Choicest VGM - VGM #331 - Master of Orion II - Galactic News Network

Screenshot from Master of Orion II

Music by Laura Barratt

We now move on to another classic DOS game of the mid-1990s but from an entirely different genre: a 4X sci-fi turn-based strategy game called Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares.

The soundtrack to the game is probably one I took for granted for quite some time; I never considered it an exceptionally spectacular soundtrack back in the day, but it was definitely a memorable one and one I've come to appreciate with age. I did like how each race in the game had a different theme though, similar to how the original Civilization had a theme for each civ you met (which we'll feature in due course).

This particular music, however, plays whenever you watch a broadcast from the Galactic News Network (GNN). GNN lets the player know what's going on in the galaxy such as who controls most planets or which empire has received funding from a wealthy merchant, etc. Why GNN has such spartan newsrooms though, remains a mystery (along with why there appears to be a dancing dragon on one of the displays).