My VG Music Picks #65 – Bomb Rush Blush/Tidal Rush (Splatoon 2)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Splatoon 2

I don’t know what I expected from Splatoon 2‘s single player mode. I guess I always figured it’d just be more of the same aside from one or two new additions. And, for the most part, that’s pretty much what I got. That being said, I was curious as to what the new final boss would be so I was initially disappointed that it was essentially the same boss from the first game. Fortunately, not only was this version much better in my opinion but it had even better music accompanying it. Continue reading

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My VG Music Picks #64 – Courtney Gears (Ratchet & Clank 3)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Ratchet & Clank 3)

I’ve never really found any music from the Ratchet & Clank series to be particularly memorable. Their soundtracks have never been bad but they were clearly designed to be more atmospheric; they’re the kind of music you can enjoy in the moment rather than independent of the game. As you can probably guess by now, there is one exception – the boss battle music that plays during the fight against robot pop-star Courtney Gears. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #63 – Boss Battle (Steven Universe: Save the Light)

Steven Universe is well known for a lot of reasons – one of those reasons being its numerous musical numbers; the quality of which can range from decent to down right amazing. So it’s kind of a shame that the soundtrack for it’s console tie-in game turned out to be very generic. Not bad, just… a bit bland, maybe. It does have a couple killer tracks though that stand above the rest – one of them (fortunately) being the boss battle theme.
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My VG Music Picks #62 – Nemesis Ridley (Metroid: Other M)

One thing we can always look forward to in a Metroid game is the inevitable fight with Ridley. No matter where Samus is or what she’s doing, chances are this big, purple, space dinosaur’s going to rear his ugly head and we get to enjoy putting him in the ground again. Hell, he’s so popular that they added him as an extra boss in the Metroid II remake for 3DS. And when Ridley shows up, he brings that famous theme music with him as well. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #61 – Enter the Darkness (Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

While I don’t have as much as an emotional connection to many of Kingdom Hearts‘ original characters as some people do, I won’t deny that the series has some effective and enjoyable original antagonists. For example, Vanitas from Birth by Sleep became an instant favourite of mine due to his personality, his vocal performance and his theme music. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #60 – A Cue Aun Tu Oi / A Red Apple (Gravity Rush 2)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Gravity Rush 2

One of my favourite scenes in Gravity Rush 2 is when Kat is mistaken for a singer and has to perform for some soldiers, because it’s so silly, especially since it seems like Kat is making this song up on the fly, but it’s also incredibly charming (not to mention she’s a damn good singer). Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #58 – Trapped By the Ocean Scent (Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

Much like the last Danganronpa track I wrote about, I’m referring to this one by its name in the iTunes release. Unlike that track, though, there’s nothing remotely entertaining about this one. This is a piece of music that exists solely to fill you with dread. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #57 – Athena Cykes ~ Courtroom Révolutionnaire (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies/Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice)

I don’t know if I’m in a minority or not, but I thought Athena Cykes was a welcome addition to the main Ace Attorney cast. While she may not be the most original character ever, her energetic, confident personality made her the perfect newcomer to contrast against the likes of Phoenix and Apollo. Not to mention I enjoyed the character arc in Dual Destinies, the introduction of the Mood Matrix mechanic and, of course, her superb music theme.

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My VG Music Picks #56 – Die House (Cuphead)

 

I’m too much of  a coward to actually attempt playing Cuphead but I have a lot of respect and admiration for it in terms of its aesthetics. StudioMDHR did a fantastic job replicating the 1930’s style of animation and music. I’ve admittedly not checked out the entire soundtrack but there was one track that immediately resonated with me and, judging by all the YouTube covers, many others – Die House. Continue reading