Monday, May 19, 2014

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - Radiance in the Form of VGM Edition

We hope you enjoyed your weekend, but if not, let's at least start your work week off on the right foot with SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs. If you're a fan of video game music like we are, then you will most likely find yourself right at home with our weekly segment which showcases the best and brightest themes in video game soundtracks. This week we feature music from Radiant Historia, Mega Man X7, and Mario Golf, to name just a few. Let's kick back and unwind as we take you to a journey of musical magnificence!

v626. Radiant Historia (DS) - Blue Radiance

We start this weekly edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs with a work by the incomparable Yoko Shimomura. Radiant Historia is one of the best original Nintendo DS RPGs on the system. With multiple endings, an innovative battle system, and of course, the focus of this weekly series, an incredible soundtrack. Blue Radiance might be a theme you hear often in the game-- it is the battle theme after all-- somehow it doesn't get old.

v627. Mega Man X7 (PS2) - Awake Road Again - Highway Stage

While the soundtrack to Mega Man X7 is without a doubt fantastic, the actual game it accompanies isn't so hot. In an attempt to bring the series into something more modern, the developers took many levels and made them 3D affairs. The combination of poor camera work and poor platforming added nothing but headaches to players, and that's not even factoring in the headaches players will get listening to Flame Hyenard for less than a minute. Awake Road Again - Highway Stage plays in the second half of the opening stage. This part has you playing as series favorite Zero.

v628. Mario Golf (N64) - Ring Shot Menu

Mario Golf: World Tour released a few weeks ago on the Nintendo 3DS. It's one of our favorites entries in Mario's golfing series to date. However, we can't help but still love the Nintendo 64 version a lot either. A part of what makes the N64 Mario Golf so great is the superb soundtrack that was composed by the terrific Motoi Sakuraba. He and the developer Camelot have worked together for almost two decades now.

v629. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (DS) - Battle of Fate

Solatorobo: Red the Hunter is a greatly overlooked Nintendo DS action game that introduced the world to Red the Hunter. Outside of the intriguing and original gameplay, the soundtrack is another item from the game to make a serious note about. It's sometimes soothing, sometimes tense, but always lovely.

v630. Wild Arms 3 (PS2) - A Person's Warmth (A Quiet Town)

Michiko Naruke is the primary composer for the Wild Arms series. While her best work continues to be the original Wild Arms on the original PlayStation, her work on Wild Arms 3, the first PlayStation 2 entry in the franchise, is nothing to scoff at. There's some truly captivating tunes in the soundtrack, such as this one we've selected, a town theme from the game, A Person's Warmth.

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