Video Game Music of the Week - 274

Dragon Force (Sega Saturn)


Main Theme, Teiris' Theme, Leon's Theme, Junon's Theme

Tatsuyuki Maeda

Dragon Force released on the Sega Saturn in 1996 and is a real-time strategy game. The game received a sequel in 1998, however it never made its way outside of Japan.

Main Theme
The Main Theme is a fairly standard introduction track that hits all the usual musical beats for an RPG centrepiece theme. It offers a telling insight into the musical style and overall theming of the game.

Teiris' Theme
This theme track begins with a very weighty opening. The track is centred around a notable bass, semi-piano-like melody and various string instruments.

Leon's Theme
Leon's Theme has a very punchy melody with a noticeable bass track yet again. This theme has a particularly uplifting flow with a great deal of momentum.

Junon's Theme
This track is definitely one of the games more emotive themes. The track continuously builds upon its melody to help create this specific feeling and to help define certain story moments, which help in creating a more poignant narrative.

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


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Grandia (Sega Saturn, PlayStation)


Town Of Parm, Battle 1, At Dinner, Stand And Rise Justin

Noriyuki Iwadare

Grandia originally released on the Sega Saturn in Japan 1997, but it wasn't until 1999 until the game came to English markets with a PlayStation release. The game is the first in a series of RPG titles that all share a relatively similar Battle Mechanic revolving around characters placement on a moving time bar.

Town Of Parm
The first location of the game features a very bustling and busy theme. It's slightly mechanical sound and accordion-like melody begin to reveal to the player that this particular world features a fusion of Fantasy and emerging technology.

Battle 1
The Grandia series as a whole often features multiple great battle themes. This particular version is the standard battle theme and begins with a very punchy opening that leads into various different instruments and different melodies. This diversity is essential when it comes to themes such as this that are heard often throughout an entire game.

At Dinner
This song is unbelievably catchy. The fun melody plays during moments of respite and ties certain story threads together as mild stop gaps in the games narrative. This song makes an appearance in Grandia II also.

Stand And Rise Justin
There is a certain style that composer Noriyuki Iwadare showcases through many of his RPG soundtracks. This particular song shows this extremely fun style that is found throughout this game, other games in the series, and other games in his remarkable list of compositions

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


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Die Hard Trilogy (PlayStation, Sega Saturn, PC)


Garage, Dulles Airport, Runway, Central Park

Stephen Root
Neil Palmer

Die Hard Trilogy released in 1996 on PlayStation and Sega Saturn & PC in 1997. The game features a distinct gameplay style for each of the three Die Hard movies that the game is based on.

The track Garage is filled with many 90’s sounds and ideas. It’s electro/house style sets the game apart from the movie trilogy, with the game itself only being loosely based on them.

Dulles Airport
This track is a relatively slow theme that actually feels like an 80’s song with its unique synth sound, pacing and late-track percussions.

Runway quite clearly begins with the famous 20th Century Fox tune, paying homage to the movies distributor. The song itself though features a distorted guitar riff that repeats through most of the song and there is a brass, almost marching band sound towards the end of the theme.

Central Park
This theme plays during the Die Hard With A Vengeance segment in the game. It has a pulsing synth melody with an echoing backing that gives the theme an almost retro sound.

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


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