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Check out the 16-bit-ish Pixel Noir soundtrack sampler


So good.
May 01
// Dale North
Remember us telling you about the upcoming JRPG-inspired 16-bit noir detective game, named Pixel Noir? Its music was composed by SWDTech's audio lead, Kunal Majmudar, who you might know from the game music cover band, Th...
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Game Music Lullabies album Prescription for Sleep coming soon


Performances by Norihiko Hibino of the Metal Gear Solid games
Apr 23
// Dale North
Sweet slumber comes with game music, I've found. I've always had sleeping soundtracks to listen to when I'm traveling or just need to chill out. I love to sleep to orchestral JRPGs, arranged albums, and 16-bit classics, and I...
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SPATE OST

Addiction allegory Spate's soundtrack is available now


Snag one of the melodic string tracks here for free
Apr 16
// Darren Nakamura
Spate made a bit of a stir with its release last month, if not for its attempt to tackle themes more mature than shooting bullets at beefy dudes, then for its dated representation of absinthe as it exists and is understood to...
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Silent Horror soundtrack

Silent Horror soundtrack is back from the dead and ready to download


Get the main theme for free
Apr 08
// Darren Nakamura
Back in 2005, a small team made Silent Horror, an independent film homage to survival horror, with obvious nods to the legendary Silent Hill franchise. Before he was Destructoid's Editor-in-Chief, Dale North composed the soun...
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Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV: Omnis Lacrima track available to purchase


This ain't no Mods de Chocobo
Mar 27
// Brittany Vincent
Forget fated children and anxious hearts. Final Fantasy XV is on the horizon, and for a game this big, you have to know there's going to be some equally big music to accompany it. Enter "Omnis Lacrima," a sweeping orchestral...
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Free music track

Here, have a free track from the Monarch Arrangements


It's by Dale North
Feb 28
// Darren Nakamura
Dale already told you about the soundtrack for Monarch: Heroes of a New Age by Goomin Nam. He even casually mentioned that he worked on a track for the Arrangements & Variations album. You lucky, music-loving Destructoid ...
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Monarch: Heroes of a New Age soundtrack out now


Shameless promotion
Feb 20
// Dale North
Korean fantasy MMORPG Monarch: Heroes of a New Age features beautiful orchestral music by composer Goomin "Nauts" Nam. Nam's previous works include the drink mixing sim series (no, really!), Bar Oasis, currentl...
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Chrono Trigger Symphony

Chrono Trigger Symphony Volume 3 is out now


Have some free samples
Feb 04
// Darren Nakamura
Last year, Blake Robinson announced that he would be working on a three-part tribute to the legendary Square role-playing game, Chrono Trigger. Volume One of the Chrono Trigger Symphony released in August and Volum...
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Dragon Fantasy OST

Download a free track from the Dragon Fantasy Book II OST


Courtesy of our very own Dale North
Jan 05
// Darren Nakamura
Dragon Fantasy Book II released last year for PS3 and Vita, improving on Dragon Fantasy Book I with 16-bit graphics and a more fully realized soundtrack. What you may not know is that the soundtrack was composed by ...

