Although 2016 will be remembered as a year that the world lost so much, for me one positive thing that I can say about this year was that it was an incredible year for video game music. I did not play a lot of games in 2016, but I did listen to a lot of video game music, and arranged albums.
What I sincerely enjoy about Original Sound Version’s Ost of the year is that all the authors for this site have different choices. I am a huge film score fan, and love sweeping symphonic scores which led to my choice for Ost of the year. I also highlight some arranged and inspirational albums too.
This year was not a very good one for me in terms of a whole lot of gaming. I couldn’t tell you if it was the drudgery of the year in general or what, but the cloud of 2016 hung over me a fair amount and as such I didn’t get too much under my belt in terms of playing anything. Fortunately I did get some exposure to awesome video game music overall; enough so to cast my votes on what I think stood out this year in terms of original game soundtracks and VGM arrangement albums.
It’s short and sweet, but I think they’re worthy of their titles.
Ian Luckey of Patient Corgi recently produced his largest compilation album of N64 covers with Tribute AlbumN64 , an eighty-seven-track album available for free on Bandcamp for any to purchase. I had the opportunity to chat with Ian Luckey, a.k.a. Patient Corgi, about his background in game music and how this massive tribute album ended up coming together.
In September of 2010, game music arrangement community Overclocked Remix released the first installment of what was planned to be a five-part album inspired by Final Fantasy V, titled “The Fabled Warriors“. “Volume I: WIND” was released by director Shariq “DarkeSword” Ansari with nine tracks, touching upon the themes of several of the game characters. Now, five and a half years later, “Volume II: WATER” has been released.
Again featuring an additional nine tracks, the second installment features music from Darkesword himself, as well as fellow OCR arrangement artists such as Brandon Strader, Sixto Sounds and more. Ansari goes on to promise that the timeframe between this volume and the next won’t take nearly so long as the last one.
“Now that WATER is finally out, we’re going to move on to putting together Volume III: FIRE. I’ve got big plans, and while it would be irresponsible of me to promise a release date, I will say that after everything I’ve learned about running all these albums over the years, things are going to move along at a better pace. Keep an eye out, and in the meantime, enjoy The Fabled Warriors: Volume II: WATER.” – Darkesword
You can download Volume II: WATER as well as Volume I: WIND on the album’s official Overclocked Remix website.
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