Monday, March 5, 2012

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Marching On Edition

It's a new month, so why not ring March in with five new VGMs? That makes sense to me, and I have a simple mind. On this week's installment of SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs we have music from multiple PlayStation RPGs such as Chrono Cross, Kingdom Hearts II, and Xenogears. But that's not all! Just read and listen on to see the rest!

v56. Chrono Cross (PS1) - Time's Scar

We begin with an incredible track from Chrono Cross, the sequel to the Super Nintendo classic Chrono Trigger. Trigger is not needed to be played to understand the story of Cross. Time's Scar, the opening theme of the game, starts off with a majestic flute being played alongside an acoustic guitar. After we've warmed up, the song gets into the main theme and has swift strings playing and the main melody. It is a Celtic cacophony! I never did manage to get far in Chrono Cross (the game bored me to tears), but I will always appreciate the sensational soundtrack of the game. Bravo, Yasunori Mitsuda. Bravo.

v57. Kingdom Hearts II (PS2) - Working Together

Starting off with pizzicato strings before kicking into overdrive, this battle theme of Twilight Town when playing as Sora, Goofy, and Donald is quite energetic and peppy. I for some reason opted to play Kingdom Hearts II without trying the original game. To this day I have still never touched Kingdom Hearts I even though I have read that it is superior to its sequel. Am I deranged? Am I mad? No, I just haven't had the time to go back in my PS2 library and plop this game into my backwards compatible PlayStation 3 to have a go at it.

v58. Mega Man 2 (NES) - Wood Man Stage

It is commonplace when you mention Mega Man 2's soundtrack to mention Wily Stages 1-2 as your theme of choice. I am bucking this trend with Wood Man's Stage, set deep in a forest with robotic panthers and ostriches. 8-bit music generally gives me a headache even though I grew up on it. Regardless, the Mega Man series is one of the few that I can actually stand. Wood Man's Stage's theme is incredibly catchy, allowing you to shoot up Dr. Wily's creations with ease.

v59. Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil (PS2) - Path of Goddess Claire (Holy Land La-Lakoosha [Outside])

I was first introduced to Klonoa on the Wii with the game of the same name. I then was feverishly searching for any other title featuring the floppy-eared hero. I came upon Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil on the PlayStation 2, and it quenched my thirst for a 2 1/2D platformer. It had plenty of challenge, nice visuals, and a steady difficulty curve. Path of Goddess Claire is a mellow piece that plays alongside you as you delve deep in Lunatea to find the legendary Goddess. Between the two main Klonoa games (not to mention the Game Boy Advance spinoffs) it is a shame the character did not gain more popularity across the world.

v60. Xenogears (PS1) - Flight (Orchestra Version)

We start with a classic RPG from the original PlayStation and we conclude with a classic RPG from the original PlayStation with Xenogears. Xenogears came out around the same time that Gundam Wing aired on American television, so my fascination with giant robotic suits of armor duking it out was satiated greatly. Myth is a recently released orchestral album of several of the most notable themes from Yasunori Mitsuda's Xenogears album. Flight is but one of these poignant themes. I encourage you to listen to the whole album if and when you get the chance; there's some positively good stuff on there.


We have stumbled upon the conclusion of another edition of SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs. We've heard Time's Scar, Working Together, Wood Man Stage, Path of Goddess Claire, and Flight. Not satisfied yet? Why not take a look (or is it listen?) to past volumes of the VGMs? You can do just that with SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs Database. It's all there for your pure, unbridled listening pleasure.

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