What it is, what it is, what it is, shed no tears. Aphro Dynamek back at it again with another anthem to keep you berserkers & valkyries kickin' ass. I'm sticking with this 'mother' theme, so prepare to get epic after the jump...
That, my FGC brothers & sisters, is the opening to a relatively forgotten gem of a PS2 game, "Rygar: the Legendary Adventure". If you ever got to play it, then you'll recognize it as one of the primary influences on the "God of War" series. I suppose you could consider the former a PG-rated version of the latter. If anyone is curious, that is the Moscow International Symphonic Orchestra bringing the proverbial noise this week. Now while the game may have been a little tame, the soundtrack was amazing. Grand, sweeping, immersive... it was an experience unto itself and your first taste of that orchestral goodness started with this song.
So now we have our anthem (that's the easy part), but who could justifiably claim such a soaring track?
In accordance with my continuing focus on mothers this month, I'm going with Sophitia Alexandra from the Soulcalibur series. Hell, Sophie here looks like she could have been the main character in Rygar's game. True to her maternal nature, her history within the Soulcailbur series pretty much revolves around her either being a mother-like influence to her younger sister, Cassandra, or (more importantly) being an actual mother to her own two children, Patroklos & Pyrrha. The love she has for her family is what propelled her throughout the games, always leading her to do whatever was in her power for them.
Unfortunately, it was that very devotion to her family that led to her downfall. When it came time for her to destroy the cursed blade, she hesitated upon learning that doing so could possibly harm her daughter. In the ultimate sacrifice that any mother would make for her child, Sophitia gave her life so that Pyrrha could live. If you can offer a more evident display of a mother's love, be my guest.
Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.