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producers Toshinori Numata and
The two Over Blood
games will always be thought of as quick rip-offs that take advantage
of the popularity of CAPCOM's Resident Evil/Biohazard series.
Although there is good reason to level this criticism against
the games, the music, however, is a different story. In both games,
(the original Over Blood was released in North America
by EA), especially Over Blood 2, composer Hiroaki Iwatani,
arguably, has crafted musical scores that surpass the original
PSX Resident Evil/Biohazard musical series.
The opening track on the
Over Blood 2 soundtrack is an eloquent and graceful repeating
melody mixed with a smooth, jazzy, bass line that sets a standard
for horror gaming music.
Mr. Iwatani's accomplished
music never sticks to one style. Many genres are covered. Intoxicating
arrangements range from hypnotic dance beats with horrific underpinnings,
to pulse- pounding action cues with futuristic melodies and heroic
themes, to dark, ambient themes that build the terror and suspense.
The only real negatives are a several tracks that would be better
suited for a Final Fantasy-style RPG than a futuristic action/horror/drama.
The lone vocal track has a nicely produced backing, but the uncredited
vocalist is rather weak.
The soundtrack for Over
Blood 2 is rare gem that unfortunately has gotten lost among
higher profile titles and sound teams. For those willing to take
the time to find this wonderful disc (which just stopped printing)
will come hours of enjoyment, and the knowledge that something
good has not been left behind.