Favorite Video Game Soundtracks (All Generations) Apr 14, 2013 2:55:53 GMT -5
Post by wyldephang on Apr 14, 2013 2:55:53 GMT -5
There's definitely an Eastern feel to that theme, and I believe it's intentional. Cyan is a Samurai warrior who embodies the virtues of loyalty, honor, dignity, and of course, bravery. In the English version, he speaks in a mock Shakespearean dialect throughout the game, using archaic pronouns like "thou" and "thee." His theme represents all of the characteristics of a man set in his ways and beliefs, set in his loyalties, and willing to die for his comrades. There's a hint of sadness to the theme, too, to contrast its majesty. Though I don't know if Nobuo Uematsu was aware of it, Cyan struggles to reconcile his family's death with his own feelings of guilt. He carries this sadness with him, and though he tries to disguise his pain for the greater good, he is an emotionally battered warrior with an intriguing background and a touching side quest. He's also damn strong, and is one of the only characters with "one-hit kill" capabilities in the early part of the game. Unfortunately, his stats begin to sag toward the middle, when I relegated him to the back of the party. Ironically, he came back into my party at the endgame (after having been neglected) and was responsible for dealing a deathblow to one of the final bosses--hurray for Cyan!
I've never played the original version, but the Super Nintendo one looks like a cool game! Classic run-and-gun gameplay--not as fast as Contra or Turrican, maybe, but it looks fun. Cool music, too, and I like the parallax scrolling effects on the SNES port.