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1001 Video Game Songs: Spooky Swamp by DragonKnight92
1001 Video Game Songs: Spooky Swamp
Game: Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Year: 2000
Publisher: Insomniac Games
Composer: Steward Copland

October is just around the corner, and soon the Halloween spirit will kick in. So I couldn't help but place Spooky Swamp as Midday Garden's representative. I really love the style and atmosphere of this level, it really lives up to it's name! Also you gotta love how all the inhabitants all talk in haiku, even Moneybags does it XD! Though this level is one of the harder ones in the game since a lot of people don't like the escort mission in here while playing as Sheila. Also the mini boss was pretty underwhelming to fight. Now for the level's track.

It's a pretty funky one, not exactly what you would expect in a level like this. One neat thing about this track is that it has minor vocal effects, helping it to stand out. Another interesting thing to note is that, in the greatest hits edition the track was switched out with Sheila's Alp for some reason. I'm not sure why, and I noticed that some people actually prefer that rather than the original. How ever I consider that track to be a character theme, and I liked the original more. 

So there we go folks, that was spooky swamp. It's a really neat level, with a cool and spooky atmosphere, and a funky track. I would love to end this with a haiku, but I'm not the poet type sadly… Oh well, on to Evening Lake!

(link to the song): www.youtube.com/watch?v=bldoyK…
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1001 Video Game Songs: Seashell Shore by DragonKnight92
1001 Video Game Songs: Seashell Shore
Game: Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Year: 2000
Publisher: Insomniac Games
Composer: Steward Copland

As you can see, I choose Seashell Shore as the representative of Sunrise Springs. Of all the levels in it, Seashell Shore was the one I remembered the most. I really liked the beach setting, swimming around in the water was fun, and I thought the inhabitants were rather cute. I also think this level had one of the better vehicle sections in the game, along with a decent mini boss(but that's just my personal opinion there). But a lot of people don't like this level because of the infamous current tunnel mini game. Yeah it is a very hard mission, and it takes time to get the hang of it, but I honestly don't mind it as much as others. Now on to the track itself.

It's a really fun theme that gets the beach feeling right. It manages to portray the energy and fun you would get when going to a beach, playing around in the sand, and swimming in the ocean. It really has that surfing vibe that Sunny Beach from Spyro 2 also had, but takes it to a whole new level of rad. So in a nutshell, it's just a really fun track to listen to.

Seashell Shores is not for everybody, but it's both one of my personal favorite levels from the game, as well as one of my favorite tracks.

(link to the song):  www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UEZiY…
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1001 Video Game Songs: Midday Gardens by DragonKnight92
1001 Video Game Songs: Midday Gardens
Game: Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Year: 2000
Publisher: Insomniac Games
Composer: Steward Copland

And now we've come to the final game in the original trilogy. To many, Year of the Dragon is considered the best game in the Spyro series, as well as it's pinnacle. I added more to the gameplay, like adding new playable characters and adding vehicles. It's widely considered to be one of the greatest PS1 games of all time. However I've began to notice on the internet that despite the game's reception, a lot find it to be there least favorite game of the three. It's weird I know, but a lot of people who played all three games have said that YotD was the one they've replayed the least amount of times. The most common complaints I've seen is that while the new features were well intention, most weren't executed that well. The new vehicle sections were a mixed bag to many, and said there was way to many of them. So perhaps the game actually has a more mixed reception among fans, but YotD is still a good game, and is worth checking out if your a major Spyro fan. Now then, let's get on to the music.

Like before, well star with one of the home worlds. Thankfully compared to Spyro 2, there was much more variation in the tracks. In this game, the home worlds were composed in a similar way to the original game, but added a little more funk to it. The drums are also played differently. The drums were often heavy in the last two games, and they still are here. But, this time there's a little more variation in the style, and a little more soft in some tracks. This helps Spyro 3's soundtrack to stand out compared to the previous two games. Midnight Mountain was a close second, but I liked Midday Garden's track the best. Out of the four worlds, MG's track is the funkiest. It has a really kickass drum beat and baseline, and it sounds so chill. This is a theme I would definitely listen to, just to sit around and relax. 

A track with a smooth, and funky atmosphere, Midday Garden is one of my favorite tracks from the game. So since we are close to the end of the month, I will be using the original rules from the first game in which; only one level theme per home world, one speedway theme, one boss theme, the bonus level, and one of the playable character's theme. 

