Are you ready to rock? I hope so, because that's the order of the day in this edition of Favorite Tunes.
Riptor Theme - Killer Instinct (ARC)
Despite his beastly appearance Riptor is a highly intelligent dino, but his pumped up IQ is at odds with his savage nature to crush, kill, destroy. As one might expect, Riptor is quite the adept fighter. I remember one of my friend's getting stuck on him in arcade mode and to add insult to injury, one of his many defeats ended with a devastating 20 hit combo. The Velociraptors in Jurassic Park don't have jack on Riptor.
Still in the Dark - Guilty Gear X (ARC, DC, PS2)
A fighter that's as stylish as it is flashy. When 3D fighters were popping up all over the place, the Guilty Gear series came out swinging with some of the most impressive 2D visuals ever seen in a fighting game. Even today, the Guilty Gear games are a sight to behold. Of course a pretty-looking game can only travel so far. Thankfully the Guilty Gear titles have a lot more going on than just good looks. The heavy metal soundtracks rank among the best in gaming or any other medium.
Crazy Call at Cry - F-Zero X (N64)
F-Zero X contained a few arrangements of the classic SNES F-Zero themes like Mute City and Big Blue but it was also bold enough to have a dozen new tracks. As much as I would have loved to have a rocked out version of Port Town in F-Zero X, Crazy Call at Cry is so mind blowingly awesome that I can't complain.
Matrex Stage - Mega Man X5 (PS)
The game that was originally intended to be the finale of the X series, X5 seems to be a middle of the road game for a lot of fans. Personally, I don't enjoy it as much as I do X4, but I still think it's a worthwhile X game, far better than the likes of X6 and X7. When the game was localized for English audiences, the Mavericks were given the names of Guns N' Roses members. Seeing as how the Mega Man series as a whole is filled with music references, I find this quite fitting. Matrex is known as Burn Dinorex in Japan.
Speed Highway - Sonic Adventure (DC, GCN)
By no means is Sonic Adventure perfect. The camera can be infuriating at times and some of the characters are a frustrating bore to play as (Big the Cat is the biggest offender). But Sonic Adventure does hit a lot of the right notes. Playing as Sonic is very satisfying, delivering some nice 3D platforming and a terrific sense of speed. And of course, the music is totally worth blasting through your neighborhood. To this day, Sonic Adventure still has some of the best music in the 3D Sonic era.
Jungle (Hard) - Contra 4 (DS)
The Jungle Theme has been a Contra mainstay since the original game. It may was well be the theme of the series. It isn't heard on every Conra title, but it is available in some form on another in most titles. Contra 4, released in 2007 was the series 20th anniversary title and it would be a shame of the famed Jungle Contra tune was absent. Playing on Easy or Normal and wondering why you haven't heard this tune? The only way to hear it in game is by playing on the Hard difficulty. Bear in mind that Contra 4 is not much easier when playing on Easy or Normal. My short time playing a friend's copy of Contra 4 has got to be one of the fastest times I've ever seen the game over screen in my life.
Force Your Way - Final Fantasy VIII (The Black Mages Arranged Ver.)
Nobuo Uematsu, Tsuyoshi Sekito, and Kenichiro Fukui made up The Black Mages, the heavy metal rock band that specialized in Final Fantasy music arrangements. They only put out a handful of albums as The Black Mages but each one will make you wish they were still together pumping out more Final Fantasy rock arrangements.
Bowser's Castle - Super Mario Kart (SNES)
I wasn't too adept at connecting a lot of video game remixes as a kid, (save the Super Mario Bros. Theme) but the moment I heard this tune, I knew it was an arrangement of Bowser's final battle music from Super Mario World. Koji Kondo had already doused the original tune in heavy flavors or rock but somehow Soyo Oka had upped the ante, making the track sound even more hardcore.
Decisive Battle - Final Fantasy VI (Heavy Metal Arrange)
The artists known as released SHΛDE released GUARVAIL -Final Fantasy Heavy Metal Arrange Album- in 2007. Of the numerous battle theme remixes on the album, their rendition of Final Fantasy VI's Decisive Battle is my favorite. I've heard rock takes on a few tracks from Final Fantasy VI before, but never one quite like this.
Cammy Stage - Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold (PS, SAT)
If I'm not mistaken, this version of Cammy's Theme was first used in X-Men vs. Street Fighter, but I actually like this version a lot better. Not even the Alpha series was safe from upgrade sequels with the second entry in the Alpha series, Alpha 2 getting a Gold edition. Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold is in the 2006 release Street Fighter Alpha Anthology .
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