Monday, August 8, 2011

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - August Heat Edition

You can cook hot dogs and eggs on the city streets of Central City today. It must be August. That's alright though as you can hang out inside, pop open a cool soda, and listen to some great video game music. This week we have music from Final Fantasy XIII, Super Mario World, and Mega Man 7, for starters.

v761. Final Fantasy XIII - Saber's Edge

We just cannot seem to get away from the Final Fantasy series, but we do go from a great one to one that many fans feel failed in its promise to deliver a captivating experience. With no towns, a far too linear gameplay proposition, and annoying characters, Final Fantasy XIII was a disappointment to the series. The seemingly incomplete MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV is a total disaster, both gameplay and sales-wise. Regardless, Saber's Edge is the boss theme of Lightning's adventure.

v762. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess - Boss: Stallord

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess debuted first on the Nintendo Wii. For this to work, the game was mirrored so Link was right-handed. The Gamecube version with camera control came out the following December. Which version is superior is a subjective answer, but I prefer the Wii version personally. Stallord, the Twilit Fossil, was summoned in the Arbiter's Grounds to take down Link. However, with his new item, the Spinner, Stallord was the one put back down to extinction once again.

v763. Super Mario World - Morning of Yoster Island

Morning of Yoster Island is a mellow jazz piece coming from the Super Mario World Live album. The soundtrack featured about ten themes from both Super Mario World and Super Mario Bros. 3. Between the two I cannot help but love Super Mario World the best. From the colorful worlds to the longevity to the secret paths and levels, Super Mario World is 2D platforming at its finest.

v764. Star Ocean: The Second Story/Second Evolution - Breezy Afternoon

If you frequent SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs, then you know my love of Motoi Sakuraba's Star Ocean: The Second Story soundtrack. I love its combination of warm synth and smooth melodies. Breezy Afternoon is but one of these. This theme is played as you ride on the transportation of the game. Star Ocean: The Second Story would later be ported to Sony's PSP in the form of Star Ocean: Second Evolution. Which ever version you pick up, you're sure to have an enjoyable action-RPG experience.

v765. Mega Man 7 - Wily Machine 7 Battle

Mega Man 7 was the only classic Mega Man game released in the 16-bit era, Mega Man & Bass spinoff not included. The second to last boss of Mega Man 7 was a skull with legs and spikes on the bottom. The boss would come marching toward Mega Man who would then have to dash underneath its legs, timing it just right as to not get nicked by the spikes. The open left eye of the robot was its weak point where Mega Man could launch a charged shot or two before going into defensive mode. The second phase of battle is to this day considered one of the most difficult bosses in Mega Man series history.

That about wraps it up for this week's installment of my favorite VGMs. Stay cool, my friends.

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