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OverClocked ReMix Tackles Wild Arms

Do you like Wild Arms? Do you have 4+ hours at your disposal? Well saddle up, Sally May, because the internet has some free candy for your ears. Indeed, OverClocked ReMix has a lovely surprise, in the for of "Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous." Featuring hours of nostalgic goodness, the album's styles vary more than one expect, bringing the collective, creative unconsciousness together to pay homage to the PlayStation title.

OCReMix (as they prefer to be called) was brought to my attention by the melancholy, and staggeringly beautiful version of Final Fantasy VIII's "Compression of Time" - if you haven't heard it, it's well worth checking out - but to be honest, their offerings have been a bit hit or miss for me. There are a good deal of "metal" tracks with not one Norwegian black metal rendition of "The Opened Way" from Shadow of the Colossus and trite, formulaic, techno thump-fests; one can assume this is due to the sheer volume of content on the site. Still, scattered amidst the chaff, there are some genuine treasures to be discovered - and as this is an "album" from OCReMix, one can hope that the release will be a bit more than a scattershot collection of everything Wild Arms.

Worst case scenario, the album is preposterously long - even if three out of every four songs is terrible, you have an hour of audio loveliness at your fingertips - and, more importantly, it's free. This is especially appealing if you, like me, are on the "washing down salt & pepper sandwiches with a tall glass of river water" rung of the economic ladder. Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous is available in both mp3 and FLAC, the latter being my poison of choice. The mp3 version is available for direct download, while the FLAC version must be acquired via torrent. So check out the preview, and if you feel so inclined, download the tracks at this link!

4 Comments

Rosa said:

Damn, that FF8 remix you linked is astounding. You and me, Super Swede, we know how awesome that game really was. Stand firm against all haters.

It's funny, I've been bothering my friends lately about giving this series a go on the PSN. Wild ARMs might not be the best series ever, but it's got a strong place in my heart. I loved the marriage of wild west and medieval fantasy, and Lady Harken will forever be my favourite iteration of the torn lady villain trope.

Gamescook said:

I liked the 'idea' behind Wild ARMS, but never the execution.

Always used the worst animated 3D around when 2D art and sprites in battle would have helped out the first couple of games so much better.

Wild ARMS 2 was also the most inconsistent game world I had seen since Final Fantasy IV. I mean, ancient ruins, magic, Wild West, castles, super-advanced computers and technology, a vampire, and a fight on the moon? And while I'm nitpicking, why did no one mention the way they just cheaped out and left roughly 80% of Wild Arms 5 completely unvoiced? I really don't understand the love for the series, I just don't.

SuperSwede said:

I played a little bit of Wild Arms -- i had purchased it from the PSN on a particularly whim-driven night -- but somehow never got around to playing much of it... Perhaps some day i'll give it another go.

And Rosa, indeed i have a soft spot for Final Fantasy VIII... Aside from the whole "draw....draw... f*cking draw again... *sigh* draw..." mechanic, i thought that on its own merits, it was a lovely title.

CyberWuff said:

For me, what drew me into the Wild Arms series was the music, the "Wild West, Kingdoms, and Sci-Fi" mix, and the environmental puzzles combined with individual character skills. I was a compelling mix, and I've enjoyed them all.

I agree that the plots are often a bit of a hodge-podge of disparate ideas, sometimes so absurd as to not make much sense (#2 and #3 in particular). But the core elements still keep me playing. :)

I've been disappointed that there hasn't been a peep about a 6th entry in the series (not including the PSP's "XF"). Maybe Media Vision's just been too busy/successful with the Chaos Rings series to bother?

Anyway, thank you for letting me know about the OCRemix collection - downloading now. :)

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