Music: Top VGM STKs #6 – Dragon Quest VIII (PS2)

Just to clarify, my vote here is for the PS2 NA release of the game with its soaring orchestral score that the Japanese original and the 3DS remake lacks. It is SO GOOD. It drips with character and radiates with emotion, capturing the very essence of adventure. There’s very few soundtracks that just espouse the…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 3/28/2018

With the news of Dragon Quest XI’s western release date confirmed today, it felt right to resurrect this poor series and give props to my favorite cover of the franchise, the lovely VIII. It features most of the main cast in a dynamic rendering done by mangaka Akira Toriyama, expressing a semblance of the adventures…

Music: The Last 5 Songs from my Top 100 VGM!

Finally! It’s time to put an end cap on this feature as I round out the last five songs from my Top 100 VGM! Of course, now I need to do my favorite soundtracks properly…my work is never done! lol Open the World (Part I), Culdcept, Kenji Ito, PS2, NEC/OmiyaSoft, 2002 This is a definite…

Music: Five More Random Selections from my Top 100 Songs

Well, I think random picks is probably going to be the way it goes for the rest of my Top 100 song posts, but that’s okay. The songs are great! Sly 2: Band of Thieves – Dmitri’s Disco (PS2, Sony/Sucker Punch, Peter McConnell, 2004) I have to admit that Dmitri from Sly Cooper is arguably…

Music: Top 5 Intro Themes

It’s a new month, so let’s do another entry in my Top 100 songs (boy, I’m doing a lot of lists these days…). Today I’d like to focus on my favorite introduction tunes. Silent Hill 3 – You’re Not Here (PS2, Konami, Akira Yamaoka/Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) Akira Yamaoka is a master at crafting horror-tinged rock…

Music: Beyond Good & Evil’s “Propaganda” is the song we need right now

Beyond Good & Evil is my favorite game of all time, with one of the best soundtracks, too. Its message against the corruption of civil government into one fueled by tyranny and military occupation is very apt in the wake of the election, with Christophe Heral’s “Propaganda” serving as a siren call to wake up.

Opinion: Retro Comps – Taito Legends 1 and 2

Long ago, I had a feature here on retro compilations. This is an attempt to sort of bring that back, but this time around I’m just going to focus on the ones I think excel at their job of bringing together a bunch of great games. TAITO LEGENDS (PS2, Xbox, and PC) Highlights: Bubble Bobble,…