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Best Music - Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls


Best Music

Second Place

Third Place

Being a series that relies heavily on charm, Yo-kai Watch has produced some of the best music the 3DS has ever seen. Part of this is down to the strong direction. Every theme is perfectly matched to game events and even the English-dubbed theme songs arehilarious and memorable.

It's hard to find a track in Yo-Kai Watch 2 that isn't a perfect fit while also being genuinely good to listen to. Upbeat city themes, fun and floaty battle themes, and oppressive boss themes hit all the right notes with moxie and courage. The ending theme, "DON-DON-DOOBY-ZOO-BAH!", is a must-hear. The extended version that plays during the credits really sums up the entire game's philosophy in roughly five minutes.

Music is always a challenging aspect of a video game to judge, and it can frequently boil down to personal taste. Moon Hunters nabs our second spot for best music because it has some beautiful compositions, both upbeat and adrenaline pumping, to serene and ambient. There is a wonderful mixture of tracks, and the music does an amazing job of accompanying the game's overall package.

The musical scores of the past few Final Fantasy entries have had to deal, to varying success, with to both emulating those of previous games in the series and trying to stand up on their own. This time around the that burden fell to Yoko Shimumura, a industry veteran in her own right. Tasked with putting together a memorable score for what was once a spinoff title, Final Fantasy XV's score may be one of the bigger departures for the series musically, though it happens to all come together and work effectively. The big themes are appropriately grand and moving; the world themes understated, if not completely catchy; and the various recurring motifs are all putting in a good effort at patching over the game's disjointed structure. It's not a classic Final Fantasy score by no means, but it is the right one for the game and a rather good one at that.

by Robert Sinclair, Sam Wachter, Zack Webster

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