Jukebox Heroes: The best of Dragon’s Dogma Online’s soundtrack

Probably more friendly than Dragon's Catma.

While Dragon’s Dogma Online left barely an impact during its short run in the west, it hasn’t completely disappeared from all memory as long as its soundtrack remains. Actually, there isn’t even much of that anymore, but I was able to scrounge up a few tracks to share with you today.

So without further ado, let’s dive back into the soundscape of Dragon’s Dogma Online and hear what it has to say for itself!

“Mysree Forest Combat”

What sets this track apart from a lot of other combat pieces I’ve heard to date is the swirly and often beautiful strings. The end result is a combat theme that’s more beauty than harsh conflict.

“Sphinx Boss”

Oh that crafty Sphinx, so mysterious, so cantankerous! I would say that this is a fairly average boss theme, pretty typical of what you might hear in any JRPG, really. That’s not a knock against it, mind you.

“Tel Inn”

I always get a bit excited when I encounter a new inn or tavern track. I’m hoping for a good homey feeling, and Tel Inn does provide some of that. It’s got some low-key relaxing vibes going on, that’s for sure.

“Cave Troll”

Fun fact: I was raised by cave trolls! No, I wasn’t, but if I was, I imagine that this dour and ominous track would be playing in the background. I was kind of surprised how heroic this piece turned out, in the end.

“Scaled Lightning Dragon, Lindwurm”

It’s not hard to imagine that the composer was a huge fan of Final Fantasy’s boss themes when you hear tracks like this, because it’s a clear imitation of that frantic, rock-and-roll epic conflict that the Final Fantasy games bring to their big battles. Again, not really putting this down — it’s a pretty good theme!

“Blood-Soaked Opponent”

Maybe get him a rag? Get her a sponge? That blood is all kinds of messy, is what I’m saying. Anyway, here’s a tense track that keeps the internal pressure rising while occasionally letting off some steam with the electric guitar.

MMOs are meant to be heard as well as seen, and chances are that music ties your memories to these games more than you might realize. Every two weeks Jukebox Heroes listens through a game soundtrack and picks out the highlights to share and discuss. And if you like this column, then don’t miss the author’s MMO music podcast, Battle Bards!


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