Monday, December 31, 2012

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Happy Endings Edition

It is the final day of 2012. While it is a time for reflection for some, for SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs, it's a time for five more video game tracks! This is a special edition of my VGMs. Because it is the end of the year, we're going to listen to five songs that were at the end of their respective games. From Super Mario 64 to Xenogears, the music selection is definitely eclectic.

v281. Super Mario 64 (N64) - Staff Roll

Let's go inside the castle and have some cake. Lord knows that Mario worked out enough running and jumping in his first 3D platforming adventure that the calories from the cake shouldn't really factor into things. This peppy credits theme from Super Mario 64 plays while the game shows off all of the courses Mario trekked through. Koji Kondo really shows why he's a marvelous VGM composer with this doozy of a theme.

v282. Star Fox Adventures (GCN) - Credits

The staff roll theme for Star Fox Adventures begins with a tribal beat followed by the Star Fox 64 main theme. It soon fades out and we enter into a rocking good time with the electric guitar playing. The end of this credits theme has a sultry sax, a fond memory of the relationship between Fox McCloud and his new friend Krystal.

v283. F-Zero X (N64) - Staff Roll (Guitar Arrange Version)

This version of the F-Zero X staff roll theme comes from a guitar arrange album released after the launch of F-Zero X. It's a fusion of metal and jazz, and it is quite brilliant, more so catchy as well. If you have the chance, look into the entire F-Zero X Guitar Arrange album, as it features some incredibly awesome tracks from an incredibly awesome game.

v284. Resident Evil 4 (PS2, GCN) - Sorrow

This credits theme from Resident Evil 4 starts out very dreamlike with the gentle flute playing the main melody. However, the dream turns into a nightmare when the song gets a heavy dose of strings. You didn't really think the credits theme for one of the best [survival horror] games of all time would end on a perky note, did you?

v285. Xenogears (PS1) - Small of Two Pieces ~ Restored Pieces

One of my favorite ending themes from a video game, Xenogears's Small of Two ~ Restored Piece features a moving melody and wonderful vocals, done by Joanne Hogg of Ireland. While the first verse is lovely, the second brings in some percussion to give the song a beat to go along with its beauty. This song is one terrific treat for those who beat Xenogears.


We're not quite through with 2012 yet. Not only is there one more brand-new review to see, but we have the SuperPhillip Central Best of 2012 Awards to start tomorrow. Stay tuned to SuperPhillip Central as this week is going to be very busy!

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