I really like this one. I recently downloaded most of the ReMixes on the site (just before the damned torrent file, too...), but I hadn't listened to this one yet because I'd never played Phantasy Star before.
Well, a week or so ago, I was at my boyfriend's house and we were playing it. It was on an emulator My initial reaction was "Holy f*** this kicks Nintendo's ass!" And so I've been playing it for the past week with a passion.
Could someone please tell me how they made those dungeon tunnel things...? I still don't get it.
So...with my hard drive beginning to get a bit cluttered, I decided to put all OCReMixes on 6 CDs. While organizing them, I was trying to decide which Mixes I should keep on my hard drive to listen to on a regular basis.
Since I started playing Phantasy Star and never heard this Mix, I thought I'd better give it a go.
Anyway, back to the actual 'review'...
Generally, I'm not a fan of fun-kay music unless I'm watching 70s black-sploitation films, but wow this ReMix is an exception.
Everything just seems to fit. The synth strings, e-piano, bass, the lead...thing all work really well together. Without hearing this mix, I'd never think those instruments could complement each other so well. I love the lead...whatever the heck it is...über-distorted guitar.
The drums are just great. The percussion is really what makes the song as good as it is.
Someone, maybe DJP in his write-up, said the mix was short. Perhaps in comparison with the rest of analoq's mixes it's short, but I think it's a good length for the song, personally. Erm...actually the "Medusa" VGM file is the exact same length as the mix, therefore it fits (<=corrupted Lauren logic)
Plus, there would be too much repetition in the mix if it were any longer, unless a break were added in or somethin'.
Hm...I don't quite think it's as particularly good as some of analoq's other work, though, since the mix gets a bit repetative after a while. I mean after several listenings, not one time around. 10 times repeatedly would be a bit much for me, but to each his own
It doesn't lose its groove, though.
I still have yet to play far enough into the game to hear where this music is, so I don't have an area association for the song yet...I have the VGMs, though. Am I mistaken, or is the intro supposed to resemble the "Cave" music? I know the actual song is the "Medusa" VGM, but I can't put my finger on the intro...
Since my overall message is rather convoluted, I'll revert to the ol' ?/10 grading method.
This mix is a 7.5/10
The only downsides from my point of view are the ending and the repetative nature of the piece. Both of those things are probably a matter of my own tastes, though, since I can't really provide any reasoning to back up either statement.