v106. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, 360) - Run - Full Speed Ahead
Leaving New Bodhum as Lightning's sister, Serah, and heading to the site of a meteor, you hear this fast-paced theme. Final Fantasy XIII-2 was a drastic improvement over its predecessor, offering much more openness and decisions to be made. Run - Full Speed Ahead has it all-- guitars, strings, piano, and percussion. What more could you want as you explore the first major area of the game?
v107. No More Heroes (Wii) - Beam Katana Chronicles
Meet Travis Touchdown-- otaku, pervert, and assassin. His goal is to reach number one of the United Assassins Association rankings, slaying the most sordid foes, both men and women to achieve his desires. Masafumi Takada generally is Suda 51's (director of No More Heroes) go-to composer for his games. He's done work for Killer7 as well as Flower, Sun, and Rain and this game, No More Heroes. Beam Katana Chronicles is played during Travis' open monologue where he breaks the fourth wall to tell players to get their Wii remotes ready for battle.
v108. Golden Sun (GBA) - Venus Lighthouse
Speaking of composers who generally work with other developers, Motoi Sakuraba is Camelot Software Planning's hallmark composer. He's done music for all the Mario Golfs, Mario Tennis titles, We Love Golf!, and yes, the subject of this volume of VGM, Golden Sun. The original Golden Sun is one of my favorite handheld RPGs of all time. I loved using Psynergy outside of battle to solve devious puzzles. Venus Lighthouse is the final dungeon of the game, dishing and dealing some of the most challenging enemies to fight and the most ingenious puzzles to wrap one's brain around.
v109. Sonic Heroes (PS2, GCN, XBX) - Seaside Hill
Sonic fans are a bizarre bunch. Their fandom is absolutely strange. From drawing naked furry art of the various characters in the series to actually defending the quality of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), there is nowhere this group won't go. Regardless, Sonic Heroes brought four teams of three into the fray. While most levels played out relatively the same with some of the teams, most were completely different. While Team Dark's levels were hard, Team Rose's were on the easy side. Seaside Hill is the colorful first zone of the game. Jun Senoue provides the music for most of Sonic Heroes.
v110. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES) - Castle Fortress
Castle Fortress's name is self-explanatory. It is the name of the fourth and eighth levels of each world in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, a classic Super Nintendo title starring Yoshi and featuring the first appearance of Baby Mario and his incessant, ear-piercing whining. The song itself by Koji Kondo turns into a waltz. Whether you're inside Hookbill the Koopa's castle or Raphael the Raven's fortress, you can find solace in knowing that this theme will be there to accompany your adventure.
That just about wraps up this edition of SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs. I hope you enjoyed the immense tune-age provided to you. Next week we'll have five more pieces of music from soundtracks far and wide for your listening and viewing pleasure. In the meantime, check out the SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs Database for all your VGM needs. Take care and see you then!