D.J. and Paul listen to how one classic Final Fantasy song has evolved over the series’ 30-year history.
Tag: Final Fantasy
Paul adds to his cat collection with the newly translated Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector, then takes a trip to outer space in Rebel Galaxy. Randy plays a TV spinoff mobile game that’s Actually Good. D.J. attends the Final Fantasy: A New World concert and manages to not get arrested. And no one can remember the name of that one JRPG. You know, the one with the guy who dies? But on purpose, maybe. Also, more Legend of Legacy, Fantasy Life, and the names of space games.
This episode, we’re talking all things 90s gaming: shoebox Gameboys and other, more dubiously portable handhelds, gaming urban legends, classic series that need to make a comeback, and others that we probably should have left behind. In the Hangover, we’re getting strange vibes from Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational on the Vita and taking a sneak peak at Klei’s 2D wilderness survival game, Don’t Starve.
Special thanks to listener kube00 for suggesting this week’s topic!
Did you know Square Enix actually put out a Christmas album last year? It’s mostly (actually, entirely) the Square side of S-E (no holiday Dragon Quest arrangements in sight), but it’s still worth a listen just to experience some unusual and very jingly versions of a few classic Square tunes. Here are some of the more notable ones in case you’re tired of playing the same old Christmas Eve background music.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of RPGs. Right now I’ve been playing a metric ass ton of Xenoblade Chronicles and the absolutely gorgeous soundtrack got me thinking of some of my favourite Overworld themes from games of yesteryear. Near the end of Episode #20 of VGH Randy asked me what an Overworld theme was, and of course I didn’t answer him because I’m a jerk! But seriously, an Overworld theme is just the music plays while your adventurers (usually in an rpg) traverse the world (map)!
(Note for Randy, the song that plays in DQ9 when you’re running around between cities would fit this criteria)
Xenoblade doesn’t really have a traditional rpg “Overworld” per se but the music is simply incredible and inspired this weeks BGM Mode. So it may or may not get two slots this week. Plus it doesn’t hurt that the game currently has my soul in its grasp.
But lets kick things off with what I consider to be the greatest/quintessential Overworld theme of all time, and it doesn’t even come from a traditional RPG!
The Legend of Zelda – Overworld Theme – Koji Kondo
You may have heard this song before. Over 20 years later and Koji Kondo’s masterpiece still resonates with gamers. Nothing more needs to be said.