Monday, October 22, 2012

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Fun and Frolicking in Felghana Edition

On this week's edition of SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs we are returning to the country of Felghana. Ys: The Oath in Felghana was a PlayStation Portable remake of the third Ys game, originally released on the Super Nintendo. The remake is infinitely superior to its source material, and that includes gameplay, mechanics, and of course, music, the subject of these features.

v221. Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP) - A Searing Struggle

Adol is dropped into a fiery abyss dungeon where he is left to die by the antagonists of the game. However, Adol is much too strong to just lay down and die. He isn't alone in his fight against monsters both big and small. No, he has this hard rock theme to accompany him. Supported by synth and guitar, A Searing Struggle is a perfect song for the lava and fire-minded monsters of the dungeon.

v222. Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP) - Snare of Darkness

Completely unlike most other dungeon themes in Oath in Felghana, Snare of Darkness has zero electric guitar in it at all. Instead we have a symphonic in synth sound to enjoy. The song is incredibly tense as Adol explores a darkened multi-floor dungeon. Who knows what awaits around the bend?

v223. Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP) - Steeling the Will to Fight

A song used in the frosty and frozen Elderm Mountains, Steeling the Will to Fight starts off with a powerful guitar riff before entering a march-like rhythm. In this icy dungeon, Adol will have to slip and slide around, jump across wide chasms, and face off against savage monsters that want him dead. As the Elderm Mountains portion of Oath in Felghana is quite long, be ready to hear this song run through plenty of times.

v224. Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP) - Beat of Destruction

The final dungeon of Ys: The Oath in Felghana possesses this pulse-pounding track. Adol is going into the heart of Genos Island where the ancient evil lies and threatens Felghana and its people. Mixed with brass and strings synth and electric guitar, Beat of Destruction makes a lasting impression in the player's mind as they explore the deep darkness of the dungeon.

v225. Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP) - The Strongest Foe

The final theme we'll be listening to today is the final boss theme of the game, The Strongest Foe. A series of electric guitar phrases introduce this theme to players before the main theme kicks in. My favorite part of the final boss theme first occurs at 1:29 to 1:57. You get a bold amount of brass in uptempo form followed by electric guitars echoing what the brass just played. The entire theme gets you into the mindset to take down the foreboding boss that stands in your way of the ending credits.


That just about wraps up this edition of my favorite VGMs. As always the VGM Database is here for you to carouse and enjoy its offerings until next week.

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