Overlooked Music Mix: MegaMan X, Worms 2, Johnny Bazookatone
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Video game music has traditionally been thought of as nothing but clusters of nonsensical beeps and bloops. While this statement no longer holds merit in today’s gaming world, the general public still avoids or remains oblivious to this genre, often assuming that there lies nothing worth hearing within. I truly believe that there are countless gaming tracks out there that deserve a place amongst your more mainstream “normal” MP3s. With that being said, each installment of this series will sample just three inconspicuous songs which, in my opinion, are worth your time. They may be retro or modern, official or produced by fans. Regardless, please give them a listen.
|Where he fails in creating internet aliases, he surely makes up for it in aural ass-rocking. You may have seen his works on OCR or DoD, but I can’t help but share this song some more. Not only did he take one of the most neglected pieces in the game and drastically improve on it, but he even shared a video of himself providing the guitar work. If you like what you hear, you should check out the Project Chaos OCR album, because within it, he arguably stole the show with “Walk on Water”.|
|Worms 2 has, by far, the best soundtrack in the series. That may be due to the fact that the other games use mostly ambient noises instead, which I feel made the warfare seem much less intense. There’s a subtle build-up in this track that I appreciate. I can’t come up with a reason why I would pluck this from the many other fantastic tracks in the set, but it just carries a different vibe from the rest. You really get the impression that this was ripped right out of one of the Crocodile Dundee movies, not like that’s a bad thing…|
|This mediocre game was one of the first Playstation titles I tried, but hopefully I’m not too biased on this pick. This theme has quite a catchy melody going on, despite a slight cheese factor. I did a little research and apparently Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora helped with the music for this game. Take that for what you will. From what I remember, the game was a 2D side-scroller, and Johnny sported a purple-dyed set of Elvis hair, armed with a guitar-cannon of some sort. Yes, rest easy Final Fantasy gunblade enthusiasts. There are far more ridiculous game weapons out there.|