Top ten game music tracks to get you pumped for the gym

Dec 30 // Jayson Napolitano
10. "Db 606" - de Blob (Wii) [embed]265845:51406:0[/embed] Let's start with something energetic and fun! While you can probably guess that this list will be dominated by battle themes, this track, from the amazing soundtrack to de Blob, brings live instruments to the mix with a jubilant disco track. In the game, the tracks are named by mood, and this one is aptly called "Euphoric." Pretty fitting, and it will certainly put a smile on your face as you're torturing your body at the gym! 9. "Boss Battle" - Final Fantasy XII (PS2) [embed]265845:51408:0[/embed] I have so much Hitoshi Sakimoto on my exercise playlist, it's not even funny. Kind of odd when you consider his orchestral style, but this track in particular has some epic buildups in the chorus section that will really get your blood pumping. You may also want to check out some of his themes from Valkyria Chronicles as they're surprisingly good for a workout. 8. "Geometric City" - Raystorm (PS1) [embed]265845:51409:0[/embed] Raystorm has several tracks I'd like to include, but I love the smooth soundscape of this track. It's not too intense, and gently eases you into a workout, or gives you a much needed break towards the end of a tough session. You can also check out the NEU TANZ MIX remix album for more Raystorm goodness for the gym. 7. "Maze of Death" - Mega Man 9 (Wii / PS3 / 360) [embed]265845:51410:0[/embed] There are so many Mega Man tracks to consider, but I had to pick this one. The track title, the pumping basslines, and the fast-paced notes make for such a great motivation for that workout. There's also an arrange album for this game which has a great version of "Maze of Death," and several other themes from Mega Man 9 and of course the entire franchise are great for the gym (check out our top ten underrated Mega Man tracks here). 6. "Sealed Time" - Ys III: Wanderers From Ys (PC) [embed]265845:51411:0[/embed] This is one of my favorite songs of all time, period. So it goes without saying that I also love to take it with me for exercise sessions. It's a powerful '80s rock adventure, as is the rest of this amazing soundtrack, and all of it could be included on this list. Man, that melody is just so awesome! 5. "Dispossessed Eidolons ~Minudes~" - FFIV: The After Years (Wii / PSP) [embed]265845:51412:0[/embed] I bet this one is a surprise to most. The chaotic nature of this track and the pounding orchestral elements are just so awesome, I couldn't help but bring people's attention to it here. In fact, the word "explosive" comes to mind with this track... it will really work you up into a frenzy at the gym. 4. "Awakening" - Xenogears (PS1) [embed]265845:51413:0[/embed] This is one of my favorite final boss themes out there, and it always comes to mind when people ask me about my favorite battle themes, or heaviest game music tracks. Mitsuda really outdid himself with the orchestral elements and choir, bringing in a memorable melody and a perfect ending to such a powerful game. 3. "Glory Days" - Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4 (Arcade) [embed]265845:51414:0[/embed] The Wangan Midnight franchise features music by Yuzo Koshiro, and this track in particular brings in the pumping electronics for which the series is known and combines it with a mean sax performance by Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino (the two often collaborate on the Etrian Odyssey series, so this track is a trip to hear after hearing the style of music they create for those games). It makes me think of the "Glory Days" when I weighed a lot less, which gets me into gear! 2. "Worlds Collide" - Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3) [embed]265845:51415:0[/embed] I absolutely love the Final Fantasy XIII-2 soundtrack, and this track and "Paradigm Shift" are absolute musts on your exercise playlist. This is one of the first songs featured in the early demos of Final Fantasy XIII-2, and it blew me away with its heavy electronics-infused hip-hop sound, and I think if you really give it a chance, it will grow on you and become one of your favorites as well. 1. "Argon Refinery" - Shatter (PS3) [embed]265845:51416:0[/embed] The entire Shatter soundtrack is a gym playlist in itself. It's absolutely stunning, and "Argon Refinery" in particular with its 8:23 length will keep you going for a while. There's a part towards the middle where some killer electric guitar makes an entrance and will really get you in the mood to kick some ass. Go download this whole soundtrack now, in fact! BONUS! "To Far Away Times" - Love SQ [embed]265845:51417:0[/embed] I wanted to throw in a bonus, and this one is an arrangement of the ending theme from Chrono Trigger. This track has a special meaning to me in my life, and always managed to bring a tear to my eye, but this version is just so energetic and positive that I love when it pops up during a workout.I also present this arrangement here for another special occasion. I know the articles I write on Destructoid are long, but I know there are those out there that read every word, and for those of you reading this now, I have this message: this is my last post on Destructoid. I'm not one to write a big going away post for the front page, so I wanted to say goodbye here, to those of you that have read this far, in the best way I know how: with the most fitting piece of music I could think of.Thanks to everyone running Destructoid for giving me the opportunity to share my passion for game music with all of you, and most of all, thank you, dear readers, for your ear in more ways than one. I will continue sharing my passion for game music with others as I delve into providing public relations services for composers around the globe as well as releasing albums as a part of a new record label I'm launching. You can bet that the good folks here at Destructoid will be keeping you informed about these projects in the future. And I'll hopefully see many of you at MAGFest.Until that time, I beg you all to keep an open ear, listen to as much game music as possible, and share the love with your friends! Thanks for everything! 
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Sound Card 014: Get ready to kick some ass!
Like our last issue of The Sound Card, which focused on music to sleep to, this has also been on my back burner for some time. I have over 300 tracks on my exercise playlist in iTunes, and a lot of that is game music. I thoug...

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Ragnarok Online

Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes delivers large music fix


Three discs of music, including arrangements by top Japanese composers
Dec 26
// Jayson Napolitano
After our look at the Ragnarok Online 10th Anniversary Package last week, I wanted to turn my attention to this year’s special release, dedicated entirely to the music of Ragnarok Online. Elemental Tunes features f...
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GOTY: Soundtrack

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 soundtrack


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Darren Nakamura
A great soundtrack can help make a great game legendary, and can even make a mediocre title memorable. In recent years, more emphasis has been put into crafting a noteworthy and fitting soundtrack for a game, and more compose...
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Puzzle & Dragons

A former Square Enix composer worked on Puzzle & Dragons


A published soundtrack album comes with rockin' remixes
Dec 22
// Jayson Napolitano
So what’s the big stink about Puzzle & Dragons? I was fascinated by the title before it blew up into a huge success for Japanese publisher GungHo, mainly because of Romancing SaGa/Culdcept composer Kenji Ito’s...
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Best music

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 soundtrack


Best of 2013
Dec 20
// Darren Nakamura
Though it is often de-emphasized in favor of graphics and gameplay, a great soundtrack can help elevate a game to legendary status, and is often the most fondly remembered element of a game when reminisced on years down the l...
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Ragnarok Online 10th anniversary box has lots to look at


Playing cards, key chain, mouse pad, music CD and more
Dec 19
// Jayson Napolitano
We just featured an issue of Note Worthy last week, but I thought the elaborate packaging and contents that GungHo put into the Ragnarok Online 10th Anniversary Package last year deserved its own moment in the spotlight. It i...

