The Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra has just released the soundtrack to Portal Knights. Portal Knights is now available on Steam Early Access and is an action-packed crafting adventure across dozens of sandbox islands connected by ancient portals.
I have been a huge fan of the Blake Robinson’s work ever since the release of the Super Metroid Symphony and my personal favorite, The Chrono Trigger Symphony. His work on Portal Knights is nothing short of excellent and features an exceptional orchestral sound. You can sample the soundtrack above and watch the trailer to the game below.
For the full details on Portal Knights check out the game’s website. To purchase the soundtrack (which is only 3 pounds, about 4 US Dollars) you can head over to Blake Robinson’s bandcamp page.
Have you played Portal Knights? What do you think about the music?
Fans of the Final Fantasy spin-off Dissidia fighting game will be getting the soundtrack to both versions of the arcade game, according to Square Enix’s website, on April 27th.
The Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade Soundtrack album will feature original compositions from the brawling game, as well as a slew of arranged pieces from several Final Fantasy games, all done by Takeharu Ishimoto, Tsuyoshi Sekito, and Keiji Kawamori (Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy). The soundtrack will be on sale on Square Enix’s store, Amazon Japan and the Sony music shop, all for around 2,800 yen ($24.65 USD). You can also pre-order on YesAsia.
Check out the Dissidia website for more information.
Soon North America will be getting the localization of Rhythm Heaven Megamix (Rhythm Paradise Megamix in Europe) as Nintendo Direct reveals it will be bringing the game to both regions later this year.
Starting with the original game that never made it outside Japan, Rhythm Tengoku (aka. Rhythm Heaven) for the Gameboy Advance in 2006, this new compilation will feature 100 rhythm games, 70 of which have been “carefully selected from previous titles in the series.”. The original game featured several mini-games based around rhythm, and each had their own rules and challenges that are required to be met before unlocking more. The game spawned 3 sequels: Rhythm Heaven, Rhythm Heaven Fever and now this new release.
You can check out this video featuring footage of the game’s Japan release last year for what you can expect once Megamix hits the States, and stay tuned for release dates soon!
Back in December, composer Tim Wright (aka CoLD SToRAGE) announced plans for a chilled out remix album of his tracks from the classic PlayStation racing series Wipeout. After a brief extension in January the pre-orders have officially been closed and Wright has sent out the first update on the project for anyone wondering when their CDs will arrive.
“The music is progressing really well. I’ve completed the compositional work, and the next couple of weeks will see me mastering and getting everything ready for shipping at the end of March.”
He goes on to add one “teeny-tiny” caveat: He and his family are moving from the UK to France and he’ll soon be working in Switzerland all while running a company and finishing the Ch’illout” album. There’s definitely potential for the album to slip past its current shipping date of March 31st so we’ll be back with an update as the end of the month draws closer.
Wright also provided a couple test render images produced by original Psygnosis artists that will feature on the album’s two-disc packaging and poster. Though pre-orders have closed the site currently offers interested parties an email address where they may still be able to purchase a copy of the album.
It’s been about a week since the conclusion of MAGFest 2016, the music and gaming event’s 14th year in operation, and as for any dedicated MAG-goer, it’s a lot to digest all at once. MAGFest has grown in size and scope ever year since it’s inception, and it’s impossible for any one person to properly cover everything they set out to – whether you’re going for fun or otherwise. I had the pleasure of attending with Michael this year, and we both had agreed that there was no way we could get to everything we wanted to to report back on. Events like MAG become a “Best Laid Plans” scenario every year, but we do what we can.
Held yet again at the Gaylord at National Harbor, this year was another series of being awestruck at how large the event has gotten, and how diverse it’s become. Thankfully, I managed to check in on a few keys things, some old and some brand new, that were definitely worth noting.
On February 19, 2016, Nintendo finally announced the track listing for the upcoming Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD Sound Selection . The album will contain a total of 20 tracks composed by Toru Minegishi, Asuka Ohta, and Koji Kondo which are listed below. This is 13 more than what was previously released on the Official Soundtrack during the game’s initial release on Nintendo Wii and Gamecube. In addition, to the additional tracks according to Nintendo all of the music on this CD has been remastered.
2. Teaser Music #1
3. Ordon Village
4. Midna’s Theme
5. Hyrule Field (Main Theme)
6. Light Spirit
7. Kakariko Village
8. Death Mountain
9. Queen Rutela’s Theme
10. Lake Hylia
11. Boss Battle Part 3
12. Midna’s Desperation
13. Sacred Grove
14. Malo Mart
15. Ilia’s Theme
16. Hidden Village
17. Princess Zelda’s Theme
18. Final Battle Part 4
19. Staff Roll Part 1
20. Teaser Music #2
Nintendo Japan has posted 20 second samples of all of the tracks on their website which you can sample here.
What do you think of the music they decided to include on the album? Is there a track that you would have liked to have been on this CD?
One of the most popular posts on OSV over the past several weeks has been the article detailing the Swedish inspirations within the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed game Unravel. I have been following chatter about the soundtrack on twitter and several users have tweeted to the game maker to ask if they can buy the soundtrack, or if it is going to be coming out soon.
Twitter user iNanas asked and got a response which I’ve embedded below.
@AnanasUA We currently don’t have any plans, but we definitely hear you.
