heard it.

I remember stepping out into the game’s vast overworld for the first time, and hearing this song. In that moment, 480p graphics didn’t matter — the scope of an open field before me, coupled with this sweeping orchestral track, was enough to get me excited to explore. Everywhere.

Now that Shaun has a Wii U, it might finally be time for me to dive back into this game and give it the attention it deserves. It’s a slept-on classic in the making, and combining the prowess of two of the most heralded composers in video game history doesn’t hurt either.

Xenoblade Chronicles – Gaur Plain

Music to My Ears covers soundtracks or individual songs from video games. You can view all posts in the series by clicking here.

5 thoughts on “Music to My Ears: Gaur Plain

  1. As I’m currently playing (or trying to play) this game, this theme gets a big YES from me. Though…I kinda feel like I can always hear it in the background no matter the level, it’s that pervasive…and amazing. But also earwormy.

  2. This music is one of my favorite tracks of all time. It sets up the feeling that: “Yeah, you’re on an adventure, you’re beating up those enemies even though you have to worry more about that Mechon invasion and- AHHH! NOT THE TERRITOIAL ROTBART!! (He’s an early game level 81 enemy you may encounter)

    1. Oh, I encountered him all right. I encountered him straight into my mouth, right when I was fighting some other enemies. He made quick work of me. But since that meant more time with the music, I wasn’t even mad!

      …Okay, maybe a little mad.

      1. At least I didn’t run into him until I was able to beat him. When I got the chance, owned him. Take that for ruining other Xenoblade fans experiences!

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