Monday, February 27, 2017

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - "SuperPhillip's Birthday Bash" Edition

I don't like to toot my own horn (aw, hell-- TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!), but today I celebrate my 31st birthday, and with that, SuperPhillip Central arrives with five special themes to commemorate the occasion. Sure, I was going to use these five VGMs regardless, but why ruin the spectacle of the moment?

The recently released Gravity Rush 2 leads us off with a jazzy battle theme before handing it off to Final Fantasy XI. Then, we turn our attention to Okamiden. Following that is some funk (the good kind) from Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio. Lastly, we roll on through with a catchy song from Katamari Forever.

Hey, you! Yeah, you! Click on the VGM volume name to hear the song on YouTube! Finally, check out the VGM Database for all past VGMs featured on this weekly recurring segment. Now, let's get on to the music!

v1341. Gravity Rush 2 (PS4) - Combat II

Released last month, Gravity Rush 2 was part of the amazing kickoff of game releases for 2017 that continues into March! It's astonishing that we even received a sequel to Gravity Rush in the first place, so Kat fans, savor this sequel as much as you can. I'll help by sharing this wonderful piece of music from the game, one of the themes that plays during Gravity Rush 2's battles.

v1342. Final Fantasy XI (Multi) - Distant Worlds (The Black Mages Version)

This rock version of Final Fantasy XI's Distant Worlds comes from The Black Mages' third album of arranged Final Fantasy tunes. The Black Mages was founded by then-series composer Nobuo Uematsu. This version of Distant World starts off mellow, but by the end, it turns into a hard rock masterpiece. It gets particularly awesome here at my favorite part of the piece.

v1343. Okamiden (DS) - Spirit Suppression

Though not as excellent or as revered as its original counterpart, it was both surprising and amazing that we got to see a sequel to Okami. This sequel was Okamiden on the Nintendo DS, a handheld that saw a robust lineup of games, perhaps the best handheld system lineup in history. Regardless, Spirit Suppression is one of the battle themes played during Okamiden, offering a tense track while you deal with spirits sinister and shocking.

v1344. Jet Set Radio (Multi) - That's Enough

The original Jet Set Radio released on Sega's last home console before turning third party, the Dreamcast, a magical machine full of creative and innovative games. Jet Set Radio was part arcade skating game, part platformer, and all awesome. This permeated into its soundtrack that had all original funky tracks, such as this one, That's Enough. It would receive a remix in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed in the Jet Set Radio series-inspired Graffiti City track.

v1345. Katamari Forever (PS3) - Rolling Star

We end this edition of SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs with a catchy ditty from Katamari Forever, the PlayStation 3 exclusive entry in the Katamari Damacy series that celebrates the franchise's history. Sure, it got long in the tooth much like the Super Monkey Ball series, a fellow ball-rolling series, though of a different type, but like that franchise, Katamari Damacy retained its fantastic tradition of great, memorable music.

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