Welcome to a new section of the blog: the Video Game Music (VGM) Corner!
Here, I will share on a regular basis some of my favorite pieces of video game music.
Tell me if it’s not the case for you dear readers, but I found that apart from the actual gameplay itself, the soundtrack is one of the top things you remember afterwards from a game.
The first time you’ve crossed the Hyrule Field in Ocarina of Time
The epic encounters with the colossi in Shadow of the Colossus
The sweat and blood rushing to your head when you hear the Tricky Treasure Chase song from Rayman Origins (I’m looking at you, you red one-eyed bastard…).
Why not share some of the music I enjoy and listen to?
Starting this first edition, let’s start with a game that has, I think, one of the best soundtracks from the 7th generation of video games: Asura’s Wrath.
Developed by CyberConnect2 and published by Capcom in 2012, this game/interactive anime has to be one of my favorite moments in video game. Over-the-top action, epic proportions, characters you immediately relate to, an original mix of sci-fi, space opera, Buddhism and Hinduism. You won’t find anything like it, really.
This setting is accompanied by a memorable and diversified soundtrack. For the sake of keeping it short and not spoiling the game experience for you, I will pick two songs that really defines the game for me.
Furueru Kokoro (震える心 / Shivering Heart)
This is the main theme of Asura’s Wrath. You start off the game in a grandiose setting and this music with its orchestral music and amazing voice really sets an amazing mood. I get goosebumps everytime I listen to it.
Orphan Wolf Legend – Fang
On another spectrum, this piece of music takes you a bit later in the game, where you will be controlling another character, Yasha. This is his main theme (or at least one of the two or three variations of this theme). Yasha has come to terms with the promise he made to the people dear to him. He finally steps into action and you will be controlling him for a couple of levels all while listening to this action-packed music.
Along with Furueru Kokoro, this is one of my favorite songs in VGM history, period. Whenever I feel down or I need to go exercise a bit, I always pop this song to get me pumped and hyped for what’s coming up. This unique blend of western-spaghetti feel, the guitar, the pacing… It feels so great to listen to it.
Let me know what you thought of this new section. Also, feel free to comment if you have a soundtrack you are quite fond of and that should be mentioned more often.
See you soon in the next update!