Episode 30 – Metal Slug on the Neo Geo

Metal Slug is one of my all-time favourite arcade franchises for its frenetic and gleefully over the top run and gun action. As a kid, I was always powerless to resist the allure of the ‘Big Red’ Neo Geo cabinets when they housed a title as timeless as Metal Slug – Super Vehicle-001! Aside from the moreish gameplay and excellent graphics, a lot of Metal Slug’s overall quality is to do with its music, so in this episode, I delve into the soundtracks of the series to enjoy the fine musical chops of the games’ composers, including Takushi Hiyamuta and Toshikazu Tanaka.

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Metal Slug is one of my all-time favourite arcade franchises for its frenetic and gleefully over the top run and gun action. As a kid, I was always powerless to resist the allure of the ‘Big Red’ Neo Geo cabinets when they housed a title as timeless as Metal Slug – Super Vehicle-001! Aside from the moreish gameplay and excellent graphics, a lot of Metal Slug’s overall quality is to do with its music, so in this episode, I delve into the soundtracks of the series to enjoy the fine musical chops of the games’ composers, including Takushi Hiyamuta and Toshikazu Tanaka.

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Metal Slug (1996, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Operation Explanation, Ranking’ by Takushi Hiyamuta and JIM

Metal Slug (1996, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Stage 1’ by Takushi Hiyamuta and JIM

Metal Slug (1996, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Stage 3’ by Takushi Hiyamuta and JIM

Metal Slug 2 (1998, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Prehistoric Site’ by Takushi Hiyamuta

Metal Slug 2 (1998, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Metamorphosis’ by Takushi Hiyamuta

Metal Slug 3 (2000, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Marine Diver’ by Takushi Hiyamuta, Yoshihiko Wada, Rich Horiuchi, Q_Jirou and Maitaro

Metal Slug 3 (2000, SNK Neo Geo) ‘The Midnight Wanderer’ by Takushi Hiyamuta, Yoshihiko Wada, Rich Horiuchi, Q_Jirou and Maitaro

Metal Slug 4 (2002, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Let’s Run Through! (Stage 1 ‘City’)’ by Toshikazu Tanaka

Metal Slug 4 (2002, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Show Spirit (Stage 2 ‘National Border’)’ by Toshikazu Tanaka

Metal Slug 5 (2003, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Windy Day’ by Toshikazu Tanaka

Metal Slug 5 (2003, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Zoom Down’ by Toshikazu Tanaka

Metal Slug (1996, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Final Scene 1P’ by Takushi Hiyamuta and JIM

 

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Episode 29 – FSV’s First Birthday

Forever Sound Version is one year old! To reflect on a solid twelve months of VGM discovery, here’s a retrospective episode featuring some of my favourite tracks from the first 28 episodes, as well as some special guest picks from listeners Zinn and Mister Krüsli Pants. Thank you for supporting the show, and rest assured that there are many, many more episodes to come!

Forever Sound Version is one year old! To reflect on a solid twelve months of VGM discovery, here’s a retrospective episode featuring some of my favourite tracks from the first 28 episodes, as well as some special guest picks from listeners Zinn and Mister Krüsli Pants. Thank you for supporting the show, and rest assured that there are many, many more episodes to come!

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Top Gear Rally (1997, Nintendo 64) ‘Mountain’ composed by Barry Leitch

Hagane: The Final Conflict (1994, SNES) ‘Stage 1-4’ composed by Takahito Abe

Ranger X (1993, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Stage 2-1 (Cave)’ composed by Yoshinobu Hiraiwa

Tempest 2000 (1994, Atari Jaguar) ‘Tracking Depth’ composed by Ian Howe, Alastair Lindsey, Kevin Saville, and Julian Hodgson

Mega-Apocalypse (1987, Commodore 64) ‘Main Theme’ by Rob Hubbard

Colony Wars 2492 (1996, PC) ‘TRACK08’ by Christian Kirsch

Colony Wars 2492 (1996, PC) ‘TRACK18’ by Christian Kirsch

Colony Wars 2492 (1996, PC) ‘TRACK05’ by Christian Kirsch

Colony Wars 2492 (1996, PC) ‘TRACK03’ by Christian Kirsch

Master of Darkness (1993, Sega Master System) ‘Thames River’ composed by Takashi Horiguchi and Yoko Wada

