It’s 9-9, so it’s clearly time for the annual “LVLs. Loves the Dreamcast” festivities. This year will be a little more subdued than the last couple due to school needs, but I’ve got plans to do this and an Artistic Discussion to properly remember Sega’s final console. Let’s showcase some musical memories!
Grandia II – Carbo (DC, UBI Soft/Gamearts, Noriyuki Iwadare)
I may have just removed this from my Top 100, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad song! No, in fact it is an extraordinarily great village theme in a game loaded with solid music for its towns. This was a hard one to remove, that it was. I may have been disenchanted by my last replay of Grandia II and no longer own it, but I’m still digging its music.
Jet Grind Radio – Sweet Soul Brother (DC, Sega/Smilebit, Hideki Nagamura)
Jet Grind Radio has one of the more eclectic and fresh soundtracks in any game, and this is a solid representative of its Japanese-infused sound. Hyper yet chill at the same time, quite the feat.
The Last Blade II – Swordsmen (Select Screen, NeoGeo/Dreamcast, SNK/Agetec, Neo-Geo Music Performance Group)
While the Dremacast port suffers from a less dynamic soundtrack choice (it went with the original cart’s music over the grander CD tracks), the tension this song creates is still incredible. It sets the mood for The Last Blade so well that I think it could be the best Character Select screen music out there for a fighter.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica – The Code is Veronica (DC, Capcom, Takeshi Miura, Hijiri Anze, Sanae Kasahara)
I really like the mood of this one, although the context is long lost. XD It’s got a nice heroic touch to it.