(Editor’s note: From Super Mario Bros. to Metal Gear Solid, everyone’s got at least one videogame tune stuck in their heads. Enter Liner Notes: a Pixelitis feature in which our writers discuss their favorite videogame soundtracks. In this newest edition of Liner Notes, Staff Editor Patrick Kulikowski discusses the music to Konami's Vandal Hearts II.)
"The Vandal Hearts series may not bask in the popularity of other turn-based tactical RPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre, but it’ll always have a special place in my heart.
Konami’s sequel to the 1997 cult-classic Vandal Hearts is a touchy subject among fans of the series. Released two years later, some fell completely in love with the game’s art style, twisting plot, and engaging characters; others felt it was a major disappointment in not living up to the original.
But if there’s one thing fans can agree with, it’s that Vandal Hearts II had an incredibly majestic soundtrack. It’s one that in my opinion features some of the best tracks to ever grace the original PlayStation."