NBA Live 95 (1994, SNES) ‘Menu’ by Traz Damji and Brian Shaw

Star Cruiser (1989, Sharp X68000) ‘Star Cruiser (Drastic days will come ~ オープニング)’ composed by Toshiya Yamanaka

Colony Wars 2492 Complete OST on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Fw5mhApO6_I
Colony Wars 2492 Gameplay video by MrCruesliPants on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QReLFfdcSZQ

 

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Episode 28 – Back to the Old School with Rhythm and Pixels

There’s no school like the old school, and for this episode, I’m joined in the classroom of game music by Rob and Pernell from the excellent Rhythm and Pixels VGM podcast! Join us as we jam on some great picks from games as diverse as Pac-Mania, Hammerfist, and Lemmings!

There’s no school like the old school, and for this episode, I’m joined in the classroom of game music by Rob and Pernell from the excellent Rhythm and Pixels VGM podcast! Join us as we jam on some great picks from games as diverse as Pac-Mania, Hammerfist, and Lemmings!

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Twin Turbo V8 (1989, Sinclair ZX Spectrum) ‘Title’ by Lyndon Sharp

Pac-Mania (1988, Commodore Amiga) ‘Level 2 BGM’ by Ben Daglish

Zynaps (1987, Atari ST) ‘Title’ by Dave Rogers

The Vice Squad (2013, Commodore 64) ‘Title Tune’ by Linus (Sascha Zeidler)

The Great Giana Sisters (1987, Commodore 64) ‘Loader’ by Chris Hülsbeck

Hammerfist (1990, Commodore 64) ‘Track 3’ by Wally Beben

Gunhead (1994, Atari 8-bit family) ‘Title’ by Radek “Raster” Sterba

Lemmings (1994, Commodore 64) ‘Smile if You Love Lemmings’ by Jeroen Tel

The Duel: Test Drive II (1989, Commodore Amiga) ‘Intro’ by Kris Hatfield

Switchblade II (1991, Commodore Amiga) ‘Title’ by Barry Leitch

 

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Episode 27 – VGM Battle! 2

It’s back!! The Forever Sound Version Battle Series returns, and this time, there’s an actual real trophy to be won! I’m joined by John, Michael T, and super special last-minute guest Ross to slug it out to see who will be the supreme champion. Warning: extra long episode!!

It’s back!! The Forever Sound Version Battle Series returns, and this time, there’s an actual real trophy to be won! I’m joined by John, Michael T, and super special last-minute guest Ross to slug it out to see who will be the supreme champion. Warning: extra long episode!!

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Rocky (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Advance) ‘Gonna Fly Now’

Mega Man 3 (1990, Nintendo Entertainment System) ‘Snake Man’ by Yasuaki Fujita

Goldeneye 007 (1997, Nintendo 64) ‘Facility’ by Grant Kirkhope

Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005, Nintendo DS) ‘Main Theme’ by Kazumi Totaka

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Clash of Superheroes (1998, CP System II) ‘Theme of Morrigan’ by Masato Kouda and Yuko Takehara

Ikaruga (2002, Sega Dreamcast) ‘Boss 01 – Butsutekkai’ by Hiroshi Iuchi

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (2000, PC) ‘Hell March 2’ by Frank Klepacki

The Sims (2000, PC) ‘Buy Mode 1’ by Jerry Martin and Marc Russo

R-Type (1989, Commodore Amiga) ‘Main Theme’ by Chris Hülsbeck

Persona 5 (2016, Sony Playstation 4) ‘Last Surprise’ by Shoji Meguro

Cannon Fodder (1993, Commodore Amiga) ‘War Has Never Been So Much Fun’ by Jon Hare

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Crystal Teardrops’ by Michiru Yamane

Road Rash 3 (1995, Sega Mega Drive) ‘United Kingdom’ by Don Veca

Civilization IV (2005, PC) ‘Baba Yetu’ by Christopher Tin

AM2R (2016, PC) ‘Hydro Station’ composed by Milton Guasti

Final Fantasy VII (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Fanfare’ by Nobuo Uematsu

 

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Episode 26 – PS1 Playlist

Stuart is back in the Forever Sound Version guest seat to help me honour one of our favourite consoles of all time – the original Sony Playstation! Fast tracks, slow tracks, tracks from RPGs, tracks from sports games… we have it all!

Stuart is back in the Forever Sound Version guest seat to help me honour one of our favourite consoles of all time – the original Sony Playstation! Fast tracks, slow tracks, tracks from RPGs, tracks from sports games… we have it all!

