Today we’re going to be talking about a game I’ve never played and know close to nothing about!
That being said, instead of looking over the wikipedia page, and copy-pasting the whole thing to make it look like I know what I’m talking about, I’d rather just be honest and leave this game as the mystery that it is.
Yes, the Dragonball guy.
Anyway, the game received decent reviews, but for the most part is best remembered as one of the first JRPG’s on the Xbox 360.
Aside from those little factoids, I know nothing about Blue Dragon.
I’ve never played it, watched it be played, or even listened to the soundtrack.
I have however listened to one piece of music from the game, a boss theme by industry legend Nobuo Uematsu entitled “The Seal is Broken.”
Yes, the Final Fantasy guy.
If you’ve read some of my other posts, then you know that Final Fantasy isn’t really my favorite game franchise of all time, particularly in the post-VI era.
My opinion of Mr. Uematsu’s music is largely mirrors my feelings towards the Final Fantasy games.
He gets a lot of press, and there’s no doubt that he’s a wonderful composer, but he’s just not really my favorite.
It’s kind of like how I feel about Hans Zimmer in regards to movie soundtracks.
Anyway, my bullshit aside, “The Seal is Broken” is one damn fine piece rock opera-esque awesomeness.
Give it a listen:
The Seal is Broken
I love the energy of this music.
It has a great pace to it, steadily building, with a palpable sense of foreboding.
Based on the character designs and music alone, my guess is that Blue Dragon is not what you’d call a “dark” game, and as such, I feel that this track captures the inherently cartoony nature of Toriyama’s illustrations all too well.
One thing about this track, that I feel needs to be mentioned, publicly; is the fact that parts of it are eerily similar to a very well known piece of music.
It’s only a brief portion of it, but still, my goofy ears won’t let me deny the similarities.
Tune to 3:32 of “The Seal is Broken” and listen until 3:40.
Now, listen to the chords of the Top Gun Anthem, and tell me there aren’t similarities between the two.
The Top Gun Anthem
Say what you will, I made this connection the first time I heard “The Seal is Broken,” and God help me, I’ll probably believe in it until the day I die.
Anyway, that’s all I gotta’ say about the mystery game that is Blue Dragon.
Happy Sunday everyone!