Monday, May 25, 2009

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - A Memorial to Video Game Music Edition

On this American holiday we celebrate not with music from war games. No, no. That would make too much sense. Instead we have a cavalry of varied tunes from Tenchu IV, Castlevania, and Perfect Dark to name a few. Let's kick off summer in style, shall we?

V316. Tenchu Shadow Assassins - Rain

Rain starts off very slowly with increasing percussion, chimes, and other sounds to increase the feeling of tension and ambiance in the game. At around forty-five seconds, the main melody kicks in. It sort of sounds like something you'd hear in an underwater cavern in Castlevania to me. The track takes the listener back and forth between different moods. It's really quite good. Regardless, this Tenchu: Shadow Assassins (aka Tenchu 4) track is one of my favorites from this entertaining Wii and PSP game.

V317. The House of the Dead: Overkill - I Want You (Explicit)

Now that I included a warning, all of you young whippersnappers now have something to ignore when you listen to this song anyway. It's one of many vocal tracks from The House of the Dead: Overkill for Nintendo Wii. The game is incredibly over the top which is much better than other games that pretend to be more mature than they actually are. I get it, Killzone 2. You like to cuss beyond what is considered overkill. Great. As for this song, the instrumental version plays during the second level, Ballistic Trauma.

V318. Dead Rising - Cletus

Dead Rising came to the Wii. I really enjoyed it. It's really a different game from the 360 version. Whereas the story is relatively the same, the design is altered. Which one is better? Depends on your preference. I think they're both excellent games. This song plays during the boss battle with Cletus, the gun shop owner.

V319. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia - Spell of Sorrow

This song comes from the latest traditional Castlevania, Order of Ecclesia for the Nintendo DS. When the song kicks in (at the seven second mark), doesn't it sound like something you'd hear in a Mega Man X or Zero game? Perhaps in one of Sigma's stages. Regardless, it's a really pumping song to slay zombies and other miscreants to.

V320. Perfect Dark - Ending Credits - Hyper Funky Dance Mix

It amazes me that after all these years, Perfect Dark, a Nintendo 64 game, still has the most fleshed-out multiplayer of any FPS I've played yet. There's just so many options, and that's why to this day Perfect Dark is still one of my favorite games of all time. This song is explained by its name. It's the ending credits theme with kick-ass rock great for late night fragfests. Sublime soundtrack for a phenomenal game.

I believe that last video had a barbecue stain or two on it. Not even the VGMs can resist food served from a grill! We'll catch you next week for more music!

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