The music was composed by Henrik Oja and Frida Johansson, and is so far one of my favorite video game soundtracks that have been released this year. If you think that the soundtrack should get an official release I would take after iNanas and tweet to Unravel‘s official twitter account to let them know!
Do you think the soundtrack to Unravel should get an official release?
While you might expect the soundtrack to a game about building an intergalactic empire out of soup to be whimsical and playful, Nom Nom Galaxy goes an entirely different direction with its music. It was created by progressive rock band, The Electric Bends, which is made up of Q-Games President, Dylan Cuthbert, and several other members of the studio that made the game.
Unlike its contemporaries — Terraria and Minecraft that score the wonder of exploring huge worlds with minimal, even emotionally stirring soundtracks — Nom Nom Galaxy’s sound goes much harder. While scavenging alien landscapes for new soup ingredients you’ll be accompanied by wafting guitars and dissonant bass riffs that seem to wander along with you. Yawning outer space distortion and tinny, punchy drums accentuate most of the album. Some fantastic distorted organ-like sounds make ‘Smoking the Couch’ a unique standout while later pieces lean more towards ambient electronic. The 17 tracks live up to the promise of an “aural journey” with many songs meandering to 9, 12, even 16 minutes in length that incorporate and expand on the shorter loops heard in the game itself.
The album has been available on Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon since last November but it made its debut on Steam just last week. It can be purchased alone for $9.99 or bundled with the game for $17.99. Nom Nom Galaxy is currently a free game for PlayStation Plus members through the month of February as well. Coincidentally, I just started playing the PlayStation 4 version last night. What about you? Have you been following the game since its Early Access days or waiting for this soundtrack release? Let us know in the comments.
Jon Everist recently tweeted that his soundtrack to Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director’s Cut will be coming to Bandcamp on March 1, 2016. You can preview the tracks that will be featured on the album below.
The game was released prior to Shadowrun: Hong Kong, but from what I’ve listened to the music is of the same calibre. You can read my review of Shadowrun:Hong Konghere, I also chose Jon Everist composer of the year for 2015.
I’m hoping that there will be physical release of album on CD. Stay tuned to OSV for further news on the album’s release. Have you played Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director’s Cut? What did you think of the music?
If you’d been keeping track of the teasers and trailers for the long-awaited release of the Chrono Trigger mega arrangement album “Chronicles of Time“, then your wait is over. The five-disc behemoth project has finally been released to Loudr and iTunes in all its 75-track glory. (we originally counted 60, but we can’t numbers good)
Clocking in at just under six full hours of music, the album is packed to the gills with talent across the entire VGM spectrum. Directed by Spectrum of Mana’s Nate “FoxxDragon” Horsfall and co-directed by Kurt Horsfall, Chronicles features musicians, arrangers, artists and bands from Overclocked Remix, Dwelling of Duels, TheShizz.org, MAGFest bands and several other talents from across the world.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Square Enix Online Store the digital storefront is running a sale through February 21st with savings up to 50% off of games, goods and soundtracks. There are also some specific offers and $10 bonus deals you can check out after the cut but since you’re reading this on OSV you’re probably most interested in the music.
The Flame in the Flood is one of those indie games that feels like it’s been in perpetual development. I’ve had my eye on it since it appeared in the Fall of 2014 but I didn’t want to jump into another Early Access game and get burnt out by the time it launches. I’ve had it filed under “looks great, let’s wait” in my head but after listening to the powerful and utterly unique soundtrack this week I’m glad the full release is just weeks away.
The game is billed as a rogue-lite and feels like a distillation of the survival drama of Don’t Starve racing down a raging, flooded post-societal riverway. It’s represented in an isometric, overhead view with painterly art and moody lighting. Even from the name alone you can get a sense of poetry and of the American South which rolls right through the visuals and into this fantastic soundtrack.
This original, full length album was created by Chuck Ragan and features collaborations with The Camaraderie, The Fearless Kin and other special guests. Ragan has been plying his powerful, gravelly tone and poetic songwriting skills for decades across several musical genres. Through the mid-2000s he was singing and playing with the punk rock and post-hardcore band Hot Water Music. His solo albums lean towards acoustic and rock folk music. In 2005 he helped launch the acoustic collaborative event, The Revival Tour, featuring punk rock, bluegrass, and alt-country performers.
“I also wanted to invite and include friends to be a part of it, playing, writing or singing anything they wanted to add.”, recounts Regan about having recruited several of those fellow performers for The Flame in the Flood. “Cory Brannan, Jon Snodgrass, Adam Faucett and of course The Camaraderie are some of the very important collaborations on this recording that made the soundtrack what it is.”
The album has a cohesive story of its own that is equal parts accompaniment and counterpart to that of the game’s. “The Flame in the Flood is a collection of songs of survival,” Ragan explains.“Written from the perspective of a drifter, nomad and explorer, The Flame in the Flood will take you on a journey down that river in search of a safe haven. I feel so blessed to not only be a part of such a strong and active music community but to be able to share the stage, write with and learn from the people that I work with is such a healthy and revitalizing way to work.”
The album is available now on iTunes ($8.99) and from Amazon ($8.99 mp3, $9.98 CD). Developer, The Molasses Flood, just revealed at the NY Game Awards that The Flame in the Flood will be out of Early Access and onto full release for Xbox One, PC and Mac on February 24th.