Video Game Music of the Week - 247


Final Fantasy VIII (PlayStation)

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Tracks:
Blue Fields, Don’t Be Afraid, The Man With The Machine Gun, Eyes On Me

Composer(s):
Nobuo Uematsu



Final Fantasy VIII is the second game in the series to release on the PlayStation, following Final Fantasy VII. The game released in 1999 and is often considered to be one of the black sheep games in the series.



Blue Fields
This track is the overworld theme in
Final Fantasy VIII and is one of the most different overworld themes in the series. It has a very calming and stress-free feeling to it.




Don’t Be Afraid
Don’t Be Afraid is Final Fantasy VIII’s battle theme and definitely belongs on a list of great Final Fantasy battle themes. It isn’t as intense as the Final Fantasy VII theme or as traditional as the Final Fantasy VI one, but is one of the series most mature themes.




The Man With The Machine Gun
Final Fantasy VIII features a side-story that plays parallel to the main story in the game. The main battle theme for these sections in the game is completely different, sounding more modern and energetic.




Eyes On Me
Eyes On Me is one of Final Fantasy VIII’s main story themes and the melody from the song s featured many times throughout the game. The track is easily one of the series’ most notable songs with lyrics.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 246


Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Sega Mega-Drive)

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Tracks:
Emerald Hill Zone, Chemical Plant Zone, Aquatic Ruin, Emerald Hill Zone 2P

Composer(s):
Masato Nakamura


Sonic The Hedgehog 2 released worldwide in 1992, just a year after the original. The game is the second best selling Sega Mega-Drive/Genesis game ever, with the number one spot going to the original Sonic The Hedgehog.


Note*
We featured Sonic The Hedgehog 2 in our 6th VGM of the Week article. As the podcast didn’t exist at this point in time, we lost the chance to feature the game on the show as the podcast is directly influenced by the VGM of the Week articles. We are featuring the game yet again, to showcase the games music in our Video Game Music podcast, which will happen with other similar games in the future.




Emerald Hill Zone
The first theme track in
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 brings back memories of the first stage in Sonic The Hedgehog. In a sense, it’s a play on that original theme song that stuck in players minds for years.




Chemical Plant Zone
The theme track to the second set of stages in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is easily one of the series’ most unique and distinguished. It has a very tense feel to it during certain moments, which work extremely well with the stressful underwater segments in the zone.




Aquatic Ruin
These water and ruin themed levels have a very ancient feel to them, and as such, the stages music solidifies this concept with its infectious melody.




Emerald Hill Zone 2P
Unlike the first Sonic The Hedgehog, the second game allowed players to share the experience with someone else in the form of a two-player mode. The game is slightly altered when playing this way, and the games music is also changed. The first set of stages feature a totally different sound that is a lot more peaceful and relaxed compared to the original version of this theme.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 245


Sonic The Hedgehog (Sega Mega-Drive)

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Tracks:
Green Hill Zone, Marble Zone, Spring Yard Zone, Special Stage

Composer(s):
Masato Nakamura


Sonic The Hedgehog released on June 23, 1991 in North America, Europe and Australia. Not only is Sonic The Hedgehog one of the most well known video game series of all time, but Sonic himself is easily one of the most recognisable characters of all time.



Green Hill Zone
Green Hill Zone has a very whimsical feel to it. composer Masato Nakamura created the game music by treating the game more as a Movie, as opposed to a Video Game, in a time when Video Games were still developing their narrative styles.




Marble Zone
Masato Nakamura composed the games music based on a few still images, taking inspiration from the minor details he could see. He has specifically spoken about how seeing images of fire or ice would directly influence his music. There is a lot of lava in the Marble Zone stages that directly guided his composition for those.




Spring Yard Zone
This track has a very funky melody with some very clever use of the systems sound, especially the diverse Bass instrumentation.




Special Stage
The Special Stage theme is very dreamy, creating a unique otherworldly sound. It is a very straightforward theme with a consistently gentle melody.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 244


Parasite Eve (PlayStation)

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Tracks:
Out Of Phase, Phrase Of Aya, Missing Perspective

Composer(s):
Yoko Shimomura


Parasite Eve is a Survival Horror Action RPG released by Square in 1998. It was the company’s first M-rated game and was based on a novel released in 1995.



Out Of Phase
This track follows a similar progression throughout the entirety of the song. There is a slight creepiness hiding under the main rhythm line of the track, and the few piano notes that appear rarely emphasis an unfamiliarity.




Phrase Of Aya
This track features duel piano melodies that play completely synchronised. The notes however are different creating a new sound out of two differentiating chord progressions.




Missing Perspective
There is an uneasiness in this track. The main theme is played by a piano-like instrument, with atmospheric backing.






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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 243


Resident Evil (PlayStation)

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Tracks:
More Rooms, Meeting Rebecca, Long Lost Friend, Still Dawn

Composer(s):
Makoto Tomozawa
Koichi Hiroki
Masami Ueda


Resident Evil released in 1996 and is one of the most important games in the Survival Horror genre. It is the first game in a huge series that has since spawned a very successful movie franchise.



More Rooms
Eerie sounds sum up the vibe of both Resident Evil’s soundtrack and game itself. The track
More Rooms features a light but completely ominous theme that maintains a lingering creepiness.




Meeting Rebecca
This track is a soft theme found within a game full of terror. Rebecca is a supporting character in the game with an expertise in medicine, allowing for her theme to have a more calming characteristic.




Long Lost Friend
This theme is another slow song with a very soothing melody. Much like the previous song, it features a very welcome sound after the twisted themes present elsewhere in the game.




Still Dawn
This is a very surprising song found in the credits of Resident Evil. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a song titled Layla by Derek and the Dominoes. Sonic Adventure’s Emerald Coast theme also a similar sound to this theme.






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

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