Our last game preview from PAX East 2017 is a rhythm platformer from developer Tinimations. Like the previous game that I previewed, Klang is a game that came out last year but was available on the show floor for us to try out. The game does some interesting things that I had not seen in a rhythm or platforming game before, so this game was an interesting discovery at the event. (more…)
Yuzo Koshiro’s soundtracks to Streets of Rage 1 and 2 made for defining moments in the sound of the Sega Genesis. They’re generally fast paced soundtracks and are even daunting to listen to at times, but on the latest EP release from electronic producer Doni, the familiar themes get slowed way down.
The Streets features five themes from Streets of Rage 2 remixed in a chill-out style with a bonus re-remix from RobKTA. “Go Straight” may be the most immediately familiar theme but the change in style is most apparent on “Alien Power”. The tune in the game feels appropriately spooky for the alien landscape it accompanies and quickly erupts with tinny percussion and an otherworldly synth. Doni manages to retain the melody and the overall vibe but smooths down the garish tones into something chill and pleasant.
I picture it as the stage music before the avenging heroes show up and kick things into action. Or maybe the music the thug above is listening to as he relaxes on a bench at the ballpark. The EP album is available now for $5 from Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play or you can stream it through Apple Music and Spotify. GameChops has also uploaded four of the six tracks in their entirety to YouTube if you need more than a quick sample before purchasing.
The second game in our PAX East 2017 Preview coverage mashes two very different genres of games into one. In this instance, we have a mashup of a Dance Dance Revolution style game with the tactical elements of a fantasy RPG. The Metronomicon by Kasedo Games sticks to the roots and controls of a traditional DDR game but adds the strategic complexity and tactics of an old school RPG. Although the game was released back in September of 2016, it had flown under my radar, so I took some time at PAX East to try out this unusual game. (more…)
Michael A. Levine recently took some time to talk to Original Sound Version about the theme song he composed for Resident Evil Biohazard 7. In the interview he shares details about his musical background, the past projects he’s worked on including one you’ll definitely recognize. He also shares with us some of his favorite covers of his song on Youtube. He even provided us with some more details on the song’s lyrics for those thinking about covering the song in the future, and lets us know what else he’s working on.
Read on for our detailed interview with Michael A. Levine.
One of the joys of heading out to PAX East every spring has been seeing how the independent games industry has grown and evolved. Each year there seems to be a greater presence of indie titles being shown off on the PAX East show floor, and this year was no exception. Among the various projects on display, there were a fair number of music and rhythm games. Over the next few days I’ll be highlighting the music games that I tried out at PAX East, starting with the game Just Shapes & Beats. (more…)
Despite treacherous weather, PAX East 2017 went off without much issue this past weekend in Boston, MA. The expo show featured the usual accoutrements; a huge expo floor for showing games, a console and gaming room, several panels featuring a wide variety of topics on video games and gaming in general, and of course the all-day JAMspace and late-night concerts. There was a wide assortment of acts playing this year, from rock to metal to classical and jazz fusion, and thus PAX-goers had pick of the litter in terms of their musical entertainment.
Warframe’s developers have described the free-to-play game’s unexpected fan reception as a “rogue success” and soon the co-op shooter will have a matching assortment of rogue merch. This latest collaboration with iam8bit will see Warframe art prints, enamel pins and a remastered vinyl soundtrack all available for limited-time pre-order starting Friday, March 17th.
The vinyl edition will feature 2 discs in a deep “oxblood” color containing 24 remastered tracks from the original Warframe score and its 2015 expansion, The Second Dream, by composer Keith Power (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Criminaland Hawaii Five-0). Direction and mixing will be handled by George Spanos and the Digital Extremes’ in-house sound team to ensure an authentic treatment. The rest of the package offers a full-color, double-sided gatefold with full-color disc sleeves, all featuring artwork from Spanish illustrator Patricio Betteo. If it proves too gorgeous for everyday use you can fall back on the digital copy of the soundtrack included with the vinyl release.
