Video Game Music of the Week – 29.10-04.11.2012

Earthworm Jim sure was a hit on the Mega Drive/Genesis, but sadly couldn’t get anywhere near the popularity of the system mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. And one of the major reasons why the Sonic games in the 16-bit era were so awesome (and why they trounced the Mario counterparts) was the really cool music. From the original Sonic game to Phantasy Star Online, Sonic Team has always been known for great music in their games. The Sonic song I picked for this week is Aquatic Ruin Zone from Sonic 2, it was my favourite song in the game when I played it on my trusty SEGA Mega Drive II back in the day.

Composer: Masato Nakamura
Game: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Song:  Aquatic Ruin Zone

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Video Game Music of the Week – 06-12.08.2012

Still in a PSO mood, this week I’ve decided to share PSO2’s take on “A Whole New World” with you. PSO fans will instantly recognise it. It’s enjoyable and shows promise for the PSO2 soundtrack as a whole. Of course, I do not hope for a soundtrack as amazing as Phantasy Star Online’s, that would be too much to ask. But I’ll be happy enough if PSO2’s comes close to its quality. Yes, the game is already out in Japan and I could listen to the music even now, but I prefer to wait until I get to play it myself in 2013. 🙂

Composer:  Hideaki Kobayashi
Game: Phantasy Star Online 2
Song:  A Whole New World – PSO2 Arrangement

Video Game Music of the Week – 30.07-05.08.2012

This week continues the SEGA theme, even if we’re leaving the 16-bit nostalgia behind for now. With Phantasy Star Online 2 having already come out in Japan and being mere months away from being playable in English, I cannot help recalling one of the things that made the original Phantasy Star Online so amazing – its soundtrack. It’s one of my favourite game soundtracks, and the song I’ve chosen from it is actually from Episode IV, exclusive for the PC version Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst. It’s called “Nostalgia in Solitude: Part 1”.

Composer:  Hideaki Kobayashi
Game: Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst
Song:  Nostalgia in Solitude: Part 1

Video Game Music of the Week – 23-29.07.2012

This week’s theme comes from another Mega Drive/Genesis classic – Ristar. Nowadays, this eccentric platformer by Sonic Team is available on PS3/360 as part of the SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection, and even on Steam. It’s well worth checking out – on top of the nice music, the game is just a lot of fun to play. The song from it that I’ve chosen for this week is called “Break Silence.”

Composers:  Tomoko Sasaki, Naofumi Hataya, Masafumi Ogata
Game: Ristar
Song:  Break Silence