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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Favorite Tunes #61: E3 2013 Get Hyped Edition

Kingdom Hearts III. Final Fantasy XV. Killer Instinct. Super Mario 3D World. The design of the PlayStation 4. Yes, E3 2013 is well under way. New games are revealed, old franchises are brought back and console prices have been divulged. It's quite an exciting time for all of us. This edition of Favorite Tunes is in honor of gaming's biggest annual event. Enjoy.

Tropical Resort Act 3 - Sonic Colors (Wii)

2010. It was another year, another Sonic game. The fans gave their usual negative output. But then they played the game and it wasn't just an OK game, but it was a great Sonic game that played well in both 2D and 3D. Sonic Colors is viewed as the game that brought console Sonic titles out of the depths after Shadow the Hedgehog threw the franchise off a cliff like Kazuya did old man Heihachi in the first Tekken.

Wind Garden - Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

E3 2006 is when Super Mario Galaxy was unveiled. We saw Mario running around small planets and flying off to others int he distance. It was one of the first games I bought for the Wii when I purchased the console in 2010 and loved this game so much that I went for 100% completion with Mario and Luigi. Even with Super Mario Galaxy 2's additions, I still feel this one is the better game.

Defiers of Fate - Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, 360)

Announced at E3 2006, American and PAL gamers wouldn't get their hands on this game until 2010, while Japan got it in 2009. It was also the first mainline Final Fantasy game to get released on the Xbox 360, which caused quite a bit of fan outcry. While critics generally had many positive things to say about Final Fantasy XIII, the majority of fans have a different opinion. I think everyone will agree that the soundtrack is amazing, though.

Endless Pain - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)

Never played Metal Gear Solid 4 but want to check out the story? Hit up YouTube. You can find every single cut scene in the game. Be warned that a lot of them are extremely long, the longest of any Metal Gear game. I'm fine with cut scenes in my gaming experience, but MGS4 pushes it dangerously close to the point where it's more of a movie than it is a video game.

The Landing - Final Fantasy VIII (PS, PC)

I love this theme. It really is such a shame that it's only played twice in the entire game. The first time The Landing is heard is when Squall and company arrive on Dollet in the middle of a full scale assault against the Galbadia forces. It plays again as Sefier leads Galbabia troops to attack the Balamb Garden SeeDs.

Main Theme - Meta Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2)

Arguably the best game in the Metal Gear Solid saga, Snake Eater takes place during the 1960s, staring Naked Snake, AKA, Solid Snake's old man, AKA, the man who would later become Big Boss. You can see much of what would shape him into becoming the man he does through his many trials throughout this adventure. He loses an eye, a mentor, and many of his beliefs in a very short period of time.

Dragon's Nest ~To Those Who go to Heaven~ - Tekken 5 (PS2)

There are many reasons to like the Tekken series. The fighting engine, the combos the character designs and of course, the music. The games seem to have gone more to the rock and techno side in sound, but that doesn't really bother me. Oh, I forgot to add bears to the list of reasons to like Tekken. What other games like you duke it out as a freaking bear?

Sky Sands - Kirby Air Ride (GCN)

I believe the first time I heard about Kirby's Air Ride was E3 1996. The game had a very troubling development cycle and was cancelled numerous times. Kirby Air Ride was finally released in 2003 and although the game was super simple, it offered a plethora of things to unlock. Many Kirby fans are proud to call Air Ride one of their favorite Kirby titles, myself included.

Hyrule Field - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (GCN, Wii)

Nintendo has had plenty of good and bad moments at E3 but one of their best ones was the reveal for The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess at E3 2004. Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage with a replica of the Hyrule Shiled and Master Sword and then proceed to demo the game himself.

Main Theme - Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

What better way to end the list than with the very song that kicked off Super Smash Bros. Brawl's 2006 E3 trailer? This game alone convinced a lot of people purchase a Wii. The surprise reveal of Solid Snake at the end only made the wait for Brawl that much more unbearable. And since Brawl didn't release until 2008, it was a very long wait indeed.

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