Better late than never
is Mars Colony's domestic release of last year's Dreamcast brawler
Powerstone by CAPCOM. Tetsuya Shibata (Rival Schools, Star Gladiator
2, SF Zero 3) turns in unique compositions that mark his best
work to date.
In addition to the usual
techno and dance styles that fill fighting game soundtracks, Mr.
Shibata uses his music to take us back to the days of the old
Hollywood action serials. These musical selections are wonderfully
designed and executed and a welcome addition to the fighting game
As good as the music is
there are a couple of complaints. This soundtrack is late! The
Japanese soundtrack was released over eighteen months ago! The
second game, Powerstone 2 has already been released in Japan and
the United States, a couple of months even before this disc. The
short-track syndrome that plagues a lot of Japanese soundtracks.
Just as you begin to enjoy the tune, the music ends. While not
as bad as other next generation soundtracks (IE Rival Schools,
N64's Zelda), cheap sounds are annoying to the ear.
Even with these three
complaints, the rousing and heroic songs of Mr. Shibata make for
a remarkably good listen. Although late the folks at Mars Colony
Music should be commended for making this affordable for all.
Now bring on Streets of Rage 2 and then something current.
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