Shimomura has produced many fascinating RPG soundtracks over the years. She is known for her alibility to portray colourful worlds with her music as well as produce diverse themes. These are my top 5 Soundtracks from Yoko Shimomura:
1. -Legend of Mana-
The music in Legend of Mana perfectly paints a whimsical dream world. Shimomura created magical town themes, fast battle music, peaceful and beautiful piano tracks and a fantastic vocal piece to bring the magical world to life.
Best Compositions: “Song of Mana”, “Earth Painting”, “Cliff Town Gato”
2. -Radiant Historia-
The soundtrack of Radiant Historia is relatively small, but includes a lot of quality. Like the game itself, the music evokes memories of past RPG classics. It features mysterious piano and violin tracks as well as frantic battle themes that enhance emotional parts of the narrative.
Best Compositions: “Edge of Green”, “Memories of the World”, “Blue Radiance”
3. -Kingdom Hearts-
Kingdom Hearts soundtrack is an impressive achievement as it manages to blend the themes of Disney’s motion pictures with Square’s RPGs. Shimomura created careful arrangements of iconic Disney compositions as well as memorable original pieces.
Best Composition: “Simple and Clean”, “Dearly Beloved”, “End of the World”
4. -Xenoblade Chronicles-
Recently released, Xenoblade’s soundtrack is a collaboration between many composers including Shimomura and Yasunori Mitsuda. Shimomura contributes a magnificent main theme, stirring town music and energetic battle themes.
Best Compositions: “Main Theme”, “Colony 9”, “Time to Fight”
5. -Parasite Eve-
The oldest soundtrack on this list, but it really shows Shimomura’s diversity. The music of Parasite Eve is experimental and wonderfully combines beautiful piano melodies with techno electronic sounds. It creates the perfect haunting atmosphere for the more intense parts of the game.
Best Compositions: “Primal Eyes”, “Theme of Aya”, “Urban Noise”