> The Phantasy
Star Online (OST) set new standards in quality, much like the
Sonic Team game. Unfortunately, Sega
never released an official PSOv.2 soundtrack, even though
the semi-sequel contained enough new music to warrant one. With the
release of Phantasy Star Online: Episode I&II, Sega
graced fans with another official soundtrack, titled "Phantasy Star
Online: Songs of Ragol Odyssey" (PSOSORO). Thankfully, it's
a two disc set, complete with the original, missing PSOv.2 tracks
and (of course) all the new music.
> Disc one has the missing PSOv.2 tracks, as well as some
new material. I'd say the new music on this disc compares favorably
with the first soundtrack. Disc two is all Episode II.
Even though it was a seemingly impossible task, Sega managed
to create a new soundtrack (for Episode II) that comes as close as one
could imagine (or expect) to maintaining the magic of the original soundtrack.
No, the second Episode's music is not as good as the first, but it comes
close enough to delight and satisfy me.
> I would say PSOSORO's music just doesn't have quite the
same fantasy, sci-fi feel of the original PSO. Even
so, the new music ranges from excellent to good on its own merit.
If you have both OST's, then the only music you'd be without is the supplemental
Team music from games like Burning
Rangers (Saturn) and Sonic
Adventure (Dreamcast). Those soundtracks
are available as well (good luck finding them though).
> If you enjoy videogame music, then PSOSORO is a must buy.
The new songs don't surpass the original game's, but no one expected that.
Together with the first PSO (OST), you will have a timeless
collection of exceptional music.