Monday, August 5, 2013

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGM - Four RPGs and Halo 4 Walk Into A Bar... Edition

...So Halo 4 says to the four RPGs, "Monopoly?! I thought we were playing Yahtzee!"

It's time once again for SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGM, a series of segments where we delve into the best of video game music. As the title suggests, we have Halo 4 leading the charge this week, alongside four unique RPGs. It's an interesting mix of games this week, with the first appearances of games like Suikoden II and Final Fantasy XII. If you're ready to listen, we're ready to share our faves!

v431. Halo 4 (360) - Main Theme


Halo 4 was listed as one of our favorite games from the Xbox 360 at last year's SuperPhillip Central Best of 2012 Awards. For good reason, as well. 343 Industries took the reins of the Halo series from Bungie and they successfully made it their own. In addition to a new developer, a new composer took center stage as well, and you can hear his work with this terrific main theme for the game.

v432. Suikoden II (PS1) - Secret Village of the Ninja


Miki Higashino composed this theme for the ninja village within Suikoden II's vast world. As stated in the introduction, this is the Suikoden series' first time being featured on SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGM. We especially love the vocals to this beautiful piece of music, along with the very Asian flair.

v433. Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP) - All for One


A very foreboding town theme, All for One is an orchestral masterpiece. Star Ocean: First Departure marked the first time the original Star Ocean was available for Western audiences in an official capacity. The original released on the Super Nintendo before making the shift to the 32-bit PlayStation platform.

v434. Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) - Id (Hope)


Our second favorite theme from Fire Emblem: Awakening (albeit from a DLC battle) after Id (Purpose) is Id Hope. We love the piano, orchestra and brass and the fast tempo that makes for some great accompaniment to a tense battle!

v435. Final Fantasy XII (PS2) - Ozmone Plain


This theme has actually been featured on a prior edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGM before. Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift has a version of this theme known as Crossing Over the Hill. Same composer, so why not enjoy it all over again for Final Fantasy XII's Ozmone Plain?

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