Notorious BGM – The Best Game Music of Feb. 2016

Michael Grimm

Welcome to Notorious BGM, Fandom’s totally subjective list of the best video game music of the month! Let’s face it, there are a lot of games out there with great soundtracks that slip through the cracks. That’s still gonna happen, but we’re here to make sure it happens a little less!

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

“Main Theme”
Masafumi Takada

The Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth theme might sound familiar to you. That’s because it sounds a lot like the theme from Danganronpa

Fortunately both were composed by Masafumi Takada, so we can avoid the sticky business of a lawsuit. Takada’s work on this slightly more gritty Digimon game is exceptional though, and the whole OST is worth a listen.


“Stay in Your Tower and Watch”
Chris Remo

Firewatch puts the player into the role of a forestry service employee whose only company is a person on a radio. It’s intentionally moody, and the slow, drone-y, Earth-like tune is a perfect fit for a game about someone alone in the wild. The entire OST is excellent stuff, give it a listen here.

Fire Emblem Fates

Hiroki Morishita, Takeru Kanazaki, Yasuhisa Baba, Rei Kondoh, Masato Kouda

JRPGs are no stranger to massive, sweeping tunes packed with both orchestral sounds. This particular Fire Emblem track sticks with big strings and horns, but puts it all over some frantic drumming that actually justifies using “epic” as a descriptor.

Project X Zone 2

“Pursuit ~ Cornered”
Masakazu Sugimori and Akemi Kimura

Project X Zone is probably the closest official thing to MUGEN we’re likely to see. Mashing up characters from the games of Bandai Namco, Capcom, Sega, and more, the game features some excellent remixes as well, including the above take on Phoenix Wright’s most iconic song.

Bonus Track:
“Go Straight (Remix)”
Yuzo Koshiro

The music from this game was too good to include just one track, so here’s a great remix of Streets of Rage 2’s classic “Go Straight”.

Street Fighter V

“Ken’s Theme”
Yoko Shimomura and Isao Abe

Ah, the classics. One of the most iconic songs in video games gets a super shredding guitar rework for Street Fighter V. Who can blame new players for just repeatedly mashing out fierce shoryukens when this is pumping in the background?

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