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Yep, Valkyria: Azure Revolution still looks great

Announce the localization already
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
Valkyria: Azure Revolution kind of came out of nowhere. People basically assumed that the series was dead since 2011 when the third game came out (which was Japan-only, by the way), and BAM, Sega announces a brand new upcomin...
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Valkyria: Azure Revolution gets villain, demo breakdown

The evil familiar
Jan 19
// Steven Hansen
I was reviewing our past coverage of Valkyria: Azure Revolution, Sega's PS4 spin off of the Valkyria Chronicles series, and damn, that bust. Straight up distracting. Onto the news. Famitsu has revealed an antagonist to the ga...
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Valkyria Chronicles Remaster looks great in its debut trailer

But we already knew it would!
Dec 25
// Ben Davis
Sega released the debut trailer for Valkyria Chronicles Remaster, set to arrive on PS4 in Japan on February 10. The original was already gorgeous on PS3, so it's no wonder that it will look even better on PS4. Valkyria Chroni...
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Maybe Valkyria Chronicles isn't dead after all

Sega trademarks Aoki Kakumei no Valkyria
Oct 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Sega has filed a trademark for something called "Aoki Kakumei no Valkyria" (Valkyria of the Blue Revolution), which may or may not be the next entry in the Valkyria Chronicles franchise. It's worth noting the mark can be...

