My VG Music Picks #68 – N’s Room (Pokémon Black 2 & White 2)

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the following:

Pokémon Black & White
Pokémon Black 2 & White 2

While this track technically appeared in Pokémon Black & White first, I decided to focus on the version that appeared in the sequel games since 1. it’s the version that’s on the official OSTs and 2. I think this version’s way creepier, which is fitting given what month I’m writing this in. However, I will be writing about the context the music is used from the first games since, well, that’s where said context comes from and it isn’t really touched upon all that much in the sequels. Anyway, enough rambling, let’s move on. Continue reading

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My VG Music Picks #67 – Professor Layton’s Theme (Professor Layton and the Curious Village)

I’m actually kind of shocked that it’s taken me this long to write about some music from the Professor Layton series, especially the good old prof’s theme music itself. The series became an instant favourite of mine when it launched back in 2008 thanks to its range of interesting and brain-taxing puzzles, lovely visuals, wonderful characters, off-the-wall storytelling and, of course, atmospheric music. And while Layton’s theme has remained relatively unchanged throughout the series, there’s a very good reason for that – it’s perfect already. Continue reading

My VG Music Picks #66 – Tomorrow Hill/Falling Off Tomorrow Hill (WarioWare: Smooth Moves)

There is a surprising amount of vocal tracks in the WarioWare series. I dunno, I just find that strange; I never would have pegged a series like this to get that kind of content. But, these lyrical pieces are not only quite fitting but are easily some of the most popular and memorable music tracks from the series (probably because they last more than five seconds).

And while there’s a certain little witch whose theme song reigns supreme above the rest, I want to shift the focus to another one for the time being – specifically Tomorrow Hill from the Wii title, Smooth Moves. Continue reading

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

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