Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - Back from Cybering Edition

The most important unofficial holiday of all time was yesterday, so SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs had to be out of the office for that! Of course, I'm talking about Cyber Monday. How else do you expect SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs to get half price cutting boards shaped like ducks?! Do you think that kind of deal happens any other day? No way!

Nonetheless, this favorite music-related feature of mine is here for your Tuesday instead of Monday this week. Such games featured this week include Shadow of the Colossus, Tales of Legendia, and Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean. Let's go!

v751. Shadow of the Colossus (PS2) - To the Ancient Land

I start off this edition of my favorite VGMs with the introduction song of Shadow of the Colossus. The composer of this game, Koh Otani, might be familiar to anime fans, as he wrote the music to both Gundam Wing and Outlaw Star. Those are two of my favorite non-Yoko Kanno anime soundtracks. Regardless, Otani-san's (I don't usually do the "san" stuff, so beg my pardon this one time) approach to the Shadow of the Colossus soundtrack is a soundtrack full of raw emotion. It's as moving as the game itself.

v752. Tales of Legendia (PS2) - Enemy Attack

Before Motoi Sakuraba became pretty much the de facto composer for the Tales series, Go Shiina had his talented hands on the Tales soundtrack with Tales of Legendia for the PlayStation 2. This lively and energetic Enemy Attack theme is showcased by a brilliant, fast-paced piano melody, followed by lovely strings. It's a gorgeously designed piece, for sure.

v753. Hot Shots Golf 3 (PS2) - Main Menu

Moving away from epic scaled games to the links for a short respite here, the Hot Shots Golf series is one that rarely disappoints. The music also stays strong game after game in the series. Rather than choose a theme from one of the golf courses in the game, I figured I'd share the main menu theme. Not only is it heard a lot obviously while playing, but it constantly gets you in high spirits and in the mood to play another round of golf.

v754. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (GCN) - House of Cards

We return to "epic" games and sounding stuff with Baten Kaitos's House of Cards, composed by a name I mentioned in the Tales of Legendia Enemy Attack VGM, Motoi Sakuraba. Not only does this fantastic and masterful composer get around, he consistently makes quality soundtracks. I guess that would be a great reason as to why he gets around so often!

v755. Breath of Fire (SNES, GBA) - Battling

Breath of Fire was one of my first RPG's I ever played. Thus, it has a certain nostalgia I appreciate, but even then, the game still holds up rather well-- at least much better than its poorly-translated sequel. Battling is the second battle theme that plays after Ryu's party has reached a certain point in their adventure. Its much more uptempo than the first battle theme, making it my personal favorite from the game.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review Round-Up - November 2014

Nintendo's all-star fighter leads the
charge this month at SuperPhillip Central.
SuperPhillip Central didn't just stuff its gut with food this past month. No, the site also filled itself to the brim with reviews-- 11, to be exact!

Over half of SuperPhillip Central's November reviews was dedicated to Wii U eShop games from indies, such as Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (9.0), Art of Balance (8.25), Teslagrad (8.25), Ping 1.5+ (7.25), The Swapper (8.0), and Tengami (7.0). Following the indie Wii U eShop titles, I turned to the Virtual Console offerings the system possessed with two offerings, Super Mario Advance (7.25) and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (7.0). After that, I posted a fashionably late review of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, giving it a 9.25. Little Deviants on the PlayStation Vita didn't review as favorably, getting only a below average 4.0. Finally, one of the most compelling and content-heavy multiplayer games, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, brawled its way to a near-perfect 9.75.

That's the Review Round-Up for November 2014! If you ever want to look back in SuperPhillip Central's past at one of the previous 500 or so reviews, check out the review database here!

Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (Wii U eShop) - 9.0
Art of Balance (Wii U eShop) - 8.25
Teslagrad (Wii U eShop) - 8.25
Ping 1.5+ (Wii U eShop) - 7.25
The Swapper (Wii U eShop) - 8.0
Tengami (Wii U eShop) - 7.0
Super Mario Advance (GBA, Wii U eShop) - 7.25
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (GBA, Wii U eShop) - 7.0
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS) - 9.25
Little Deviants (Vita) - 4.0
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U) - 9.75

While Smash Bros. celebrates Nintendo's history,
Theatrhythm celebrates Final Fantasy's.