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April 2, 2010
Game: Chrono Cross
Song: Time's Scar
Composer: Yasunori Mitsuda
Above: "Time's Scar" from Chrono Cross
Even in the comparatively small realm of videogame music there are "holy grail" soundtracks that are known and cherished around the world. Obviously songs from Mario, Zelda, Mega Man, Castlevania and various Final Fantasies make up this list, but right up there with 'em is this much-loved but nearly forgotten sequel to Chrono Trigger.
Released in 2000 to near unanimous praise, Chrono Cross nailed every important aspect of a good RPG experience - strong characters, a gripping plot, an addictive battle system and, most importantly, another knockout soundtrack from Yasunori Mitsuda, whose credits also include Chrono Trigger, Xenogears and Shadow Hearts.
The opening track, "Time's Scar," begins slow and relaxed, suggesting a moody but paced introduction to this new world. About 60 seconds in, everything picks up and you're thrust into an intoxicating blend of folksy flutes, pounding drums and a tribal fever that finally peaks as the logo flashes across the screen. Couldn't imagine a better opening cutscene, nor a better song to narrate it. Gets me pumped every single time.
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