So much great game music was released this past month

Dec 16 // Jayson Napolitano
Top Picks[embed]267541:51850:0[/embed]Cure SQRelease Date: December 11, 2013Price: 2,100 Yen ($21)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various ArtistsAn official Square Enix arrange album featuring a quartet of recorders? Sometimes a ukulele? But mostly recorders? I never thought I’d find myself being excited about such an album, but here I am. Despite the album’s short length (around 33 minutes), the quirky song and instrument selection for a lot of fun.You have a beautiful rendition of “Opening” from Romancing SaGa, an impressive “Clash on the Big Bridge” from Final Fantasy V, a delightful “Gogo’s Theme ~ Slam Shuffle” from Final Fantasy VI (my favorite track!), a perfectly-matched “Wind Scene” from Chrono Trigger, and a gorgeous “Gau’s Theme ~ Relm’s Theme” from Final Fantasy VI.So good! Get this now!LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKRelease Date: November 21, 2013Price: 3,990 Yen ($40)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various Artists[Sound Samples]Ready for another surprise? While Final Fantasy XIII-2 was laden with pop and ballad vocal tracks, Lightning Returns takes yet another direction, instead relying on exotic instrumentation, lots of choral elements, and a dark ambient vibe. There are a few cutting electronic tracks that caught my attention, some great jazz and Dragon Quest-esque orchestral themes, an ending suite that will move you to tears, and even a few references to past Final Fantasy XIII songs that fans should appreciate.My favorites of the bunch are: “The Devout,” a dark and droning ambient tracks that’s over eight minutes in length, “Salvation’s Fanfare,” a funky electronic victory theme, “Eternal Midnight,” a free-form jazz piece, “The Savior’s Song,” a vocal lullaby by Mitsuto Suzuki that sounds like a classic from ages ago, “Desert Lullaby,” an ‘80s-flavored easy listening track with bongos and a seductive male vocal performance, “Evening Returns” with its super soothing woodwinds and acoustic guitars, and “Angel’s Tears,” the contrasting beautiful-yet-unsettling piece that relies on chopped up strings and a synthesized choir. I love a lot of tracks here, but three discs is a lot to cover.Those who pick this up at CD Japan can still get the first press bonus: a fancy textured box that houses the album. Fans of the game or those who are curious beforehand will want to look into this.Nintendo FAMICOM MUSICRelease Date: December 4, 2013Price: 2,400 Yen ($24)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various ArtistsNintendo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Famicom in style, bringing several classic soundtracks to Blu-spec CD. Soundtracks include everything from Super Mario Bros. and Zelda to Metroid, Famicom Wars, Kid Icarus, Mach Rider and their sports lineup (see a full list here).Collections like this have come along a few times over the years, but they’ve quickly sold out and have gone out of print. This is a great opportunity to pick them up now if you haven’t already. I was particularly surprised by the Shin Onigashima soundtracks. My only complaint about the collection would be the absence of Doki Doki Panic (Super Mario Bros. 2 outside of Japan) and the fact that each title is presented as an individual track as opposed to breaking out each individual song into its own track for easy picking out of your favorite moments.At the price point of $24, which is cheap by Japanese standards, I think it’d make a fun stocking stuffer. If I hadn’t already bought it, it would be the coolest stocking stuffer I’d ever hope to receive![embed]267541:51851:0[/embed]The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between WorldsRelease Date: November 22, 2013Price: Not for SaleAvailability: In-game only Artist(s): Ryo NagamatsuAfter writing some of my favorites tracks for Super Mario Galaxy 2, I was surprised to see that Ryo Nagamatsu was not involved with Super Mario 3D World. This is why. He was writing over two hours of music for this game! I’d heard great things about the score, and for those who loved the soundtrack to A Link to the Past, the nostalgia is laid on thick with tons of references to past tunes.Nagamatsu is no slouch when it comes to original works, however. What I’m most impressed by is his knack for a classical orchestral sound, as heard in his castle stealth theme and the castle theme you’ve heard in the trailer (that plays the Hyrule Castle theme in reverse). That theme in particular is featured in several different layers of intensity, which is a real treat to hear. Aside from that, Nagamatsu adds emotional themes, a grandiose overworld theme, an icy dungeon theme, and a mysterious witch’s hut track that really impressed me. Then there are the milk bar tracks that provide acoustic versions of many of the game’s themes… there’s a lot to hear in this game.With that, it’s a shame there probably won’t be a soundtrack release. I feel that maybe they did rely too heavily on A Link to the Past, but as a fan of that score, I can’t complain. Nagamatsu has done an amazing job.Other Releases[embed]267541:51849:0[/embed]Blur BomberRelease Date: December 10, 2013Price: $7 (digital) / $30 (physical)Availability: BandcampArtist(s): Mega Ran and Mister Wilson Mega Ran and Mister Wilson team up to tell a tale of the merging of the worlds of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man through their unique blend of chiptunes and hip hop. The story is just as big a part of the experience as the music, and fortunately, both are quite interesting. On a whole, the album is rather mellow, with lots of slow jams, my favorites of which are the spooky “Skull Egg Zone,” the heavier 8-bit infused “20XX,” the super chill “Unite! (feat. Tha Kure)” (my favorite track on the album), and the jubilant “Ending.”Want to find out how Robotnik and Wily plan to turn Mega Man and Sonic against one another? Fans of either franchise should buy this and find out.[embed]267541:51848:0[/embed]MeowMeow & BowWowRelease Date: September 1, 2013Price: $10Availability: Bandcamp Artist(s): Dj CUTMAN, SpamtronI’ll admit I never played more than a few minutes of Link’s Awakening, but I have been playing the Gameboy Color titles recently, and fortunately they use a lot of the same music! This album stays true to the original soundscapes of the Gameboy with some retro synth work with added bass grooves and percussive elements, all of which are tastefully done. I love the jubilant “Mabe Village,” the bumping “Awakening (Overworld), the funky “The Woods,” the deep and bassy “Dungeons,” the head-boppin’ Mega Man-esque “Mountain Range (Tal Tal Heights),” and a sweet, dreamy version of “Ballad of the Wind Fish.”Very good stuff.[embed]267541:51852:0[/embed]SONIC LOST WORLD ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK WITHOUT BOUNDARIESRelease Date: November 27, 2013Price: 4,200 Yen ($42)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Tomoya Ohtani and Takahito EguchiTomoya Ohtani continues to lead the Sonic team's musical efforts, keeping the quality high while exploring an eclectic mix of styles. There’s the amazingly catchy “Wonder World - Title Theme -,” which gets the big orchestral treatment, but there’s also a fun electronic version to be had later on the album. It then launches into pop rock sans lyrics with “Windy Hill Zone 1,” followed by everything from ska and big band jazz to Latin and Japanese-flavored tracks. I particularly enjoy the desert-y “Desert Ruins Zone 4,” the chilled out “Sky Road,” and the rockin’ showdown with the final boss.While Ohtani works his magic yet again and impresses with the sheer number of genres he’s seemingly mastered, I could have gone for an entire soundtrack in the style of “Wonder World” and “Windy Hill Zone 1,” which were my favorite tracks from the beginning of the album. Still, it’s a fun musical journey that Sonic fans will appreciate.[embed]267541:51847:0[/embed]Ultionus: A Soundtrack of Petty RevengeRelease Date: December 12, 2013Price: Name Your PriceAvailability: BandcampArtist(s): Jake Kaufman and A_Rival This is a perfect project for Jake Kaufman: a retro synth shmup with a silly premise (read about it on the Bandcamp page). While Kaufman generally goes all out with his synth work, adding all sorts of flair with impressive solos and such, Ultionus is a rather subdued affair, and I have to say that I really dig it. It feels like a lost Japanese soundtrack from the early ‘90s. I particularly enjoy the energetic “Orbital Bombardment,” funky “Snow Peaks,” and the sleek “Inner Sanctum.” A_Rival’s contribution is “Wandering” from his TRUTHCANNON album, which was easily the best track on that album, so I love it here.Hey, name your price and get this now! World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Soundtrack Volume IIRelease Date: November 8, 2013Price: $12Availability: BlizzCon Exclusive Artist(s): Blizzard EntertainmentIn addition to the StarCraft II CD that we covered last month, Blizzard also released a second volume of music from Mists of Pandaria. While the original Pandaria CD sported an ethnic sound that seemed to fit quite nicely with the expansion’s visuals, this album, compiling music from the content updates, is a bit more sinister.It begins with the tumultuous “Thunder King” and the powerful and ominous choir in “Heal the Land,” and rarely lets up in intensity over the course of an hour of listening. I did appreciate the soothing Chinese zither work in “Worth Fighting For,” but for the most part, even if the tracks aren’t loud, they’re dark and terrifying, which should bring World of Warcraft soundtrack fans back to some of the earliest expansions in terms of soundscape.Unfortunately the album was meant to be a BlizzCon exclusive, so chances are slim that it will turn up again.[embed]267541:51846:0[/embed]X'mas Collections II music from SQUARE ENIXRelease Date: November 27, 2013Price: 2,190 Yen ($22)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Various ArtistsWe mentioned this album a few weeks back. Yuzo Koshiro on “Rydia” from Final Fantasy IV, the return of Junya Nakano tackling Dewprism, Kenichiro Fukui doing a lovely piano ballad of “Crono and Marle” from Chrono Trigger, a performance by one of our favorite new bands of 2013, Nanaa Migho’s, a track from NieR, and even an arrangement from a Mana game that hasn’t been announced.The album offers a lot of surprises, and the music is amazingly well-produced, and not cheesy in the slightest. Expect lots of icy bell tones, chilly strings and pads with lots of crystal-like reverb, and some tasteful use of jingle bells. This is the game music you want to listen to for Christmas, so hopefully you’ve already ordered it by now!Oh, and the cardboard sleeve that houses the album? There’s a foam spacer just in case you happen to own the first X’mas Collections CD, which is a nice treat.
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Note Worthy 023: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
You know the drill: another month, ten more game soundtracks to review. We usually have a pick of the month, but there was so much great music released this time around, I decided to recognize four separate releases as our to...

