Answer: The Justice Ray, by Hyakutaro Tsukumo
|This is the face of unparalleled musical genius. Truly.|
Thunder Force series of shoot-'em-ups - you've probably heard of them. They began developing games for Japan's early home computers, such as the MSX, NEC PC-88, Sharp X-1, and the FM-7.
|From humble beginnings...|
|These swirling fire effects were very impressive back in the day|
|61 colours from a palette of 512 does provide enough graphical fidelity, you jerk!|
Pure, distilled badarsery.Demonstrating his mastery of the shmup musical genre, Tsukomo was commissioned again to work on the soundtrack of Tecnosoft's long awaited next instalment in their flagship Thunder Force series - Thunder Force V. He would again revisit The Justice Ray composition for the final boss theme, and the re-imagined result was The Justice Ray Part 2 - the first in the series to introduce the iconic church bells into the mix, eliciting the sense of foreboding and grave finality of humanity's last ditch efforts to survive against the ORN empire.
Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.
|There is a sad parallel here with Sega's own high stakes gamble on Yu Suzuki's Shenmue, |
but no-one has been clambering for a Kickstarter revival of Neorude III.
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|The promised land is ahead, just beyond the rising sun...|
|Sadly, the dream is broken, never to be seen again..|
Tez Okano would go on to develop the officially released Thunder Force VI on playstation 2 in 2008, but this was an entirely independent project from the original Dreamcast concept, created by Sega under the Thunder Force license.
I don't know much about Stepmania, but this doesn't look to be humanly possible
I think this is now my new favourite rendition
If it's by G.rev, it's bound to be good.
Will there ever be a Justice Ray Part 6? Who knows, maybe it will accompany a Thunder Force VII in the near future. We can only hope...