August 19, 2013

Gaming in Stereo: The Twilight Adventure

 

Do not worry, there are no sparkling vampires here; though there is one of the greatest 3D Zelda titles on display. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is considered one of the best, if not the best (though up for debate) 3D Zelda title. Originally designed to be a GameCube title, the release date was pushed back to make the game a Wii launch title, though there was a GameCube version launched almost a month after the Wii counterpart. Twilight Princess had a darker tone and visual representation than the previous entry in the series, The Wind Waker. Twilight Princess also received a Teen (T) rating from the ESRB, the first in Zelda history. Though despite the darker tones and atmosphere, the game was a blast to play and featured epic dungeon bosses. The Twilit Dragon (Argorok) is one of my most memorable boss fights in a Zelda title. The use of the dual clawshots, the setting on top of a huge spire, the wind, the rain; it felt like it was ripped out of Shadow of the Colossus, and it was epic. I am currently on my second playthrough of Twilight Princess, finally finishing my own personal copy. I am now up to the City in the Sky after putting 8+ hours on Saturday into my most recent game save. The only downside to Twilight Princess is the music was created through MIDI instead of a live orchestra, well we can fix that. Today we will be looking at the Twilight Princess arrangement that was featured on the Legend of Zelda 25th anniversary CD. The track may clock in at just over 10 minutes, but is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess remains the 3rd best review game in the Wii’s review history (according to Game Rankings) and the second best selling Zelda title and only outsold by the illustrious Ocarina of Time.

 

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Twilight Princess Symphonic Movement – original music composed by Koji Kondo, Asuka Ota, and Toru Minegishi.

This is by far the longest track I think I have posted. Clocking in at just over 10 minutes, it arranges various themes found throughout Twilight Princess. The track ranges from soft tones (opening to about the 3:08 mark) to dramatic marches (6:40 mark) and includes very familiar themes as well ( 3:08 and 9:44 marks). The movement feels like a 10 recap of Twilight Princess, a peek into the wonderful world of Hyrule which has been invaded by darkness. The ending of the track (9:53 mark) is a beautiful tribute. The orchestration of the pieces really does them justice; since Skyward Sword was released with a soundtrack performed with an orchestra, hopefully from here on out, every Zelda title will follow. Enjoy the beautiful journey through Twilight Princess’s musical themes.

 

Bonus track – Hyrule Field Main Theme

This is theme from the Hyrule Field over world and it is in it’s original format. This track is from the digitally constructed soundtrack, and parts of this track can be heard at the (3:11 mark) in the previous track. You can now hear a distinct difference in the tracks despite them being well composed. Nintendo has a knack for creating beautiful games and soundtracks, hopefully they are given the live orchestrated treatment.

 

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