Video Game Music of the Week - 321


Daytona USA (Arcade)

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Tracks:
The King Of Speed, Let's Go Away, Pounding Pavement

Composer(s):
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
David Leytze


Daytona USA released for Arcade systems officially in 1994 and has since been considered one of the most successful Arcade games ever.



The King Of Speed
Daytona USA is filled with insane amounts of early arcade-nostalgia, especially in its music. This song is the games first racetrack theme and is very well known for that fact. There are some initial lyrics that bring the song into its techno style.




Let's Go Away
This theme track also features some minor lyrics throughout, but its the songs pulsating rhythm that makes it one of the games most representative themes.




Pounding Pavement
This track uses vocals in a unique way, making it feel more like an instrument to the theme. It is in fact the same words and melody used in previous song, but sampled in a very unforgettable way.






Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 320


Kirby's Dream Course (SNES)

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Tracks:
Castles Of Cake, Jigsaw Plains, Cloudy Mountain Peaks, Ride To The Sky

Composer(s):
Hirokazu Ando


Kirby's Dream Course is a golf game set in the Kirby world that released on the SNES in 1994 and 1995. Although the game is 2D, it is the first Kirby game with 3D gameplay and physics, setting itself apart for more reasons than one.



Castles Of Cake
Kirby's Dream Course features a soundtrack that is all too pleasant and colourful. There are many of the familiar Kirby sounds found throughout the soundtrack and this almost minimalistic track has just enough Kirby charm to lure you into the games wonderful world.




Jigsaw Plains
This track is extremely upbeat and takes some minor inspiration from the track Float Islands from Kirby's Dreamland for the Game Boy. It's staccato like bass-percussion is the songs immediately noticeable feature.




Cloudy Mountain Peaks
The tracks bass, toy piano-like instrument and various other instruments melt together to make a very interesting track that always feels enjoyable to listen to from moment to moment.




Ride To The Sky
This theme begins with some very enchanting tapping. It sets itself apart very well with this, and creates a very floaty and angelic feel.





Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 319


Tetris Attack (SNES)

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Tracks:
Flower World, Moon World, Tropical Dream, The Place Where Evil Sleeps

Composer(s):
Masaya Kuzume


Tetris Attack is a SNES puzzle game that released in 1995. The game is based on the Japanese title Panel de Pon, which is essentially the same game, however this version features art from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. The game also released on the Game Boy, however this is the SNES version specifically.



Flower World
This track is a very quirky and lively theme that features some very rapid bass and light wind instrument melodies at various times, these two play off each other to become the tracks main focus.




Moon World
This track is a lightly spooky theme that has quite a different sound to many of the other themes in the game. It features a repeating harp-like instrument that keeps the mildly eerie atmosphere alive.




Tropical Dream
This theme captures a very soothing feel with its tropical ideas. The echoey xylophone-like instrument and wavy saxophone keeps a very dream-like feel throughout the song.




The Place Where Evil Sleeps
This theme is a very dark track that teeters on the edge of mayhem, but never quite crosses it. Its this constant uneasiness that makes the tune such an interesting addition to the soundtrack.





Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 318


Parasite Eve II (PS2)

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Tracks:
Forbidden Power, MIST, Return To The Base, Water Tower, Gentle Rays

Composer(s):
Naoshi Mizuta


Parasite Eve II is the sequel to the original Parasite Eve which released just one year prior to this game. The composer Naoshi Mizuta also worked on games in the Final Fantasy and Street Fighter series.



Forbidden Power
This song would be classified as the games main theme, as well as the main characters theme. It's an upbeat rock track with some techno elements. The track ends on a darker note, leading into the games core idea.




MIST

One of the first songs in
Parasite Eve II is a reimagining of the song Out Of Phase from the original Parasite Eve. This track is a much slower version that retains the uneasy feel and potent core melody from the original.




Return To The Base
The soundtrack to Parasite Eve II features various styles of songs. There are dark, ominous themes as well as more soothing and safer themes. This theme shows the lighter side to the games music, which really gives the game a diverse sound that helps to make those more intense moments feel more intense.




Water Tower
The acoustic style of this track helps to create an apocalyptic style atmosphere with its stripped down sound.




Gentle Rays
This song plays at the end of the game and has a great piano melody that gives a feeling of closure. The track features both an echoey percussion and clean guitar backing.






Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 317


Resident Evil 2 (PlayStation)

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Tracks:
The Beginning Of Story, Secure Place, Sherry's Theme, Credit Line Of Whole Staff

Composer(s):
Masami Ueda
Shusaku Uchiyama
Syun Nishigaki


Resident Evil 2 is the sequel to the PlayStation horror game Resident Evil. The sequel released in 1998, two years after its predecessor and takes place roughly two months after the original game.



The Beginning Of Story
While the opening track is more so filled with ambient sounds and some frequent moments of silence, the track does exceptionally well at giving you a strange sense of creepiness, simply from the sounds and musical cues in the song alone.




Secure Place
This theme that plays during save zones in the game, delivers a sense of safety, all while still making sure the player is aware that danger lurks just outside of these safe zone.




Sherry's Theme
There is a strange sense of warmth found in Sherry's Theme. It still has a slight linger of mystery and danger, but everything seems to be a little more peaceful and at ease when her theme plays.




Credit Line Of Whole Staff
The staff roll theme at the end of Resident Evil 2 is actually a very rock/funk theme. The song has a killer guitar melody throughout, and the songs riveting bass line is a major point of mention.





Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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