Valkyria Chronicles PC port drops to $5 for weekend

Apr 18 // Dealzon
Top Deals Valkyria Chronicles (Steam) — $5.37  (list price $20) <- just get it already PlayStation Plus 12-Month Card — $39.99  (list price $50) <- its dead, Jim Grand Theft Auto Online Shark Cards — 21% Off <- for ppl with $$ but not time Mortal Kombat X (Steam) — $44.99  (list price $60) Humble Origin Bundle 2 — PWYW for 5 games <- great bundle Added Sunday: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4, PS3, 360, XOne) — $19.99  (list price $40) South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3, 360) — $14.99  (list price $30) Battlefield: Hardline (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) — $39.99  (list price $60) Recent Releases 04/14: Mortal Kombat X - Kombat Pack (Steam) — $23.70  (list price $30) 04/10: StarDrive 2 (Steam) — $23.70  (list price $30) 04/01: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (Steam) — $30.49  (list price $50) 03/26: Pillars of Eternity Hero Edition (Steam) — $32.84  (list price $45) Upcoming Releases 05/08: Project Cars (Steam) — $39.50  (list price $50) 06/23: Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward - Collectors Edition — $44.99  (list $60) 07/14: God of War III Remastered (PS4) — $34.99  (list price $40) 09/27: Lego Dimensions Starter Pack (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U) — $89.99  (list $100) 11/17: Star Wars: Battlefront (Origin) — $59.99  PC Game Deals For SEGA & Telltale sales, use code: DEALSP-AWN21O-FFGMGE SEGA Sale The Typing of the Dead: Overkill (Steam) — $3.95  (list price $20) Binary Domain Collection (Steam) — $3.16  (list price $16) Virtua Tennis 4 (Steam) — $2.96  (list price $15) Alpha Protocol (Steam) — $2.96  (list price $15) <- worth a look at this price Binary Domain (Steam) — $2.96  (list price $15) <- ditto this Viking: Battle for Asgard (Steam) — $2.96  (list price $15) Telltale Games Telltale Games Collection (Steam) — $71.10  (list price $180) Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series — $22.49  (list price $30) Tales from the Borderlands — $14.81  (list price $25) Tales of Monkey Island Complete Season — $6.91  (list price $35) The Wolf Among Us — $6.71  (list price $25) The Walking Dead: Season 2 (Telltale DRM) — $6.71  (list price $25) Jurassic Park: The Game — $5.92  (list price $30) The Walking Dead: Season 1 (Steam) — $4.93  (list price $25) Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People (Steam) — $3.95  (list price $20) More PC Deals Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Bundle (Steam) — $29.99  (list price $75) Total War: Attila (Steam) — $28.49  (list price $45) Cities: Skylines (Steam) — $22.49  (list price $30) <- selling point: not SimCity Metro Redux (Steam) — $19.75  (list price $50) The Banner Saga (Steam) — $9.99  (list price $20) Medal of Honor: Warfighter (PC DVD) — $7.99  (list price $20) Killer is Dead - Nightmare Edition (Steam) — $3.95  (list price $20) Eador: Masters of the Broken World (Steam) — $2.99  (list price $20) Console Game Deals Mortal Kombat X (PS4, Xbox One) — $49.99  (list price $60) Watch Dogs (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Uplay) — $19.99  (list $30) The Wolf Among Us (PS4, Xbox One) — $14.99  (list $30) Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Xbox 360 - Pre-owned, PS3) — $12.99  (list $40) PS4 Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kit (PS4) — $24.99  (list price $50) inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4) — $19.99  (list price $40) Bound by Flame (PS4) — $17.99  (list price $30) Xbox One Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Xbox One) — $24.99  (list price $60) Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition (Xbox One) — $19.99  (list price $60) Titanfall (Xbox One) — $12.99  (list price $60) <- this thing is always on sale LEGO Movie Videogame (Xbox One) — $9.99  (list price $20) PS3 Game Deals Deception IV: Blood Ties (PS3) — $19.99  (list price $30) Drakengard 3 (PS3) — $16.99  (list price $30) <- goodie that shouldn't be so far down list Mugen Souls Z (PS3) — $14.99  (list price $30) LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes (PS3) — $9.99  (list price $20) Ni no Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch (PS3) — $6.99  (list price $20) Wii U Game Deals Wii Mini Console + Mario Kart +Max Steering Wheel (Refurb) — $79.99  (list $160) Super Smash Bros. (Wii U) — $44.96  (list price $60) Misc Console Deals Persona Q: Shadow Labyrinth: Wild Cards Premium (3DS) — $39.99  (list $80) <- cool Toukiden: The Age of Demons (PS Vita) — $19.99  (list price $30) Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (PS Vita) — $7.49  (list price $20) Laptop Deals 15.6" Toshiba P55 4K, i7-4710HQ, R9 M265X, 12GB, Blu-ray — $949.99 15.6" Acer V15 i7-4720HQ, 8GB, GTX 960M, 1080p — $899.99 17.3" Lenovo Y70 Touch, i7-4710HQ, GTX 860M, 16GB — $879 15.6" Lenovo Y50 i7-4700HQ, GTX 860M, 1080p, 16GB, DVD Burner — $789.99 HDTV Deals 60" Samsung 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV — $1,099.99  (list price $2,199) 55" Samsung 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV — $949.99  (list price $2,299) 55" Changhong 4K 2160p Ultra HDTV — $589.99  (list price $1,400) <- el cheapo 4K 40" Samsung 4K Ultra HD Smart TV — $549.99  (list price $1,200) 55" RCA 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV — $459.99  (list price $700) Storage Deals XFX Double D Radeon R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 Video Card — $189.99  (list $270) OCZ Vertex 460A SSD 2.5" 480GB — $159.99  (list price $280) XFX Double D Radeon R9 280 3GB GDDR5 Video Card — $140.99  (list $220) Toshiba Canvio 5TB External HDD — $139.99  (list $210) WD My Passport 2TB External Hard Drive — $79.99  (list $130)
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Weekend romp
SEGA's successful PC port Valkyria Chronicles has hit a new low since its November 2014 release. Normally a $20 purchase, GMG has launched a SEGA Games sale this weekend where it drops 75% and with a stacking discount hi...

