I just figured out tracks 6 and 7 today but too late. 7 especially since my wife have been playing that game nonstop since we got it a week ago, and preordered the DLC for it as well.
Ya' snooze, ya' lose! Heheheh...
New Soundtrack Sleuth is up. This episode's theme: Opening movie or cutscene tracks.
These are tracks played during one of a game's opening "cinematic" scenes, whether it be a movie, an in-engine cutscene, a series of still images or even just a text scroll. These can include pre-title screen openings, attract mode videos or openings that occur after beginning a new game (or even after playing a short prologue) -- if it comes across as an "opening cinematic," it counts. Note that this list does not include title screen themes unless the title screen is directly connected to an opening cinematic.
I also went extra-obscure with a few titles on this list, so I highly doubt most of you have even HEARD of some of these games. But I threw y'all a few bones to make up for that, so I don't feel bad. Mwa ha ha.
Full answer key for the previous episode (Games Debuted in 2014):
Yep, it's been identified, but I'm still glad to see other people identifying it, because the game (and its soundtrack) are too awesome to be forgotten.
Answers aren't coming quite as fast and furious as in previous episodes -- likely due to the incredible unfairness of my selections (heheheh) -- so I'm going to drop some super-detailed clues for you guys. Let's see if you can figure anything else out from these!
01: This is the first freeware game ever to appear on one of my lists, and it only really qualifies for the list because despite being freeware, it's available through GOG, making it a "free retail game." An updated version of it (that will NOT be freeware) is in development now. (It's also REALLY good, so once you find out what it is, I encourage you to look it up and check it out -- it won't cost you anything to try, and it may wind up becoming a favorite!)
02: This PS2 classic has two opening scenes: one leading into the title screen, and another "attract mode"-style movie that plays if you sit on the title screen for a while without pressing anything. This snippet is taken from the latter.
03: This late-life SNES title was heavily inspired by (and apparently was originally going to be a licensed adaption of) an insanely popular '80s franchise that has recently been resurrected with unfortunate results. It's a technological marvel for the system, but its high level of difficulty and extremely complicated control scheme ultimately kept it from being regarded as one of the SNES greats.
04: This is one of the seminal Vita experiences, and was a system seller for a lot of people.
05: This Wii title is a popular entry in a popular series that originally spawned off of another popular series.
06: At the time of its release, this game was supposed to be Sony's answer to a popular Nintendo franchise. It didn't quite live up to that reputation, but it did OK for itself anyway.
07: This comes from a game widely considered to be one of the best on its entire system. It has a strong connection to the date 1997 October 1.
08: This is from a Falcom title.
09: This game was released on PS2, PC and PSP. Although all three versions are graphically and functionally more or less identical, the PSP version is generally considered the black sheep because it was re-dubbed from the original PS2 and PC versions, losing a bit of the original English dub's charm in the process. For some reason, this opening theme was arranged differently for the PSP version as well, though the melody remains the same (and is the main theme for the entire game).
10: This is the most correctly-identified track on the entire list so far, so you don't get a clue for this one. Either you recognize it, or you don't.
11: This game used to be readily available through digital channels, but was sadly pulled from them due to licensing issues. It's now fairly hard to come by.
12: The soundtrack to this game was composed by a man who used to be a famous MOD tracker back in the Amiga's heyday. One of his award-winning MODs, in fact, was arranged and used in the game's soundtrack as a throwback to his early successes. This opening theme, too, was not only written by him, but performed by his band, which has numerous published albums and is quite successful in Europe.
13: This is generally considered to be one of the PSP's last big releases.
14: This Japan-only story-driven RPG for the PS2 takes a lot of gameplay cues from Sakura Taisen, and while it's not a particularly well-remembered game, it has quite a pedigree behind it, having been developed by the same team responsible for two Japan-only RPG classics from the 32-bit era, one of which was one of the earliest games in the country to be censored in some of its releases due to intense graphic violence and gore.
15: This franchise RPG was widely publicized for featuring both normal and Hatsune Miku versions of every song on its soundtrack, all penned by a very well-known game music composer. The one exception was this opening theme, which only exists as you hear it here, and which was composed specifically for this game by a renowned Vocaloid musician.
16: It's highly likely you've never heard of this PS1 action RPG, so here are a few clues to help you narrow down the list: it's available on Japanese PSN as a PS1 classic, it was covered in an import review by RPGamer, and although it is a great game (a REALLY great game, in fact!), its biggest claim to fame is probably its music plagiarism, with tracks that blatantly rip off the Dragnet theme, as well as (quite randomly) the 1970s Delfonics ballad "La La (Means I Love You)."
17: This track comes from a relatively early Gust title.
