Welcome to a new installment of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs. This week we have a trio of science fiction-related games kicking things off with Phantasy Star Online, the mighty Xenoblade Chronicles, and the platforming fun of Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. We then wrap things up with Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver, as well as Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming.
For those who want to listen to past VGM volumes featured on this weekly segment, look no further than the VGM Database. Now, on to the music!
v1216. Phantasy Star Online (DC) - Song for Eternal Story
We begin this edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs with a fantastical, ethereal title screen theme song for Phantasy Star Online known as Song for Eternal Story. What epic adventure with your friends awaits in the mystical world of Phantasy Star Online? The answer is always "a fantastic one", and being backed by a superb soundtrack is always a good thing.
v1217. Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, 3DS) - Mechanical Rhythm
Rock out with this boss theme from Xenoblade Chronicles, one of the greatest JRPGs to release in quite some time, at least in this writer's opinion. While its successor, Xenoblade Chronicles X was much grander in scope, it was a bit more overwhelming, and if you've played the original on Wii or 3DS, you know that Xenoblade Chronicles was already quite overwhelming for those trying to do all the side quests, so X being even more overwhelming is quite the feat.
v1218. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (PS2) - Starship Phoenix
The third entry in the Ratchet & Clank series saw the lombax and robot pair joining the Q-Force and Galactic Rangers to take down Dr. Nefarious. The Starship Phoenix was the base of operations for both the Q-Force and Galactic Rangers, serving as a nice, safe place to return after a long, hard-fought mission in the game.
v1219. Pokemon HeartGold / Pokemon SoulSilver (DS) - Route 29
A quaint theme to trek along Route 29 to, this theme has a nice, homey feel to it. Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver were Nintendo DS remakes of the Game Boy's Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver, the second generation of Pokemon games. Good luck finding these games for a nice price, as they go for a pretty penny for even a used copy-- especially after the release of Pokemon GO.
v1220. Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming (PSP, PC) - The Legend of Hero
It wouldn't be a JRPG without a hardcore rock song for the battle theme. Okay, okay. That's not how it always works, but a fair amount of the time it is-- even for a totally atypical role-playing adventure like Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming, which released on the PlayStation Portable in Japan while releasing worldwide on Steam.