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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.
|Unlike the awful sequels that followed, Sands was perfection. If it weren’t for Viewtiful Joe and Shadow of the Colossus, it would be my favorite title of last gen. Just like my last post, this end credits track capped off the entire experience in the best way possible, and surely encapsulated it in my memory for ages. You see what I did there? No? Ugh. Well it was made by Stuart Chatwood, and sung by Cindy Gomez. I believe there is an extended version that doesn’t end with a typical fadeout, but this is the version that’s on the official soundtrack, and I make use of what I have. If you enjoyed this track: Find album on Amazon.com|
|I had this bouncy, cheerful, colorful song stuck in my head for a day, and by my power, you shall as well. Topher of Destructoid’s RetroForce Go has sung praise about this game multiple times. If you want the wackiest fighter for Dreamcast…try JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. If you want the 2nd wackiest…oh crap, Guilty Gear X….hmm. Ok, so if you want the third wackiest fighter, try Project Justice. Get some friends over, take 3 minutes to explain the basic commands, and you’ll have quite a few hours of hilarity. If you enjoyed this track: Find album on eBay|
|Soul Blade for the Playstation might still be the most impressive port of an arcade fighter, ever. I’ll skip the fact that Namco added a megaton of weapons, stages, characters, modes, and other features. The shiniest aspect of the port was the sheer amount of music it came with. Not only did it include the full arcade score, but it included a arranged version, and a completely new soundtrack known as the KHAN SUPER SESSION. The crazy thing is, it’s easily superior to what was already a fantastic set of tunes. You get the impression that the music was written only after the respective character and setting was studied. This track portrays Rock. Listening to this, you can imagine him busting some skulls out in the hillside.|