Monday, December 22, 2014

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - 'Twas the Week of Christmas Edition

Christmas is this Thursday, but rather than break into verse for a cliche "'Twas the night before Christmas" poem, I have five new video game themes to share with you this week. It's a special, albeit unintentional, RPG themed week. I have music from Dragon Quest VI, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and Dragon's Dogma, to kick things off. This is but one of my gifts for you this holiday season, and unlike some gifts you may receive, you need not return to the store to get a refund for these VGMs.

v766. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie (DS) - In the Town~Happy Humming~Inviting Village~Folk Dance~In the Town (Symphonic Suite Version)

Outside of original versions of known video game themes, I also like to share official arrangements and remixes of them, too. This is a shining example from a symphonic suite of Dragon Quest VI music. I'll spare typing the songs part of the suite out, but let it be known that this marvelous medley is sure to put a smile on even non-Dragon Quest fans.

v767. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4, PS3, PC) - Fallen Angel

The initial launch of Final Fantasy XIV was a huge disgrace and blow to the Final Fantasy name. However, thankfully Square Enix turned the colossal ship around, making for an MMORPG that fans were driven to play and spend hundreds of hours in its world. A series of boss battles were added, each with its own theme composed by Masayoshi Soken. Fallen Angel is a haunting and chilling piece, made exclusively for the difficult encounter against Garuda.

v768. Dragon's Dogma (PS3, 360) - Imminent Triumph

Imminent Triumph plays when a boss is reeling and on the proverbial ropes. Don't let your guard down, though, or the tides of battle may soon change. In a sense, this musical change as a boss nears its demise reminds me of Skies of Arcadia, and how when a boss was close to death the song would also change to a more heroic and triumphant theme.

v769. MapleStory (PC) - Welcome to Maplestory

How familiar are you with MapleStory? I admit that other than knowing its a South Korean MMO with side-scrolling that I don't know a lot about the long-running game. However, I do know that the music is quite intriguing and features some serene themes, just like the one I have selected. Have you ever played MapleStory?

v780. Legend of Mana (PS1) - Travelers' Road

We conclude this RPG-full SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs edition with music from Legend of Mana, a cult classic for the original PlayStation. While the gameplay left a little to be desired, what can't be called less than grand is the stunning presentation, starting with the visuals and moving on to the soundtrack. The music of Legend of Mana was composed by the musical goddess herself, Yoko Shimomura. Kingdom Hearts fans should know her quite well.

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