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VGH #523: Best Game Music of 2021

We put our heads together to determine the definitive best game soundtracks of 2021. If it’s not here, it wasn’t music!

  • Things Discussed

    Things Discussed:
    Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Death's Door, ElecHead, Fantasian, Final Fantasy XIV, game music, Later Alligator, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

Episode Timeline:
(0:00) – Intro/Drunktacular hype
(7:28) – Fantasian
(9:05) – Later Alligator
(17:13) – ElecHead
(25:00) – Death’s Door
(35:12) – Chicory: A Colorful Tale
(47:51) – Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
(1:01:47) – Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…
(1:13:59) – Masayoshi Soken/FFXIV tribute
(1:17:13) – Outro

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This Week’s Music:
Listen to full songs from this episode with this playlist!
“Main Theme of Fantasian,” “Expedition,” “Dimengeon,” and “Luxury Cruiser, Uzra” from Fantasian by Nobuo Uematsu
“Intermezzo” from Dragon Quest III by Koichi Sugiyama
“Unsavory Part of Town,” “That One Song from the Trailer,” and “Alligator Blues” from Later Alligator by 2 Mello
“Area 3 & 4,” “Area 2 (Head Version),” “Area 5 & 6,” and “Mini-game” from ElecHead by Tsuyomi
“Death’s Door,” “Beginner’s Battle,” and “King of the Swamp” from Death’s Door by David Fenn
“Dinners, the Big City,” “Grub Deep,” and “Eyes in the Darkness” from Chicory: A Colorful Tale by Lena Raine
“Rift Apart,” “Glitch in the System,” and “Join Me at the Top” from Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart by Mark Mothersbaugh and Wataru Hokoyama
“City of Commerce,” “Grandma,” and “The Wretched Automatons” from Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… by Keiichi Okabe and MONACA
“‘Neath Dark Waters” and “To the Edge” from Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers by Masayoshi Soken
Final Fantasy XIV medley arranged by Husky by the Geek
“Port Town” from Lufia & the Fortress of Doom by Yasunori Shiono

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