Video Game Music of the Week - 68


Phantasy Star II (Sega Mega Drive)

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Tracks:
Phantasy, Secret Ways, Silent Zone, Mystery

Composer(s):
Tokuhiko Uwabo

Phantasy Star II is an RPG that felt very ahead of its time, when released, thanks to its compelling subject matter and constant focus on character development. The game tackled very adult issues, way before games like Final Fantasy hit the scene. The music in Phantasy Star II is very driving, being yet another clear indication of how great Mega Drive/Genesis music can be.


Phantasy
This tune is one of the main themes to Phantasy Star II and goes about introducing the game in a very fitting way. The song starts out relatively slow, with the major bulk of the song coming in just after the intro. There’s a notable emphasis on the beat with each note played.





Secret Ways
Secret Ways has a neat way of mixing the song up by changing the duration of the notes played, as well as the beat. It feels fast and slow at the same time thanks to this, making it stand out as one of the very memorable songs on the soundtrack.





Silent Zone
The song begins immediately with its very chorus-like opening and smooth instrumentation. The beat is very constant, which keeps the song bopping along at a steady pace.





Mystery
There’s a perky nature to the tune, as well as most of the other music in the game. The track is one of the faster tunes found in the game and it has a very heroic feel. Its almost cliched to say that, but you can’t deny the ‘heroic’ musical expression that’s found in many role-playing games.






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