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Valkyria Chronicles deal

PSA: Valkyria Chronicles (PC) for $6.80, which is real cheap

One of my favorite turn-based strategy RPGs
Mar 12
// Steven Hansen
Hey. Because I'm an idiot, I missed out on picking up Valkyria Chronicles for $8 two weeks ago. Because I am handsome, cool, talented and have nice eyes, Valkyria Chronicles is now on sale on the videogame website GamersGate ...
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Valkyria Duel

Sega shuts down Valkyria Chronicles mobile game

Social card game Valkyria Duel hits the end of the line
Feb 26
// Kyle MacGregor
Sega and NHN are terminating service for their card-based social game Valkyria Chronicles Duel. The lights began going out today, as the companies have already discontinued sales of the browser and mobile game's virtual curre...
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$9 Valkyria Chronicles as GamersGate 10th anniversary sale continues

Insert joke about you-know-what here
Feb 13
// Dealzon
The Sweden-based digital game retailer is running an anniversary sale this week, which we covered yesterday. The deals continue today with a solid sale on Valkyria Chronicles for only $9. This is a perfect deal for those...

$8 Valkyria Chronicles, $20 Isolation, & More 2014 Game Deals

Jan 31 // Dealzon
Top Weekend Deals Use Coupon: 20PERO-FFDIGI-GAMESX Valkyria Chronicles (Steam) — $8  (list price $20) <- save SEGA so they don't touch Atlas Borderlands 2: GOTY Edition (Steam) — $8  (list price $40) Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition (Steam) — $8.16  (list price $30) Life is Strange: Complete Season (Steam) — $16  (list price $20) Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes  Assault (Steam) — $16  (list price $20) <- just added Alien: Isolation (Steam) — $20  (list price $50) Wolfenstein: The New Order (Steam) — $24  (list price $60) <- do it The Evil Within (Steam) — $24  (list price $60) Xbox Live Gold 12 Months Card — $36  (list price $60) 8th Gen Consoles PlayStation 4 — $349.99  (list price $400) Wii U 32GB + Super Mario 3D World + Nintendo Land — $259.99  (list price $300) Xbox One AC Unity Bundle + Controller Charging Station — $349.99  (list $400) Upcoming Releases 02/05: Cities XXL (Steam) — $25.60  (list price $40) 02/10: Evolve Monster Race Edition (Steam) — $80  (list price $100) 02/10: Evolve (XOne, PS4) — $52.99  (list price $60) 02/20: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U) — $34.99  (list price $40) 02/25: Resident Evil Revelations 2: Complete Edition (Steam) — $32  (list price $40) 02/25: Resident Evil Revelations 2: Complete Season (Steam) — $20  (list price $25) 03/24: Grand Theft Auto V — $47.99  (list price $60) 06/09: Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (XOne, PS4) — $52.99  (list $60) <- heh PC Game Deals Dying Light (Steam) — $48  (list price $60) <- Dead Island 2.0 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Steam) — $38.24  (list price $60) Football Manager 2015 (Steam) — $26.80  (list price $50) <- Transfer deadlineess Stronghold Crusader 2 (Steam) — $26.80  (list price $50) Risen 3: Titan Lords (Steam) — $25  (list price $50) Watch Dogs (Uplay DVD) — $19.99  (list price $60) Call of Duty: Ghosts Gold Edition (Steam) — $17.34  (list price $60) Prototype Franchise Pack (Steam) — $12.74  (list price $60) Ryse: Son of Rome (Steam) — $9.99  (list price $40) Death to Spies: Gold Edition (DRM-Free) — $9.98  (list price $20) Broken Sword 5 - the Serpent's Curse (Steam) — $8  (list price $25) The Last Federation (Steam) — $8  (list price $20) Lara Croft and The Temple Of Osiris (Steam) — $8  (list price $20) Wickland (Steam) — $6.40  (list price $10) <- for Quake fans Space Rangers HD: A War Apart (Steam) — $5  (list price $20) Men of War: Condemned Heroes — $5  (list price $20) Star Wolves 3: Civil War (DRM-Free) — $4.99  (list price $20) Console Game Deals Watch Dogs Limited Edition (Xbox One, 360) — $49.99  (list price $130) <- dat MSRP Far Cry 4 (Xbox One, 360, PS3) — $39.99  (list price $60) Ultra Street Fighter IV (360, PS3) — $19.99  (list price $40) Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii) — $5.99  (list price $20) Zumba Kids (360) — $5.99  (list price $20) <- heh, Kinect games Xbox 360 Diablo 3 — $11.99  (list price $40) NASCAR '14 — $11.99  (list price $30) Zumba Fitness Core Kinect — $11.99  (list price $30) <- another Kinect title!? Battlefield 4 — $11.99  (list price $30) Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z — $4.99  (list price $10) Wii U Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two — $9.99  (list price $30) Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist — $9.99  (list price $40) Laptop Deals 15.6" Lenovo Y50 4K, i7-4700HQ, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GTX 860M — $999.99 14" Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, QHD 1440p Touch, i5-4200U — $899.40 14" Lenovo Y40, i7-5500U Broadwell, Radeon R9, 512GB SSD — $899 15.6" Acer V15, i7-4710HQ, 8GB RAM, GTX 860M, 1080p — $799.99 <- $/power ratio HDTV Deals 70" Sharp 2160p 4K 3D Smart UHDTV — $2,249  (list price $4,000) 65" JVC 2160p 4K UHDTV — $1,298.97  (list price $2,000) <- good price for ballers 55" LG 2160p 4K UHDTV — $1,199.99  (list price $1,800) 55" Samsung Smart HDTV + $250 eGift Card — $797.99  (list price $1,400) 60" Seiki HDTV — $412.99  (list price $1,000) Gaming Accessories / Hardware Deals Powercolor Radeon R9 290X + $20 Gift Card — $232.99  (list price $324) <- GTX 970 alt Seagate 6TB Hard Drive — $199.99  (list price $350) Western Digital My Book 6TB External Hard Drive — $199.99  (list price $289) OCZ Arc 100 Series SSD 2.5" 480GB — $169.99  (list price $240) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB RAM — $114.29  (list price $127) <- DL more RAM Samsung 850 EVO SSD 2.5" 250GB — $109.99  (list price $150) Crucial MX100 Internal SSD 2.5" 256GB — $89.99  (list price $110) Game deals from Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers help support Destructoid.
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Best Eight Bucks Ever?
Gallia, to arms! Several 2014 releases dropped to all new lows this weekend in GMG's "2014 Revisited" PC game sale. Leading the pack today is the Valkyria Chronicles PC port, which finds itself 50% cheaper than usual wit...

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Valkyria Chronicles

Sega seems pleased with Valkyria Chronicles sales

Talkin' bout cash money. Dollar bills, yall! Come on, now.
Nov 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Valkyria Chronicles came out on PC yesterday. It was a good day. Especially if you're Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. Money, money, money, money... Money! Sega was proud to announce the amazing strategy role-playing game "force...
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Weekend Deals

Weekend Deals: Far Cry 4 and Valkyria Chronicles at a discount

Pick one: Ubisoft or Sega
Nov 09
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. We're about a week and a half away from Ubisoft's next big release Far Cry 4. The game is priced at the sta...
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All the Valkryia Chronicles pre-order deals for the PC

Up to 30% off. Mmm.
Oct 30
// Dealzon
Deals from the crew at Dealzon. FYI: Sales from certain retailers help support Destructoid. Announced (sort of) by Sega earlier this week, Valkyria Chronicle's price and impending release was unveiled just hours ago. The game...
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Valkyria Chronicles PC!

Sega reveals Valkyria Chronicles PC price and date!

Coming November 11 for $20
Oct 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Valkyria Chronciles is coming to PC on November 11 for $20/£15/€20, Sega announced today. The strategy role-playing game will come equipped with all the downloadable content released for the PlayStation 3 version. It's now available for digital pre-order via various retailers.
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Valkyria Chronicles PC!

Valkyria Chronicles is coming to PC!

Oct 27
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: Sega has confirmed the PC release of Valkyria Chronicles.] Sega appears to have a PC port of Valkyria Chronicles in the works, according to a recent rating listed by European classification authority PEGI. The tactic...
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Valkyria Chronicles 3

Valkyria Chronicles 3 gets an English fan translation

It's a shame this wasn't localized
Jan 02
// Chris Carter
Valkyria Chronicles was one of the best tactical games I had played in a long time when I picked it up at release. So when a sequel was announced (and subsequently localized), I was floored. Sadly, the third game in the serie...

UDON announces Valkyria Chronicles 3: Complete Artworks

Sep 06
// Dale North
If you love the Valkyria Chronicles franchise as much as I do, this artbook should go on your Christmas wish list. UDON Entertainment has announced Valkyria Chronicles 3: Complete Artworks for a December release. There's 256 ...

Valkyria Chronicles deploys July 26, announced for mobile

Jul 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Last month brought some interesting news to light regarding the future of Sega's beloved SRPG franchise with the reveal of a free-to-play card-battling strategy game by the name of Valkyria Chronicles Duel. The announcement w...

Promoted blog: How Sega killed Valkyria Chronicles

Jun 21
// Aurain
[Dtoid Community Blogger Aurain discusses Sega's treatment of Valkyria Chronicles in light of their recent delay in the Western release of Platinum Games' Anarchy Reigns. Want to see your own words appear on the front page?&...

Good news: Valkyria Duel's a new Valkyria Chronicles game

Jun 19
// Josh Tolentino
The somewhat less-good news? Valkyria Duel is a free-to-play, browser-based, card-battling strategy game. It'll have base-building elements, territory control, 3D battle scenes (ala Advance Wars), and, of course, a ton of ca...

Note Worthy 001: Kingdom Hearts 3D, Journey, and more

Apr 18 // Jayson Napolitano
Airu Love You / I'll Love You ~Monster Hunter Arrange à la carte ~Release Date: August 24, 2011Price: 2,625 Yen ($32)Availability: LimitedArtist(s): Zunba Kobayashi, Jun -setzer- Kadoma, Shoichiro Sakamoto, Takahiro Eguchi, Yousuke Yasui, Teruo Taniguchi Okay, this one’s downright strange. Released by several members of SuperSweep, and more specifically, a bunch of the guys who worked on the 3D Dot Game Heroes soundtrack, this release offers an eclectic array of remixes from the Monster Hunter series.The strange part comes in with the grating Japanese vocal tracks, one of which is about meat. There are also lots of cats meowing and growling throughout the entire album in addition to the packaging featuring images cats geared up to go on an adventure. The karaoke versions provided at least liberate the strong arrangements from the terrible vocals, but it’s not all bad. There are a few great vocal tracks to be found, including one that delves into bossa nova territory, although the retro 8-bit remix of “Testament of a Hero” from Monster Hunter 3, a bumpin’ FM synthesis take on “Day on Pokke Farm” from Monter Hunter Portable 2nd, and the hard-hitting electronic remix of “Jungle Glutton / Congalala” from Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G are my favorites. There are even some arrangements from the Poka Poka Airu Mura spin-off titles.In all, there’s some great stuff here. The problem is getting your hands on it. It’s sold through SuperSweep’s online shop in Japan, and may be worth checking out if you’re a hardcore fan of the series. Denpa Ningen no RPG Original SoundtrackRelease Date: March 28, 2012Price: 2,200 Yen ($26.50)Availability: iTunes JapanArtist(s): Basiscape (Hitoshi Sakimoto, Yoshimi Kudo, Kimihiro Abe, Azusa Chiba, Masaharu Iwata, Mitsuhiro Kaneda)This is certainly a quirky one. Basiscape is one of the top sound studios in Japan with founder Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII, Valkyria Chronicles) at its helm and a number of talented composers under him who can emulate his style as well as make bold statements of their own. This release, for a Japanese 3DS title, features nearly an hour and a half of music with Sakimoto handling the main theme which sports funky bass, strange electric shock sound effects, and a bubbly melody that sets the tone for the rest of the album. Think of a blend between Earthbound and Paper Mario and that’s what you have here. It’s kind of in line with the team’s impressive score for Opoona, but unfortunately with a lot less emotion. Two tracks that did stand out for me were the incredibly abstract “Antenna Tower” with its pitch-bending synth lines and the super funky “Cave” with its hip-hop percussion and playfully spooky soundcape.This one probably isn’t for everyone as I didn’t find a whole lot to sink my teeth into. Given the hefty asking price for a digital release (it’s probably best that they went digital, but not at this price point), I can’t see myself recommending it. Still, fans of the Basiscape team or those looking for something ‘weird’ from Japan may want to check it out, even if that means purchasing “Cave” on its own.[embed]225854:43396[/embed] Journey Original SoundtrackRelease Date: April 10, 2012Price: $4.99Availability: iTunes / CD release TBAArtist(s): Austin WintoryAfter having an amazing experience playing through the game, I had to wait in anticipation all over again for the game’s soundtrack. We hosted a lovely feature with Austin Wintory about his work on Journey where he discussed the creation of several pieces as well as offered samples, but with the complete soundtrack in hand, I’m surprised there’s actually so much music here, totaling nearly an hour of music. And all of it sounds fantastic with live session artists and even a live orchestra.All the key elements are here for you to re-experience Journey all over again, but this time aurally. There’s the blistering wind of “The Call,” the playful “Threshold,” the vibrant “Road of Trials” (one of my personal favorites), the foreboding “Temptations” with its lovely harp work and the ominous “Descent” with its rumbling percussion. There are some more atmospheric pieces in between before a powerful trio closes out the album with the desperate “Nadir” that accompanies a key moment in the game, the jubilant and dreamy “Apotheosis,” and the emotionally charged ending vocal theme, “I was Born for This.”Even when you’re out on the go, you can experience the magic of Journey any time with this soundtrack. Even those who didn’t play the game should appreciate Austin Wintory’s majestic score, and it obviously comes just as highly recommended as the game itself.[embed]225854:43397[/embed]Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance Original SoundtrackRelease Date: April 18, 2012Price: 3,800 Yen ($47 USD)Availability: CD Japan / Play-AsiaArtist(s): Yoko Shimomura, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Takeharu IshimotoI’ve never been a huge fan of Kingdom Hearts titles or their soundtracks. I always found them to be overly upbeat to the point of being cheesy, but that all changed with Birth by Sleep, which took a much more mature approach in the music department. Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance follows suit coming as light-hearted but not cheesy,and changes things up a bit by adding a lot of electronic sounds to the heavily orchestral palette of the series.Series composer Yoko Shimomura handles the majority of the score, starting with the popular series main theme, “Dearly Beloved,” which gets a sweet waltz arrangement. She provides an eclectic mix of tracks, but my favorites would be the angelic “The World of Dream Drops” with its bell tress, piano, and strings, the elegant yet desperate “La Chloche” with timpani and harpsichord, “All for One” with its classy melody, and “Distant From You...,” which comes as a beautiful and heartwrenching duet between strings and harp. “Deep Drop” also stands out with its dark electronic sound accented by organ.Square Enix’s Tsuyoshi Sekito and Takeharu Ishimoto also join the mix, with Sekito providing mostly epic orchestral cues with “Majestic Wings” and “Gigabyte Mantis” being my favorites. Ishimoto, on the other hand, provides several memorable moments with his electronic contributions that start with several remixes from The World Ends With You (the bumpin’ club version of “Calling” is my personal favorite) as well as several moody and textural electronic tracks, of which “Keyblade Cycle” stands out with its unsettling and glitchy soundscape. There are also several classical pieces by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and others tucked away at the end of the album.There’s some great music here, and the packaging for this three-disc collection is delightful with glossy cardboard and some classy silhouettes on the discs themselves. Fans will want to definitely check out what’s new with the Kingdom Hearts series, while others may want to wait and play the game before deciding to drop close to $50 USD on this one.Manabu Namiki WORKS Vol.2 ~Thunder Dragon 2~Release Date: December 21, 2011Price: 2,625 Yen ($32)Availability: CD JapanArtist(s): Manabu NamikiFor those who don’t know, Manabu Namiki has become somewhat of a legend over the years for his soundtracks to many a shmup title from Cave, Zuntata, and more. He’s also a member of Basiscape. This album presents his soundtrack to the 1993 title, Thunder Dragon 2. While the album contains 17 tracks, several are ‘alternate versions’ of the same