Music: Top VGM STKs #4 – Skies of Arcadia

Composed by Yutaka Minobe and Takayuki Maeda, Skies of Arcadia features a wide array of diverse instrumentals with a focus on the game’s broad ethnic groups. Each area has its own dynamic motif and instrument set that works beautifully with its people and environments, and when sailing the music actually changes as you travel about…

Opinions: Five Ways – Skies of Arcadia

Skies of Arcadia at one point was my favorite game of all time. And it’s still pretty high up there. But I was thinking sometime in the middle of Black Friday chaos at work that it could be even better. And I will begin a new series exploring how games could have turned out even…

Opinion: Character Spotlight on Vyse from Skies of Arcadia

Note – This is the second of my Character Spotlight pieces from the old LVLs (Jade was the first). This has not been revised from its original appearance beyond some slight editing. As one may expect, spoilers will follow, so tread carefully. Vyse, from Skies of Arcadia (DC, GC, Sega/Overworks) Vyse is not your stereotypical…

Music: Top 5 “Town” Themes

Sanctuary areas in games tend to have unique, relaxing compositions that emphasize safety and tranquility. However, I seem to like more melancholy themes, given my three favorites are more morose in tone. Regardless, here’s five of my favorite town themes from my Top 100 list: Lower Valua, Skies of Arcadia, Yutaka Minobe and Takayuki Maeda,…