Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bravely Default Flying Fairy sounds suspiciously like Mega Man 2

It's been some time since Square Enix unveiled Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, and it still has not been announced when - or if - the truly excellent looking RPG will make it over to Europe or North America.

Still, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. To begin with, it is a Square Enix RPG that will offer a job system similar to that of Final Fantasy III, V, and XI. More importantly, BD:FF is not an official Final Fantasy title and so just like Chaos Rings (which was Final Fantasy in all but name) it has free reign to be awesome without being tied up in fan expectations and chocobos. Also, it is being released for the Nintendo 3DS - which has been hurting for some decent RPG titles since its launch last March.

Another reason to be excited about Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is because it sounds simply incredible. Helmed by Sound Horizon's frontman Revo, the soundtrack for the RPG will certainly rank as one of the best - and most innovative - game soundtracks of the year.

Yet when the Battle Theme was leaked onto the official website, I couldn't help but think it sounded vaguely familiar...

Its fast tempo, tight musical phrases, and undeniable sense of urgency all seem to be drawn from Mega Man 2's iconic Dr. Wily's Castle:

Of course, since I can relate most things in life to Mega Man II... I may well be the only one who hears this similarity. Such is the curse of a devastatingly handsome genius of a video game music critic.

Either way, I'm almost as excited for the soundtrack as I am for the game itself. With any luck, both will make their way over to the west this fall.