Aside from Red Dead Redemption's wonderful methods of storytelling, it also introduced me to the great music of Jose Gonzalez. After hearing Gonzalez's song 'Far Away' during the middle section of the game, I immediately went onto iTunes and bought both of his albums, along with his band Junip's album once it was released.
Last night Junip played at a local club and a few friends and I went there, and were lucky enough to stumble upon Jose Gonzalez as he was speaking with a t-shirt vendor.
As some of you may have noticed from this thread a few days ago, I have gotten a Wii. I was actually fairly surprised when I got it myself as a birthday gift from my aunt and uncle about a week ago. I honestly had a very slim interest in buying a Wii for myself, but I had always planned on getting one eventually. Anyway, thanks in part to the Giant Bomb community, I have compiled a list of Wii titles to play. At the moment the only two games I own are Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles, along with a few Virtual Console games such as Super Mario World and Donkey Kong.
Silent Hill, seeming very interesting from the Quick Look, quickly caught my eye as a game that I needed to play for myself. Once I actually began to play the game I fell in love with how the game creates a very lively atmosphere that sucks you into the creepy world of Silent Hill. The motion controlled flashlight may come off as a gimmick, but serves as a great way to immerse the player into the world. The game also creates a great sense of urgency and for the lack of a better term, an OH FUCK feeling when you are being pursued by faceless monsters. So far I have only played about two or three hours of Silent Hill, but it is already a fantastic experience.
Now I know that some people have a negative opinion of rail shooters, and honestly I can see where they are coming from, but I am a sucker for light gun games. I have always loved Time Crisis and the House of the Dead games. So being a Resident Evil fan, I bought myself Darkside Chronicles without much hesitation. Like many users mentioned in the thread above, the game does start out rather slow but slowly begins to take stride as the game progresses. I found the shaky camera interesting and something unique to these sorts of games, but it also serves as a double edged sword. Sure it creates a sense of immersion, but it can also be frustrating as hell. I can think of a few boss fights in particular that had me annoyed at the game because I was not able to shoot their weak point thanks to the Cloverfield-like camera system. Camera issues aside, Darkside Chronicles is a pretty good light gun game. The formula may not be too sophisticated, but Chronicles offers an interesting Resident Evil narrative as well as some classic series moments seen through a new lens.
So far my experience with the Wii has been very positive and I am throughly enjoying my time with it. Not to delve too deeply into fanboyism, but the Wii is a great console and the Wii hate that seems all too common on Giant Bomb is vastly unwarranted. Anyway, a friend of mine offered to let me borrow some other highly regarded Wii games such as Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, so I am eager to try those out as well.
Oh and Pokemon Heart Gold comes out in a few weeks. I guess I'll be spending a lot of time with my DS in the coming weeks.
Following the trend that seems to be going on today, I decided I might as well throw out some of my favorite video game themes.
Sure every game has music, but the music of the following video games have stuck with me for one reason or another. Some music, it utilized in the right way, almost becomes its own character as a part of the game. The following are some of my favorite video game related pieces of music, not a complete list, just some of the themes that have stuck with me long after completing each game.
The Max Payne games are some of my favorite games of all time and so it would be fitting that the Max Payne themes are also some of my favorite video game related music. Now both Max Payne themes are pretty much the same, but there is a certain degree of darkness that encompasses the Max Payne 2 theme over the first game. The violins seem to capture Max Payne's dark and gritty overtone that is present though out the game. Whenever this theme cued at some point in the game, you knew that something was going wrong in some way.
Like the Max Payne games, the Metal Gear series is also host to some of my favorite games of all time. There are many Metal Gear songs and themes that I could have included on this list, but the Metal Gear Solid 2 theme is by far my favorite in the series. I can still remember playing Sons of Liberty for the first time, the intro video simply captivated me and I was eager to begin playing the game. The Metal Gear games have some of the best, yes I said it, the best music that video games have ever had. The music itself is almost like a character narrating a scene or setting the tone for whatever may be happening in the game.
Half-Life 2 is one of those games that has great music, but doesn't over saturate the player with it. As you progress through the game you are only given a small piece of astounding music that fits so well with the situation going on in the game. You may only hear a few seconds of music, but when you do it feels like some sort of reward. Like I said above, music can sometimes be its very own character of some sorts and I really believe that to be the case with Half-Life 2. The track that I specifically think of when I think Half-Life 2 music is Triage at Dawn. This piece of music stuck with me for some reason, just the mood it set with the game seemed to fit perfectly with the overall feel of the game.
Enough about music playing an important narrative role in video games, let's get to the fun part. Turtles in Time has some of my favorite old school music included in it. Not only was the music just plain bad ass, it was just fun. I mean how can someone not listen to Sewer Surfin' and instantly feel nostalgic? I can remember coming home from school and playing Turtles in Time with my friends for hours on end, it is just one of my favorite games of my childhood. Listening to it as I write this really takes me back. I can remember all of us fighting over who got to be which turtle (Michelangelo was always the favorite) and then beating the game over and over.
Anyone who grew up in the 1990s will probably have this next theme engraved in their mind for the rest of their life. The Pokemon Blue theme is on this list for the same reason that Sewer Surfin' is, it simply takes me back to my childhood. Jeez, I can still remember going to the park with all my friends with our Game Boys and riding bikes, playing street hockey, and then playing Pokemon. With that said we are all eagerly awaiting the remakes of Pokemon Gold and Silver. I am not embarrassed to admit that I still play Pokemon every now and then. They are just great games that seem to always be fresh, even though it has been the same game for about ten years now.
I'll end my Pokemon nostalgia there because this blog could drag on forever. That was it, just a few of my favorite pieces of video game music.
I will leave you with this totally unrelated music.