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Game music of the day: F-Zero GX

Today, rather than look at just one or two tracks from a given game, we're going to really dive into the exhaustingly thorough F-Zero GX. Regardless of your musical preference, there's bound to be something in the game's 80-song soundtrack that pushes the right buttons. The mere fact there's so much diversity in a futuristic racing game, including dozens of songs created just for the menu-obscured pilot profile area, earns this game a place in VGM history.

 

Pilot profile themes


Above: Pico's theme, a kickass mix of electro-guitar madness


Above: The game's villain, Black Shadow, slams your speakers with this industrial-strength dance blast


Above: Bio Rex drops the tech and goes for a KMFDM-esque guitar riff (plus lots of yelling)


Above: Prefer shredding guitars with screaming '80s men? Billy's theme is for you


Above: PJ starts off with an indie-rock sound, then abandons all sense and goes for a nutso jig vibe


Above: Michael Cain's theme opts for a Tekken 3 sound, which we also happen to love


Above: Mrs Arrow is one of the handful of themes that also sports vocals. Dumb as hell, but so so catchy


Above: The end-all be-all of cheesy videogame music, Captain Falcon will always be my hero


Above: Need a mid-week pick me up? Put on Dr Stewart's music and you'll show up to work with glowsticks

 

Track themes


Above: The Lightning level would be right at home in any Matrix fight scene


Above: One of the most popular F-Zero tracks, remixed for 2003


Above: Fire Field is already a balls-out awesome song - now imagine screaming down a tube that's suspended over a vat of fire and lava with it blaring out of your TV

 

I could go on and on, honestly. It's all very arcadey and to many is extremely disposable music, but I've had this stuff on my iPod since iPods were invented. I couldn't love the soundtrack more, which only adds to my similarly overwhelming affection for the game itself. Here's a slick as shit racer, on GameCube, running 60 frames per second with 30 cars onscreen and some of the most intense track design in gaming history. How this hasn't earned a Wii follow-up is utterly beyond me. Good news though - your Wii still plays GC games, so if you want a tough as hell (but hugely rewarding) racing experinece, there is nothing like F-Zero GX. The actual discs are pretty expensive these days, but it's totally worth it considering how long you (potentially) could be listening to it.

 

Game music of the day: Mirror's Edge
Still Alive by Lisa Miskovsky (SO GOOD)

 

 

Game music of the day: Prince of Persia
Healing Ground by Inon Zur and Stuart Chatwood

 

 

Game music of the day: Actraiser
Bloodpool by Yuzo Koshiro

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34 comments

  • SonicofBoom - September 6, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    sooo...much...music....*head explodes*
  • thedutewaw - August 26, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    Captain Falcon and Mrs. Arrows' themes are my favorite with Black Shadow and Dr.Stewart in a close second. The whole soundtrack is fuggin' amazing though
  • RonaldRayGun - August 24, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    I was waiting for this game to get it's game music of the day for some time now. I wasn't sure how'd Brett would handle it with all the music in it, but he did a great job. Anyway, so happy that it did for I love it with the white hot passion of a thousands suns.
  • pin316 - August 24, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    Ahhhhhh...F-Zero GX, Along with Zelda: Wind-waker (the version with OoT Master Quest), and Soul Calibur II, this is the reason i still have my Gamecube!
  • philipshaw - August 24, 2010 12:09 p.m.

    You really went all out for your first game music of the day in a week Brett. But this game deserves it, every song is awesome and even the cheesy stuff is good
  • MasterV - August 24, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    Was waiting for this. Excellent game, excellent music. Made having my ass kicked by the CPU easier to swallow
  • linko9 - August 24, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    Love the music in this game. Lots of ridiculous tracks. I say Princia's takes the cake. I don't know if anyone reads these, or cares about suggestions at all, but I'd love to see Dogyuun (great toaplan shmup) on here; I absolutely love the stage 1 theme. It's awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4770gzO1hSw#t=00m42s
  • elpurplemonkey - August 24, 2010 7:15 a.m.

    I enjoyed that Captain Falcon theme a lot more than I should. It was funny on tdar, but I actually found it entertaining here. And as for the game itself, it was pretty great. But so goddamn hard that it became annoying after a point. I think I'd rather wait for an HD F-Zero next generation than another one now though.
  • AuthorityFigure - August 24, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    "Shotgun Kiss" is a pretty clever composition in this game.
  • Fuzunga - August 23, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    @ZiegZeon's Dammit I missed your comment, but I totally second that.
  • Fuzunga - August 23, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    I LOVE F-Zero GX and it's music! I want a sequel already! Such a fantastic game. Seriously. And how many games these days run at 60 fps?
  • ZiegZeon - August 23, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    I was always a big fan of Blood Falcon's theme.
  • xDxP - August 23, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    This is literally the only game that I have ever considered "too difficult". In regards to the story missions. Regular racing was a blast...gotta love MR. EAD
  • 510BrotherPanda - August 23, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    The Rant Brett did on Justin's "Top 7 Fastest..." made me go back and play GX a little. :) Level 6-7 on the Story Mode, " The Grand Prix" is still impossible for me to beat... :(
  • CARDYKEV - August 23, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    Screw Barry White "Big Blue" is some real love making music
  • Robusken - August 23, 2010 10 p.m.

    Yea fire field is awesome! Shotgun kiss is probably my favorite out of the whole game. Theres a certain song from one of the older F-zeros that I keep hearing in Tdar and I really wanna know what it is, might pm you about it Brett.
  • Defguru7777 - August 23, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    Figured this was coming from the way you talked about it on Talkradar. If you're taking requests, might I suggest any song in Golden Sun for a future Game Music of the Day?
  • MatthewFerris - August 23, 2010 9:51 p.m.

    Excellent music, excellent game. I really like Shotgun Kiss from the Vegas Palace tracks, but they work much better in game, with all the noise from the racing and the feeling of speed. Same applies to the Aeropolis music, particularly when it shifts between the 2nd and 3rd laps.
  • Baron164 - August 23, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    I liked GX but I loved X on the N64. Mainly because on the N64 the game was playable for me where GX was frustratingly difficult. I had the same issue with Wave Race, I loved the N64 version but the AI was way overly aggressive in Blue Storm and that led to me constantly getting knocked off the Jet Ski. Speaking of which, Bret why don't you do Wave Race for GMOTD. I really liked the music in the Wave Race.
  • shyfonzie - August 23, 2010 9:26 p.m.

    Brett Elston: Better believe he knows the way. Also I really liked PJ's theme.

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