18: Most people think the Roman numeral in this game's title represents its position in the series -- and indeed, counting unnumbered spinoff(s), said numeral does match up with its release order quite well. However, technically speaking, this is a series spinoff in and of itself, NOT a numbered entry -- as evidenced by the fact that the next numbered entry in the franchise contained a number that was actually one LOWER than the number in this game's title.
19: This virtually unknown Dreamcast game features a soundtrack composed not by a renowned game musician, but by a renowned Japanese new age artist. He's done other video game music before and since, including for a previous entry in the series #18 is part of, but this is a bit of an interesting case since the game's soundtrack doubles as one of his album releases.
but I'm clearly only guessing on these. Oh, & yes, 10 was too easy, atleast for me it was, you'd be better off picking something from the games in the series that get more hate, though, that I personally enjoy more then this particular game.
Despite having beaten the game 100% and unlocked all the achievements, I've completely forgotten about this song. In fact, I only remember this.
Heheh. I knew you'd get that one eventually.
And yes, that track (the one you linked, not the one in my quiz, though that one is also quite good!) is still one of the greatest pieces of game music I've ever heard. It's seriously a perfect 10/10 for me. It's the only game track I've ever listened to on repeat five times in a row WITHOUT getting tired of it.
OK, it's the end of the week, so it's about time for a new episode to go up. As such, we're down to the final round of Soundtrack Sleuth episode 4.
Here's a list of all fifteen out of twenty titles that have been correctly identified so far, with #19 the most recent (identified by someone on my YouTube channel earlier today, surprising the heck out of me considering how obscure the game is!):
09: Developed by a famous female game designer, most renowned for co-creating a long-running RPG series, this adventure title is also notable for having some voice-recording in it FROM said game designer... as a cat. Not a talking cat, mind you... just a cat. And admittedly, she meows quite convincingly!
11: This is one of several licensed games created after a super-popular Japanese fantasy novel got adapted into an anime movie. While the other games bearing its name were pretty directly based off of the anime, this one was very clearly created as a supplement to the novel, featuring a lot of characters, locations, elements and references to things that were present in the book but were not featured in the anime (though people and things that WERE featured in the anime are depicted in the same style here). This is also undoubtedly the best game to come from the source material, and was considered one of the best RPGs on its system for a long time (and to many people, myself included, it still is!).
14: The look and feel of this highly story-driven kinda-strategy RPG is very anime -- specifically, it feels a lot like a tongue-in-cheek fantasy show, a la Slayers. Its story is split into chapters, but between each chapter, there's a brief intermission that flashes back to when the main characters were children. These flashbacks are absolutely some of the funniest parts of the game.
18: This game originated on the Saturn, but was later ported to PSP. Apparently, the original source code was lost (or something?), so the game was more or less reprogrammed from scratch, making it one of the best PSP ports around. Most would even say the PSP version is superior.
20: This is a sequel to another game... from a different developer.
Last Edit: Oct 17, 2014 21:49:45 GMT -5 by Wyrdwad
Episode 5 is up, and the theme this time is forest and jungle themes!
These may be stages in a platformer, dungeons in an RPG, towns, etc., and the location doesn't necessarily have to be a "traditional" forest, nor does the song have to be exclusive to one location -- the only qualification for a track to appear on this list is that its usage in-game must be mostly confined to a setting or settings that can reasonably be given the label "forest" or "jungle."
Episode 5 is up, and the theme this time is forest and jungle themes!
These may be stages in a platformer, dungeons in an RPG, towns, etc., and the location doesn't necessarily have to be a "traditional" forest, nor does the song have to be exclusive to one location -- the only qualification for a track to appear on this list is that its usage in-game must be mostly confined to a setting or settings that can reasonably be given the label "forest" or "jungle." [...] Good luck!
track 5 is from Super Castlevania IV for the SNES. Great game.
Oh! And 13 is from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. I recognized that one literally before even the first second of the track had finished. I don't know of any soundtrack anywhere near as distinctive as that game's!
Edit: 6 makes me think of one of the 3 Castlevania games for the DS. (I know it's not the GBA ones' because the GBA couldn't put off that kind of sound quality.)
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2014 17:13:27 GMT -5 by Red Hairdo
You're not the only one to get #3 -- at least one other person got it too. But it has been giving people a surprising amount of trouble!
...Oh, and yes, all are correct except 20. You are now tied with two other people, having correctly identified five tracks.
Also, I'm really looking forward to people correctly identifying #2. I actually just discovered the game while putting together this list, and was blown away by its music -- never in a million years expected THAT GAME to have such an incredible soundtrack!
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2014 23:09:01 GMT -5 by Wyrdwad