Archive for the ‘Remix’ Category

Classic SEGA Music: Conditioned Reflex

June 15, 2012

SEGA Rally Championship is the 1994/1995 arcade rally racing classic developed by SEGA-AM5 and later ported by SEGA-AM3 to the Saturn console and eventually several other platforms. Designed by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, whom would go on to later create and be best known for several music-focused titles such as Space Channel 5, REZ and Child of Eden. A different style entirely, SEGA Rally Championship was no different by the importance of it’s music as the soundtrack was assembled to best emulate the frantic and unpredictable nature of the world of rally racing.

This time we will we will be listening to the song featured in Desert, the first course of SEGA Rally Championship. Included after the break are several remixes across various platforms.

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Classic SEGA Music: 10,000 Knives

April 28, 2012

Comix Zone is the 1995 side-scrolling action-beat ’em up classic developed by Sega Technical Institute, an American-based subdivision of Sonic Team best known for their work on several Sonic the Hedgehog games, Kid Chameleon and The Ooze. Consistently praised for their unique and sometimes outlandish sense of style, STI often combined elements of pop culture, including music, film, and television, into their games, creating a melting pot of new and interesting ideas from which to draw upon. Nowhere is this influence more apparent than in Comix Zone, where it becomes almost immediately apparent upon booting the game up that the player is in for a unique experience.

Stylistically, Comix Zone borrows heavily from the Seattle grunge movement that was very prevalent at the time of the game’s release, with the main character, Sketch Turner, acting as the embodiment of all things ’90s. A freelance comic book artist, rock musician, and cool dude with attitude, Sketch is working late one stormy night on his latest comic book, the Comix Zone, a post- apocalyptic romp taking place on a war-torn planet Earth following a hostile invasion by aliens and mutants, when suddenly a lightning bolt strikes the book, releasing the comic’s antagonist, the mutant Mortus, into the real world. Mortus then traps Sketch and his beloved pet rat, Roadkill, inside the pages of his own comic book, where he must fight his way through panel after panel to defeat Mortus and escape.

After the break, we’ll dive right into this story and enter the Comix Zone.

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Classic SEGA Music: Quartet Theme

November 9, 2011

Quartet is the classic 1986 action adventure platform title for arcades chronicling the adventures of the space warriors Lee, Joe, Mary and Edgar as they journey through a mysterious planet to thwart an evil robot army from taking over the galaxy. Designed as a platform game with puzzle elements, Quartet, along with Midway’s Gauntlet was one of the few video games available at the time to allow four players to play cooperatively.

This time we will focus on the title theme of Quartet, which has been remixed a number of times throughout the years.

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Featured Video: Goro Majima Karaoke

November 6, 2011

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Daytona USA (PlayStation Network) Review

November 2, 2011

Date Released: October 25, 2011
Date Reviewed: November 2, 2011
Genre: Racing
Players: 1 locally, up to 8 players online
Length: 5-35 minutes depending on mode, course and difficulty
Replayability: Incredible

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Introduction

Daytona USA is the classic 1993 3D arcade racing game by SEGA AM2 that launched the groundbreaking Model 2 arcade hardware. Designed by a young Toshihiro Nagoshi as the spiritual successor to Virtua Racing, Daytona USA has gone onto become the most successful arcade racer of all time and revolutionized the entire racing genre in ways that are still evident today. Although later releases included new features and additions at the loss of gameplay and graphical quality, the latest re-release of the title on Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation 3’s PlayStation Network is designed to be the ultimate version of the arcade original.

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Classic SEGA Music: New Journey

October 10, 2011

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.

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‘Blind Spot’ group forms in tribute of S.S.T. Band

September 19, 2011

Saito Masato, one of the original members of the S.S.T. Band (short for SEGA Sound Team Band) has formed a new band under the name Blind Spot. This new group will have similar concerts compared to the S.S.T. Band and play various songs from SEGA’s arcade games from the 1980s and 1990s. The new band members will bring some new musical instruments, such as a saxophone. It is not known at this time if they will release an album or have a similar recording history to the S.S.T. Band.

Videos of them practicing are available here, and after the break is a list of SEGA songs they plan to play in concerts.

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Classic SEGA Music: Persevering

September 10, 2011

Sakura Taisen (also known as Sakura Wars) is the classic 1996 SEGA Saturn role playing game that innovated by focusing on character development and interactions instead of random battle encounters so that the player would care deeper for the cast, or perhaps even love them. You play as Ogami Ichiro, leader of the Imperial Assault Force and are given the mission to end the terror from mysterious enemies based on demon lore in an alternative steam punk version of 1920’s Japan.

This time we will focus on the song from the first battle, Persevering. Hit the jump to listen to some of the different variations and related songs.

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龍が如く Ryu ga Gotoku: THE BEST Original Sound Track Album Review

August 7, 2011

Date Released: June 30, 2011
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2011
Genre: Rock, Jazz, Classical, Orchestral, Pop, Synthpop and others
Media Format: 2 CD Set
Length: Disc 1: 73:12, Disc 2: 44:37, Overall: 117:49
Regions of Release: Japan Only
Release Price: 4410 JPY, 56 USD, 39 EUR, 34 GBP

Ryu ga Gotoku THE BEST Original Sound Track is a compilation album of an assortment of music found throughout the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 Ryu ga Gotoku series of games known as Yakuza in English language regions. Almost the entire series of games is represented, with the PlayStation Portable spinoff Kurohyo: Ryu ga Gotoku being notably absent, along with the licensed songs featured in the introductions for the Japanese versions of Ryu ga Gotoku Kenzan!, Yakuza 3 and Yakuza 4. Regardless, the album retains a well balanced blend of genres and features much of the best known and loved music from the franchise with only a few weak inclusions.

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Classic SEGA Music: Warrior of the Reviving Light

July 10, 2011

Shining Force II is the classic 1993/1994 strategy role playing game by ‘Sonic! Software Planning’ (now known as Camelot Software Planning) for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive. Composed by renowned video game musician Motoaki Takenouchi, the soundtrack with much of the Shining series has been renowned for it’s encouraging and lighthearted take on a sinister, war-torn fantasy world. Shining Force II is no different, with the main overworld theme being considered one of the best in the franchise. Not just a memorable tune, but an impressive use of the Genesis/Mega Drive’s sound system with brilliant use of authentic horn and drum sounds all brought together in a wonderful sweeping adventurous style.

Continue after the break to listen to different variations including the rarely heard Game Gear version and an official orchestral release.

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