Ypx here—today we’re going to be listening to “Missing Link -6-” from Final Fantasy XIII-2
Released in 2012 (seems to be a good year for soundtracks) as a sequel to Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 kept many of the same systems in place, which allowed for refinement. Three composers worked on this game, a departure from many other games in the series. Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, and Mitsuto Suzuki worked on the game, with the latter two producing roughly a quarter of the game’s music each, and Hamazu creating around half.
The main instrument in the first thirty seconds is striking, and very reminiscent of the main instrument from one of my favourite Metroid tracks: “Phendrana Drifts” from Metroid Prime. After this, we are treated to what was a focus from the game’s producer: more vocals. Over the piano and the silky strings, the singer floats in and out smoothly like water with its ebbs and flows. Digitally processed instruments and vocals echo or double the track’s long and drawn out melody over several points in the track.