Video Game Music of the Week - 299


Beyond Good & Evil (Various)

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Tracks:
Home Sweet Home, Hyllian Suite, Violent Jade Suite, Funky Bar

Composer(s):
Christophe Héral


Beyond Good & Evil is an action-adventure game that released over multiple home consoles and PC's in 2003. The game received quite the cult following and a sequel was finally announced at this years E3 expo.



Home Sweet Home
This song features a very enticing opening with its strange background sound and core piano line of music. The theme suggests an adventurous setting with some elements of mystery and grandiose layered within.




Hyllian Suite
Hyllian Suite features a very tribal and natural sound. The flute-like melody brings a sense of wonder to the theme, with the songs string instruments giving it a more ambitious feel at the same time. The xylophone segment is also one of the themes more memorable moments.




Violent Jade Suite
This theme is immediately noticeable as a very action-oriented and tense piece of music. The main section of the theme is extremely fast, delivering an almost agitated sound.




Funky Bar
This track has a great jazz feel with it's cleverly delivered trumpet solo. The beat box-backing only helps to deliver one of the games truly unforgettable themes, proving the unique qualities that the game possesses.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 298


ARMS (Switch)

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Tracks:
GrandPrix, Scrapyard, Snake Park, Get New ARMS Theme

Composer(s):
Atsuko Asahi
Yasuaki Iwata


Nintendo's latest brand new IP, ARMS, released on the Nintendo Switch in June of this year. The title took advantage of the unique capabilities of the consoles motion controllers, the Joy-Cons, and delivered a competitive fighting game for the new system.


GrandPrix
This track is the games official Main Theme that plays during the title menu. It's an infectious tune that conveys a fun, colourful atmosphere to what is yet another unique world hand-crafted by Nintendo.




Scrapyard
This is one of the games stage themes, that is paired with the character Mechanica. It's funky guitar chords play in tandem with an almost sporadic selection of instruments and varying sounds.




Snake Park
This theme is another stage track, this time for the character Kid Cobra. It's one of the faster tunes found in the game and features a mild play on the Main Theme of ARMS. In fact, most of the games stage themes feature recurring elements from the games title track.




Get New ARMS Theme
This song is a bonus theme of sorts that plays when the character is partaking in a Mini-game that allows players to obtain more "ARMS" for their characters. Its yet another ultra-funky track with a great bass riff.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 297


Splatoon (Wii U)

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Tracks:
Main Theme, VS Mode 1, Booyah Base, Credits

Composer(s):
Toru Minegishi
Shiho Fujii


Splatoon released on the Nintendo Wii U in 2015 and was a fresh new take on an immensely popular video game genre. However, as is often the case with Nintendo, the game featured a remarkably unique style, along with some interesting gameplay ideas.



Main Theme
Everything about Splatoon shows that Nintendo made a very different approach to a brand new IP. The games genre and style has a very unique characteristic, with the games music being one of the main stylistic stand-outs. The games Main Theme shows a very garage/punk-rock style, with a wacky vocaliser incorporated.




Vs Mode 1
The games soundtrack takes musical cues from Rock, Punk, Surf-Rock and Ska just to name a few. Some of these styles and sounds can be found in this track.




Booyah Base
This track features a combination of Funk, Hip Hop and Electronic music with some inaudible vocals. It's a fun tune that plays as a background theme while shopping for various items in the game.




Credits
This final track is a very smooth theme that plays during the games credits. Like many of the games other songs, it features some heavily altered vocals to fit with the games unique style.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 296


Brain Lord (SNES)

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Tracks:
Dragon Legend, Town Of Arcs, Road To The Tower, Natural Cavern, Road To Toronto

Composer(s):
Masanao Akahori


Brain Lord is an Enix published RPG that released on the SNES for North America and Japan only, never making its way to Europe or Australia. The game was developed by Produce!, a Japanese game company that also developed The 7th Saga.



Dragon Legend
This song features some rather emotional musical moments which are especially noticeable because the theme is played during the opening cutscene of the game. It's a relatively short song that introduces the player to a world that is set to feature some serious story telling.




Town Of Arcs
An ultra heavy bass carries this track, along with its super funky melody and other side instrumentation. This track is definitely one of the games most groovy themes.




Road To The Tower
This piece carries with it some more serious tones and ideas of a grand scale story with a deep sense of importance. Its melody is the driving force of the theme.




Natural Cavern
This song is yet another funky piece of music found within the game. The track is yet another example of how musically interesting the games themes are, with it's numerous unique melodies for the different sections and moments in the game.




Road To Toronto
This theme is a travelling backing track that continues the games very noticeable emphasis on diverse melodies and catchy riffs. Its one of the games more rock-centric themes.





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

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