Developer: Sonic Team USA
Genre: 3D Platformer, Action Adventure
Platform: Nintendo GameCube, Sega Dreamcast,
NA Release Date: February 11, 2002 (Sega Dreamcast: June 19, 2001)
Sonic Adventure 2 made me realize that I love cheesy Sega music. The original Sonic Adventure has some so-bad-it's-good music, like Sonic's Theme “It Doesn't Matter” and Tail's “Believe in Myself.” However, Sonic Adventure 2 takes it to a whole new level.
“Escape from the City” performed by Ted Poley is a fan favorite and and “A Ghost's Pumpkin Soup” performed by Hunnid-P, like many other Sonic songs, saw small resurgences in the YouTube Poop scene and through other silly internet videos. Each future Sonic game would often have a few vocal themes but, Sonic Adventure 2 has at least ten tracks with lyrics. Some of them are remixes from Sonic Adventure, but it's a nice collection of cheesy music.
If you look at Sega's history, this music shouldn't be surprising. They had been incorporating their own songs since the Sega CD add-on allowed for streaming music. Sonic CD's introduction had different opening vocal themes for both the Japanese and North American releases, with each about the same quality you'd hear from Sonic Adventure 2's tracks.
I miss Sega’s vocal songs. Since they moved away from making big budget retail games, they've drastically reduced their vocals music output. I could never figure out if anyone creating the songs ever took it seriously, but I love them either way.
Do you have any cheesy video game music you love?