SEGA’s last console, the Dreamcast, unfortunately didn’t last very long. But it had several hits that a ton of people like and are considered among the best games ever created even today. This week, I’ve gotta give it to Grandia II, an amazing RPG by Game Arts, and undoubtedly the best in the genre on the system, especially if you don’t count the online pioneer (get it?) Phantasy Star Online.
Many RPGs have boring normal battle themes, not Grandia II, though. Its is quite stellar. And it’s written by none other than Noriyuki Iwadare, who we’ve already had on this series with his Phoenix Wright 3 work.
Composer: Noriyuki Iwadare Game: Grandia II Song: FIGHT!! Version #1
Speaking of adventure games, I really enjoyed the Phoenix Wright games on DS. The first three were just ports of the GBA games, but it was a major gain for the English speaker to be able to play such awesome games in a language he/she could understand. Despite the outlandish murder stories, sometimes bordering on ridiculous, it was great fun finding the clues and especially using your logic to nail the real criminal in court.
Phoenix Wright games also have some really good music that makes them all the more memorable. For this week, I’ve chosen “Godot ~ The Fragrance of Dark Coffee” from the third game – the theme of one of the best characters in the series.
Composer: Noriyuki Iwadare Game: Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations Song: Godot ~ The Fragrance of Dark Coffee
Continuing the “vocals in video game songs” theme, this week’s game music of the week is Lucia’s Theme from Lunar: Eternal Blue – the English, SEGA/Mega CD version. It’s a really nice, touching song, fitting nicely with the game’s theme. I prefer this one to the PlayStation Eternal Blue Complete version – Kelly’s voice is just nicer to listen to than Jennifer Stigle’s.
If you haven’t played the two main Lunar games and you like RPGs, give them a shot! While the stories themselves aren’t THAT special, the casts are awesome (Ghaleon being one of my favourite game characters), and Working Designs’ localisation work is top-notch, making the English versions retain the hilarity of the Japanese ones.
Composer: Noriyuki Iwadare Singer: Kelly Weaver Game: Lunar: Eternal Blue (SEGA/Mega CD) Song: Lucia’s Theme