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
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