Monday, June 15, 2009

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Rev Up and Ride Edition

Welcome to a new week with a new batch of favorite VGMs to last you each day of the work-week. This week we start off on the road with Gran Turismo 4 and Daytona USA followed by some flying in Dragon Ball Origins and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts. Finally we cap things off with a tension-filled boss theme from Resident Evil 5. Let's get to it!

v331. Gran Turismo 4 - Moon Over the Castle

Moon Over the Castle is the opening theme of Gran Turismo 4. It starts off small with a choir, and quickly becomes very grandiose, poignant. It sent chills down my spine when I listened to it earlier. After the classical approach, a rocking guitar riff kicks in with the same melody. Nicely composed piece for a great game.

v332. Daytona USA - Let's Go Away

"Weh heh hee. Weh heh hee."

Few know this, but that set of lyrics is actually how Takenobu Mitsuyoshi laughs in real life. This version of "Let's Go Away" is from the Dreamcast game, Daytona 2001. Let's Go Away is present through every incarnation of SEGA's Daytona series except one. The song's so remarkably cheery and cheesy.

v333. Dragon Ball Origins - Overworld

This is the theme that plays during the outdoor forest levels among other places in Dragon Ball Origins for the Nintendo DS. This particular song is very upbeat and makes you wanna bop your head to it as you play. I must admit that even though I'm no Dragon Ball fan, I found myself very much enjoying this action-adventure game.

v334. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts - Gruntilda's Challenges

This is the theme of Gruntilda the Witch-- the lovable broad who can never say "die" unless it's towards the bear and bird. Hearing this theme for the first time after ten years of only hearing synth versions blew my mind. I was bouncing around like a kid who just got a Nintendo 64 for Christmas. Okay. Not THAT happy.

v335. Resident Evil 5 - Wind of Madness

This is the penultimate boss theme of the recently-released Resident Evil 5. For those who moaned and groaned that RE4 was less survival-horror than previous installments, you better steer clear of the newest Biohazard. More thrills but way less chills. It's Wind of Madness from Resident Evil 5.

Next Monday we have some tunes from House of the Dead, Final Fantasy XI, and Kirby Air Ride. That's not all though. Hope we'll see you here next Monday for more favorite VGMs!

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