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Final Fantasy VII

Take a look at Final Fantasy VII Vinyls


A treat for fans in Japan and Europe
Dec 08
// Jayson Napolitano
After the beautiful Final Fantasy Vinyls collection released last year, Square Enix is putting together a special two vinyl collection of music dedicated solely to Final Fantasy VII, printed on what they're calling "picture v...

Here are your favorite songs and soundtracks of 2013!

Dec 07 // Mr Andy Dixon
[embed]266984:51704:0[/embed] Baby Choo Choo: The Anarchy Reigns soundtrack gets my vote. It was so damn good. It's easily the hypest soundtrack I've heard in a while. [embed]266984:51705:0[/embed] AlexTHVK: I was a big fan of Madworld and I bought the soundtrack as soon as it was out.When the soundtrack for Max Anarchy got released, I didn't even care if I had to pay more for it than the game itself to import it. [embed]266984:51706:0[/embed] crackedbat: The music in Super Mario 3D World is yet another work of art in what is already a masterpiece of a game. "Switchboard Falls" is the perfect jazzy song [embed]266984:51707:0[/embed] SeymourDuncan17: End credits music from Super Mario 3D World. No contest. New classic for me. Jazz has always interested me, but never hooked me in enough to become someone that sought out jazz albums or anything like that. But, mixing in jazz with Mario melodies really brings out the fun and soul of your better modern Mario titles. Jazz is about raw expression and high spirits, which is very Mario. It's so damn happy. It's something I can't help but snap along too. And that wind down towards the end into the climax gets me everytime. So fucking good! [embed]266984:51708:0[/embed] psycoticdev1l: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance's OST. Never has a soundtrack make me feel hyped fighting radical bosses than these songs. [embed]266984:51709:0[/embed] Jamvaan: Metal Gear Rising's soundtrack is so fucking awesome. You could have a whole separate category for "Best Song in Metal Gear Rising" and still have a debate. [embed]266984:51710:0[/embed] WraithA1: The music made Revengeance so fucking good. You can't fight those bosses and tell me your heart rate didn't take off when the soundtrack started blaring, namely when you were nearing the end of the fight when the music really picked up. [embed]266984:51711:0[/embed] Samsneeze: Mighty Switch Force! 2. Jake is really good at what he does. The credits song from that game is one of the best things ever. [embed]266984:51712:0[/embed] kingsharkboi: Fire Emblem Awakening's OST. Fire Emblem = F.E.Should be F.E. = Fucking EPIC [embed]266984:51713:0[/embed] El Dango: GLOO GLOO GLOO GLOO GLOOOOOOOO (Rayman Legends) [embed]266984:51714:0[/embed] AngerWagon: The soundtrack to Guacamelee. The whole thing. I'm not even a guy who's into that kind of music, but they did such a good job on it, and it fit the game so incredibly well, that it has earned a near-permanent spot on my tiny mp3 player. Of note: Forest del Chivo. Them haunting brass instruments coming in, man. I love them so. [embed]266984:51715:0[/embed] Jamvaan: Killer Instinct. That main theme was just too good. Agent Venom: Killer Instinct's title theme is pretty great. Soul Hackers is great all around. I love the shit out of Blood Dragon's OST. I can't decide! [embed]266984:51720:0[/embed] ZeroAE: Blood Dragon would be the OST of the year for me. Most soundtracks are ambient-like. This one is pure adrenaline! [embed]266984:51717:0[/embed] DarkAX: For me it has got to be Arkham Origins intro track. It was so fitting to the point I could see it being in a Batman film. [embed]266984:51718:0[/embed] Keiichi Morisato: Ni No Kuni. Joe Hisaishi is a god. [embed]266984:51719:0[/embed] Oridan: TEARA-FUCKING-WAY No other game has given me such lovely folky wub wub nonsense. [embed]266984:51722:0[/embed] Marche100: Shin Megami Tensei IV nailed it with its soundtrack. Xzianna: Right now, I'd have to say the Shin Megami Tensei IV soundtrack is my favorite soundtrack this year, and the first overworld theme in particular. So haunting, so amazing. [embed]266984:51723:0[/embed] humpback: Probably not the definitive choice, but I enjoyed the smooth jazz reworks in Tiny Death Star. [embed]266984:51724:0[/embed] xseedatlus: I just love the OST of A Link Between Worlds. [embed]266984:51716:0[/embed] ooktar: I know its not original, but when the choir sings "Will the Circle be Unbroken" at the beginning of BioShock Infinite it actually brought tears to my eyes when I first heard it. I don't know why, but just the first 20 minutes of that game resonated with me very deeply. I can play that part over and over and it never gets old to me. theflink: BioShock Infinite, without a doubt in my mind. Hearing "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys and CCR's "Fortunate Son" out of nowhere was really amazing, and a welcome surprise. And of course, "Will the Circle be Unbroken" which is, by far, the most beautiful song I've heard in a videogame. Hearing the full version actually brings tears to my eyes. Kaminari683: If you listen to the OST of BioShock Infinite, there's a full version of Elizabeth Singing "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and it is, simply put, beautiful. If you really listen to the words, it really pulls at the ol' heartstrings. First time I heard it, it brought back a tidal wave of memories. There's a verse that says "one by one there, seats were empty. One by one, they went away. Now the family is parted, will it be complete one day?" then she sounds like she's holding back tears as she's singing. I lost it. Reminded me of family and loved ones who have passed away... haven't cried that hard in a long time. [embed]266984:51721:0[/embed] TechnicolorDewDrop: For all of it's flaws, BioShock Infinite had one of the best soundtracks of the year. "The Songbird" is, in my opinion, the best original piece on the soundtrack. *POSSIBLE SPOILERS* The feeling I got when this track started playing as I was escaping the monument with Elizabeth and the Songbird proceeded to destroy everything around us was... something else. Once I wound up on the beach, I immediately quit the game, reloaded the save, and played that part over to witness that part again. I still do that. That is what they call a memory card moment. [embed]266984:51726:0[/embed] crackedbat: I really enjoyed the "7pm" music from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. [embed]266984:51725:0[/embed] gajknight: The Last of Us soundtrack. It's amazing how so little can make you feel so much. Absolutely faultless. [embed]266984:51727:0[/embed] STVR: Risk of Rain's music is so immense I just can't tire of it. It captures the mood of a foreboding alien world so effectively. Most of the tracks are influenced by the flow of the gameplay in that they possess a "calm before the storm" buildup to set things up. Then once it gets to said storm, it ramps up to 11 just as you start being overrun by monsters as you desperately fight for survival and a way out. I'm not sure personally how well it stands on its own; but as a soundtrack it's top-notch. ---------- And that's just about all the awesome music we can fit into one post! Thanks to everyone who participated!
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*Cue noodly air guitar solo*
All week, we've been asking you to sound off on some gaming-related topics for our end of the year recap. Many of you took the time to chime in on our favorite and least favorite character posts, and the same rang true for ou...

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Game Music

Nintendo 30th anniversary CD is perfect stocking stuffer


Classic Famicom-era soundtracks across two discs
Dec 05
// Jayson Napolitano
Nintendo has released their Famicom-era soundtracks in a variety of ways over the years, but it's been quite some time since anything has been available in print. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of some of their earliest ti...
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Share your stories with the Dtoid community
[All week long we'll be asking for your thoughts on certain topics related to the year in gaming! Miss a previous post? Click here to sound off on your favorite and least favorite new characters!] Gaming is graced with some a...

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Remix

Super Mario 3D World hip-hop remix by Dj Cutman


Because the main theme wasn't catchy enough as is
Nov 24
// Jayson Napolitano
We've said time and again how great the Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is. The team used the game's main theme quite extensively in promotional videos for the game, and it became obvious that they were taking the series in ...
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Go listen to the entire Lightning Returns soundtrack


Check it out while you can
Nov 22
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I may not be much of a Final Fantasy player, but I always find myself loving their soundtracks. Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII just came out in Japan this past week, and YouTuber MarquisofElmdoor has uploaded the entir...
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Christmas Music

New Square Enix Christmas album is the hotness


Featuring Yuzo Koshiro and unannounced Mana game
Nov 20
// Jayson Napolitano
Square Enix's X'mas Collections album from 2010 was a cool idea, but was poorly executed. To put it bluntly, it was short, lazy, and sounded "cheap." They've taken this feedback to heart, and are releasing a second volum...
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Metal Gear

Metal Gear Ground Zeroes features custom soundtracks


Mine would all be Billy Joel and Meat Loaf tracks
Nov 19
// Conrad Zimmerman
Hideo Kojima has tweeted a photo showing a menu option for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes which allows players to import their own music and listen to it on an in-game Walkman. In the tweet, Kojima comments that ...
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Humble Mobile Bundle

Ridiculous Fishing headlines Humble Mobile Bundle 3


Rymdkapsel, Spelltower, and others join in
Nov 19
// Darren Nakamura
I previously said that I was a little disappointed with Humble Mobile Bundle 2, so my expectations for the future of Humble Bundle's Android spinoff have been tempered. Today, the Humble Mobile Bundle 3 was announced, and I ...

Super Mario 3D World soundtrack is another masterpiece

Nov 15 // Jayson Napolitano
Top PicksSuper Mario 3D WorldRelease Date: November 22, 2013Price: N/AAvailability: In-gameArtist(s): Mahito Yokota, Koji Kondo, Toru Minegishi, Yasuaki Iwata[embed]265455:51383:0[/embed]I'll say that Mahito Yokota and Koji Kondo (interviewed here) had a lot to live up to after their work on Super Mario Galaxy. Fortunately, they've brought together the best of both worlds, both in terms of a big orchestral sound and the traditional Mario big band jazz that's been missing for so long.Every bit of this soundtrack is a love note to fans, from the arrangement of the character select screen from Super Mario Bros. 2, to the Super Mario Bros. 3 death jingle (I almost wanted to die just to hear it), to tons of references to past Mario titles that I won't spoil here.In terms of the new, there's the infectious theme that everyone has heard in trailers, tons of catchy overworld tracks (disco meets brass for one of the final stages? Yes please!), epic orchestral for the castle stages, a great Christmas-esque snow theme, a beautiful yet spooky ghost house theme, some smooth jazz (very good!) for the beach, some fun woodwind-meets-funk bass, more disco, more funk, cool synths, traditional Japanese sounds... it goes on and on. It's all amazingly well produced, and the cheesy game-y synth sounds that Nintendo is apt to use are used tastefully in this game.This soundtrack looks to be a Club Nintendo exclusive in Japan. That means I'll pay $50+ to gouging importers because it's that good. Get ready for a beautiful aural experience (I didn't even mention the sound design... underwater effects are awesome!), and watch for our review in the coming days![embed]265455:51303:0[/embed]Castlevania ~Lords of Shadow~ Exclusive Director's Cut SoundtrackRelease Date: October 29, 2013Price: $9.99 (digital only)Availability: Sumthing Else Music Works Artist(s): Oscar AraujoI admit the Lords of Shadow soundtrack isn’t as sexy as the gothic rock scores of Castlevania’s past (interesting article on the contrast here). However, it’s found favor for fans with its highly emotional orchestral score that still emphasizes melody and atmosphere. Back when the game was released, the limited edition contained a soundtrack disc with about 20 tracks, but to celebrate Halloween last month, Sumthing Else Music Works released the Director’s Cut version with a whopping 42 tracks.My favorites from the original, including the foreboding “Dead Bog,” the beautiful “Waterfalls of Agharta,” and the defiant “Belmont’s Theme,” still stand out, but in terms of new material, the powerful “Underground Cave” is a track I was always hoping to see released, as well as short but sweet “Forest Dream” and melancholy “Into Darkness.”I loved the Lords of Shadow soundtrack, and this is the definitive version. Check it out.[embed]265455:51297:0[/embed]Club NeedlemouseRelease Date: October 31, 2013Price: $10 (physical) / $7 (digital)Availability: Bandcamp Artist(s): RobKTAThis electronic remix album spans the entire Sonic universe and is damn smooth. Italian artist RobKTA hits a homerun with his funkalicious take on “Spring Yard Zone” from the original Sonic the Hedgehog, the feel-good “Disco Absolution” from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the sexy “Sambapolis” from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and even a bumpin’ remix from Sonic Lost World (the bass on this one is killer!). Our favorite electronic remixer, bLiNd, even makes an appearance in “Neddlemau5,” which covers the ending theme from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and does wonders with its minimalistic approach.If you ever loved Sonic music (not the cheesy rock stuff), download this now![embed]265455:51298:0[/embed]MM25: Mega Man RocksRelease Date: October 29, 2013Price: $9.99 (digital only)Availability: Sumthing Else Music Works Artist(s): Various ArtistsThis is one half of the officially sanctioned Mega Man 25th anniversary fan arrangement albums (the other is here). Mega Man Rocks focuses on game music cover bands/artists, and it’s a vocal-heavy affair. That actually had me a bit worried at first, but the vocal work here is quite tastefully done.Acts include ARMCANNON, Mega Ran, The Megas, The Protomen, X-Hunters, and Bit Brigade (yes, it looks like a MAGFest lineup). Everyone does a fantastic job, and I have to say that after hearing many of these acts live and not being overly impressed, their studio efforts are a whole lot more enjoyable. Your favorite tracks are probably going to depend on your musical preferences and the source tracks, but ARMCANNON and Mega Ran do a lot in the way of interpretation and The Protomen are incredibly… dreamy? I wouldn’t think twice if I heard them on the radio.Check it out if you’re a Mega Man fan.Other Releases[embed]265455:51294:0[/embed]Castlevania -Lords of Shadow- MIRROR OF FATE Original Game SoundtrackRelease Date: November 26, 2013Price: $9.99Availability: Sumthing Else Music Works Artist(s): Oscar AraujoI am super happy that Konami has finally decided to release this soundtrack. Oscar Araujo had a daunting task reimaging the musical soundscape of Castlevania with Lords of Shadow, and after doing a fantastic job, I was looking forward to hearing the score for Mirror of Fate.The score is certainly subdued in a lot of ways. The theme is a bit unassuming, and the tail end of the album is packed with most of the heavier action cues, which are rather terrifying. I really love the emotional and rich “Gabriel’s Farewell,” which is probably my favorite track here, although the ethereal bell tone-laden “Library,” tumultuous “Succubus” (love the deep brass bass), and moving “Carousel” are also highlights.While this album isn’t nearly as strong as Lords of Shadow, I still think it’s good, and worth checking out for fans of the Lords of Shadow saga.Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter Original SoundtrackRelease Date: September 18, 2013Price: 2,800 Yen ($28)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): Naoki Sato[Soundtrack Samples]I’m with you in not really knowing what this is. Doing a little research on Wikipedia, the anime series is about elementary school kids and futuristic “A.I. cars,” and this album features music from the subsequent games on arcade and 3DS by Naoki Sato.It’s a shame that the franchise this is attached to is so obscure, because the music is quite good. In typical anime fashion, you have high production values and some great composition covering rock, orchestral, ballads and more across two discs. There are a few moments that will make you look up and take note of what you’re listening to, but the fact that likely nobody reading this will have played the games, you probably won’t find yourself connecting with the album.Sengoku BASARA Chronicle Heroes Original SoundtracksRelease Date: July 27, 2011Price: 2,400 Yen ($24)Availability: CD Japan Artist(s): T’s MUSICHere’s one that’s been on my desk for way too long. That’s probably because I’m not really a fan of the series and haven’t been impressed with past efforts in terms of music. However, I’m surprised that this is my favorite Sengoku BASARA soundtrack that I’ve heard, bringing together the usual rock, electronic, and orchestral fusion with some really catchy results.The foreboding traditional Japanese and rock in “The End of the Beginning,” chugging “Burning Soul,” an awesome brass and piano-infused rock track, “Lamentation,” the contemplative “Contest the Differences” and “Full Throttle,” the gritty and funky “Now to the Fated Battle,” the classical-inspired “Ravaging Red” (probably my favorite), and the octave-jumping and energetic “CHRONICLE HEROES” are all fantastic.Check this one out if you like traditional Japanese-flavored rock at its best!StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Soundtrack Volume IIRelease Date: November 8, 2013Price: $12Availability: BlizzCon 2013 exclusive Artist(s): Blizzard EntertainmentWe had an awesome feature on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swam’s OST, and I loved the soundtrack was it was released. I was therefore very excited that they decided to release more music from the game in the form of an exclusive CD at BlizzCon this year.While Heart of the Swarm and therefore Volume I of the OST focused on the Zerg, featuring evolving soundscapes that were a lot of fun to listen to, this disc captures the Terran perspective, incorporating more orchestral and rock. There’s emotion in tracks like “Worlds Will Burn,” some rockin’ and funkin’ Terran in “Kaldir,” and the patriotic march, “The Old Directorate.” It’s nice to see the other side, but I was hoping for more textural Zerg themes.Still, fans of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and its music should try to track this album down. It features amazing composition and production values, as always.[embed]265455:51301:0[/embed]Thanks a MillionRelease Date: December 31, 2012Price: FreeAvailability: Bandcamp Artist(s): Descendants of ErdrickWhile Descendants of Erdrick have been one of my favorite acts at past MAGFest events, I failed to notice the release of Thanks a Million, a fan-funded album that was released for free online after physical copies were sold out. How cool is that? Now, I’ve never been a fan of medleys because you don’t really get to savor that one track you’re looking to hear, but this band does them so well, I can’t help but love them. I think it’s the flute added to the rock ensemble that makes their sound so unique… plus any band that does Ninja Gaiden (the NES ones!) deserves major props. What you like will probably depend on what you’re nostalgic for, but the Sonic II, Double Dragon, and Zelda II medleys are all fantastic.No reason not to pick this up. Watch for them at future MAGFests![embed]265455:51300:0[/embed]Valdis Story: Abyssal CityRelease Date: August 1, 2013Price: $15Availability: Bandcamp Artist(s): Zach ParrishBefore you write this off as “never heard of it, don’t care,” take a moment to check out this fantastic JRPG-style soundtrack by composer Zach Parrish. There is nearly three and a half hours of music presented here, including pumping battle tracks, foreboding dungeon themes, and of course some emotional cues thrown in. It’s all wonderfully produced for an indie title. I particularly enjoy the more mellow tunes, including the dreamy “Once a Mine, Now a Shrine” and the sweet guitar and bell ballad, “The Heir of Valdis.”I recommend streaming it on Bandcamp and picking it up if you like what you hear.
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Note Worthy 022: Soundtracks you should be listening to!
Coming to the end of the year, there's always a lot of great game music releases planned. Top honors go to Super Mario 3D World, and there are so many reasons why that you'll read about here in a second.We've got reviews...

