Recently I came across an indie title simply called Zombies. I would be lying if I said I followed indie games closely, but I gave Zombies a try and enjoyed the title quite a bit. It a simple game that involves your character killing zombies around the office, but also has some genuinely funny humor behind it. But there was something else that caught my interest even more, the music.
Zombies is developed by BigNic, and he developed everything in Zombies by himself. Seriously, he created everything by himself, which is an accomplishment in its own right.
Amazing soundtracks and indie games seem to go hand in hand. Much like how many indie games themselves pay homage to classics from the 8-bit and 16-bit eras, indie game soundtracks tend to borrow much from the NES, SNES, and Genesis era of music. The indie Metroidvania title La-Mulana is no exception. Originally designed as a tribute to games for the MSX home computer, which was a popular platform for games in Japan,La-Mulana is a brutal, Indana Jones-esque platforming adventure which has you exploring the ruins of La-Mulana, avoiding traps and gaining new abilities as you solve the many puzzles hidden throughout. The game was recently remade completely as a downloadable title for the Wii and PC, bringing with it better controls, new graphics, content, and, of course, revamped music. Continue reading
It’s been a while, but our weekly (as long as we don’t put it off) segment on great game music has returned! This week, we’re highlighting select songs from the cult-classic series of RPGs from Japan known as Ys, specifically, Ys: The Oath in Felghana.
This remake transforms some already great game music into an excellent, rocking soundtrack.
When it comes to RPGs, Persona 3 has one of the craziest, most diverse soundtracks around.
Game: Persona 3 (PS2-2006 [JP])
Persona 3 is arguably the greatest JRPG about highschool students simulating suicide in order to summon monsters. In my opinion, the Shin Megami Tensei series as a whole has surpassed the Final Fantasy games in terms of gameplay, story, and music. The music for most of the SMT games has been composed by Shoji Meguro, who has also taken over as director for several titles. However, this week we are simply focusing on the soundtrack for Persona 3. Take a listen to the game’s opening track “Burn My Dread”:
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Today’s selection of video game music comes from the hard rockin’ Guilty Gear X2
Game: Guilty Gear X2(Various versions, 2002)
I love me some metal. I also happen to love video game music. Sure, there are a bunch of cover bands who do metal arrangements of video game music, but how many games have a hard rockin’ soundtrack to begin with? Enter the Guilty Gear series of games. Continue reading
That’s right, we’re bringing back our feature on outstanding pieces of video game music, although with a few changes. In this weekly feature, we’ll be showcasing several tracks from a particular game and give a bit of history on the game as well. Enjoy!
Game: Mega Turrican (Sega Genesis, 1993)
You know how you would rent a game when you were younger that you still remember to this day? Mega Turrican for the Sega Genesis was that game for me. In the game, you play as a space marine with an awesome cybernetic suit tasked with repelling an alien force. The game featured tight platforming, non-stop explosions, and a morph ball mode that acted as the unholy love child between Sonic’s spindash and Samus’ morph ball. However over all those things I mentioned, even though it’s been well over a decade since I first played the game, I’ll never forget the music to the game’s first stage: