So I wasn't able to write a Case Study last week, and I really didn't want to go 2 weeks without posting anything, so here is a quick little thing I thought up 20 seconds ago, Oscarno's most anticipated noises from games (as of July 18th 2014)! So I'm going to pick some soon to be released games and talk about why I'm so excited to get those sweet sound waves right up into my temporal lobe! So let's get stuck into it!
Super Smash Bros. for WiiU / 3DS
I'm not going to lie, I'm going to be getting both versions of this game and I'm a little ashamed of it. But I can't help myself! There's so much great music that is crammed into the Smash Bros games that I have to experience as soon as possible! Also, with the different versions having exclusive stages, there are going to be some tracks that just aren't going to be in both games. The remixes and re-imaginings of so many nintendo tunes is always something to look forward to. I'm a little anxious though, as in most of the gameplay we've seen so far, there hasn't been a whole lot of original music, just recycled tracks from Brawl...I really hope the soundtrack isn't all recycled because that would just be really disappointing, I mean, just listen to that new theme it's magnificent! But hey, I'm optimistic Sakurai is up to his mischievous ways so we can all be blown away by all the new music we're going to be hearing come the end of this year.
Is this the final name? Because it was a working title when they announced the game, but now they have full title graphics and everything? Either way I don't mind I think the name is pretty neat, BUT WE'RE NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT NAMES, WE'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT RAD MUSIC!!! It was only when I watched the above trailer that it finally clicked in my head that we are going to get some gnarly renditions of Zelda themes, and not just a few picked here and there. If this game is going through as much Zelda chronology as I'm hoping we are going to get a whole lot of music inspired by a whole lot of Zelda games. Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, Link to the Past, Wind Waker...Minish Cap??? Eh probably not the last one, but a guy can dream. I'm really excited to hear some of the most recognised music in gaming played on some distorted guitars and backed by an orchestra. It's going to be righteous.
The Grim Fandango
I never got to play Grim Fandango, and I've never really looked into the soundtrack, but when I heard this game was being remastered I nearly flipped out. I am so excited to get myself all up in this game. As one of the first games to have a full CD soundtrack release (at least in the west) there's no doubt this is going to be one hell of a ride. I'm curious as to whether the soundtrack is going to be remastered along with the game, or if they'll just use the original recordings. Personally I'm hoping they'll re-record everything, because hey, if you're remastering a game, you may as well remaster it's music right?
90s Arcade Racer
This game seems to have flown under most people's radar, but not mine! I'm pretty sure it's federal law that every movie cinema in Australia has at least 2 Daytona USA cabinets. I've grown up with the sound form those machines ringing in my ears and I can't wait to see what this game might have to offer musically. Taking inspiration Daytona USA and various other cabinets, my bet is it's going to be fast, loud and outa sight. Without a doubt I'll be picking up this title and rockin out for hours on end.
Splatoon was a surprise to pretty much everyone when it was shown at this year's E3 and I have to say I was charmed form the beginning. Arena shooter? cool. On the WiiU? cool! With Squid people? HOT DANG! There seems to be some serious Jet Set Radio influence coming through here and that excites me to no end, the developers even said they imagine the music is part of the game's world and is what the characters would listen to! I am so excited to hear the tubular tunes coming form this game. Oh my gosh it's going to be Squid Punk. Yeah. Squid Punk.
So those are 5 games which I am super excited about, and looking back it seems most of them are either Re-imaginings or Nintendo games...huh. Obviously there are so many more games that I'm excited about: Hyper Light Drifter, Rainworld, Monster Hunter 4G, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (omg i'm kidding settle down) and like a billion others, but what I'm most excited about are the surprises. Those games I go into not expecting anything and being absolutely blown out of the water, into space and onto a distant planet made out of Cheetos. Also, Im excited to hear YOUR most anticipated game noises!!! So tell me, tell all of us!!
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About Oscarnoone of us since 5:23 AM on 02.25.2014
Hello I am Oscarno and welcome to a rad Video Game Music blog on Destructoid!
I'm way into Video Game Music, and with these blog posts, I hope to provide an investigation into and discussion about Video Game Music and how music affects video games as a creative medium.
I write weekly, usually posting on Thursdays. Most weeks will be OST Case Studies, looking a the music of a particular game and pulling it apart to find why it works so well. Sometimes, however, I'll just post a shorter opinion post or perhaps an article looking into other areas of Video Game Music.
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