A Lovely, Soothing Ballad Makes This RPG Sing

A Lovely, Soothing Ballad Makes This RPG Sing

Music is kind of a big deal in Lunar, a lovely set of role-playing games that hit its peak on the PlayStation back in the late ’90s, when a non-stop barrage of Japanese RPGs hit the United States after Final Fantasy VII showed the world that, yes, we’re into this stuff.

“Golden Voice” (embedded above) stands out among a Lunar 2: Eternal Blue soundtrack that’s absolutely chock full of delicious aural treats. This is a game with a bass-heavy funk song as smooth as any George Clinton record. An electrifying pop song that will make you want to get up and start dancing, unless you’re a robot. A grand, horn-driven epic that wouldn’t be out of place on a John Williams soundtrack.

More than any other song in the series, “Golden Voice” is a track that looks you in the eyes and says “Hey, we’re not fucking around over here.” It starts off with a four-measure ballad that series fans will recall from Lunar: Silver Star. If you’ve played the game, it might conjure up images of love and longing and sacrifice and harmony and all those other weird, stirring, inexplicable feelings that great stories are so good at evoking. The song was voiced in Silver Star — sung by the human reincarnation of a goddess, in fact — but it sounds better here. It’s eternally hummable.


  • I enjoyed the music on most older Snes, ps1 and ps2 era rpgs a hell of a lot more than music on anything this generation. Though it could just be nostalgia…

    • Same here, I think It’s gotta be more then nostalgia cause I haven’t really gotten into many songs that have grabbed my interest.
      I came across Tales of Phantasia’s song “Be Absentminded” and I could remember the exact event that went with it in the game and the feelings I have listening to it “It’s a tear jerker =p” and I find most games nowadays can lack that emotional effect.

  • I played Lunar on DS!

    IT SUCKED! It was all auto-combat, you couldn’t run without losing health and each character only had one ability! And you had to choose whether to level up or gain gold from fighting, so it was just boring grinding! Not that it mattered, you couldn’t even choose your targets in combat ffs!

    Lunar sucks.

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