Classic SEGA Music: New Journey

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom is the classic 1990 role playing game for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive. Considered the ‘Black Sheep’ of the series by many a fan, Generations of Doom differs greatly from previous and future titles in the franchise in it’s supposed medieval-fantasy setting instead of the series’ standard science fiction and also with how the story progresses based on whom the player chooses to marry. This eventually leads to an entirely new cast based on the player’s children and then eventually their childrens’ children.

This time we will focus on the song from the introductory sequence. Above is the arranged edition made along with a number of franchise favorites, after the break I have included the original, among many remixes and fan variations.

Where it is heard:

After the iconic SEGA boot-up logo passes by, players are welcomed by the title screen for Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom which is then followed by scrolling text and various artwork that sets up the story for the game. The music is synced with the movement of these, almost as if the song is narrating the plot itself.

Other versions:classicsegamusic

-Genesis/Mega Drive original

The original game has received mixed reactions, partly due to the limitations in sound quality. As the game perhaps attempted far too much in terms of design and direction for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive platform, the sound and graphical quality were below what came to be expected of a high profile SEGA release for the time. Irregardless, the melody behind the hardware limitations are incredibly memorable, although clearly better represented through higher quality sound equipment.

-S.S.T. Band version

The famous SEGA Sound Team Band plays the song in front of a large, but respectful audience. This video is available on their DVD.

-“The Very Best of SEGA” Remix

Designed with a more “Spacey” feel with later sections of the song leaning towards rock, this remix is surprisingly fitting for the newer releases in the franchise.

-SEGAROCKS version

Clearly a huge departure of the original style, this remix by the SEGAROCKS band is much faster and louder when compared to most variations of New Journey. It features many new riffs, but remains respectful to the original melody.

-Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst version

Nostalgia in Solitude Part 1 is largely a new song designed to fit with the theme and universe of Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst. However, once two minutes and fifteen seconds pass, the listener is welcomed to a new version of New Journey from Phantasy Star III.

-Piano fan cover

Uploaded by YouTube user stefangerlach.

-Majestic fan remix

Remixed by djpretzel on OCRemix.

-Fan acoustic cover

Uploaded by YouTube user GiveMeTheApple.

Closing Thoughts

New Journey is composed by Izuho Takeuchi, whom is perhaps best known for later works that include many of the songs found in Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Phantasy Star III‘s theme however is easily Izuho’s most recognized work in the game industry, it has become the most revisited song in the Phantasy Star franchise. Although later games in the series would not revisit many of the ideas found here, the sequel lives on as a unique title that was perhaps too ahead of it’s time. Indeed, the name New Journey is fitting in more than just a plot perspective.

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