Mega Man X – “Sigma 1st” (Makoto Tomozawa, et al)September 22, 2010
To jump around to another long-running series, the theme “Sigma 1st” from Mega Man X (1993) is one of the craziest boss themes I’ve come across. There’s something quite memorable about the insane guitar that shreds its way across the battle room, moving up and down the scale with the rapidity of a ninja. In this sequence, the player has just defeated Sigma’s attack hound and is now forced to fight the reploid, who pulls out a beam saber and begins dashing towards Mega Man X, leaping up and down the walls. Sigma can block attacks with his saber, so the most effective way of beating him is to leap over and hit him in the back, or strike him while he’s in the middle of his attack, then quickly dash out of the way.
The loop is quite short at only 18 seconds, and so gets repetitive quickly, particularly when added with the melody’s discord. However, this adds to the intensity of the boss battle and the close quarters combat, as a single slice from the beam saber can deal tremendous damage. It may not sound pleasant to someone who has never played, but it works perfect within the game and makes the battle a bit more memorable.
Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, the PSP remake (2006) has an alternate version of the track that uses real guitar recordings with some intense flares. Unfortunately, the guitar gets muted by the heavy drums and other background noise, so the melody is difficult to hear through the cacophony. The composers added a little variation at the end of the second loop, meaning that the song really plays through four times. I wish they’d done a bit more with this as it could have used a little bit more variation for the remix. Hopefully the Mega Man X metal album will do better…
The composers of the Maverick Hunter X soundtrack include Kento Hasegawa (Devil May Cry 3, 4), Seiko Kobuchi (Mega Man X7, Resident Evil 4, 5), Shinya Okada (Mega Man X5, Lost Planet 2), and Toshihiko Horiyama (Mega Man X4, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne). With the exception of Toshihiko Horiyama worked on the original Mega Man X,