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Game music of the day: Grandia II

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Game: Grandia II

Song: Fight!!

Composer: Noriyuki Iwadare

       
Above: Fight!! from Grandia II

It's 9-9-10. That makes 11 years since the Dreamcast was brought into this cruel world and doomed to die at the hands of the PlayStation 2 and Sega's own repeated follies. Last year we trumpeted the system's 10 year anniversary with a week of Dreamcast remembrance, so this year I'll celebrate simply by calling out my favorite Dreamcast soundtrack of them all - Grandia II.

Several aspects of Grandia II were dated within a few years of its release. The visuals, dialog and general feel of the game could be seen as archaic, but the battle system remains one of the most intense and demanding I've ever played. The battle tune above plays alongside these nail-biting battles, setting a heart-pounding pace for even the most trivial monster encounter. I particularly love how it changes things up instead of directly looping the first half. The guitar slightly shifts and other instruments come and go, making it an honest four minute piece of music.


Above: Fight! ver 3 is special bos music, but every bit as GO GO GO GO!


Above: Commercial Town Liligue, on the other hand, is toe-tapping deliciousness

Grandia II's story is strangely similar to the Dreamcast's tale of woe. It launched to reasonable success and acclaim, earned a strong fan base, then suffered a series of misfortunes that would eventually end the series altogether. First there was the shoddy PS2 port, followed by the awfully named Grandia Xtreme, then a fairly-OK Grandia III that failed to make a splash in the vast JRPG ocean of the PS2. So here we are, merely remembering instead of playing something new. Sigh, better load that town music back up...

 

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15 comments

  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - September 11, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    Thank you for this.
  • AlSwearengenHatesCocksuckers - September 10, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    Loved me some Grandia 2. I remember my brother bought it and hated it, thus freeing it up for me because he wanted to play NFL2k all the frigging time.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - September 10, 2010 4:16 p.m.

    @Lords Wow, it really does have that sound to it.
  • LordsOfTechno - September 10, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    For some strange reason the first thing which came to my mind when listening to this was "NBA on NBC"... Does anyone else notice a slight resemblance at the start of the song?
  • OnyxOblivion - September 10, 2010 1:09 p.m.

    This is one of my favorite games ever! I'm so glad it's on GMotD! I have the soundtrack CD that came with the DC original, and it is awesome! Grandia 1 was my first-ever RPG. But you didn't put the Dangerous Zone track! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPb8ZTfQb14
  • philipshaw - September 10, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    I have never played this but the music is great, the game does sound intresting so I would totally play a new game or remake
  • boondocks50 - September 10, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    this is also the game that got m e into rpgs, it needs to be remade or put on xbl as a download
  • AgentHonor - September 10, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    I remember playing this on my PS2 and freaking love the battle theme. I also notice that the lead characters falcon companion's voice is done by the guy that played Campbell on MGS.
  • lhjwamangoo - September 10, 2010 7:32 a.m.

    final boss were too easy i finished him not letting him any attack. anyway beautiful characters, story n songs! ending song's rly nice
  • busterdog82 - September 10, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    Good song.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 10, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    Is this on the PS2? If so, I want this NOW. Don't have a Dreamcast, unfortunately.
  • SonicofBoom - September 10, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    yes, Yes, YES! Same thing as SonicX: this game was basically my first rpg and i have no idea why everyone hasn't copied the shit out of the battle system. The dreamcast was basically my NES, where I started to really love games as an 11 year old kid. Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Soul Calibur, all that good stuff on dreamcast brought me into gaming. I think that's why I like so many different kinds of games compared a lot of kids these days, because I can appreciate the variety of genres and not just Call of Duty. Thanks for this GMOD Brett.
  • Metroidhunter32 - September 10, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    I like this one.
  • batmanboy11 - September 10, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    Good music.
  • SonicX_89 - September 10, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    I absolutely loved this game and the soundtrack. One of the best games I played on the Dreamcast, and the game that got me into RPG's. Thanks Brett for bringing up good memories.

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