(link to the song): www.youtube.com/watch?v=-18Hdc…
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1001 Video Game Songs: Dragon Shores by DragonKnight92
1001 Video Game Songs: Dragon Shores
Game: Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!
Year: 1999
Publisher: Insomniac Games
Composer: Steward Copland


At last we've come to our final entry from Spyro 2. Like Spyro 1 before, I will end the Spyro 2 portion of the marathon with the bonus level theme. Dragon Shores was very different compared to Gnasty's Loot, where intend of collecting a ton of gems, here in Dragon Shores, your here just to have fun. A lot of people feel that Dragon Shores was a massive disappointment compared to Gnasty's Loot, not worth the build up. I can see people getting disappointed because all you really do in Dragon Shores is win tokens doing various mini games, and the reward for collecting all of them is pretty lackluster. The only true reward is getting every single gem and orb, and opening the locked door in the level. While it's not as satisfying as Gnasty's Loot, the level is still fun to mess around, and is a nice place to relax. The music really emphasizes this feeling.

The track definitely sounds like a song you'd hear in a carnival or festival, with a some rock elements added to it of course. And the atmosphere of the song is very simple, it's telling you "great job kid, you've saved Avalar and all of it's residents! You deserve a nice break from all that craziness. Now go out there and have fun"!

While not as great as the previous bonus level, Dragon Shores was still a very nice level with a different pace compared to most other levels. And it's track is simple, but fun.

That'll do it for Spyro 2! Up next, we'll be going to the final game in the original PS1 trilogy: Year of the Dragon! Also a quick update! After some thought, I have decided to not end the marathon at Spyro 3. I will add a few tracks from Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly as well. Now I know that will be controversial considering how universally reviled that game is among fans, but it was the last game Steward Copland composed for the Spyro series, so it counts. So I hope you all have a goodnight, and I'll update tomorrow.

(link to the song): www.youtube.com/watch?v=YctmDt…
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1001 Video Game Songs: Gulp's Overlook by DragonKnight92
1001 Video Game Songs: Gulp's Overlook
Game: Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage
Year: 1999
Publisher: Insomniac Games
Composer: Steward Copland
Although there are only three bosses in Spyro 2(which includes Ripto), Compared to the bosses of Spyro 1, they were a massive improvement! They took more that three hits to kill, and it required a little more strategy to defeat them. They also had a lot of character as well. Ripto was your power hungry would-be conqueror who actually was a threat, Crush was the big dumb brute, and Gulp was the strong silent type. It may not be much, and cliched, but it still made them the most memorable villains in the series. Now in choosing which theme to feature in my marathon, I decided to go with Gulp's Overlook.

Crush's theme was a very good one on it's own, however I found Gulp's to be far more epic. only shared with Ripto's boss theme, Gulp's Overlook has a more orchestrated track, very different compared to most of the other tracks in the game. This gives the theme a more dramatic, and as i said before, epic atmosphere to the fight! It really fits the fight with Gulp. Crush's earlier fight was fun, but it was very simple, like the character. After defeating him, Ripto promised that Gulp would be more of a match for us, and he wasn't kidding! Now people will have different opinions on the boss fights challenge, but I did find Gulp to be one of the more challenging bosses. The music really emphasizes this, telling you that Gulp, like what Ripto said, was no simpleton like Crush. 

Well that almost wraps up Spyro 2, next up will be Dragon Shores, and then we'll more on to Year of the Dragon!

(link to the song): www.youtube.com/watch?v=58yy33…
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(continued title: And How I'm going to do it)

Well, tomorrow is September. For those of you who don't know, September will mark the 18th anniversary of one of my all time favorite Playstaion 1 video games; Spyro The Dragon! Last year I was planning a month long marathon celebrating Spyro's Birthday with my 1001VGS list, but my computer was infected with a virus that put me out of commission for exactly a month! I was so pissed off that I had to lay off on my Spyro marathon up until tomorrow. But! My computer is still working, so now I can finally do it :D

So for those who would care, I will lay out some rules on what songs I will put on my 1001VGS, and how much I will put up during the month. So here we go:

!). I will be focusing ONLY on the original PS1 Trilogy to save me form overworking on this, and because those are the games I remember best.

2). I will give an entry to one home world theme per game, and one level per home world. I will also put up one speedway zone theme per game, and only one final boss theme. 

3). I may put up one, or two, entries per day. I might miss a day or two during the month, but there will be one specific day that I will not upload anything during it. I think most will know what day that is...

I hope you'll understand these rules. I will try my best to pick the most memorable themes from each game. Also to note, I have uploaded a few Spyro themes before from the first game and they were both popular ones, so don't be surprise if I upload something else rather than the one I have uploaded before.

I don't know if anyone else will celebrate Spyro's 18th anniversary, but I certainly will. So I hope you all will enjoy Spyro Month starting tomorrow, and wish our favorite little purple dragon a happy birthday!

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WatchMojo got hacked, you say?! What rotten luck!
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