Suikoden and Suikoden 2 are the games which take a big part of my childhood memory. There is something special in that story, in those characters and their relationships, and there's something special about the music. I believe there aren't as touching games today as Suikoden was in it's time. Music for both series has been written by Konami songwriter Miki Higashino. 

She's known for those soundtracks, but you can hear a lot of her work from early Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, and the work she's done with renowned game music composer Yasunori Mitsuda. 

The storyline of Suikoden progressed successively revealing lots of tiny details of each character in the game, and the more you knew, the more the dots connected and you wanted to get deeper into the story. You get so easily attached to those virtual characters, as they had a personality. As a young kid, I learned so much about friendships, loyalty, trust, forgiveness, and then, power of many and their goodwill to fight for the justice, peace and equality. On the other side, those games tell a lot about hate, destruction, distrust, greed, lust for power, and many negative things people are capable of doing for the sake of personal interests. 

Both Suikoden and Suikoden 2 covered so diverse realistic situations it's incredible. The most interesting thing is that the music managed to keep up with everything, flawlessly depicting each possible mood or atmosphere. You could hear the saddest and the happiest tunes ever. You could hear many themes of war, and you could feel the freedom with the tracks playing on the open map. You could feel the gentleness and warmth of friendships in the songs played behind personal specific character's dialogues, and you could feel when there's peril waiting for you. 

I learned so much about composition from Miki Higashino, since I listened to both Suikoden sountracks a lot of times, and I really studied what she did with each instrument in which musical arrangement. She is a real master of achieving desired ambience through music. Some songs are orchestrated, some played on acoustic guitar, some on woodwinds, and there's a masterpiece of Neclord theme, played on huge church organs. I've dig into the OST, and I ended up amazed by diversity the composer had while still nurturing the humble arrangement approach which left all the most memorable tunes in my ears, still ringing today. Now, that's an inspiration...

The live performance of a symphonic orchestra is simply amazing, also...