Welcome to Musical Mondays, an all-new feature on Push Start! Yes, an all-new feature on an all-new blog! Each Monday, we’ll be bringing you some of the best videogame music to grace your surround system.

As it’s the inaugural episode, we’re going to be treating you to not one, not three, but two pieces of music to wrap your earholes around! Both come from a Final Fantasy game – a franchise that’s well-renowned for its music – but not a numbered entry. Today we’re going to look at a couple of pieces from Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.

Now, Crisis Core may not exactly be overlooked, but its soundtrack never seems to get a mention when fans are discussing their most beloved series entries, and you’re unlikely to ever witness its music performed at a Distant Worlds concert. We here at Push Start think this is a shame – as befits the melancholy nature of the game, Crisis Core has some of the most emotional music in the Final Fantasy canon.

And on, that note, we have:

The Price of Freedom by Takeharu Ishimoto

This piece of music perfectly sums up Crisis Core as a whole. It has both a sad, inevitable feel to it (fitting, as we already know the end before we’ve even started the game), but it also has an uplifting edge to it. It’s a perfect mirror for the character of Zack – he spends much of the game not understanding the events that are unfolding around him, unable to do anything but follow the path he’s on. Despite this, he resolves to do what he feels is right to protect his friends and what he perceives as his SOLDIER honour.

The Burdened by Takeharu Ishimoto

This piece plays in the Sector 5 church – Aeris’s church. It’s another bittersweet piece of music, both beautifully fragile (evoking Aeris herself, perhaps?) and hauntingly somber. Zack’s time with Aeris is shortlived, and the sense of longing captured by this piece is a perfect chronicle of their connection despite the long, frequent distances that separate them.

What do you think? Do these pieces stand up to more well-known, celebrated music from the Final Fantasy franchise? Let us know in the comments below.