This video’s actually a bit old (late 2011) but after seeing it linked around on Twitter today I felt the need to share it. For those not in the know, Turok 2 was an N64 FPS that made good use of the 4MB RAM expansion, allowing for improved visuals and clarity etc.
Two things always stood out to me: The Cerebral Bore gun that dove its way into your enemies’ heads and spewed brain matter everywhere, and then the enchanting Port of Adia theme that introduces this video…
For comparison’s sake, here’s the N64 original:
By 1998 I was already in full VGM-nerd mode, so hearing this song right out of the gate really impressed me. Can’t say the rest of the OST is as strong, but it’s all around good – especially for a system that’s known for tinny, uninspired audio.