When I think about what defines a "good game" I always think about it's gameplay,storyline, and the game's music. It's always something that just goes hand in hand with making any video game. Kind of how movies have great music to back up all the awesome parts in the movie. There are times where we all have watched or played something we ourselves would consider bad. Anyways, I've dealt with a few video games in my childhood that were just down right bad. What I consider bad is how the gameplay fits in the game and also other things, but that really depends on the video game.
We always had RPGs at my house growing up and in my family we only had PlayStation or some Nintendo consoles. My brothers and I always loved to play RPGs! I remember day thousands of years ago in the year 1996 the PlayStation's first RPG came out. It was named Beyond the Beyond, with that name came all the awful things to come along with it. I remember vividly watching my brothers play and take turns to play one dungeon after another. They always had this very irate look on their faces whenever they got further into the game. There was even this one time where my older brother just said "Here Zuri, take the controller and just keep pressing the X bottom to battle and level up". Just showing how he didn't have the patience to level up in the game. It was worse than Pokemon's random battle encounters. I could see why they were annoyed, the fact that you would get attacked every five to eight seconds running into monsters didn't help make me love the game any more. However, there was one thing that I loved about this game and it was the amazing music.
Ever have that time when you play a video game and the music is just awesome that you end up playing for about six hours or more. I felt like that with Beyond the Beyond, but the gameplay just made it so god damn annoying at times. Looking back there is this one piece from the game that always stuck with me. Even after 15 years of not touching the game I remember this tune so clearly.
Funny thing is I later find out that this game was done by Camelot Software Planning. Which are the guys behind all the Golden Sun games and music was done by Motoi Sakuraba too! I was kind of surprised considering how bad Beyond the Beyond was. Even if it was a forgettable RPG, the music wasn't forgettable to my ears for years.
Moving on to another game I've played before is a very bad squeal to a very good game. Back when I was in high school and enjoying the days where I always enjoyed spending time with rolling up stars for the King of The Cosmos, I heard about a squeal to Brave Fencer Musashi! I was happy to hear that Square didn't forget about some of their classic old games. If anyone wanted to know the story is sort of like the original Brave Fencer, but you have to find all the elemental princesses this time around and not just elements of the land.
So anyways, the day I got Musashi: Samurai Legend (in March) I couldn't wait to play! Then I actually played the game and everything annoyed me about it."THIS ISN'T THE MUSASHI I REMEMBER!? WHAT THE FUCK HAPPEN TO HIM!?"
were the thoughts going on in my head when I played through an hour of the game. It didn't help that his voice was just terrible. I REALLY hated listening to Musashi's voice, I mean, I don't know if Square Enix does tests on people who want to voice act in their games, but they should. As for the gameplay, it's just your normal hack and slash kind of game, nothing really special. I think the controls made Musashi's attacks feel so slow at time, specially if you're fighting ten or more monsters. However, in the game you do get to take the attacks of your enemies just like in the original Brave Fencer Musashi.
I feel like I ranted on about this game more than I should have. Going on to the game's music I really do love how great the music is. From the beginning you get this feeling of entering a new adventure with Musashi. Even later in the game where you get into the forest/jungle you get a taste of Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano's style of music. In a way the music really reminds me of Threads of Fate soundtrack.
Now for our last game is a game not many people really know about. At least I don't think many people know about this game. Floating Runner:Quest for the 7 Crystals is a PlayStation game about a boy and a girl who try to save their land for a evil dragon. That's pretty much it. I got the game in 1996 and when I played the game it was fairly simple. Shoot some monsters and then go on to the next level, but what really annoyed me was you couldn't save your file. What kind of game never let's you save from finishing one level!? It's still bullshit to me that the boss was hard as fuck too, and if you lost all your lives you had to restart from the FIRST LEVEL! I do remember good times when I ragequit over a few monsters gang raping me till I had no hearts left. All I remember really fun about the game was it's cute bubbly music.
The Forest level's music was always my favorite to hear every now and then, but the boss music was really awesome. It always got me fire up to beat the boss and till get my ass kicked few minutes later.
I feel really nostalgic writing this blog. Remembering all the experiences I've had with these video games and having the music stay in my brain for about years now. Even if these weren't the best or most amazing games, the music was still what kept me going half of the time continuing play on. Not every video game is perfect and my experiences have thought me that. Hell, maybe I'll play a game someday that has really bad music, but awesome gameplay and story.
Side note to all: I feel so bad for posting on the last day of the Monthly Musings. I just wanted to let this blog be done with and finished. It may feel rushed here, but I do hope you enjoyed reading this, even if my grammar is all that great ^^'''.