While a wicked battle theme can often serve an easy way to identify an RPG, an equally important, but perhaps not as memorable piece is played at the tail-end of that sequence: the victory fanfare. Nothing serves as more of a buzzkill than when a sub-par fanfare follows up an intense combat session. Some fanfares are short and sweet while others are a bit more drawn, but the important thing is whether or not they embody that sense of accomplishment that should follow any victory in battle.
Below are a few of my personal favorite RPG Victory themes, but be sure to let me know your favorites in the comments below as well. There are tons of good tracks out there, so I’m only scratching the surface with my choices.
Despite overwhelming success, Octopath Traveler remains quite the divisive title amongst RPG fans. On one hand, people adore it for its non linear approach to storytelling, excellent turn-based combat, and stunning graphics while others can’t look past the flaws with the aforementioned scenario-based story design long enough to stomach it at all. One thing I think we can all agree on, however, is that its soundtrack is just awesome.
Final Fantasy VII
You had to know that a Final Fantasy game would be on here! While all variations of this timeless victory fanfare are great, the nostalgia factor behind this one in particular is just too great to ignore. And even though the go-to Final Fantasy for most of my youth was IV, VII’s victory fanfare has been ingrained deeper into my mind due to me being much older once it came out.
Defenders of Oasis
…and the most obscure title and shortest fanfare of this list goes to Defenders of Oasis, a gem from the SEGA Game Gear era. This game is a fairly challenging turn-based RPG that touts a relatively uncommon “Arabian Nights”-inspired aesthetic. What I like about this one is that it is short and to the point – a trait that has been somewhat lost to the ages. Why don’t we have more RPGs with a setting like this out there? I’m calling it now: Aladdin RPG coming to Switch in 2019.
If I had to choose my most favorite victory theme, SaGa Frontier would easily be the winner. While the standard version above sounds great itself, you can’t really get a feel for it entirely without adding in the sound effects of your party members too, which is why I included that below:
What are some of your favorite victory themes?