This song would sound 100% better with a real orchestra and choir behind it. One of the unfortunate downfalls of MIDI is the extreme difficulty in getting synthesized instruments to sound “full”. As an orchestral battle march, “Now or Never” certainly demonstrates this.
In writing this piece, I envisioned a captain touring his camp, readying his troops for the morning when they will stand and fight in defense of their homeland. Soldiers are shining their boots, checking and double-checking their guns, and the captain inspires each with a gentle nod and a grim smile.
“Now or Never” was purposely designed to be a notch below the intensity of actual VG battle music, and is instead a preparatory or preliminary battle theme. As such, there is much less percussion, and the driving beat is left instead to the accompanying strings.