Jeremy Soule's Skyrim soundtrack was one of my favorites in recent memory. I've been a huge fan of his work since he entered the videogame industry with his soundtrack to Secret of Evermore at the young age of 19, and he's since gone on to score some of the biggest games in the medium, including Guild Wars, Harry Potter, and The Elder Scrolls.
He's now taking the next step in his career by attempting to write a classical symphony titled The Northerner which will be released on CD. As the name would suggest, the piece is inspired by the same energies he focused on while writing the soundtrack to Skyrim, although it’s not directly related.
Along with the announcement, Soule has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project with a modest goal and some great rewards. We've been fortunate enough to have an exclusive chat with Soule regarding The Northerner and also have an exclusive sample for you to hear. Check them out below as we list five reasons why you need to support this project.
HNNNNNG! My heart can't take much more of this! I think I'm going to slip into a coma before the Archie Sonic / Mega Man crossover even begins. But I've got to hold on! Just one month left!
To bring everyone up to speed, the ...
Mega Ran, everyone's favorite Philly rapper not named Will Smith, started a new project earlier this year called Time and Space. On the second Tuesday of each month, he will release a short EP of hip hop arrangements that sample music from games fans have specifically requested. Someone asks for Gitaroo Man? Gosh darnit, they're gonna get a Gitaroo Man song!
Though the full albums complete with instrumental bonuses cost a few bucks, Ran has been gracious enough to provide Dtoid with site-exclusive versions for free. First there was January's release led by the Battletoads pause beat, then there was last month's set featuring the rarely covered Beyond Good & Evil. Now we bring you Time and Space: Mach's Principle, which spreads the Castlevania love and invites A Link to the Past to join in the festivities as well.
As usual, you can download this album (along with many other Dtoid-exclusive releases) from our SoundCloud page. And if you want Ran to cover a game of your choosing, drop him a line at email@example.com or a modest donation on his FundRazr.
Last week we showed you what the newest mech to join Hawken looks like. Well now our exclusive look continues as we have a full breakdown of everything the mech has to offer players in the free-to-play first-person shooter for PC.
The new mech is called Raider, and is a medium class suit with increased movement speed that can fire its weapons off while boosting for a short duration. Take a look below to see some of its weaponry, it's upgrade paths, and some super cute animated gifs of the taunts you can place in the map.
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[Here's the segment of the episode where Austin makes the announcement; Full episode coming soon! -Ed]
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We had a blast with the Anarchy Reigns both in our soundtrack review and later with some music samples. I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I wanted to speak with Platinum Games composer Naoto Tanaka (MadWorld, Anarchy Reigns) as well as a number of the rappers involved about some of my favorite tracks from the game.
Not only do we have full-length samples for you to enjoy this time, but we've also got liner notes-style commentary from Tanaka and rappers Vstylez, Sick YG, and Doujah Raze. So kick back, listen to some our favorite tracks from the game, and learn more about what made this project so unique in the process.
Do you like Final Fantasy music? This month we're reviewing both Final Fantasy Orchestral Album and Final Fantasy Vocal Collection, both of which we've been greatly looking forward to. We're also looking at the latest DJMAX title for the PSP, Wizardry Online, a classic Cave shooter collection that puts three out of print soundtracks in your hands, and a pretty stellar eroge (erotic game) soundtrack.
There's all of this and more. Plus, we've got samples courtesy of Destructoid's SoundCloud account. So let's jump in.
Just after MAGFest ended last month, nerdcore rapper Mega Ran unloaded a new EP on the Destructoid doorsteps. A collection of tunes from games like Battletoads and Earthworm Jim with original lyrics added, Time and Space was the first installment of an initiative to release an EP every month in 2013 with material that fans suggested.
Every second Tuesday in the month, a fresh album will appear. But because you guys are so special, you'll be able to download them for free the day before on Dtoid's SoundCloud page. Second on deck is Time and Space: Eternalism, a four-track roundup that sources Super Mario RPG, Illusion of Gaia, and Beyond Good & Evil.
If you'd like to suggest a game for Ran to cover next, hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to donate, slide on down to his FundRazr page and fork over a couple of bucks. Bigger donations will obviously hold more weight when it comes time to picking new songs for the following month, but that shouldn't discourage you from making any ol' wild request.
Balance and Ruin, a massive remix project by the good folks over at OverClocked ReMix , quickly blew past it’s Kickstarter funding goal, but then there was a snag: yes, those pesky copyright issues. Now all of that has ...
It's been a long time since Destructoid last got to speak with Phosphor Games about Awakened, the incredibly promising superhero sandbox game that caught our eye nearly two years ago. In that time, Phosphor's made a living with some high-profile mobile games and contract work, but never stopped thinking about the project that first made its name widely known.
In the time between Awakened's reveal and now, a little thing called Kickstarter appeared, quickly proving itself fertile ground for developers sick of the mainstream publisher route. It's almost no surprise that, after so long in the dark, Awakened as resurfaced with crowdfunding in mind.
The Dead Space series features some of the grossest, most horrific creatures and scenes shown in gaming today. Visceral Games isn't afraid to pull out all the stops when it comes to terrifying players with the Necromorphs, an alien entity that literally breaks bones and moves muscles around in whatever corpse it's commandeered to create a new horrific form.
I went to visit Visceral Games recently and spoke with creative director Ben Want and art director Alex Muscat about how the team created new Necromorphs in order to keep the nightmare fresh for Dead Space 3.
This sounds like the Nintendo edition, doesn't it? Don't worry, we also have other cool stuff like The World Ends With You -Crossover- and Saturday Morning RPG, the soundtrack you never knew you wanted.
Enjoy this issue and please take note that we have more samples than any previous issue of Note Worthy courtesy of the Destructoid SoundCloud (thanks to all the publishers who gave us the go ahead to feed you these samples!).
Also, as mentioned at our panel at MAGFest 11, please comment on Note Worthy's format and let us know if you'd prefer individual posts, more frequent updates with five or so reviews every two weeks, or if the monthly format is just fine!
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