- Track: "Engage the Enemy"
- Composer: Shimomura Yoko
- Composer: Yasunori Mitsuda
- Composer: ACE+
- Composer: Kiyota Manami
- Game: Xenoblade Chronicles
- System: Wii
- Release: April, 2012 (NA)
This particular piece really characterizes everything right about the music in Xenoblade Chronicles. It gently pulls you in with an emotional, melancholy melody and builds up to a rather intense and haunting climax. That's really not a bad description of the game itself, either. The story starts off feeling small, but will soon sweep you away to some unthinkable moments. I spend a good three months of continuous play in this game, which is attention I give to very few games these days. It speaks to just how deeply you can be entranced by this game. I went as far as naming it the TOP Game of 2012 and I stand by that decision. It's on a very, very short list of games I've played in the last ten years that are truly worth finding, playing and holding on to for future generations.
"Engage the Enemy" stirs up a fire in my belly. It generally plays in the game when something extremely dramatic is happening, either heart-wrenching or infuriating. I like the changes in the tempo and mood as the track progresses, as the developers did a good job of lining certain segments up with what's happening on the screen. I'm happy that this song made the cut for the TOP Tracks; I originally didn't think it was going to. I'm sad that it doesn't have a higher ranking! But it was in my top 2 favorite songs of 2012 and I have a feeling I'll be listening to it till I'm an old man.
- "Engage the Enemy" Solo Piano - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EQJ29CALSw
- "Engage the Enemy" Guitar Cover - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbgx4Ao4SaA
- "Engage the Enemy" 8-bit! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNU0xP17FDo