Music is a powerful medium. Capable of stirring up long-forgotten memories and evoking powerful emotion in the listener, music can reduce even the burliest of blokes into blubbering, crumpled heaps. And who says that us guys are afraid to show their sensitive side? Poppycock. Of course, video games are no exception to this rule, and as often is the case, a stellar soundtrack can greatly accentuate the on-screen antics, elevating even the most perfunctory scene to hard-hitting greatness.
In a continued celebration of some of gaming’s ear-pleasing aural accomplishments, PSU presents yet another instalment in our on-going Classic Tracks series. This time around, we crack our knuckles and get down to a pixelated punch-up to the tune of Tekken 2’s spine-tingling Emotionless Passion.
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Title: Emotionless Passion (Theme of Kazuya Mishima)
Soundtrack: Tekken 2 Official Soundtrack
Composer(s): The Namco Sound Team (Yoshie Arakawa, Nobuyoshi Sano, Hiroto Sasaki, Ayako Saso, Takayuki Aihara, Shinji Hosoe, Keiichi Okabe).
Tekken 2 easily stands among the best in the series to date in terms of music compositions, encompassing a myriad of themes from Michelle Chang’s euphoric “Nobody Catch Me” to the industrial grind of Jack 2’s “Man of Artificiality.” And as far as conjuring up an aural companion for Kazuya Mishima goes, you’d be hard pressed to find a more fitting tune than the utterly evil “Emotionless Passion.” After all, the apple didn’t exactly fall far from the tree with Mishima Jnr, whose dastardly doings are surpassed only by his ruthless father, Heihachi. Unlike the stoic Kazuya himself however, this piercing tune is anything but emotionless, as you’ll no doubt find out by giving it a listen below. Warning: PSU is not responsible for any nostalgia-induced side effects the listener may incur.
Keep your eyes and ears open for more Classic Tracks here at PSU in the coming weeks.