Video Game Music of the Week - 268


Bravely Second: End Layer (Nintendo 3DS)

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Tracks:
Bravely Second Main Theme, Gathelatio (Seat Of The Orthodoxy) Ready To Go, Blabbery Second, Battle Of Oblivion

Composer(s):
ryo


Bravely Second: End Layer released in early 2015 and is a sequel to Bravely Default. The game takes place two and a half years after the events of the first game in the series.



Bravely Second Main Theme
The theme begins with a small piano intro before heading into the very cinematic body of the song. It's a great theme that introduces the very enticing concept of adventure and fantasy that the game delivers.




Gathelatio (Seat Of The Orthodoxy)
This song is a location theme track that is found early on. It has notions of royalty and prestige, intertwined with the feeling of a bustling city set in a magical place.




Ready To Go
This song is a slow theme with a piano opening that continues to carry the song throughout. RPG titles like Bravely Default and Bravely Second focus very hard to deliver impactful stories, and its through themes such as this that truly help define a created world and leave a mark on the player.




Blabbery Second
This theme song plays during moments of chatter between the party members and between the general characters found in the game. It's a very light, bubbly theme that occurs during moments of respite.




Battle Of Oblivion
This track is one of the games battle themes. The fast tune features a very intense overall feel, with a lot of diversity in its structure and sound.






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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 267


Bravely Default (Nintendo 3DS)

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Tracks:
Beneath The Hollow Moon, The Visitor, Beyond That Prayer, The Vagrant Love, The Day The Wind Blew

Composer(s):
Revo


Bravely Default released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. The traditional JRPG was both a return to form style game and a breath of fresh air at the same time. It did away with some JRPG elements that weighed down the genre, while still maintaining an enticing video game experience.



Beneath The Hollow Moon
The tranquility of this theme solidifies the soundtracks impressive array of memorable tracks. The wind lead instruments melody is the songs defining factor and has such a great, deep theme.




The Visitor
The Visitor is a perfect example of the diversity and wildness that can be found in numerous songs on the Bravely Default soundtrack. Its fanatic instrumentation and unexpected melody bring yet another creative tune to the game.




Beyond That Prayer
This track begins in a very predictable RPG fashion. However, you'll be surprised by the tonal shift and the remarkable quality of individuality this track processes.




The Vagrant Love
This super-fast action piece is a relatively short track, but crams so much into its score from beginning to end.



The Day The Wind Blew
This track is a slow theme that features an amazing piano melody throughout with different layers that appear as the song progresses. It all comes together as one of the games most emotive themes.





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

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Video Game Music of the Week - 263


Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo 3DS)

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Tracks:
Title, Beach (Underwater), Koopa's Lava Castle, Special World 8

Composer(s):
Takeshi Hama
Mahito Yokota
Asuka Hayazaki


Super Mario 3D Land is a Nintendo 3DS title that blends traditional 2D Mario elements with the 3D free-roaming aspects of more recent games. The game released in November 2011, worldwide.



Title
This is the main intro theme to
Super Mario 3D Land and was the first song heard during the first trailer for the game at Nintendo's E3 Press Conference in 2011. It is possibly the most jazzy theme in the Mario series.




Beach ~ Underwater
This track is an underwater themed stages in Super Mario 3D Land. Nearly all Mario games feature different tracks for different stage themings, such as Underwater, Underground, Deserts etc. The second half of the track features a very light, high-tonal melody that is a recurring structure in Mario's underwater themes.




Koopa's Lava Castle
This is a Castle theme to the Bowser stages in Super Mario 3D Land. It's a tense track, and one of the really few action pieces found in the game.




Special World 8
In Super Mario 3D Land, once the main game is complete, there is almost a whole other game to be played. These stages are very difficult and feature usually unique and wild aspects to them. The final Special World features a very fun and catchy theme, showing the beauty in the music of the Super Mario series.





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

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