Aside from YasunoriMitsuda, few game music composers have a composition style more distinctive than Masashi Hamauzu. He often melds his more classically-oriented impressionistic style with some dissonant electronica. You'd be surprised [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome how often this actually works]]. Despite majoring in vocal music (fun fact: he was one of the bass singers in the original OneWingedAngel. Yes, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII that one.]]), his signature instrument is the piano; he has two very well-received piano arrangement albums (''VideoGame/{{SaGa Frontier 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', respectively.) Has composed many, many unforgettable [[EarWorm Ear Worm]]s, and is very fond of recurring leitmotifs.

Has unfortunately been often saddled with bad and/or obscure games, as you can see from the list below. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is by far the most popular and best-rated game among his solo projects, which is telling considering the dividing quality of the game.

!!Video Game Music (in chronological order):
* ''VideoGame/FrontMission: Gun Hazard'' (1996, along with YasunoriMitsuda, JunyaNakano and NobuoUematsu)
* ''{{Tobal}} No. 1'' (1996, along with KenjiIto, YasuhiroKawakami, NorikoMatsueda, YasunoriMitsuda, JunyaNakano, RyujiSasai and YokoShimomura)
* ''ChocobosMysteriousDungeon'' (1997)
* ''[=SaGa Frontier 2=]'' (1999): After taking the musical reins of the ''VideoGame/{{SaGa}}'' series from long-time series composer KenjiIto, this game is probably one of Hamauzu's most notable soundtracks, and may have made him worthy enough to become one of the main composers for the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series. The music really grows on you. The ''[=SaGa Frontier 2=]'' soundtrack is notable for nearly all of its track names being in GratuitousGerman. Hamauzu himself was born and raised in West Germany.
** Samples: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEM-kM18WBc Besessenheit]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAAGOeWiz2U Erfolg]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPC63TtQtjQ Feldschlacht I]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LBEGuM0fJs Feldschlacht III]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8NFIE30jpA Mi▀gestalt]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXzrulChJXs Thema]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50WS3X_DfaQ Zufall]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJJelAzE9R8 Rosenkranz]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEYwzoIBJJk Todfeind]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEV0yqwED70&feature=related Todesengel]]".
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' (2001, along with JunyaNakano and NobuoUematsu): The first ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' game not entirely composed by Nobuo Uematsu. Some of its most memorable music is Hamauzu's, and he also arranged some of Uematsu's melodies.
** Samples (composed only by him): "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyKfWfnIRvw Attack]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNRaXqbAuFE Besaid Island]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqVZxobhS_4 Blitz Off]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDdDaZuMWko Challenge]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaU94E0zjvk People of the North Pole]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUBJonvT2i0 The Splendid Performance]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k1CGUxespg Thunder Plains]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj0rICkZHj4 Time of Judgment]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7qu0HIKTJc To the End of the Abyss]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xShgYPOFCRo Wandering Flames]]".
* ''VideoGame/UnlimitedSaga'' (2002): Though the game itself was just about a FranchiseKiller for the ''[=SaGa=]'' series, Hamauzu composed some very good music for it.
** Samples: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v_AtBf7wW8 Battle Theme I]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLoja6i9Qxo Battle Theme EX]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjlNRO2cjP0 BT Ver. 3]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n94XprQqthA BT Ver. AG]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrqWDh_MTOE DG 'sine']]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoFKkEcEcsU Myth's Theme]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cASxn5wJRnQ Perpetual Movements]]".
* ''MusashiSamuraiLegend'' (2005, along with TakayukiIwai, YukiIwai and JunyaNakano)
* ''DirgeOfCerberus: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' (2006, along with RyoYamazaki)
* ''Oolong Tea Story ~Searching for Delicious Tea~'' (2008)
* ''SigmaHarmonics'' (2008): A NoExportForYou action-RPG / murder mystery hybrid with time travelling as one of it's major conceits.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' (2009)
* ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy XIII-2}}'' (2011-2012, along with NaoshiMizuta, MitsutoSuzuki, and YoshitakaSuzuki)