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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Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes (Arcade, Various)

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Tracks:
Captain America, Spider-Man, Morrigan, Captain Commando

Composer(s):
Masato Kouda
Yuko Takehara


Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash Of Super Heroes released in 1998 and is the third entry in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, following X-Men vs. Street Fighter and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.



Captain America
Captain America's theme in Marvel vs. Capcom is one of the most noble tracks in the game, fitting for a character such as this. The games soundtrack features a very characteristic Capcom sound throughout.




Spider-Man
The theme song to Spider-Man is expectingly up-beat and mildly quirky. The unique Marvel vs. Capcom sound can be heard extremely well in this theme, with it's notable Jazz and Lounge sounds.




Morrigan
Morrigan's theme is very much dialled down compared to many of the other songs in the game. It features some minor Jazz elements and remains relatively smooth throughout.




Captain Commando
The theme track to Captain Commando possesses one of the games greatest melody focused themes. It begins with a very rock-centric beat and further along, features almost metal-rock elements.






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

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Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PlayStation 3)

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Tracks:
Atlantis Of The Sands, Boarding Party, The London Underground, Small Beginnings

Composer(s):
Greg Edmonson


Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception released in 2011 on the PlayStation 3 in arguably one of the best years in recent gaming. The music heads in a slightly different direction to the previous two games, but keeps certain sounds and themes to make the series continue to feel like a cohesive story.


Atlantis Of The Sands
This song, along with many of the games themes, has a very clear inspiration taken from the classic story and film of Lawrence Of Arabia.




Boarding Party
Boarding Party has a very different opening than most of the games music, featuring what is clearly a distorted guitar. The song has some espionage elements but progresses into a more action paced theme with the distorted guitar making further appearances.




The London Underground
There are many high-tense situations found throughout the Uncharted series, and this theme plays during the early portion of the game. Musically, it begins to blend two of the very diverse locations in the game, becoming a foreshadowing of the future settings and direction of the game.




Small Beginnings
Small Beginnings opens with an acoustic guitar riff that makes careful appearances throughout the theme. It slowly builds, but also keeps everything quite reserved, allowing for the string instruments to shine through during the songs most notable peak.





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

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