🎶 22 December 2017: It’s now Christmas Eve and you’re throwing a lively party for all your friends, family and favourite characters. Which video game soundtracks would be on your playlist?
There are so many good video game soundtracks to chose from. I’m not really a soundtrack person though – I like hearing real musicians play songs from games…Sega games!
I’d definitely say the Outrun soundtrack…an all time gaming classic. Let the SST Band, comprised of Sega in-house musicians, show you a Passing Breeze!
Another Sega game I love is Super Hang On. I raved about the sound track to this recently as part of the 30 Day Video Game Challenge. Here is Tetrimino with their take on Outride A Crisis…it’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard.
Of course, no party is complete without 1) moshing and 2) Altered Beast. So I’d let Brazilian metallers Megadriver take us out….
🎅 21 December 2017: You receive a call from Santa, as the elves desperately need a hand in the workshop getting all the toys ready. Which video game character would you recruit to help out?
There is only one creature able to help out in this situation….
That’s right – I’d call in Sonic The Hedgehog to help Santa out! There’s a few good reasons…
- He’s really really quick
- He does have experience of ice and places covered in ice.
- He has lots of friends – might be good for some of them to make themselves useful for a change…
- It might get him away from the Mario vs Sonic Olympic games Nintendo keep bringing out.
- He’d probably do it for pizza and some gold rings.
So, in closing, I think it’s the best option for both mankind and Sonic. We get our presents and Sonic gets pizza, rings and an excuse not to be involved in sporting mini games…
👪 20 December 2017: You’re wrapping presents while listening to cheesy festive tunes, and start to reminisce about holidays past. What’s your favourite Christmas gaming memory?
An easy answer for me this – Christmas 1994, when I got my Mega Drive.
I remember it so well…it was Christmas Eve and our presents were out on the table in the corner, ready for Christmas Day. My main present was a big box shaped present…it was obviously a Mega Drive, but my ten year old mind was suffering some serious anxiety over this. I wanted a Mega Drive so badly…I had decided that I needed to move on from the Master System (the Master System would remain with me and my family until 2010, so don’t feel too sorry for it!) and upgrade…I was ready for 16-bit!
So…I had a discreet feel of the box. Surprisingly though, I couldn’t tell if the present contained a Mega Drive by touch alone. Oh no….so, I discreetly tore part of the wrapping off the present. Just at the back where no-one could see. Underneath, there was a black section of cardboard with the familar ‘white wire’ design. This confirmed that I was to be the proud owner of a Mega Drive and I relaxed.
Cue Christmas Day and after being ‘surprised’ by my new Mega Drive, I spent a fun day playing all my new games…Chuck Rock, Sonic 1…and Kid Chameleon, amongst others. Despite Kid Chameleon, I had a great day and finished with a all-nighter (well, until 10pm…I was ten!) on European Club Soccer, a game I considered to be amazing thanks to it’s kit design feature and cheery 90’s music.
In hindsight, it was a great day and I can’t say I’ve ever quite had a Christmas Day as exciting in terms of gaming. I can remember what I got every Christmas, but nothing was as good as that year…to get such a great system and so many good games (and Kid Chameleon) was a really memorable experience for me.
You know, maybe I should get a Mega Drive and European Club Soccer for this Christmas, so I can relive that great Christmas?
8: Best Soundtrack?
This was a tough question for me because there are many games I think have amazing music.
However, for consistency, I’ve gone with Super Hang On. Sure, there are only four tunes to select from, but they are all amazing. I love their urgency – a motorcycle game needs songs that suit the speed of the action and Sega have nailed it here
I will say though – the Mega Drive version’s soundtrack is a bit too soft and piano based for me; I was raised on the Atari ST’s grungy blast of noise. You can’t go wrong either way though…
I don’t think the force is with me on this one….
Guilty Party – Retro Redress
Crime – Never playing Galaxy Force II
Redress – Spend an hour playing Galaxy Force II.
I’ve owned various Sega systems and compilations over the years and they all have one thing in common – I don’t play Galaxy Force on them. I’ve owned Galaxy Force II a few times, but I’ve never played it for more than five minutes.
Well, you know what that means? Like Columns and Space Harrier II, we need to dedicate an hour to Galaxy Force II. Let;s do this…
Continue reading “#20 – Galaxy Force II”
It’ll be Christmas soon….
Yeah, so I didn’t get another PS4 redress posted. Sue me…all I’ve got is a couple of cats who have decided that my PS4 is a good place to try and sleep….
I’m kidding really. I adore my cats and the reason I didn’t get another PS4 redress posted was because I spent my blogging time playing football with them. They won….
October is an odd month for me, as I’m off to Las Vegas for a week on the 9th. So rather than try and work around another theme or try and rush posts out (ala Until Dawn. Good game, but it completely messed up my sleep pattern. I blame Mike), I’m going to use October to catch up on all the games that fell through the cracks during my Sega Holiday (due to lack of internet) and Sony September (due to illness/tiredness/settling cats in).
So, please join me for a month of PS4 and Mega Drive leftovers…like last night’s tea heated up the next day – still tasty and familiar. Plus, there will be some Well-Red Mage reviews too….