Welcome to a brand-new work week here at SuperPhillip Central! Lots of interesting stuff to cover this week, including multiple reviews, a look at Nintendo's way of doing DLC, and a lot more! But first we have SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs to kick things off with a bang rather than a whimper. Music this edition comes from games such as Metroid Prime, Mario Golf: World Tour, and Tearaway. I then wrap the edition up with music from the original Ratchet & Clank and The Sims 2: Seasons.
v851. Metroid Prime (GCN) - Menu Selection Screen
We kick this edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs off with a listen to the theme that plays during the awesome data selection menu. The menu alone excites the eyes with its amazing visuals, but the song that accompanies it is no slouch either. They combine to make an unforgettable menu for Metroid Prime players to behold upon starting up the game.
v852. Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS) - Star Coin Collector
Mario Golf: World Tour is my favorite arcade golf game ever made. It's combination of tight gameplay, great controls, terrific courses, lots of content to unlock, and presentation make for a near-perfect golf game. Motoi Sakuraba brought the goods when he composed the music for this game, especially with Star Coin Collector, a highly catchy theme that those in the Challenge mode will hear A LOT as they try to hit the ball into the coin while staying at par or better.
v853. Tearaway (Vita) - The Orchards
A rustic, worldly soundtrack accompanying a great game, Tearaway is a fantastic example of a PlayStation Vita exclusive that uses the hardware in some very smart, seldom-gimmicky-in-a-negative-way forms. From using the front touch screen to move platforms to tapping the back touch screen to "push" objects in the environment, Tearaway is one of the Vita's best titles, and soon, PlayStation 4 owners will get to see what the critical acclaim for the game was all about, albeit in altered form.
v854. Ratchet & Clank (PS2) - Blackwater City (Planet Rilgar)
Planet Rilgar's Blackwater City in the original Ratchet & Clank is home to the first hoverboard championship, a challenging mini-game for the uninitiated. However, with practice, one can easily shred and tear up the course with delight. The music of the first several games in the Ratchet & Clank series were composed by David Bergeaud, and he remains my favorite gentleman who wrote music for the franchise.
v855. The Sims 2: Seasons (PC) - Neighborhood Theme
A careful blend of piano and guitar make for a homely feel with this Neighborhood Theme from The Sims 2: Seasons expansion pack. It's a shame that the latest Sims game did not meet the financial success that publisher Electronic Arts was desiring. Thus, the series seems to be on indefinite hiatus.