It’s been a hellaciously busy couple of months, between putting together our top 25 animated movies list and then a million hours of overtime at work (only a slight exaggeration). We fell off the wagon a bit.
In an earlier post in this series, I talked about another great track from Xenoblade Chronicles and how I’d never gotten the chance to play through the game because my Wii stopped read double-sided discs. That crushed my dreams of getting to beat Xenoblade and also of ever playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl — and now my brother has had the same problem happen to his Wii too. Thanks, Nintendobama.
Before things went to hell in August, I managed to get pretty damn far into Xenoblade Chronicles thanks to Shaun’s Wii U. That meant getting to experience more of the soundtrack, a lot of which I was avoiding until I had the chance to play the game myself. I already knew some tracks like the title theme and Colony 9 and Gaur Plain were great, but this? This one surprised me.
The first time I rolled up on the Satorl Marsh, it was daytime. That song is…um…okay? But once this lovely forest switched to nighttime and the ether started to shimmer? God damn.
I spent a lot of time in this area, partially because exploring in Xenoblade Chronicles is fun and the maps are gigantic, but also because I was trying to beat a boss seven levels above me at the Exile Fortress. Damn Ignas and their throne room. Once I heard this song, I immediately started fast-forwarding to nighttime at every available opportunity. It must have been quite the sight to behold: Shulk and his adventuring party traveling through the swamp, fighting monsters — then standing completely still for 12 hours when the sun came up, only to spring back to life at dusk.
There are somewhere between a half-dozen and a dozen tracks that I love from this soundtrack, but I’m fairly confident this is my favorite. It’s so damn pretty and fits the area perfectly. I’ve even included an extended version so that you can enjoy it sort of like you do in the game — for long periods at a time.
Xenoblade Chronicles – Satorl Marsh (Night)
Music to My Ears covers soundtracks or individual songs from video games. You can view all posts in the series by clicking here.