Monday, October 13, 2014

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - Indigenous Peoples' Day 2014 Edition

I took an unplanned week off of SuperPhillip Central, but now I'm back with a new installment of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs. This week's edition doesn't have a theme. It's just solid music all around. We're going to look into music from Vagrant Story (making its first appearance on the ol' VGMs), Guilty Gear 2: Overture, and Bravely Default. It's going to be a good edition, so I hope you guys enjoy it!

v716. Vagrant Story (PS1) - Staff Roll

Hitoshi Sakimoto is a fantastic video game music composer, known for his work on such games as Valkyria Chronicles, Final Fantasy XII, and my personal favorite, Final Fantasy Tactics. He also composed the music for Vagrant Story, a PS1-era cult classic RPG. Not only is it a wonderful game, but it possesses a grand soundtrack, an expected but still appreciated achievement of then-Squaresoft's games.

v717. Guilty Gear 2: Overture (360) - Curtain Call

Want a beautiful violin and piano? How about a driving rock beat? Or maybe even some gnarly guitar thrashing? You get all of those and more with Guilty Gear 2: Overture's sensational ending credits theme Curtain Call. What better way to cap off an exciting play-through of Guilty Gear 2 than this bittersweet theme.

v718. Bravely Default (3DS) - Serpent Eating the Ground

Serpent Eating the Ground is the final boss theme of Bravely Default, an unexpected (to me, at least) hit on this side of the Pacific. The theme takes you on a grand adventure, parroting motifs heard throughout the game, such as the main theme and special character move themes. It all leads up to a satisfying conclusion that certainly rocks.

v719. Tatsunoko VS. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (Wii) - Character Select

Choose your fighters! For a game that many believed would never get a chance of localization, Tatsunoko VS. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars' character select theme is perfect to get your adrenaline pumping as you pick your duo of Tatsunoko, Capcom, or a combination of the two's all-stars. Tatsunoko VS. Capcom remains one of my favorite arcade fighters, and even just mentioning the game on SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs makes me want to return to it and replay it!

v720. Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (GCN, PSP) - Super Brothers: Fire Leo and Frost Tiger

Taking the boss themes of both Viewtiful Joe's Fire Leo and Viewtiful Joe 2's Frost Tiger (both share the same melody), Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble pits players against the pair with this track. Red Hot Rumble was a party fighter with various mini-games that occurred mid-battle. It's certainly not up to the impeccable level of quality that the main Viewtiful Joe games have, but for a spin-off the game certainly isn't horrible.

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