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June 22, 2010
Composer: Yuzo Koshiro
Above: Bloodpool from Actraiser
It's rare when a game can juggle more than one genre and still end up as a quality product. Usually you end up with a so-so game that's trying to do too many things at once instead of mastering just one. Actraiser, an SNES launch title from (pre Square) Enix, managed to expertly combine a slashy-jumpy side scroller with laid back, SimCity-style village building to make one of the most unique and long-lasting games of the generation. And, as you might suspect, it also had a powerfully strong soundtrack.
This song plays in the second area you visit, called Bloodpool for its blood-red lake. I went over this exact area in a Top 7 over a year ago, but back then I didn't explain how rich and truly epic the music is. Compare this song, with its orchestra-caliber composition, to anything that came on the NES before and the difference is staggering. In short, this is where game music really grew up and no one could argue any differently.
Above: Birth of the People, the beautiful town-building tune (and also my ringtone for GR's own Charlie Barratt!)
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