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The Super Mario 3D World OST cover is the BEST THING EVER


Look at how happy Bowser is!
Nov 14
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Okay so I'm putting the cover art for the Super Mario 3D World OST below because there's a spoiler with the fifth playable character that was revealed yesterday during the Nintendo Direct. It's not really a spoiler, but appar...
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Tearaway's music

Here's a taste of the incredible music in Tearaway


Head of audio Kenny Young goes behind the music
Nov 13
// Brett Zeidler
Every time I see a new aspect of Tearaway in more detail, I'm just taken aback by how incredible of a game it's shaped up to be. Today is no exception, because Sony has posted a new video as part of a series of behind-t...
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Music

The current Bandcamp Weekly is all about game music


Featuring Danny B, Big Giant Circles, Laura Shigihara, and more
Nov 07
// Darren Nakamura
Independent music enthusiasts (and especially those who follow game music) are pretty familiar with Bandcamp as a platform to get affordable music while giving the creators a greater cut than through traditional means. Perhap...
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Final Fantasy Tactics OST

Final Fantasy Tactics OST on iTunes in North America


Tee hee, 'Bloody Excrement'
Nov 06
// Darren Nakamura
Gather 'round, you little whippersnappers, and let me tell you about the hardships I went through when I was your age. Back in my day, if we wanted the Final Fantasy Tactics original soundtrack, we would have to get it o...

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