Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A couple months ago I recorded a few songs from Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, assuming that a more complete rip would surface. That hasn't happened to my knowledge, so I decided to do it myself...kind of.
(Megaupload keeps giving me "file not available at this moment" messages, but I assure you it's there! If I can dig up my Mediafire account I'll see about posting it there, if it becomes an issue.)
This is not a complete rip - it's missing a few tracks, like the menu theme, the map theme, and some of the ending songs and cutscene bits. They're also improperly and inconsistently titled, because I neglected to catalog them properly when recording them. But I didn't get to complete it last time I had my PS3 hooked up to my computer and I just don't have the time at the moment to hook it up again to complete it, so I figured this was better than nothing, considering it was originally done just for my own sake. It should have all of the level themes, at least.
It's a great soundtrack - Simon Viklund is not only a great arranger but an excellent composer as well (though many songs are variations on themes from the original game.) It's almost as if the SID chip never went out of style. It's also rather unique from a cultural perspective - Bionic Commando is a Japanese property, but Viklund brought the feeling from the Commodore 64, a very Western (and particularly European) sound that is probably alien to the game's home land.
I love the game itself - I should get a proper review up eventually, but it really got the short end of the stick, for a number of reasons. The changes in the control scheme are off-putting for the first hour or so, but some of the acrobatics you can (and need to) pull off in the final stages make it all worthwhile.