The funniest thing about Nier: Automata to me is that I didn’t really like the game at all, and so it being clumsily shunted into FFXIV, a game I do enjoy, didn’t endear me in the slightest. However, it does mean that we get some of the Nier music, like End of the Unknown and an instrumental version of Amusement Park. Spoilers for the questline on those videos, btw. Sorry, only ones I could find. However, I will not consider it at all complete until we get the best song from Nier:A, which is A Beautiful Song.
The 24-player Nier raids also gave us fantastic mash-ups as well, but I like these songs more.
FFXIV also has it’s own share of amazing music, with special mentions going to Under the Weight (Titan’s Final Phase Theme) and Oblivion (Shiva’s Phase 2 Theme), which made me physically lean back in my chair when I first heard those transitions. Both of those have a few remixed versions that I’m unwilling to spoil here. However, in terms of sheer emotional weight, the award goes to Twilight over Thanalan, a song from FFXIV 1.0 that was once an ambient theme, which now makes repeated appearances whenever a moment needs some tender yet uplifting music. Shadowbringers has several amazing songs, which I can’t link here for spoiler reasons.
In terms of non-MMO music, the Bastion soundtrack was the first video game soundtrack I shelled out my own hard-earned cash for (because I hadn’t had a job prior to that, and thus, no real income of mine own). Hearing one of these songs is enough to jam me back into the exact section of the game where it comes from. I’ve also played that game 3 times tho, so… make of that what you will. (As long as what you’re making of that is that I have excellent taste in video games).