Monday, April 1, 2013

SPC's Favorite VGMs - Dark Brotherhood Edition

Video game music is something that has transcended just being "background music" or "ambient noise." No, it's gotten progressively greater with songs using real instruments, orchestras, and choirs. Don't get us wrong, we love the old chiptune music as well, and the limitations did not hamper terrific compositions. Today's edition of SPC's Favorite VGMs is a special one. We'll be taking a glimpse at a game with a grand soundtrack. It's one of our personal favorites from the Nintendo DS: Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood. We have five (count 'em-- five) tracks that will get your toes a-tappin'.

v346. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS) - Central City


Ah... Central City. That name sounds familiar to SuperPhillip at least. Anyhow, this catchy remix of Sonic 3D Blast's (the Genesis version) Diamond Dust Zone gets the body brewing happiness all over. The instrumentation is quite good for the Nintendo DS, a system barely more powerful than a Game Boy Advance.

v347. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS) - Nocturne


Man, the memories of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 are just flooding back to us. If you are looking for an especially tense and intense tune, then Nocturne (unofficial name) is the track you are definitely, most certainly looking for.

v348. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS) - Battle Music 3


Now, these track names are purely unofficial. No legitimate titles were ever given to them. When you have a sensational battle theme such as this one, you don't really need to pleasantries of having a name attached, do you? Maybe you do, so we're going to call this track "Epic Awesomeness."

v349. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS) - Boss Battle


Oh, we have another battle theme to share with you, but this time it's for some of the big bad boss encounters Sonic and his team of brigands enter into. This track also comes from Sonic 3D Blast, but this time it's the PC/Saturn version of Panic Puppet Zone.

v350. Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood (DS) - Ix - Final Battle


Battles in Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood took quite a while to complete. That is one of the sore spots of this game. The music, on the other hand, never fails to amuse and impress. This final boss theme has Sonic and the gang tackling the cybernetic creature Ix. It feels like we're in the midst of a radical rave!

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We hope you enjoyed this look at the music of Sonic Chronicles. The majestic quality of the soundtrack is one that resonates as a top-tier score, especially for a Sonic game. Next week we'll be back with even more terrific tune-age. Until then, why not check out our VGM Database for every past song spotlighted? Oh, and while we're on the subject... April Fools! Seriously, the music you just heard is god awful. We could hardly type what we did with a straight face.

SPC's Favorite VGMs will be back to normal next week with the real VGM volumes 346-350! Did we get your proverbial goat with this one? We think we got ourselves with this one, now that we think about it...

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