Sometimes I Leave Xenoblade X Running Just To Listen To The Music

Sometimes I Leave Xenoblade X Running Just To Listen To The Music
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As I write this post, Xenoblade Chronicles X is up on my TV, its music blasting from my surround sound system — just as it has been for hours. This is despite the fact that I haven’t really played the game at all today.

The most I have done in the game is move my character (Kotaku-tan, naturally) to a different area in the world — you know, to change the music track. That’s how good the soundtrack of Xenoblade Chronicles X is.

Here, let me share some of my favourites with you. (And enjoy the sights as I run around a bit to show off a bit more of the game’s scenery.)

This one is the daytime field music for the “Forest of Nocturnal Luminescence” and comes with awesome male vocals.

In the daytime, the background for the city of New Los Angeles is called “N市L街A” and sounds like this.

And now for the city’s smooth after-hours music.

The theme song for the desert biome known as “The Forgotten Valley” is “亡KEI却KOKU心” — a song which comes with a lot of drums and an awesome strings section to make the whole area feel as epic as it is massive.

This one is called “Uncontrollable.” It is the mini-boss battle music in the “Forest of Nocturnal Luminescence” and it’s probably my favourite track of the game so far. (Here’s the song on YouTube without my in-battle sound effects getting in the way.)

The soundtrack is the product of Hiroyuki Sawano — a name that the anime fans among you may recognise. He has worked as a composer on recent hits Attack on Titan, Kill La Kill, and Aldnoah.Zero, among others.

If you want to hear more of the game’s music, here is an official 17-minute video up on YouTube that previews many of the game’s best tracks.

Xenoblade Chronicles X was released in Japan on April 29, 2015, for the Wii U. It will be released in the West sometime in 2015.


  • Hngh, I want to listen to this so badly, but at the same time I don’t. It’ll only make the wait even more unbearable

        • It works well in Nier because it felt like it belonged. The whole made up lyrics thing didn’t completely take away from the experience, but added to it. It made you feel like you were in another world.

          I don’t know what it’s like in the actual game (didn’t want to watch the visa for the same reason as you!), but all the Xenoblade X trailers have a whole bunch of songs with terrible lyrics that are kinda in English and are kinda rapped? Which was a bummer since I was liking most of the tracks before the lyrics kicked in… (and I love Xenoblade’s OST)

        • Aww man…now you’ve got me thinking about Nier again. I may have to start another playthrough!

  • I used to leave the game running for the music too! Donkey Kong country at the time. Water level. ahhhhhh….

    • Signed in just to upvote this, for giving me a nice reminder of how good they are.

      DK soundtracks, amazing. Diddy Kong’s Quest opening theme. King K. Rools fight theme. So many, so good.

      Donkey Kong is one of the soundtracks that has made me go and download the tracks to listen to outside of the game. Ah the nostalgia….

  • Hiroyuki Sawano is probably the best composer nobody’s heard of. His work on Aldnoah.Zero was what kept me watching the show until the end (even though the plot of that show was actual crap after episode 10).

  • The wait becomes e’er shorter but e’er more distant. My solemn vigil continues.

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