“Underwater” from Breath of Fire, by Yasuaki Fujita, Mari Yamaguchi, Minae Fuji, and Yoko Shimomura and released in 1993.
There are times where I think to myself “you know, this would be a great game, if only it were better.” I know that seems ambiguous, but think about other forms of media that you’ve tackled in your life: Books you really wanted to like, TV shows with great characters and a terrible plot (or vice versa) or games with great mechanics that had a really boring story line.
This is how I feel about Breath of Fire. I remember loving it as a kid. I must have rented it twenty times and hashed it out for hours and hours, then I replayed it as an adult and I just wasn’t impressed. There was too many random battles, fetch quests, and the stakes just weren’t high enough for me to warrant continuing on.
But, one piece does hold a bit of fabulous nostalgia and, as an independent piece in the canon of VGM, I really love it. It’s the underwater theme in all its freedom and adventurous spirit.
But hey, look at this line up composer partnership: Yasuaki Fujita (of Mega Man 3) and Yoko Shimamura (Kingdom Hearts and a bunch of other ones) on the same score? YES!
Anyway, enjoy 🙂