Our ‘Tune of the Month’ for August is from Chrono Trigger. It’s considered to be not only one of the finest RPGs ever made, but also one of the best games ever conceived in time itself, or something like that.
It’s next to Secret of Mana on the top list anyway. By the way, can we please have a 3D remake for Chrono Trigger next? Thanks.
So how do you pick a song from a game with that kind of reputation? With difficulty, that’s for sure. In the end, we settled for the epic Magus Battle Theme music.
What’s it from? Chrono Trigger
Composed by: Yasunori Mitsuda, Nobuo Uematsu
Gaming context: As players fought the sinister, evil genius Magus, this song played. It’s filled with menace and power. And don’t forget the ominous laughing, (or is that crying?) in the background.
What was your favourite song from the game?
It’s that time folks. Yes, that’s right, our Game Quote of the Month. And it goes something like this for August:
“Stephen King once wrote that nightmares exist outside of logic, and there’s little fun to be had in explanations. They’re antithetical to the poetry of fear. In a horror story, the victim keeps asking “Why” but there can be no explanation and there shouldn’t be one. The unanswered mystery is what stays with us the longest and it’s what we will remember in the end. My name is Alan Wake. I’m a writer.”
What’s it from? Alan Wake
Platform: Xbox 360, PC
Gaming context: It’s the first thing you hear upon starting the campaign in Alan Wake.
The game is by far one of my favourite games, not only because it takes place in my home state of Washington but because of its fantastic story that keeps drawing you in until its sudden twist ending…
Although a direct sequel never came to be, Alan Wake: American Horror Story kept fans (mostly) happy. Still, can we have that sequel guys? Please.
You can hear the quote below:
In my sudden exploration of indie games, I found a real gem. A game that I was enchanted by – it just kept drawing me in.
That game was Dear Esther.
“I’ve begun my voyage in a paper boat without a bottom, I will fly to the moon in it. I’ve been folded along a creasing time, a weakness in the sheet of life. Now you’ve settled on the opposite side of the paper to me. I can see your traces in the ink that soaks through the fiber, the pulped vegetation. When we become waterlogged and the cage disintegrates we will intermingle. When this paper airplane leaves the cliff edge and carves parallel vapor trails in the dark, we will come together.”
What’s it from? Dear Esther
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Gaming context: The game’s trailer as well as the narrative in the story.
I understand most haven’t even heard of this game, but please stick with me here. Dear Esther is a masterpiece among the indie game community.
I can’t give away too much, but all I can say is that you are a ship-wrecked man on an island, simply exploring…
There are no guns, no action buttons, it’s just walking for two hours. Don’t let that scare you away, the narrative in this game is simply brilliant, and I highly recommend buying it off Steam.
You can hear the quote below. Wonderful!
Our ‘Tune of the Month’ for July is a real classic and continues the beat ’em up theme from last month. Streets of Rage 2 for the Mega Drive featured some ace music when Sega released it way back in 1993 (in Europe, that is).
The soundtrack is full of amazing songs, but in the end we chose the main boss theme, ‘Never Return Alive’. All these years on and it still sounds awesome.
What’s it from? Streets of Rage 2
Platform: Mega Drive
Composed by: Yuzo Koshiro, Motohiro Kawashima
Gaming context: Filled with menace, this song would play as gamers were pitted against the biggest thugs from Mr. X’s pugilistic gang.
Did you play Streets of Rage 2 back in the ’90s? What was your favourite song?
Starting this week, we’ll be doing a ‘Tune of the Month’ feature based on our favourite game songs. This won’t just be modern games either, we’ll be going right back to the conception of gaming.
What’s my pick for this month? A modern classic by the band Anamanaguchi.
What’s it from? Scott Pilgrim VS. The World: The Game
Platform: PS3 and Xbox 360 (specifically the PSN and XBLA stores)
Composed by: Anamanaguchi
Gaming context: This badass, retro-sounding theme plays when you’re facing Ramona’s first ‘Evil Ex’ boyfriend Matthew Patel.
Do you remember this epic boss fight?
Starting this week, alongside our ‘Tune of the Month’, we’ll be doing a game ‘Quote of the Month’ as well. We’ll be going right back to old games, as well as modern ones.
This Month’s quote:
“For centuries we have waited and lurked from the shadows and now we will make ourselves known…”
What’s it from? Command & Conquer: Red Alert.
Platform: PS1 and PC.
Gaming context: Nadia, (Stalin’s advisor) has betrayed him, she utters these words with scorn as Stalin lies dead in front of her, only to be shot herself seconds later by the notorious Brotherhood of Nod leader, Kane, who’s somehow mastered time travel…
You can hear it at 2:30 in the video below, (which showcases some gloriously hammy acting).
Bring back any memories?