Music Friday: Doom and Gloom

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I just found out today that Parasite Eve‘s soundtrack was composed by Yoko Shimomura, the very same who made the music for Kingdom Hearts and the upcoming Final Fantasy XV.

Parasite Eve was an RPG released around the time when Squaresoft was at its peak during the PlayStation era. Main protagonist is NYPD cop Aya Brea who is suddenly involved in a bizarre series of events with a mysterious creature that seems human but sports incredible powers, while struggling with these very same powers herself. It’s a detached sequel to a japanese horror book sporting the same name.

Similar to the book and despite the game/rpg nature, Parasite Eve retained an aura of horror to it with tense environments, camera angles a bit reminiscent of the Resident Evil games, weird situations and creepy music – one such theme is Doom and Gloom which appears in some areas of the game including the first “dungeon”. Having just witnessed Eve’s (the antagonist and main actress of a play) power as she burns a theater and makes some people spontaneously combust, you then follow backstage where you must find a way to enter the practice room to stop her. Along the way you’ll find charred bodies and Eve’s notes – she was confusing her powers with fever and wrote her experiences in a diary.

It’s a creepy setting, and the entire game is like this – Aya hot on the heels of Eve, following her trail of dead bodies and increasingly bizarre events. It’s a fantastic game, and one of the many jewels of the PlayStation era.

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