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Armored Core (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Shape Memory Alloys’ by Keiichiro Segawa and Masaru Tateyama

Armored Core (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Dotted Line’ by Keiichiro Segawa and Masaru Tateyama

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (1998, Sony Playstation) ‘Rupture Farms’ by Ellen Meijers-Gabriel

Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Moth Forest’ by Minami Matsumae

Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Legend of Arcana’ by Minami Matsumae

Actua Soccer (1995, Sony Playstation) ‘Menu Theme’ by Patrick Phelan

Gran Turismo (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘TVR Dealer’ by Masamichi Seki, Takashi Kanai, Yasuaki Yabuta and Mitsukuni Murai

Gran Turismo (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Honda/Acura Dealer’ by Masamichi Seki, Takashi Kanai, Yasuaki Yabuta and Mitsukuni Murai

Tomb Raider II (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘The Temple of Xian’ by Nathan McCree

Bushido Blade (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Hiding in Shadow’ by Ayako Saso

 

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Episode 25 – NBA Jams

It’s time for Forever Sound Version’s first ever sports games focus – and it’s on the NBA! There are no airballs on this episode as we charge through some great tracks from franchises such as Midway’s frenetic arcade-oriented NBA Jam and the EA basketball sims of the ‘Live’ series. Boomshakalaka!

It’s time for Forever Sound Version’s first ever sports games focus – and it’s on the NBA! There are no airballs on this episode as we charge through some great tracks from franchises such as Midway’s frenetic arcade-oriented NBA Jam and the EA basketball sims of the ‘Live’ series. Boomshakalaka!

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NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1995, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Main Theme’ by Jon Hey

NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1995, SNES) ‘End of Game’ by Jon Hey

NBA Jam (1994, Nintendo Game Boy) ‘Main Theme’ by Jon Hey

NBA Jam (1994, Nintendo Game Boy) ‘Team Select’ by Jon Hey

NBA Live 95 (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Theme’ by Traz Damji and Brian Shaw

NBA Live 95 (1994, SNES) ‘Menu’ by Traz Damji and Brian Shaw

NBA Live 96 (1995, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Theme’ by Traz Damji, Steve Royea and Vince Mai

NBA Live 97 (1996, SNES) ‘Title Screen’ by Brian Schmidt

NBA Live 98 (1997, SNES) ‘Crowd’ by Mark Oritz

NBA Live 98 (1997, SNES) ‘Defense!’ by Mark Oritz

NBA 3 on 3 Featuring Kobe Bryant (1999, Nintendo Game Boy Color) ‘BGM2’ by Chris Lamb

NBA in the Zone 2000 (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Color) ‘02’, composer unknown

NBA in the Zone 2000 (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Color) ‘03’, composer unknown

NBA in the Zone 2000 (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Color) ‘11’, composer unknown

NBA in the Zone 2000 (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Color) ‘13’, composer unknown

NBA Showdown (1993, SNES) ‘Title’ by Traz Damji

 

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Episode 24 – An Atari 8-bit Family Affair

Turn your POKEY up to 11! It’s time to rock out with some top drawer rippers from the Atari 8-bit family of computers. They may not have been able to set the world alight like the Commodore 64 and NES did in the 1980s, but these machines definitely have a curious place in gaming history, and one that is worth exploring!

Turn your POKEY up to 11! It’s time to rock out with some top drawer rippers from the Atari 8-bit family of computers. They may not have been able to set the world alight like the Commodore 64 and NES did in the 1980s, but these machines definitely have a curious place in gaming history, and one that is worth exploring!

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Hunter (1995, Atari 8-bit family) by Falk Büttner

Jet Set Willy (1987, Atari 8-bit family) by Rob Hubbard

Chimera (1985, Atari 8-bit family) by Rob Hubbard

Ninja Commando (1989, Atari 8-bit family) by Adam Gilmore

Draconus (1988, Atari 8-bit family) by Adam Gilmore

Red Max (1987, Atari 8-bit family) by David Whittaker

Storm (1987, Atari 8-bit family) by David Whittaker

Space Lobsters (1990, Atari 8-bit family) by Richard Munns

Zero Wars (1990, Atari 8-bit family) by Richard Munns

Pacmania (Unreleased, Atari 8-bit family) by Sal Esquivel

 

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