Monday, May 15, 2017

SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs - "Back to the [Enjoyable] Grind" Edition

SuperPhillip Central only had two posts last week due to a certain site owner's college graduation occurring, but now the site is back with regular posting on the weekdays! We begin the deluge of posts with SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs, a weekly happening featuring five fantastic video game themes from a variety of games and genres.

It's not just a special edition of the Favorite VGMs because of it signaling the return of regular SPC posting. It also marks the edition featuring our 1400th VGM volume! Wow! It all kicks off with a vocal theme from the most recent game featured this edition, Persona 5. Then, we rock out to themes from Ys Seven and Virtua Fighter 5. Following that is a remix from After Burner Climax. Finally, Resident Evil 4 is the game upon which our 1400th VGM volume is from!

As always, click on the VGM volume to hear that particular theme. Finally, the VGM Database is your home for all past VGM volumes. Now, let's get on to the music!

v1396. Persona 5 (PS4, PS3) - Last Surprise

Let's begin with some smooth as silk music from a recent release, Persona 5! Not only do you get some catchy, infectious grooves with this theme, but some delightful vocals as well! Listen to this theme and dance all night! Wait, "dance all night" is a different Persona game. Ah, heck-- if it fits, it fits!

v1397. Ys Seven (PSP) - Crossing Rage

Starting with a muted guitar before going into a full out heavy metal rock, this is Crossing Rage, a superb battle theme from Ys Seven, a PlayStation Portable exclusive entry in the Ys series. The game was the first to introduce a team-based system for both combat and exploration, where switching between one of the three current party members was as simple as a press of a button. It's not my preferred approach to the Ys series-- no, that's Oath in Felghana-- but Ys Seven was still a wonderful game worthy of the Ys series name.

v1398. Virtua Fighter 5 (PS3, 360, ARC) - Aurora (Sarah Bryant)

Sarah Bryant's stage in Virtua Fighter 5 features this awesome theme, a satisfying combination of rock and electronic music. I absolutely adore the riff of the guitar in this theme, making for an immense catchy theme overall. It's the type of song that gets you ready for battle, and then wondering what the heck is the hold up on Virtua Fighter 6, Sega!

v1399. After Burner Climax (Multi) - After Burner (Climax Remix)

For this VGM volume from After Burner Climax, a game delivered in digital form on whole heaping host of systems, including the PS3, 360, Mobile, and even the PSP, we have the main theme of the After Burner series itself, given a special remix for the Climax game. It's part rock, part trance, all good. It's After Burner (Climax Remix)!

v1400. Resident Evil 4 (Multi) - Krauser

Marking the historic 1400th VGM volume is one of my favorite games of all time, Resident Evil 4. For some, it's not viewed as brightly despite being a masterful game. This is due to the shift in tone of the series, a once survival horror game turned action series. The worst of that was with the sloppy Resident Evil 6. Still, one cannot deny the perfect pacing and intense, satisfying action that the developers behind Resident Evil 4 delivered to players.

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