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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Favorite Tunes #133: Winter is Upon Us

The new year is well underway, and man, is it getting colder and colder outside. This Favorite Tunes is light on the winter themes, but not light on quality.

Ruins - Undertale (PC)

Odds are good that you've heard about Undertale whether you wanted to or not. This indie game has taken the gaming world by storm and it was all the work of one lone man, Toby Fox. He created the game, wrote the story, composed the music, the whole nine yards. Undertale's soundtrack is highly diverse and you can bet the farm this won't be the last time you hear me gush about it.

Instructions - Mega Man Zero 2 (GBA) 

After years of stealing the spotlight from the central character in the X series, Zero was finally given his own line of games in Mega Man Zero. Playing very much like the X games, Zero can dash and cling to walls. Also true to the heart of Mega Man, the Zero titles are ball bustingly difficult. Don't let the fact that the series is on the GBA lead you to believe these games have sub par music. Each entry has music that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

Mizzter Blizzard - Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)

This is another one of those games I own, but have yet to play, but I'm well aware that Sticker Star is often regarded as the worst Paper Mario game. Combat relies heavily on stickers and if you run out, well, you're screwed. Even the game's detractors will still praise the game's soundtrack. Mario games could use even more jazz during boss fights.

Volcano Valley Act 1 - Sonic 3D Blast (SAT ver.)

Fans of the older Sonic games from the 1990s that think Sonic could do no wrong suffer from selective memory. The classic Sonic era had quiet a few clunkers, with the cream of the crap being Sonic 3D Blast. The isometric gameplay didn't do Sonic any favors but at least we got some awesome music out of this one. The Genesis and Saturn versions have entirely different soundtracks. Both are quiet good but if I had to choose one over the other, the Saturn/PC version wins hands down. The sense of urgency in Volcano Valley Act 1 always gets me pumped.

Password - Mega Man X (SNES)

Much of Mega Man X is on the edgy side of things when compared to its Classic series counterpart. From the story, the characters, even the music has a much more hardcore flair to it. So its a little surprising to hear the game's Password music sound like something out of the Classic games. This is the most upbeat piece of music in the whole game. Not that this is a bad, thing, mind you. Quite the contrary. Passwords were only used for the first three X games and the first one is the best of the bunch.

Frost Dragon - Brave Fencer Musashi (PS)

There was actually a time where Square was known for more than just Final Fantasy. During their PS1 era, Sony's 32-bit machine was home to numerous releases such as Parasite Eve, Xenogears, Vagrant Story and Brave Fencer Musashi, a delightful action RPG that is in serious need of a digital re-release.

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