3D Dot Game Heroes ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

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3D Dot Game Heroes ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
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Composed by Аяко Сасо / Норихиро Фурукава / Синдзи Хосоэ / Сёитиро Сакамото / Такахиро Эгути / Yousuke Yasui
Published by Aniplex
Catalog number SVWC-7659
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 39 tracks
Release date November 25, 2009
Duration 00:53:51
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Overview

3D Dot Game Heroes is a unique addition to the increasingly large number of retro games out there — featuring 2D pixellated graphics in a 3D environment. Veteran game composer Shinji Hosoe and six of his associates were responsible for composing the score. In line with the hybridised graphics of the game, they offered a blend of modern and old-school sounds for the title. The resultant score is considerably different — and not necessarily superior to — counterparts from the Etrian Odyssey, Final Fantasy Gaiden, or Holy Invasion of Privacy Badman franchises. Let's fine out why...

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The opening theme demonstrates the type of fusions to expect from the soundtrack. The composition is initially dedicated to recorder interplay based on the main theme for the game. The arrangement and instrumentation reflects the organic and humble nature of the 3D Dot World wonderfully. From the 1:08 mark, the composition gradually grows more intricate with gorgeous oboe leads, dense string backing, and driving percussion, leading to a triumphant revelation of the main theme at 2:00. A series of charming 8-bit bleeps punctuate the orchestral phrases to emphasise that this is no ordinary 3D game, but rather a retro tribute. The melody makes several appearances during the soundtrack, ranging from the brisk dazzling march in the "Main Theme" to the commanding brassy orchestration in "The Hero's Return". From both a compositional and technical perspective, these 'modern meets primitive' fusions are very well done and set precedent for the rest of the soundtrack.

Throughout the score, SuperSweep offer a wide range of compositions written in RPG tradition. Town themes such as "Lejac Village" and "Corneria, the Waterside Village" and are surprisingly expressive and beautiful, even when built entirely with old-school samples. Dungeon themes like "Temple of the Plains" and "Temple of the Volcano", among others, blend horrifying orchestral features influenced by Folklore with charming dashes of old-school samples. The desert, ocean, and forest dungeons, on the other hand, bring fascinating cultural and ambient influences into the increasingly diverse score. At the climax, the team take a neo-Gothic approach with organ-fuelled compositions like "Demon Valley" and "Tower of Darkness" before rounding off the experience with a blistering rock theme in "Overlord Onyx". Whatever the type of theme, SuperSweep succeed in offering fusions of contemporary and traditional sounds that satisfy both in and out of context.

It's clear that SuperSweep were actually influenced by numerous other old-school scores when creating this soundtrack. The references are sufficient for players to cry out 'Wow, that sounds a bit like Mega Man' or 'Could that be a bit of Dragon Saber I just heard?', but never so explicit to be classed as plagiarism. After all, SuperSweep captures the tone of the compositions using a number of conserved features, but they always offer original melodies and individualistic touches. The main theme itself, for instance, clearly was inspired by The Legend of Zelda's overworld theme with its heroic orchestration and rousing chord progressions. "The Legendary Hero's Theme" and variations such as "The Hero's Tomb" would fit in a classic Final Fantasy score with their charismatic melodies and modest orchestrations. "Dash Race" meanwhile sounds like an upbeat rocking action theme from a Falcom title, while "Travel Preparations" provides a nod to Dragon Quest's "Only Lonely Boy" with its pizzicato string focus.

The soundtrack nevertheless has several limitations. The score is arguably less accomplished synthetically than its retro counterparts like Etrian Odyssey. Indeed, SuperSweep don't attempt to glamourise old-school synth and instead incorporate samples that sound like they've just come from the NES. This results in a range of often piercing compositions, such as "The Hall of Aube" and "Main Theme", while yet others such as "Combat" and "Block Destruction" sound choppy and feeble. When combined with the often limited orchestral synthesis, the resulting compositions can be potentially unaesthetic, but nevertheless authentic. Furthermore, the soundtrack suffers from numerous short and underdeveloped tracks. Though some were cut short for in-game tracks, others such as the classically-oriented "King Medal's Theme", gothic "The Dark Priest Fuel", or unused "Boss Fight 2" seem to really beg for more. Even the three final themes, "Staff Roll", "Title Theme", and "Editing Theme", are tragically unmemorable and unsubstantial.

Summary

The 3D Dot Game Heroes Original Soundtrack has its flaws, but it is largely an accomplished and satisfying production for those who can accustom to the synth. It's fascinating how Shinji Hosoe's team managed to combine both modern and primitive sounds together in often weird and wonderful ways to portray different game contexts. There are also plenty of emotional moments and memorable melodies to be found within the score. Whether heard within the game or through the album release, it's well worth hearing what SuperSweep offer on 3D Dot Game Heroes.



Album
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Music in game
0/10

Game
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Chris Greening

MUSIC
-SuperSweep co.,ltd.-
Shinji Hosoe
Ayako Saso
Yousuke Yasui
Shoichiro Sakamoto
Teruo Taniguchi
Takahiro Eguchi
Norihiro Hurukawa

ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK STAFF
A&R Producer: Soichiro Sano (ANIPLEX)
A&R Director: Saori Okamoto (ANIPLEX)
Sales Promotion: Takayoshi Ikeda (ANIPLEX)
Mastering Engineer: Machiko Suzue (SMC)
Package Design: Go Matsuda (SMC)
Package Coordinator: Yoko Yanase,
Yuriko Matsunaga (ANIPLEX)

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Album was composed by Аяко Сасо / Норихиро Фурукава / Синдзи Хосоэ / Сёитиро Сакамото / Такахиро Эгути / Yousuke Yasui and was released on November 25, 2009. Soundtrack consists of 39 tracks tracks with duration over about 55 minutes. Album was released by Aniplex.

CD 1

1
Opening
02:37
2
The Legendary Hero's Theme
02:07
3
Main Theme
01:46
4
Temple of the Plains
01:30
5
Combat
00:30
6
Dotnia Castle
01:15
7
Lejac Village
02:18
8
Escaping the Forest
01:55
9
The Lost Forest
01:00
10
Temple of the Forest
01:48
11
Neungtra Desert
01:11
12
Gathello, the Desert Village
02:28
13
Block Destruction
02:06
14
Temple of the Desert
02:37
15
Advancing Across the Coastline
01:20
16
Corneria, the Waterside Village
01:33
17
The Temple of Water
01:37
18
Boss Fight 2 (Unused Track)
00:41
19
King Medal's Theme
00:38
20
Travel Preparations
00:35
21
Dash Race
00:58
22
Cavern
01:05
23
Biscrow Volcano
01:24
24
Temple of the Volcano
01:23
25
The Goddess's Spring
00:31
26
Crossing the Waste
01:27
27
Temple of the Wind
01:39
28
The Hall of Aube
01:15
29
The Dark Priest Fuel
00:50
30
Game Over
00:11
31
The Hero's Tomb
02:01
32
Risk Your Life
01:08
33
Demon Valley
02:03
34
Tower of Darkness
01:22
35
Overlord Onyx
01:03
36
The Hero's Return
00:46
37
Staff Roll
01:35
38
Title
00:25
39
Editing Theme
01:13
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