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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Favorite Tunes #127: Transform and Rock Out

As a gamer, I'm seldom bored. No matter what, I've always got something to play. Be it an old favorite or something new. The same goes for video game music. There is always some music for my ears to hear. And on the note of old and new faves...

Fight Theme 5 - Transformers Devastation (PS3, PS4, XBO, 360)

Who hates giant robots? Yeah, I didn't think so. Despite Michael Bay's live action adaptations of the franchise, the Transformers series continues to endure. The series latest game entry may very well be the best Transformers game to date. Developed by PlatinumGames, Transformers Devastation serves up a smorgasbord of robot on robot action (not in that way) and an amazing soundtrack. Autobots, prepare to rock out!

Ink Me Up - Splatoon (Wii U)

Nintendo may not release new IPs very often but when they do, they sure know how to turn heads. Splatoon is the Big N's take on the shooter genre and its messy but in a very good, refreshing way. From time to time, there are events known as Splatfests where you pick a side and battle it out in Turf Wars. During Splatfest, everyone is partying in the plaza and all the battles take place at night The usual battle themes are replaced with this super cool, upbeat theme. This coming Splatfest is Pirates vs. Ninjas.

Redial - Bomberman Hero (N64)

Releasing one year after Bomberman 64, Bomberman Hero was met with two major criticisms. The game's difficulty was almost non existent and there was no multiplayer mode, the later of which is downright criminal for a Bomberman title. Chun Chikuma's music, however, did not disappoint.

Windy Valley 1 - Sonic Adventure (DC, GCN)

Sonic may have had some pretty rocky steps in 3D, but not every Sonic game to come out after the Genesis era is the train wreck that critics and digruntled fans make them out to be. Sonic Adventure certainly isn't perfect (nor are the early 1990s Sonic titles) but its still one of my favorite Sonic games. Sonic has had consistently great soundtracks with each platform entry and while the music from Sonic Generations and Colors really wowed me, Sonic Adventure just might have my all-time favorite music in a 3D Sonic. There's a lot of rock, but those calm, soothing tracks are thrown in for good measure.

Battle Theme - Tales of Phantasia (SFC)

There are so many games in the Tales franchise that it can be quite difficult to keep track of them all. But then again, I suppose that is to be expect of a 20 year old series. The first game, Tales of Pahntasia hit the Japanese SNES, the Super Famicom in 1995 but the Tales series wouldn't make it stateside until 1998's Tales of Destiny on the PlayStation. Tales games are known for their exceptional music, a standard that was set with the first entry.

Special Course - Yoshi's Wooly World (Wii U)

A spiritual successor to 2010's hit Kirby's Epic Yarn, Yoshi's Wooly World is my shaping up to be my second favorite Yoshi game, right behind the classic Yoshi's Island. If you thought Epic Yarn was too easy, Wooly World throws plenty of obstacles and challenges your way in Classic mode. If you manage to collect all of the flowers in a world's 8 stages, you unlock a special course, where the difficulty ramps up even more significantly. S courses really test your mettle and features zero checkpoints. The cheery music may be the only thing keeping you going after an umpteenth attempt.

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