Game music of the day: Panzer Dragoon

Game: Panzer Dragoon

Song: Flight

Composer: Yoshitaka Azuma

Above: Flight from Panzer Dragoon

It's been an interesting week for aging videogame classics. Sonic Adventure plopped onto XBLA, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are getting HD makeovers and Radiant Silver Gun, a Japan-only, Saturn-exclusive shooter that's been a collector's holy grail for years is also getting a second chance at life. And as long as we're talking about Saturn classics, that immediately leads to Panzer Dragoon and its nearly incomperable orchestral score.

There's a lot to like about Panzer right off the top. Riding a dragon through enemy-infested skies, armed with multi-targeting missiles that scatter across the screen in a dazzling array of direction and color... all in ugly-ass 32-bit polygons. But! Even though the visuals need a pick me up, the music ties it all together, especially the very first song from level one. It's so soaring and whimsical, sounding more like a legitimate movie score than a 1995 videogame. CD-based console games were still new, so at the time this music was mind-blowing. Today it's just plain beautiful.

Above: "Empire" from the OST, a bit more videogame-y but still fits the action perfectly

Above: The lone remix from OverClocked veteran McVaffe

With ICO and Colossus coming to PS3, the next HD collection on my wishlist is Panzer one and two (plus Saga, but that's just getting greedy). The Panzer world was already captivating when it was butt ugly - imagine what it could look like with 15 years of new tech behind it, surpassing even the Xbox's Panzer Dragoon Orta. But, as graphics rise and fall, that original score will remain as effective as it was on day one.


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  • Metroidhunter32 - September 25, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    That sounded almost orchestral.
  • JayBeat - September 19, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    Commenting to show appreciation.
  • philipshaw - September 18, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    That music is so epic, never played the game but it reminds me of music you would hear in Studio Ghibli movies
  • taterboob - September 18, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    I remember getting a Saturn and Panzer Dragoon (and a trip to Six Flags) for my birthday. This music makes me misty eyed every time.
  • thedutewaw - September 19, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    Oh man I love me some OC Remix there is so much to love about that site, and this remix is no exception. Everytime a remix from there makes it onto game music of the day it only reaffirms my belief that it is the greatest web site to ever grace the internet with its presence...right next to GR of course
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 19, 2010 4:52 a.m.

    Oh, so that's the music played every now and then! I was convinced it was from Dragon's Age, because that's what you played it over almost every time. I'm glad to know what it's from now. Dem Japanese sure know how to use their string and wind instruments.
  • RonaldRayGun - September 18, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    Wow this rocks
  • batmanboy11 - September 18, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    Good stuff, Mr. Elston!
  • DirkSteele1 - September 18, 2010 9:40 a.m.

    Flight really was just "plain beautiful." Please keep these great examples coming.
  • CaptainTrotski - September 18, 2010 3:40 a.m.

    Most of the music on my phone is from video games. Glad to know other people appreciate game music.
  • Kapwan - September 18, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    I'd love to see a Panzer Dragoon is a franchise Sega really should bring back. But given the childhood memory defecation Nights on the Wii was, maybe we should leave things be, with only HD ports rather than brand new games.
  • MasterV - September 18, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    The first level music was nice, but the Empire is indescribably awesome! I wish games with such great music were being made nowadays. I still remember playing a bit of Panzer Dragoon at a friends house way back when...good times.
  • Crabhand - September 18, 2010 12:08 a.m.

    Never played Panzer Dragon, but for some reason that picture reminds me of the dragon boss in Twilight Princess.

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