Game music of the day: Why Persona 4's battle music was the best

Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.

April 13, 2010

Above: Persona 4's memorable characters, excellent story, and brilliant battle system were all perfectly complimented by its amazing soundtrack

Persona 4
Song: Reach Out to the Truth
Composer: Shōji Meguro

Above: A cut from “Reach Out to the Truth” from Persona 4

The best battle music never gets old, but it’s so easy to forget about it. This single track is one of the most important and memorable pieces of music in every RPG. It’s what keeps you motivitated to hang in there for that one last quest before you reach that final save point after a long session of leveling up for the day. But most importantly, it’s what keeps you pumped up to fight again and again no matter how many times you beat down the same bad guys with the same party of characters - and when it comes to battle music, Persona 4’s got one of the best tracks of all time.

Fueled by hard power chords and tasty licks just before the catchy keyboard solo kicks in, Persona 4's battle score, "Reach Out to the Truth," grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Plus, it loops nicely, which is a must for any song that needs to carry you through the lengthly battles JRPGs are known for.

Above: Happiness is listening to "Reach Out to the Truth" while Kanji beats up a demon with his school desk

But despite high review scores and the series' loyal fan base, many RPG fans missed out on this amazing Atlus title and that’s a shame, because Persona 4 didn't just have one of the most overlooked soundtracks in JRPG history, it was one of the best JRPGs of all time. Period. The fact that it released so late in the PlayStation 2’s lifecycle couldn’t have helped either. North American fans didn’t get their localized version until December 9, 2008, and European fans had to wait till March 13, 2009 for their release. Strangers to the recent Persona titles are only beginning to get glimpses of the Persona 3 remake, "Persona 3 Portable," on the PSP - and with recent news that Atlus has just begun work on Persona 5, we're wondering if the series will always be doomed to delivering fanservice to just a select group of loyal fans.

Above: In case you can't tell, Chie is our favorite Persona 4 character. But Teddie was GamesRadar's choice for the sexiest character of 2008 

That's why we're hoping to bring some Okami-like love to the great tracks in this RPG gem. In addition to this kickass battle track, all of Persona 4’s songs were composed by Shōji Meguro, who has done work for many Atlus games, including: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2, and Persona 3. But his work in Persona 4 is by far our favorite. Give the battle music a listen and tell us what you think.

Above: An excellent cover of “Reach Out to the Truth” by shiningwizard327. Check out his YouTube channel, his rendition of “Heartbeat, HeartBreak,” and lots of other great game music guitar covers

April 13, 2010

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  • Setre - April 13, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Fine choice Tyler, damn fine.
  • Jacob816 - April 13, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    Amazing soundtrack to an amazing game. I have an 8-bit version of this as my ringtone.
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 13, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    Chie is EVERYBODY'S favorite. For those blissfully unaware, Giant Bomb played the game for 100 hours and recorded it. If you would like to watch two dudes playing a game, here's the first episode: I fucking love Persona 4. Can't wait to see what Atlus does for P5.
  • Romination - April 13, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    dude fuck yeah! Love this music! you've just beat out Brett Elston in terms of taste
  • Jacob816 - April 13, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    @CH3BURASKA Duder that was the best thing ever. I even have all 37GB of those videos downloaded on my computer.
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - April 14, 2010 midnight

    A Cats, Dote one today!
  • Ravenbom - April 14, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    Good choice T-Nag!
  • Cyberninja - April 14, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    i hope they remake P4 on psp i have a ps2 but no more memory cards so i cant play any new games or i would have P3 And P4
  • RogueRED - April 14, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    I've never played a persona game, but since i still have my ps2... **Runs off to gamestop**
  • Peloun - April 14, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    My favorite game ever
  • Peloun - April 14, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    my fav game ever!
  • Metroidhunter32 - April 14, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    I actually like this one.
  • Elfangor01 - April 14, 2010 1:10 a.m.

  • NearNRiver - April 14, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    Persona is one of the, if not the, greatest JRPG's ever. Awesome Choice. Though I do like Persona 3 FES's music better, all the songs from this series are great. Its game music that I can listen to in any setting and have it be great music on its own, as well as bringing back great memories.
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - April 14, 2010 1:52 a.m.

    @RogueRED See if you can find a used copy of Odin Sphere while you're there. :D
  • mEgAzD - April 14, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    Funny that, I was just listening to this earlier today.
  • Nocturne989 - April 14, 2010 2:33 a.m.

    Persona is my all time favorite RPG series hands down and i cannot wait for a next get title now that i finally have a ps3.
  • KnightDehumidifier - April 14, 2010 3:18 a.m.

    My name is KnightDehumidifier and I cast Bufu on things I shouldn't.
  • KnightDehumidifier - April 14, 2010 3:19 a.m.

    My name is KnightDehumidifier and I cast Bufu on things I shouldn't.
  • Jacob816 - April 14, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    @KnightDehumidifier I get what you're putting down, he ho!

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