So, since I was too busy to put together an Amazing VGM article this week, I figure the next best thing is to put together a directory of all the installments of its predecessor, VGM of the Week, that I wrote for Oprainfall back in 2015. I feel it would be cheep to post them individually since they are shorter pieces, so here is a link to each one.
Radiant Historia – The Red Locus
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows – Morishige’s Theme of Love
Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 4 – Tycho
Shadow of the Colossus – Demise of the Ritual
Luigi’s Mansion – King Boo’s Theme
Sonic Adventure – Azure Blue World
Wonder Boy 3: Monster Lair – The Ice World
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I got Vickinachi through a trade with someone on Indiegala for a spare code I had for a game I had no interest in playing. Going into this game, I knew it was going to be bad based on the Steam reviews, and I decided to go with it due to morbid curiosity and because it can usually be fun to tear into terrible games in reviews. I did not expect it to be THIS bad though. Steam Greenlight Landfill is a bit of a misnomer when applied to Vickinachi as the more accurate descriptor would be Steam Greenlight Septic Tank, along with the likes of The Interview, The Graveyard, Tokyo Hosto, and Pregnancy (and also technically because it was released in 2017, but Steam Direct Landfill just doesn’t sound the same).
Yooka-Laylee, by all means, should have been well received. It is a game that seeks to return to a bygone era that most gamers grew up in and fell in love with gaming in the first place during, and was created by a team made up of former employees of Rare working on a spiritual successor to Banjo Tooie that doesn’t involve car building or the god damned Kinect. Yooka-Laylee is what Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts should have been and more. I was very glad I got the chance to play this game and already feel that I am profoundly lucky to have gotten this and NieR Automata in the first half of 2017, and maybe if things keep up this way, it will make up for being stuck living under the rule of a Napoleonic cheetoh with a nebula sized ego and atom sized hands.
I seriously do not see how Bleed received any positive reception; this game is borderline unplayable. I went into this game because I like 2D run and gun shooters, and the game had a female protagonist, which is always a plus. Unfortunately, this game is killed by its horrendous control scheme. This is going t be a short and brief review because there is not much detail I can go into when the game was killed by one fatal flaw.
So this week’s VGM I actually don’t know much about. It is from a game that I have played, but it was supposedly in the demo for said game, which I have not played. Furthermore, it is already hard enough to find the original in game versions of the tracks in the original PC release, and this demo loop isn’t included on the official release of the soundtrack. Technically, I can’t really verify if this track is legit or not, but it’s a good one regardless.
TW: Mentions of torture and suicide.
Lamia’s Game Room was a game released silently within the depth of the now defunct Steam Greenlight. The only way most people would have played it would have been through one of Indiegala’s bundles, which was how I got it. Looking at the game’s Steam page, one will notice that the overall review rating for this game is “mixed” which is a bad sign right away. Another bad sign is the fact that the game is priced at $1.00, which usually means that the game is so short or simplistic that it should be free, but the developers still want to make some money.
Mighty No. 9 was a game I had absurdly low expectations for. When it came out, it was hit with several people bashing it over how disappointing it was that this was the result of a 4 million dollar Kickstarter campaign, and how this was supposed to be the spiritual successor to Mega Man. Among the complaints were the several delays the game had, the fact that the graphics were leagues below the quality set by the concept art, and its horrible marketing scheme that insulted anime fans.
The reason I decided to play Mighty No. 9 despite the poor reputation it had was because there was nothing about the actual gameplay to be noticed from these observations, and the fact that these games can often be over hated. I myself often have managed to enjoy games that were otherwise panned by critics and have been adamant defenders of them. As such, I was really hoping that I would find something to enjoy about Mighty No. 9 but that turned out not to be the case.
Just to clear up any potential confusion, Worms: Reloaded, and Worms 2: Armageddon are the same game and just have different titles on different systems. Worms is a turn based strategy game series that dates back to 1995 with the original Worms. The original Worms was released on the PC, Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, Gameboy, Amiga, PS1, Saturn, and even the Atari Jaguar, but only the PC, PS1, and Saturn versions got a release outside Europe. Seeing as how there have been at least ten games in the Worms series released between the original game and Reloaded, that should be enough to indicate that this is NOT the second game in the series. In actuality, the game was intended as a sequel to Worms: Armageddon, the third game in the series, but they put the 2 in the wrong spot (don’t ask me how they managed to mess that up).
Yes I know, I shill for Undertale way too much in Amazing VGM… and in general to I suppose, but mostly in amazing VGM I suppose. But aha, this song technically isn’t from Undertale so I can still make this one anyway. To clarify, this track is not from Earthbound either, nor is it from Halloween Hack, or LISA, or Contact, or Citizens of Earth, or Yume Nikki, or Opoona, or Off, or Boot Hill Heroes, or any other number of Earthbound clones out there. It is related to Earthbound in that it is part of the Earthbound fan album I Miss You – Earthbound 2012 that Toby Fox was involved with and it uses Earthbound’s sound font, but it has not been used in any official release as far as I know. I do hope that Toby does use it in a future project though because this is an amazing track.
TW: Sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, sex negativity, mentions of rape and pedophilia.
It is very rare that anything I write in regards to someone of any notable status is ever going to be seen by the person in question. As a result, I know how rare it is to be able to have myself heard by the people I talk about, so I try to write as if there is a chance it will happen just so that if it does, I can take full advantage of it. I know that people are complex human beings who have their own feelings and reasons for doing things and that it should always be possible to have a mature discussion with someone.