I could write a lot about Bravely Default: Flying Fairy for the Nintendo 3DS. I could rant that Square-Enix still has not announced a localisation of this, or that they announced a “sequel” right afterwards which turned out to be a freaking browser game.
But I won’t, I will just rejoice in the fact that it is one of the best games they have put out in a decade. And one of the big reasons for this is its wonderful OST, on which I want to focus in this short post.
This is not a review, I will also not post more songs than “Ballad reaching towards Hope”, this is about the fact that they didn’t get “famous game music peeps” like Hamauzu Masashi, Sakuraba Motoi or even Uematsu Nobuo to make the OST for a very traditional RPG – a genre that really depends a lot on soundtracks. No, they got someone to do it who never made a video game OST on his own. Revo (of Sound Horizon fame) is a pretty well known musician in Japan, but this is his first solo-endeavour in the world of video games.
Getting him to make the OST for this game was the best choice Square-Enix has made in a long time. This Soundtrack sounds fresh while still being very traditional as Revo really likes to mix his instruments together. A lot of violins, the piano, even clockwork (it’s a theme of the game) found their way into the songs.
It’s a great soundtrack. I might be alone in this, but I’d rank it pretty near the Chrono Cross soundtrack, which is one of the most wonderful video game music releases I have ever had the pleasure to listen to.
So, listen to it and bug Square-Enix about Bravely Default. You do want this game.