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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Castle Levels!)   Music to my Ears (Castle Levels!) - Page 11 EmptyWed 8 Aug 2018 - 21:13

Inverse-controversy time: I should like the LBW Hyrule Castle theme, but feel it should be a bit... punchier? Therefore the original wins basically on nostalgia. But you both got me to listen to Final Fantasy music! Well done. All Balla picking a chiptune? The end of days. But I hear that Shovel Knight Theme in my head an awful lot.


And since you didn't - I will! Peachy.

Zelda II - are palaces castles? This version's nice because there isn't simultaneous low-health beeping.

I can't think of a third at the moment.
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It's a classic, it should be allowed.
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Castle Levels!)   Music to my Ears (Castle Levels!) - Page 11 EmptyWed 8 Aug 2018 - 22:20

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Controversy time: I think that LttP castle theme sounds bobbins in this day and age.  It's full MIDI.  Iconic yes, good no.  And it's been done better.

I was going to the classic Peach's Castle theme, but I realised that I'd be doing another 'all the same franchises as Jay', so didn't.  It's no secret I don't care much for Shovel Knight, but its music is top-notch.  Pridemoor Keep oozes opulence through its chiptunes.  Great stuff.

Maybe it's the wind instruments in that LBW version, but it doesn't grab as much as the original. Big thumbs up to Pridemoor Keep though, that's a great pick.

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Zelda II - are palaces castles? This version's nice because there isn't simultaneous low-health beeping.

I have this tune ingrained in my head from hours long 99 stock wars on Hyrule Temple in SSBM. The remix is a cracker.

In honour of today's Smash announcement, here's Dracula's Castle from SotN. Technically, nearly any track in any Castlevania game would count as a "castle level" theme, but I'll go for this one from the start of SotN, which has what could very well be the best OST in all of video games, no exaggeration.
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Castle Levels!)   Music to my Ears (Castle Levels!) - Page 11 EmptyThu 9 Aug 2018 - 11:12

Some good castle picks here, and there's absolutely some overlap with final areas given when games like to send players into castles.  I'm actually surprised you didn't post more Castlevania Jay.  Can't say I'd mind more castlevania showcasing, never played the games myself but the stuff's always sounded great whenever I see it posted.  

I also can't help but agree that Lorule is missing a punch to it. It's good, but doesn't quite tickle me in the right spots. Probably doesn't help that I've never played ALBW.

Funny thing with, well, I was going to say Final Fantasy but I guess I really mean Uematsu. People always go completely nuts for him, and when I hear either his older stuff or stuff like the Black Mages I can understand the hype, but his modern stuff just doesn't have the same ZING to it.

As far as music subject suggestions go, any chance of bog standard overworlds getting the spotlight?  Tons of stuff to work with in that subject, both Nintendo and Nontendo.  

Antagonist themes is another good topic, because no matter the game there's always at least one prick like Pokemon Trainer Blue (except, unfortunately and ironically, modern Pokemon games themselves).  

And villain themes is another variant that could be used, some overlap with antagonists but also plenty of room for separation.  Plenty of antagonists are just prats rather than villains and plenty of game villains barely even interact with the protagonist.  Heck you could probably run several different villain archetypes individually if you wanted to, plenty of variety in there.  

Oh, and to tie in with my end-post remarks video game towers could be another theme.  Because if there's one thing games love to use as a setting it's giant towers reaching into the sky (also happens to be one of my favourite settings too).  

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As for castles themselves I'm just gonna leave this here and let it speak for itself.  And a very nice changeup for what usually passes for castle themes I'd like to add!  

I've seen people posting Zelda castle themes, and Breath of the Wild has been done before (and so has OoT's Ganon's Tower which would have been my pick if, well, I hadn't already done it).  So I'll change things up with this chilling topically-appropriate masterpiece.  

And why am I the first person posting THIS!!!!????  The song of ruined childhoods and manipulative evil fathers. Pokemon Platinum and Black/White remain the apex of the main series, and N one of the best antagonists. I'm still surprised at how Team Plasma was ever competent enough to build the moving castle though.

In contrast I completely understand why I, the only person to ever play Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time and Darkness (aka the factual best stories in Pokemon ever) am the first to post this beauty.  (I mean it's technically not a castle anyway, but I dun care!)

For whatever reason despite being a RPG nut I'm blanking on castle themes beyond this.  Strangely enough everything I think of is a tower theme (of which I'm sticking with the mystery dungeon pick), but actual castles?  My mind's gone blanker than a wiped slate.  Only one I'm deliberately skipping is Valkyrie Profile 2's because it was an atmospheric piece (because the castle had been attacked and the game was about to go full Game of thrones for a while, natch).
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Castle Levels!)   Music to my Ears (Castle Levels!) - Page 11 EmptyThu 9 Aug 2018 - 20:18

All Ys music seems to be the same guitar-mad stuff. They love it almost as much as Ryo!

Temporal Tower is quality. I'll refrain from posting any other tower themes, just in case Jay's going to make that a separate week, but I'm impressed.
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Oh I assure you Falcom love their electric guitar far more than Ryo does!  They tend to focus more on melody with it though so it's totally fine with me.  And they love to juxtapose electric guitars with violins, which as it turns out is a ridiculously awesome combo of instruments.   Case in point!.

And yep, Mystery Dungeon has some fantastic whimsical stuff.  It's probably the most slept-on thing involving Pokemon I've ever seen as well.  Time and Darkness especially so.
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