SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs rides into the new year with a new edition! This first edition of 2015 contains music from games like Final Fantasy XIII-2, Persona 3, and Halo 2. There's also some retro goodness for your ears to enjoy, including music from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES and Sonic the Hedgehog on the Genesis (or Mega Drive, for my PAL pals!).
If you're unfamiliar with what this segment is all about, SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs is where I share my favorite video game music from a myriad of titles, systems, eras, and generations. Catch up on past editions with my VGM Database! Just be forewarned that there's a lot of VGMs on that database to sift through! With that out of the way, let's get to the new additions to my list of favorite VGMs!
v786. Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, 360) - Heart of Chaos
Heart of Chaos is a tense theme punctuated by a glorious choir. Final Fantasy XIII-2 saw Lightning take the backseat in the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy and saw Serah take the starring role. The game itself featured more varied environments and design (i.e. corridor dungeons were out and expansive areas were in). While I prefer the original Final Fantasy XIII's soundtrack, XIII-2's isn't weak by any stretch of the imagination.
v787. Persona 3 (PS2) - The Battle for Everyone's Soul
The Persona series is one I'm very unfamiliar with, as I've never played an entry in the series. Persona 4 Golden seems like a great entry point, but I've yet to pick up the game for my Vita. The Battle for Everyone's Soul is the final boss theme to Persona 3, and it is suitable for a final encounter, don't you think?
v788. Halo 2 (XBX) - Earth City
Where are you in the Halo vs. Halo 2 camp? I'm a big fan of Halo: Combat Evolved over Halo 2, but at the same time, I realize how instrumental both games were in putting Microsoft's Xbox on the map. Halo: Combat Evolved was a runaway success that gave the Xbox a fighting chance in the console market while Halo 2 cemented the system's status as a contender.
v789. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) - Boss Theme
Sure, you can cheese your way through the Rocksteady fight by being Donatello and using the wimpy bo trick, or you can be a real turtle and kick that rhinoceros' butt through legitimate means. Just kidding. I wasn't good enough to beat Rocksteady the real way either. The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES is a very hard game, and any means to help the player cheat their way through is fair game in my book!
v790. Sonic the Hedgehog (GEN) - Star Light Zone
After the claustrophobic and aquatic nightmare that was the Labyrinth Zone (I'm one of the few who actually enjoyed that zone), it was liberating for Sonic the Hedgehog and players to embark on the much faster paced and multiple pathway-possessing Star Light Zone. The open setting and lovely platforming challenges in addition to this catchy theme make for a zone that is one of my favorites from the Genesis trilogy.