Wild ARMS was a huge game for me. It came out during a particularly lonely period of my adolescent years and brought me a lot of joy, comfort and lasting memories. I bonded with what would become a good friend over this game and playing through it was one of the foundational experiences for our friendship. I remember skipping a school dance to go over to his house and play this and Final Fantasy VI.
WA was the first RPG I ever played that wasn’t on a cartridge, so the music sounded more warm, lush and rich than I had heard in video games previously. It had a certain quality to it, a certain soul, that allowed the OST to permanently burrow itself in my brain.
Adlehyde Castle is the track that left the most lasting impression on me. I heard it the first night my friend and I played the game, and it immediately became my favorite. I wondered around the castle just to hear the song. I left the game playing and recorded the music on a cassette tape. I wanted to listen to it all the time. I still do.