The Last Story is an incredible game, and Nobuo Uematsu’s soundtrack for it is absolutely gorgeous. In this week’s issue of The High Notes, we take a look at a tiny sampling of this amazing score from the man best known for his work on the Final Fantasy franchise.

For those who don’t know about the plot already, here’s a quick, spoiler-free summary. The Last Story follows a young man named Zael, who dreams of becoming a knight. He and his fellow mercenaries land a job with Count Arganan, ruler of Lazulis Island, and think their fortunes are about to take a turn for the better. Zael is gifted with a mysterious power while on a mission for Arganan, and the mercenaries become involved in both a conflict with enemies of Lazulis Island and a mystery that could unlock the secrets of why their world is dying.

“Theme of The Last Story”
We might as well start with one of the first songs you’ll hear when you start up The Last Story and prepare to load a save file. If you hang out in the menus for a bit, you’ll notice that “Theme of The Last Story” is what plays in the background. The part that actually plays in the menu screens starts around the 2:30 mark in the video below. It’s a grand piece of music that is sure to carry you away on an adventure.

Awesome Battle Music
Fighting monsters in The Last Story is rather fun, and the game’s main battle theme just makes it even better. Titled “Order and Chaos,” I couldn’t imagine a more fitting song to accompany a good round of general bad guy bashing. It has an energy that won’t fail to draw you into the fray.

Epic Boss Music
If you agreed that the game’s primary battle music is awesome, then you’ll probably love “Dance of Death” even more. This frenetically paced fighting theme plays during one of the boss battles leading up to the final showdown. It’s the kind of song that keeps you smiling even if a fight gets frustrating; after all, being upset is a bit difficult when you’re listening to something so fun.

A Fight on a Boat
Okay, so this list is a little heavy on battle themes, but that’s because they’re all just so good! Too much detail on the context for this song would be a bit spoilerific, so let’s just say this theme is from another boss fight that happens to occur on a boat. “Invitation to Madness” is so perfect for the battle in which it plays, and it’s just so darned catchy that you’ll have it stuck in your head for a while after you listen to it.

A Fitting Ending Theme
“Toberu Mono” is the theme for Calista, The Last Story‘s female lead. It has an ethereal melody fitting of her character and her association with the Outsider, a mysterious being that is a source of conflict in the game. This vocal version that plays during the end credits is just so lovely that it’s impossible not to like it.

That’s it for this week’s look at the incredible soundtrack to The Last Story. If you didn’t see your favorite song on the list, share it with us in the comments!

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