Video Game Music of the Week - 278


Street Fighter IV (Arcade, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Tracks:
Beautiful Bay Stage, Inland Jungle Stage, Volcanic Rim Stage, Street Fighter IV (Orchestra)

Composer(s):
Hideyuki Fukasawa


Street Fighter IV released in 2008 in Japan, and 2009 elsewhere around the world. It was responsible for an important revitalisation of the series and this momentum was carried throughout the games following updated releases, until yet another successful sequel was released years after.



Beautiful Bay Stage
This is the theme track to the stage Vietnam. It blends a tribal style percussion with a melodic techno sound. In fact, the soundtrack itself gears more towards this electric/techno theming, showing that there is yet again an obvious shift in the style of music found in the
Street Fighter series.




Inland Jungle Stage
The track Inland Jungle Stage is another stage theme, this time for the level Brazil. The song features various synthesised sounds and extremely heavy bass notes. The bass pulses at a constant frequency as the melody dances around this prominent sound.




Volcanic Rim Stage
This theme is a very energetic and fast track that provides an intensity to its partnered stage. It's melody is the charging force that is empowered by the songs hectic rhythm and bass sounds.




Street Fighter IV (Orchestra)
Apart from the opening theme that features vocals, this track is the standard main theme to the game. However, this orchestral version, specifically, is the most unique and unexpected sound found in the Street Fighter IV soundtrack. It's a great cinematic theme for a game that is fairly light on story.






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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 277


Street Fighter III: New Generation (Arcade)

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Tracks:
Jazzy NYC, Crowded Street, Good Fighter, Beginning Of The Next

Composer(s):
Hideki Okugawa
Yuki Iwai


Street Fighter III: New Generation released on Arcade in 1997 and featured a whole new cast of fighters, apart from both Ryu and Ken. The game was later updated through two seperate releases with Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact, released in 1997, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, released in 1999.



Jazzy NYC
This track immediately shows the stark differences between the
Street Fighter II soundtrack and the Street Fighter III soundtrack. The musical style of the series featured a complete overhaul with this release. This style and sound was later featured in other Street Fighter games and spin-offs in the series such as Marvel vs. Capcom and X-Men vs. Street Fighter.




Crowded Street
This track is the theme song to the stage Hong Kong. It's pacing is swift and its melody is sporadic, making it a very noticeable stage theme.




Good Fighter
The soundtrack features a more Funk style as opposed to Rock, which was definitely one of the more noticeable genres of music found in the previous Street Fighter II. This theme in particular shows the composer really diversifying the series musically with the tracks Funk vibe.




Beginning To The Next
This song is the games final Staff Roll/Credits theme. It's wildly different from the other tunes found in the game in terms of its more calm approach. This concept of featuring a different style song for a Credits Theme is something that is so consistently present in Video Game Music.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 276


Dragon Quest II / Dragon Warrior II (NES)

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Tracks:
Joyous Song, All Hope Is Lost, A Lonely Youth

Composer(s):
Koichi Sugiyama


Dragon Quest II is the follow-up to the 1986 RPG Dragon Quest. Like the previous title, Dragon Quest II was branded as Dragon Warrior II for it's North American release.



Joyous Song
As the name suggests, Joyous Song features a very pleasant and lively melody. It's energetic theme brings out the light-hearted aspects found in the
Dragon Quest series.




All Hope Is Lost
Dragon Quest II released in a time when games were still figuring out how to deliver purposeful narratives. The music in a game has always been one of the driving forces in assisting to create a mature and direct story when the limitations of the medium didn't allow for the same processes as a film or tv show. In this track you can really feel a level of despair and its this delivery of a specific feeling during a specific moment that absolutely confirms the importance that music had during the early days of story-based gaming.




A Lonely Youth
This track is the games overworld theme and has some minor similarities to that of the overworld theme in the original Dragon Quest. It contains fantasy elements that help bring character to the world, while also maintaining a memorable core melody.






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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 275


Dragon Quest / Dragon Warrior (NES)

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Tracks:
Overture, Tantegel Castle, Kingdom Of Alefgard

Composer(s):
Koichi Sugiyama


Dragon Quest, renamed Dragon Warrior for its North American release is the first game in the long-running Dragon Quest series. The NES game originally released in 1986 and came to North America three years later in 1989.



Overture
The
Overture theme has become synonymous with the series over its 30 year lifespan and has been featured in numerous titles in the series.




Tantegel Castle
This castle area in the original Dragon Quest is a very important location in the game. The music features a very regal sound, but there is certainly a lingering darkness or uneasiness in the tune.





Kingdom Of Alefgard
This is the games overworld theme and while it is relatively simple, it's melody is very musically connected to the notion of adventure and exploration. The unique song brings a certain charm to the games intriguing world.






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

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