Monday, May 9, 2011

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Trojan Beauty Edition

A new week is upon us, so it's time for SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs to hit the streets once again. Up on deck this week is music from Tales of Symphonia, F-Zero GX, and Skies of Arcadia. We have a great mix of music for you today.

v716. Tales of Symphonia - Fatalize

Fatalize is one of the boss themes composed by Motoi Sakuraba for the Gamecube (and PlayStation 2 Japan-only) hit, Tales of Symphonia. The game featured exquisite visuals, an intriguing story, decent voice acting, and a stirring score. Hearing Robin from Teen Titans as the main hero took some getting used to, but regardless of that, Namco put on a good show with Symphonia.

v717. F-Zero GX - Shotgun Kiss (Vegas Palace)

F-Zero GX was a balls-to-the-wall difficult game in the later stages and story mode. In the story mode, it featured nine unique challenges such as beating a track while keeping your speed above a certain km/hr or narrowly escaping a multitude of doors closing in on you at various angles. Shotgun Kiss is the theme for Vegas Palace (aka Casino Palace in the West), a casino-inspired set of tracks where you put the pedal to the metal and wish for the best.

v718. Final Fantasy IV - Trojan Beauty

Trojan Beauty plays in the Western kingdom of Troia, a whimsical place housing one of the four elemental crystals. This is a two-fer edition of the favorite VGMs. First we have the original version as heard in the Super Nintendo classic followed by the DS remake rendition. Final Fantasy IV is my second favorite Final Fantasy next to Final Fantasy VI. I've recently purchased the Complete Collection on the PSP. This marks the third or fourth version I've bought. What can I say-- I'm a whore for the game.

v719. Skies of Arcadia - Epilogue

Skies of Arcadia is more than a decade old now. Can you believe that? Time flies when you're having fun! The Dreamcast original is one of the system's best RPGs-- dare I say one of the best games on the system period. The Gamecube port did away with the massive amount of random encounters and added a whole heaping of brand-new boss encounters. Which ever version you choose, you're going to be entitled to a great game with memorable music, fun characters, and a swashbuckling story. This song, Epilogue, plays near the end of the game. A perfect end to a near-perfect game.

v720. Banjo-Tooie - Jolly Roger's Lagoon

Jolly Roger's Lagoon was split into two parts. One was your town setting while the other was an expansive underwater world known as Atlantis. Exploring the town could net you a bunch of valuable doubloons while exploring the dark deep of Atlantis could earn you a battle with a nearly-blind Lord Woo Fak Fak. Banjo-Tooie was a more adventure-styled game than its mostly platformer predecessor.

The VGMs have concluded once more with that awesome track from Banjo-Tooie. We'll see you next week when the VGMs return!

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