Monday, June 22, 2009

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Gettin' Funky Edition

Monday, Monday... That means it's time for five more video game tracks deemed worthy for my favorites. This week we have House of the Dead: Overkill, Final Fantasy XI, and Sonic Unleashed-- to name a few. Sit back, relax, and click on whatever your heart's content.

v336. The House of the Dead: Overkill - Get Funky

This is the vocal version of Detective Issac "Motherf***in'" Washington's theme. Regardless of the purposefully gratuitous use of the f-bomb, Get Funky is a completely catchy, fittingly funky track. Included are various in-game voice clips sprinkled throughout the beginning, middle, and end of this great song. Overkill has a surprisingly competent soundtrack.

v337. Final Fantasy XI - Opening Theme

This is now the only mainline Final Fantasy game I don't own-- much less have ever played. Regardless, this opening theme is just masterful. The choir sends chills up the spine, the ending fanfare is superb, and there's no part of this somewhat lengthy piece that I don't absolutely adore. Proof that Nobuo Uematsu still knows his stuff (as if that were ever in question).

v338. F-Zero GX - Feel Our Pain (Fire Field)

The pain the song title is talking about is when your unsuspecting vehicle gets slammed off the track into the fiery depths below. When the main beat kicks in at eleven seconds, you can just see yourself going up and down the quick undulating bumps of Fire Field with the music syncing with your movements. One of many great themes from the F-Zero GX soundtrack.

v339. Kirby Air Ride - Checker Knights

This bouncy and lively track comes from Kirby Air Ride, a cult favorite from the Gamecube. Why have a symphony orchestra play music for The Wind Waker when we can have it for a Kirby spin-off instead! Why not both? Anyway, not everyone enjoyed Air Ride. Which side of the fence are you on?

v340. Sonic Unleashed - Shamar (Night)

Sonic Unleashed may have once again been another game to kick Sonic faithfuls in their nuts/lady parts, but the soundtrack is without question marvelous. This theme plays during one of the many hub areas of the game, Shamar, at night. It's a sultry jazz piece that really gets good when everything stops save for a poignant trumpet fanfare leading to the strong finish. A great piece of music right here, and Sonic Unleashed is full of them even if the game didn't satisfy every gamer out there.

Next week we have Zelda, Mario, Chocobo, and more! I hope you'll look forward to it!

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