Monday, January 20, 2014

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - Small Systems, Big Games Edition

It might just be "another week" for many, but at SuperPhillip Central it's never just "another week." That's because we have new music to share with you-- songs that we deem some of the best that this industry currently offers. On this week's edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs, we have themes from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster, and Ys Seven. It's a nice lineup we have, so we hope you'll enjoy this edition's offerings!

v546. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) - Maiamai Cave

Our first game for this edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, was awarded Game of the Year 2013 here at the site with Super Mario 3D World being the runner-up. Ryo Nagamatsu arranged new versions of a myriad of A Link to the Past themes. Those are without a doubt the best musical parts of the game, but the new music composed by Nagamatsu-san doesn't fall flat whatsoever. This calming, mellow theme that plays in Mother Maiamai's chamber is very lovely to listen to. (Gotta enjoy that angelic harp.) When the choir begins to sing, it gets even lovelier...

v547. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy (3DS) - Shining Glory

Go Shinra has done a lot of fantastic work for Namco Bandai. His compositions on the God Eater soundtracks are phenomenal, and so is his work on the Ace Combat series. Shining Glory from Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy is a triumphant theme featuring a chorus, proudly singing together as one as horns blare beside them. It really gets you into the dogfighting action-- that's for sure!

v548. Cave Story 3D (3DS) - On to Badlands

Cave Story has been around a long time, and it has seen many iterations on many different systems. So why would anyone think that people would want to shell out $40 for a game they can download on their computers for free? Well, because it's a darn awesome way to experience the game! Cave Story 3D features awesome new visuals and an improved soundtrack. We can't get the Badlands theme out of our heads!

v549. Ys Seven (PSP) - Vacant Interference

Ys Seven is one of our favorite entries in this overlooked and long-running RPG series. While its music doesn't quite live up to the standards of Oath in Felghana, Ys Seven's music holds up quite well regardless. The series is known for its excellent soundtracks, and Ys Seven is no exception. Vacant Interference is a song played during many boss battles. There are few themes that can get you heavily invested in battle, but Vacant Interference is one of them. Rock on with guitars and strings, a match made in musical heaven!

v550. Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, Vita) - Besaid Island

For those of us on the staff that don't have much nostalgia or a liking to the original Final Fantasy X, we don't hear the original version of Besaid Island and tie it to a specific place or moment within the game. That said, exactly 100 volumes ago we had the original version of Final Fantasy X's Besaid Island. We enjoy both versions, the original and this remastered one, so don't ask any of us which one we prefer. We just can't choose! When the violin comes in, playing the main melody, we can't help but have our breaths taken away.

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