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DoDonPachi I & II Original Soundtracks :: Review by Z-Freak

DoDonPachi I & II Original Soundtracks Album Title: DoDonPachi I & II Original Soundtracks
Record Label: Scitron Digital Contents
Catalog No.: SCDC-00126
Release Date: September 19, 2001
Purchase: Buy at VGM World


Cave is a company that first came about with the creation of DonPachi. Featuring a load of bullets, a specific scoring system, and a military style soundtrack, it became a hit and Cave decided to create a sequel. This is DoDonPachi, and while it contains most of the same elements of DonPachi, the soundtrack took a completely different direction. DoDonPachi was composed by a duo named Eddie You and Andrew Persons Lin, and these guys chose to create a hard rock style soundtrack. They couldn't have made a better decision than this. It fitted the intense experience to a T and helped make DoDonPachi very popular in the arcades. At the time, Cave had not planned to create another sequel, but a company by the name of IGS was given the license and rights to create one. This brought forth DoDonPachi II Bee Storm. For some reason or other, this sequel fell apart in many ways. Regrettably, the music is one of its downfalls. Instead of the glorious hard rock of the first game, DoDonPachi II Bee Storm sported a more electronic-oriented soundtrack.


Unfortunately, the new orientation of DoDonPachi II simply does not do DoDonPachi justice. "Opening Demo" has the electronic feel going, and the track sounds awfully generic. "Ship Select" is mostly an electronic melody with remains of DoDonPachi's guitar glory; it just doesn't manage to excite me at all. "Move Out (Stage 2)" is a cookie-cutter example of shoot-em-up music; it has a strong feeling of déja-vu and doesn't have any feature that makes it stand out.

Continuing along, "Flight (Stage 3)" starts off with extremely annoying electronic effects and instantly turns me off, as it is just too painful to hear these beats. "Panic (Stage 5 Boss - Armed Bee)" features some odd vocal effects and a fairly predictable melody, and the lousy synth quality doesn't help it much. I could continue citing more tracks but it just doesn't get any better. It lacks the punch that the original had by a great deal.

Fortunately, the album has the DoDonPachi soundtrack included, and all the head-banging rock is in for the count. "Stages 1 & 4 BGM" opens up with a satisfying guitar riff, and the melody goes hand in hand with the on-screen action. It's easily the best theme in the game and creates a wonderful first impression as you start up a game. "Boss" also contains some great guitar sections and definitely nails the feeling that you're fighting something difficult. DoDonPachi is easily among gamers' favorite shoot-em-up soundtracks due to its intense sound and rich quality to quantity ratio.


With series like this, developers should try to keep most base aspects similar in their sequels. Unfortunately for DoDonPachi II Bee Storm, it is regarded as the black sheep of the series. Could I possibly recommend this soundtrack? Not really. Even though the amazing DoDonPachi soundtrack is included, it can't really erase the terrible techno soundtrack of DoDonPachi II Bee Storm. Buyers would be better off looking for the elusive E.S.P. Ra.De. soundtrack, which also contains the DoDonPachi soundtrack and has twice as much playtime than this album. Unless, of course you're a Cave collector (like me), you;d be better off not bothering to hear how embarrassing the sequel is compared to the first.

Overall Score: 5/10