February 25, 2013
Gaming in Stereo: Ode to Konami
I had today’s Gaming in Stereo lined up ready to go and suddenly, I scrapped it. I will move what I had for today to another day, but with the weather here, in northwestern Florida being gloomy and doom, I figured Silent Hill would do nicely. Today’s tracks are from Silent Hill 2’s Original Soundtrack and one from Metal Gear Solid courtesy of OverClocked Remix. Though both series are widely different, one a survival horror franchise, the other a “Tactical Espionage Action” franchise, but both have an outstanding pedigree of soundtracks. So enjoy today’s look into the horrific and stealthy catalog of Konami.
Promise (Reprise) – Akira Yamaoka – Silent Hill 2 OST
The Silent Hill titles have delved into the deepness of nightmares and personal torment. Normally having an average run of the mill protagonist searching for loved one, the games occur in the fictional town of Silent Hill. The dense fog shows just how alone these characters really are and occasional shift in the “otherworld” shows what their unconscious minds are truly hiding. Silent Hill 2 is the most acclaimed of the series and thought to be one of the best survival games of all time. Akira Yamaoka is the series long time composer and the soundtracks hold their own nightmares in check with an industrial, surreal feeling. Promise (repise) is a piano driven piece, that is as haunting as the desolate town. At (0:13) the background distortion comes in giving a sense of surreal horror. There are plenty of darker tracks on the album and more twisted, distorted, industrial sounds; but I felt this track represented a more mysterious look into Silent Hill. Enjoy.
Metal Gear Solid – “The Price of Freedom” – Evan Arnett, Janna McKinley, Jonathan Mills
Yet other reason I love Overclocked Remix, some of the greatest tracks in gaming brought together in a new light. This remix comes from a mixture of different themes through out the game. Despite the series that can be somewhat confusing in it’s story telling, the Metal Gear Solid series has never disappointed in fantastic stealth gameplay, awesome cinematics, and a great soundtrack. The track has a few of the “themes” that are through out the series. At (1:50) goes into one of the most reconizable tracks of the PlayStation era. At (3:50) goes into a awesome rendition of the other main theme from the title. The track is long clocking in at 7:27 but is an awesome trip down memory lane. I still have my copy of Metal Gear Solid for the PS1 and I would be hard pressed to ever sell it. Enjoy some of the most iconic tracks in the action genre.
*Editors Note – Yes, I know the picture is art from Metal Gear Solid 2, sorry. It is hard to find official artwork for MGS with out ripping it from somewhere.