The Great Ordeal is the one Falcom... pretty much out and out robbed from Malmsteen. I have a copy of the Malmsteen song and you can match the two songs up side-by-side and the resemblance is note for note.
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Dwelling of Doom from Castlevania II on NES (if you don't know which I'm talking about, you can hear it in any mansion area) sounds a LOT like Far Beyond the Sun as well. There's a lot of proof showing that quite a few Japanese developers are inspired by Malmsteen... in more ways than one (JDK is a prime example of that!).
Still, I love listening to A Great Ordeal and Dwelling of Doom much more than Far Beyond the Sun. Especially A Great Ordeal. I can't seem to get sick of it. I'd have to totally disagree that Falcom copied it note-for-note, but yeah they are damn similar.
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Post by Falcom Director of Fanservice on Jan 26, 2007 18:12:42 GMT -5
The Castlevania one is a bit more explainable: Both Castlevania and Malmsteem draw inspiration from baroque styles of music. When I first heard Malmsteem, I seriously thought he was a remix artist doing Castlevania stuff.
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Actually, A Great Ordeal is the best boss music in the whole series. Well, that's my opinion, of course. And Far Beyond the Sun is Malmsteen's best as well. But that changed part of A Great Ordeal before the music repeats is what helps overshadow Malmsteen's music, IMO.
Then again, In Ys 1 I bet most people like Termination while I like Chase of Shadow much better.
Last Edit: Feb 9, 2007 18:11:22 GMT -5 by Inochi 命
Don't know what The Strongest Foe is, but Termination is good (as I stated earlier, sort of) but I can't think of any other good boss music in the Ys series. I'm not saying the music is bad, but I don't think it fits as boss music.
I like what Ys does with boss battle music than what Castlevania and a ton of other games do... repetitive, fast, sometimes annoying and/or random sounds with barely a tune to them. They give me a sense of nothing, they just make the battle feel a bit more daunting/annoying.
Last Edit: Feb 9, 2007 18:44:38 GMT -5 by Inochi 命
OH! That reminds me! The boss music in Ys 5 is great! You should listen to it, THAT's EXACTLY what boss music should sound like. Threatening, hysterical, it's perfect! Boss music shouldn't be full of cheerful melodies and guitar solos, that only makes it cheesy and completely ruins the mood.
I haven't heard any of Ys V's music yet... but I know you liked TP's boss battle music a lot, seldane. When playing TP I didn't notice ANY of the boss battle music, except for the one in Snowpeak (I didn't exactly like it, it was noisy and repetitive, but it really added to the boss's character). Nothing stood out. Now that I've heard it again after beating the game, all I can say for the music is that it matches their respective battles well... but I would NEVER listen to that stuff outside of the game. Its either ambient and repetitive, or noisy and repetitive. Repetitive = boring to me.
Oops. I meant Tension FINAL BATTLE.
So, let me say it again... most people like Final Battle the most in Ys 1, but I enjoyed Chase of Shadow more.
Last Edit: Feb 9, 2007 19:47:31 GMT -5 by Inochi 命
Did I say I liked the TP boss music? I don't remember saying that, and I don't remember that music either. I did say that I loved the music that plays right after you finish the bosses though - you know, the music that plays when Midna says where to go next. THAT's some incredible music.
Zelda Majora's Mask ... that game has incredible boss music!