What's neat is that "Here's to You", the ending theme of MGS4 and intro theme to Ground Zeroes is composed by Ennio Morricone as well as "Harmonica's Theme". It gave me chills hearing that theme rise up in a trailer. Kojima loves him some Spaghetti Westerns.
Post by akumajobelmont on Mar 28, 2015 20:15:16 GMT -5
I did a little comparison of a game I got in the mail recently, FIST for the Sega Saturn. It's a really cruddy 3D fighter with some rather awesome (to me) music. I picked it up purely for the Redbook audio
It was pretty neat to find a track on the CD that was blatantly a take on Namie Amuro's Body Feels EXIT. I did a little comparison here - Body Feels Exit starts it off, then it cuts to the track from FIST. Then it goes back to Body Feels EXIT, and back to FIST again. The chord structure is a little different, and it's a little faster but the instrumentation is pretty close, though different enough to avoid a lawsuit. Maybe
Some recentish Dragon Ball Z game pretty much copied its whole soundtrack from Stratovarius songs.
As a Dragon Ball Z fan, you're talking about Kenji Yamamoto, right?
I heard it is not at all uncommon for Japanese composers and arrangers to take elements from other tracks and make it their own. But with Yamamoto, according to Toei, he went too far with what he was doing.
I'm not sure if this is a rip off or tribute but the power up jingle from Tyrian sounds like the one you can hear in Compile games.
It's a clear tribute; the devs have said that Tyrian was highly inspired by Compile's shmups, and the Setup program's Jukebox calls this jingle "ZANAC5" (there is another track called ZANAC3 that is one of the level songs, IIRC).
Best part is both were done by the same guy: Masaru Nakajima. And hey - at least A Great Ordeal is basically Far Beyond The Sun but actually audible, so I give him that. Man, I love comparing the two - it's just so... lame!
Yngwie's main lead track is also very similar to the mansion theme in Simons Curse.