two themes that accompany you throughout all of the game’s seven stages.While “Fly to Live,” “Live to Fly,” and their variations are your standard energetic shmup tracks with an electronic backing and a jazzy vibe, the highlights are the two new arrangements: the super funky “Still Live to Fly” by Shinji Hosoe and the touching piano ballad, “Fly to Live -Love Theme-“ by Namiki himself. I also dig the epic final battle theme, “Marginal Attack” and the ridiculous “Voice Collection,” showing off some of the worst voice acting of all time.With so little music presented here when you remove the countless indistinguishable variations on the two stage themes, only hardcore fans of Manabu Namiki will probably find this worth the price.Piano Collections NieR Gestalt & ReplicantRelease Date: March 21, 2012Price: 2,800 Yen ($34)Availability: CD JapanArtist(s): Keigo Hoashi, Kumi Tanioka, Ryuichi Takada, Yuri Misumi This was easily my most anticipated release of 2012. The NieR soundtrack is one of my favorites of all time, but I wasn’t sure how this album would work without the haunting vocals of Emi Evans. I was impressed to find that the arrangements here retained their magic, but in a different way. The arrangements are pretty straightforward, with MoNACA (the game’s original composition team) handling most of the arrangements and performances and guest Kumi Tanioka (Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles) performing three, which was a nice treat.In the end, the question as to whether or not these arrangements are ‘better’ than the original ones is kind of a pointless one. I don’t think they are better or worse, but rather, different. I’ll usually default to the original versions with Emi Evans, but I can’t discount the soothing and simply elegant arrangements here either. I definitely think it’s worth checking out on its own merits as well as to send a message to Square Enix that we want more NieR.The Music of Retro City RampageRelease Date: February 2, 2012Price: $7.99 CAD (Digital) / $43 CAD (Vinyl)Availability: BandcampArtist(s): Freaky DNA, Norrin Radd, virt[Update: You can pick up the vinyl for $39 CAD directly from Lotus Audio if you're interested]Retro City Rampage is attempting to be the ultimate expression of fanservice to those like me who consider the NES to be their first videogame love. The quirky humor and endless videogame references carry over into the soundtrack, and the team has once again done things right by releasing the soundtrack composed by three accomplished chiptune artists well before the release of the game to generate hype along with a limited editon vinyl release that is simply beautiful (and yes, the blue version I drooled over is almost sold out, and the green is completely gone).The soundtrack itself is a lot of fun, although somewhat short at just about 40 minutes in length. Fan-favorite virt gives us a gritty and irreverent opening theme as well as a few parody tracks that made me chuckle, including “Not Mega…” that sounds almost exactly like… well, that famous blue guy. He actually contributes the fewest number of tracks, followed by Freaky DNA who brings the funk with “Half Steppin’” and “Bit Happy,” two of my favorite tracks on album. Norrin Rad handles the largest number of tracks, lending a poppy sound with the catchy “Dance Off,” the spacey “Proton Decay,” and the giddy “Smut Peddler.”I can’t say that many of the melodies here stuck with me afterwards, but I imagine that will change after playing the game. I love what the team has done with the soundtrack and especially the fact that they’ve released It before the game’s release. Be sure to check it out.[embed]225854:43399[/embed]SONIC ADVENTURE Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary EditionRelease Date: May 18, 2011Price: 2,400 Yen ($29) (physical) / $9.99 (digital)Availability: CD Japan / iTunesArtist(s): Jun Senoue, Kenichi Tokoi, Masaru Setsumaru, Fumie KumataniThis is an odd release that came out last year to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s odd in that it’s a single disc ‘best of’ collection, whereas the originally issued soundtrack contained two discs. Why they didn’t re-issue the full two-disc soundtrack, I don’t know, but it goes for hundreds of dollars on the used market these days, so with this release, you may as well take what you can get.And you’ll want to take it. Crush40 and Jun Senoue have been, in my opinion, destroying Sonic’s