Opinion: Five Great “Level 1” Tunes

Sometimes a game puts its best musical foot forward early on, launching the first stage with an amazing song that gets the player pumped for the challenges ahead. Here are five of my favorites (again from my Top 100): Batman – Stage 1/5 (NES, Sunsoft, Naoki Kodaka, 1990) For my money, nobody has been able…

Archives – Games I Strongly Disdain, V.1

You know, video games are generally good things, but I’ve run into quite a few that have gotten my gander. I wrote about a few of them back on P4, but I’ve retired that series some time ago. I held onto most of these pieces, though, so I’m going to recycle them over here. Here’s…

Music: The Last Ninja by Ben Daglish

In particular, 4:21. The stage 1 theme is an absolutely amazing composition from the early days of the medium. It manages to create one hell of a mood starting out, and then it kicks into overdrive, launching a cavalcade of layers over the listener. I was blown away by this back as a kid, and…