You can pre-order all of the Warframe merchandise over on iam8bit’s site starting at 7am PST this Friday, March 17th, but take note, orders are only being taken for 31 days. Check out some of the game’s music and a partial song list after the cut.
The gameplay in Death Squared may incite hair-pulling tantrums while trying to solve co-op puzzles with up to three “friends”, but the music is surprisingly chill. Available now alongside the $20 game on Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is the 7-track, $7 album from Australian composer Brad Gentle.
From the looks of the sterile Test Chamber environments and the frequent exploding robots I was expecting more of the music featured in the game’s trailers: thumping EDM and raucous orchestral percussion. What the game actually sounds like has provided a welcomed surprise for me this week. There’s a slight tick-tock feel to many of the game’s electronic tracks, some of which meander for over eight minutes in length. But it isn’t a driving tick-tocking sound and the rest of the synthy soundscape wafts up and down around it.
‘Pensive’ is the word I’d use to describe it, and even though I haven’t played the game I can feel the music encouraging me through dastardly elaborate puzzle solutions. Maybe that’s why it has worked so well as a backdrop for my day job this week. Whether you’re a fan of the game or just need a new soundscape to get lost in, Death Squared OST is worth a listen.
There’s a surprise musical bonus in March’s offerings for PlayStation Plus members in North America and Europe. Included with the highly whimsical Tearaway Unfolded on PlayStation 4 is the game’s soundtrack from Kenneth Young, Brian D’Oliveira and Ed Hargrave.
Like other first-party soundtrack offerings, this one comes in the form of an app that offers some cycling background images, a “virtual surround sound” filter, a simple playback interface and the ability to export the MP3s to a USB device. The soundtrack includes 50 tracks with a runtime of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Finding the soundtrack added to my Purchase History page was a nice surprise and one I’d love to have more often. Are there any “free games” you’ve discovered on PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold that sent you looking for the soundtrack? Let us know in the comments below.
I was fortunate enough to acquire a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition released in North America. The soundtrack CD that comes in the package is a gorgeous Digipak case which make me very happy after the release of the simple cardboard sleeve that North Americans received for the Twilight Princess Sound Selection CD.
The Breath of the Wild CD offers 23 tracks from the game, and a 24th track with a live recording. Read of for my review of the album, and if you didn’t get the Special Edition I have some tips on where you can grab your own copy of this CD, and details on its various releases.
Last week at Game Developers Conference, the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) hosted their annual awards show. Each year, composers from all over the video game industry get recognized for their achievements is making music the integral part of the video game process.
This year saw many categories and finalists from all over the industry. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and ABZU brought home several nominations and awards, along with Overwatch and INSIDE. ABZU and Banner Saga composer Austin Wintory (whose awards can be seen above) seemed a bit overwhelmed by all the praise.
A full track listing and album credits can be found on VGMdb. Currently there isn’t a release date for retail copies of the game’s soundtrack, though Playstation’s blog states the release is ” a week before it’s available anywhere else.”. You can listen to the full Horizon Zero Dawn soundtrack album here, and we will report on future media releases as they become available.
Michael A. Levine recently took some time to talk to Original Sound Version about the theme song he composed for Resident Evil Biohazard 7. In the interview he shares details about his musical background, the ...
Despite treacherous weather, PAX East 2017 went off without much issue this past weekend in Boston, MA. The expo show featured the usual accoutrements; a huge expo floor for showing games, a console and gaming ...
MAGFest, the annual gathering for people who love video games, music, and video game music, took place at its usual spot in National Harbor earlier this year. Though the festival’s musical offerings tend toward electronic ...
Gather ‘round, video game music nerds—I’m not going to let you sleep on what I’m calling right now as my favorite video game score of the year: the Owlboy OST.
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The Beep Movie was officially released on September 30, 2016. I’ve watched the film, which is just short of two hours and a wonderful examination of the history of sound in video games. This includes ...