Monday, September 26, 2016

Soundtrack September: Gauntlet IV

Game: Gauntlet IV (1993)
Platform: Genesis/Mega Drive
Composers: Hal Canon, Iwata Masaharu, Sakimoto Hitoshi, Earl Vickers

Sega's 16-bit machine needs more representation in most "best game music" lists. The problem is that sound programmers that could effectively utilize the Genesis's hardware were few and far between. Sometimes the best talent found its way into unlikely projects.

I have never played Gauntlet IV. My exposure to the series started with the original arcade game (on which my best friend and I once spent a combined $20 in one evening – big money when you're 12), then lay dormant until I played Gauntlet: Dark Legacy on the PS2. Squarely in the middle of the franchise's history sits Gauntlet IV (simply called Gauntlet in Japan, where it was the first of the series to be localized), a Genesis-only sequel that's visually not much different from the original, but whose music is a whole other matter.

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