Yesterday we started off things off with a track from Devil May Cry as our #10.
That alone should give you some indication that this is very much a list of my personal favorites, and probably isn’t going to make everybody happy… Particularly RPG fans.
That being said, today’s entry on the Azn Badger’s list of the Top 10 Videgame Songs is:
#9. God Hand – God Hand
To those who may be unware, God Hand is a tremendously awesome game.
Don’t believe me? Check out the article I wrote on it awhile back.
The last game produced by the now defunct Clover Studio, (the same guys that made Okami and Viewtiful Joe) God Hand was a late addition to the PS2 game library, and one that didn’t nearly as much press as it likely should have.
I bought myself an import copy of God Hand when it was first released, and I absolutely played it to death.
While I don’t always buy into the over-the-top nonsensical zaniness of Japanese games, God Hand serves as an example of one that just “did it” for me.
The character designs, music, and frenetic gameplay of God Hand all came together for a very complete and brutally difficult gaming experience.
Speaking of “brutally difficult,” the ending theme of God Hand, also titled “God Hand,” served as a fitting reward for the innumerable hours I put into the game.
Now, there are at least 2 versions of the song, Japanese and English; but I don’t think I have to tell you that the Japanese original is the superior version.
Don’t get me wrong, the lyrics are equally nonsensical regardless of which language they’re sung in; but the Japanese ones flow much smoother, and the feigned enthusiasm is 20 times as infectious.
That’s the beauty of “God Hand.”
It’s a stupid-ass song, for a stupid-ass game, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t make itself out to sound like the most awesomely over-the-top theme song in the history of awesomely over-the-top theme songs.
That being said, it needs to be said that a big reason why this one made the list, is not just because I love the game it came from; but also because I genuinely like the style of the music.
I grew up watching that stuff, and in fact, still do watch it from time to time; so it goes without saying that this style of music is very much my cup of tea.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that, as a non-fluent Japanese speaker, the lyrics of “God Hand” are kind of fun for me in that they’re simple enough for me to actually understand for the most part.
It’s a minor point, but one worth mentioning all the same.
Anyway, this was #9 on our list of the Top 10 Videogame Songs, check back tomorrow for #8!