Squaresoft and its new
division, Square Sounds (headed by Nobuo Uematsu,) have always
had a reputation for having top-notch composers (Hayama is not
a Square regular.) The Square composers have been known for creating
music that is a step above the competition, and (with rare exception,)
this is true. Although Rocketbaby has not had the pleasure of
playing FM3 (RB loved FM1, FM2 & FMA), the sound track has found
its way into Rocketbaby's CD player, which made RB very happy.
Unfortunately, Rocketbaby's big smile quickly turned into a big
frown, as this 2 CD set is way below the usual Squaresoft quality.
While credit must be given to the developers for going in a different
musical direction than previous Front Missions, they nonetheless
should have been more careful. Composers Koji Hayama (Sega Saturn's
Gran Chasher) and Hayato Matsuo have crafted a musical score that
contains competantly orchestrated action cues, but the majority
of tracks are "we are trying to be cool" 80's retro dance music.
This release should have
been limited to one disc, as 80% of the music is below par (most
of the good cues are on disc 2) and does not meet the standard
of Hayama's or Matsuo's previous work. Shigeki's lone track is
not much better. Game and film music lovers always want more music,
but in this case less is better. This release is for the Squaresoft
music fanatic only.
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