15 years by knowing about KOEI (now TECMO KOEI), I must say there are 3 music tracks that kept me going for a very long time. Today I’m going to share 3 of them because they’re so special to me and I always remember them. I do like Dynasty Warriors music but somehow when the franchise got over-rated and the music got re-used and re-produced (remixed) for so many times, it’s just losing the quality. Also, I used to love “Anegawa” from Samurai Warriors so much, but until so many of its remixes came out in Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends and Samurai Warriors 3, it became not unique to me anymore. (I still love it though, but it doesn’t go into my top list.)
#1 – Sangokushi V (Romance of the Three Kingdoms V) – “Battle”
I don’t exactly know what’s the English name of this track (I seriously doubt if there’s one – because this game is only available in Japanese/Chinese and at that time KOEI hadn’t been expanded to oversea yet.) This music has been played while you’re in the war, fight with morale and a good start. This music has been used in some drama series in Hong Kong as well. I love it so much, it’s a song that actually boosts up my morale to keep on going. (This game is developed by Kou Shibusawa back in 1997 on PlayStation.)
#2 – Aizouban Houshinengi – (Track name: Unknown)
No much people actually know about this game, but it’s the very first game of Mystic Heroes in Japan in Final Fantasy Tactics style. But when Mystic Heroes came to oversea, it’s already become the hack-n-slash version, but that’s actually the 3rd Mystic Heroes in Japan. First one is this, second one is with the characters you’ve seen in Western’s Mystic Heroes (but the gameplay is an RPG style) then the third one is the one you’ve played on Nintendo Gamecube or PlayStation 2. Trust me, it’s a very good game, it’s quite famous in Asia but then again that time, there’s no English version localized for this game so here you guys are missing out another epic game from KOEI. I’m glad that I’ve found this video, damn to the cut bits! (This game is developed by Fu-Qi, published by KOEI. Released 1999 on PlayStation.)
#3 – Samurai Warriors 2 – “Rescue Battle”
You know this track. It’s the best one yet! I’m happy there’s no re-production or a stupid remix for this, it makes me love it even more. Yes, the “Rescue Battle” from Samurai Warriors 2 (Sengoku Musou 2) is such a good piece of work. First time, when I played through Oichi’s story mode 1st stage, I’ve fallen into this song straight away (“Nagamasa-sama!”) and until now I still love it! I’m sure the fans think the same too, simply beautiful. (This game is developed by Omega Force, available on PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 and PC, released 2006.)
KOEI isn’t bad in music production itself, this is also the reason that some people ended up buying their games, not because of the gameplay but because of the music, character design and the history attractions.