musical legacy for so long with all their cheesy vocal tracks that I’d forgotten just how good this soundtrack was. Senoue and Crush40 are here, but this is their first outing together, so they come off as more subdued. The few tracks that Crush40 is featured on are actually tasteful and catchy. As for the rest of the soundtrack, it’s some of the best that the Sonic series has to offer with incredibly melodies covering pop, rock, and electronic styles. I could list nearly every track on this collection as a favorite, so I’ll refrain and simply say “Windy Hill” from Windy City and “Egg Carrier - A Song That Keeps Us On The Move” are my jam.Fans of classic Sonic the Hedgehog music that missed out on the two-disc version will want to pick this up for sure.SONIC THE HEDGEHOG CD Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary EditionRelease Date: November 23, 2011Price: 2,400 Yen ($29) (physical) / $9.99 (digital)Availability: CD Japan / Play-Asia / iTunesArtist(s): Masafumi Ogata, Naofumi HatayaFew soundtracks are as controversial as the Sonic CD soundtrack. The original soundtrack was composed by Sega composers in Japan and was featured intact in the Japanese and European releases of the game. Fans in North America were probably unaware, however, that Sega of America completely re-scored the game for the North America release. The original score was much more electronic in style, resembling past Sonic soundtracks, while the North American version got a more atmospheric slant. Why this was done, nobody knows, but it happened, and there wasn’t a proper release for the original Japanese/European soundtrack until now.What you have are the core stage themes with additional “good future,” “bad future,” and “boss” mixes. I have to say that while I like both versions of the soundtrack, I prefer the ones presented here with a fun, tropical “Palmtree Panic,” the sexy smooth jazz flavored “Tidal Tempest,” the upbeat fusion “Quartz Quandrant,” and the chugging electronic “Wacky Workbench” areas. The early 1990s-flavored hip-hop version of “Stardust Speedway” also made me chuckle. While this version resonates with me more, I do have to admit I like Nielsen’s “Sonic Boom” vocal theme better than the horrible hip-hop “You Can Do Anything” found here, and the inspirational rap ending theme, “Believe in Yourself” is just embarrassing. There are some bonus remixes found here as well, including renditions of “Sonic Boom” and “Stardust Speedway” featuring Jun Senoue, Crush40 and Cash Cash (an electronic group featured heavily on Sonic Generations). Fans of Naofumi Hataya (who also scored NiGHTS) should appreciate the track-by-track artist breakdown.Of all the 20th anniversary soundtrack releases, this one is most worth your attention as it’s not a simple re-issue, but a first-time release with bonuses. It’s worth checking out to get an alternate take on the game’s soundtrack for fans in North America who didn’t know any better. Valkyria Chronicles 3 Sound and Song CollectionRelease Date: May 11, 2011Price: 3,500 Yen ($42)Availability: CD Japan / Play-AsiaArtist(s): Hitoshi Sakimoto, Shiro Sagisu, Hikaru Nanase, Masato Nakayama, Katsuhiko Kurosu This is another one by Hitoshi Sakimoto. I love his Western-flavored Valkyria Chronicles soundtracks, and the soundtrack for Valkyria Chronicles 3 was particularly mature and moody after the more upbeat Valkyria Chronicles 2. I’m looking at this one so late after its release because it was initially released by Basiscape Records in February 2011. I was wondering what this re-issue was all about, and apparently it’s the same great soundtrack with the wonderful guitar arrangements featured on the Basiscape release swapped out for four licensed vocal themes used in the game and in the anime adaptation. These are rather standard Japanese pop and rock tracks, although JAM Project’s “Song of the Soldiers Chasing the Wind” from the game actually fits in with the score as a triumphant march with male choral-style singing, much to my surprise.I’d honestly recommend picking up the Basiscape Records version with its guitar arrangements over this one. They are incredibly well done, and with the exception of the aforementioned JAM Project track, the vocal themes here don’t have a whole lot of connection to the series. You can pick up the Basiscape Records version at CD Japan as well.[embed]225854:43423[/embed]

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