Hello and welcome back to P-Vock's Music Box. September is here and that means one thing to me: SUMMER IS FINALLY ALMOST OVER. I'm almost free from the infernal inferno of July and August and will soon be graced by the wondrous weather of sweet, sweet autumn. The light is almost here and I'm so ready for it. Before long, I won't be so sweaty and angry at all times. That being said, I'm still angry at it being still far too hot for my comfort. So, how's about I take you on an aggressive journey through a game from a franchise I've discussed many times?
Have I ever mentioned that I like the Yakuza series? I like its over-the-top shenanigans. I like its outrageous characters (including Nancy-Chan, the lobster who will snip at your enemies). I like the wonderful karaoke. I like the memorable characters. I also, of course, like the music. I've played some of the bombastic karaoke songs before, but I have never really shown the absolute bitchin' battle themes. So, let's fix that right now.
War Maker (or Cold Blood as many know it) is the most twerkable piece of music ever composed. One of the most common memes in the Yakuza fandom is just putting clips of people going hard on the dancefloor over this theme and it honestly deserves it. The fact that this is a boss fight theme blows my mind, but I ain't complaining. It's loud, it's bombastic, it's ridiculous, it's intense while being just silly enough. It's perfection. It is easily my favourite track from Yakuza: Like a Dragon and honestly, I don't think I need to do much to explain why.
Alright, now let's crank up the heat a bit.
*Yakuza Like a Dragon minor spoilers incoming*
If you've read my terrible content here before, you'll know that I have a man-crush on a Yakuza character by the name of Goro Majima...
He's just so HAWT!
Goro Majima is one of my all-time favourite characters in media, and watching him appear in this game made me fucking scream. Like a Dragon stars a new protagonist and is largely removed from the rest of the series, so the payoff through the majority of the game to then be greeted by THE MAD DOG HIMSELF was not just a treat, it was a damn FEAST. I was itching to fight this wild lad once again, and the game did not let me down. Oh yeah, and the music that played during is incredible. I don't have anything further to say. This music hits, that drop is god-tier, and I could listen to this for hours (in fact, I have).
Allllright, now let's really turn up the intensity.
The Yakuza series has a ton of funny moments. It also has a ton of hype moments. But at its core, these games are intense crime dramas. Triplet After Triplet is a track that perfectly captures that idea. When this series has an intense moment, it goes all in. When it goes all in, we get stellar music like this. I could tell you about the emotional moments that accompany the fight this music plays for, but you don't need to know that. All you need to know is that shit is going down when this shit plays. It's boss music like this that elevates the music in the Yakuza series to such a high degree for me.
Okay, I've rambled on enough. I'm ready to go enjoy the long weekend, so I'll leave it there. No dumb jokes or stupid puns, I'm just going to reaffirm that the Yakuza series rules and you should give it a try if you like dramatic stories or silly nonsense like having a chicken work at a bowling alley.
Thank you, as always, for checking out my content and I'll catch you next time with another suggestion from my Music Box. Stay Brutal!