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Celebrate 20 years of Secret of Mana with fan remix album

It's really been 20 years since Secret of Mana was released. I still listen to the game's amazing soundtrack composed by Hiroki Kikuta on a weekly basis, so it's great news that a group of musical masterminds have combined forces to br...

 
 
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Video Games Live takes to Kickstarter to fund third album

Maybe you've been to a Video Games Live concert. Maybe, like me, you loved it, and sought out past CD and DVD releases. The show has only gotten better with time as they incorporate more and more music into the program, and as it is now, th...

 
 
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Lords of Shadow 2's Dracula still evolving as a character

While there was a ton of news about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 a few weeks back at San Diego Comic Con, we did have a few more tidbits to share from a joint session with the voice of Gabriel Belmont/Dracula, Robert Carlyle, and pro...

 
 
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Classic Castlevania music teased for Lords of Shadow 2?

We mentioned a few days ago that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will feature a brand new soundscape. However, what has me even more excited was producer Dave Cox's response to my plea for classic Castlevania tracks, such as "Vampire Killer"...

 
 
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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII OST on four discs

Square Enix is super serious about the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack. I've never seen so much activity in terms of pre-releasing singles from a game as they've done three times now with "The Savior," "Crimson Blitz," and ...

 
 
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Digging deeper into Lords of Shadow 2 with Dave Cox

We learned a lot about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 from our time at San Diego Comic-Con last week. We saw a demo showcasing the game's emphasis on exploration and combat, experienced it on PC, and have also delved into the music.Now we h...

 
 
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Lords of Shadow 2 soundtrack will sound quite different

In a recent chat with producer Dave Cox at San Diego Comic Con, we learned that composer Oscar Araujo is busily working on the soundtrack, and that it will sound very much different compared to those of Lords of Shadow and Mirror of Fate. "...

 
 
 
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New Lords of Shadow 2 gameplay emphasizes exploration

In an unexpected surprise here at Comic Con, Konami showed off an extensive hands-off gameplay walkthrough detailing more of the game’s systems, music, and environs. The demo took place a brief time after the events seen in the E3 dem...

 
 
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Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is coming to North America

We recently mentioned that Europe was getting some Saint Seiya love with Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers for the PlayStation 3. As it turns out, Namco Bandai intends to bring the game to North America as a downloadable title on the PlayStation ...

 
 
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Get ready to rumble with Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z

Namco Bandai announced of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z a few weeks back at Anime Expo, but here at San Diego Comic Con, we're getting more details.You've heard that the emphasis is on team battles (up to eight players at once, with four to a ...

 
 
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Dave Cox: Lords of Shadow 2 is 'the last one for us'

Speaking with producer Dave Cox at San Diego Comic Con about Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, we found ourselves surprised by the candid response we received when we asked about the future of the franchise: "I’ve always thought that th...

 
 
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Belch out eyeballs of your foes in latest Pac-Man game

We covered the newly-announced Pac-Man game at E3, and while Brett's assessment wasn't positive, I was shocked most by the belch that Pac-Man lets loose at the end of each stage, from which the eyeballs of his consumed ghostly foes spew for...

 
 
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Final Fantasy composer talks to us about upcoming e-book

We mentioned a few days ago that Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu was preparing an e-book titled Blik-0 with accompanying music. I was immediately curious to learn more, and fortunately Uematsu was on hand at San Diego Comic Con to disc...

 
 
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We played Lords of Shadow 2 on PC, plus new screens

Have I ever mentioned that I'm really looking forward to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2? It was my personal favorite game at E3 last month, but Konami gave us some hands-on time with the PC version here at San Diego Comic Con. We have ...

 
 
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Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy is a whole new concert

We've covered the Distant Worlds concert series extensively over the years, but after seeing last night's stop in San Diego for Comic Con, I think it's fair to say that this is an entirely new show with tons of new arrangements. You may wan...

 
 
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Why Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin blew my mind

Okay, let me first say that this installment of Note Worthy features the best collection of ten soundtracks ever featured in this series. That's why I won't be breaking down the albums into "Top Picks" and "Other Releases" this month. It al...

 
 
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The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy unboxing video

As promised a few days ago, we're unboxing Dark Horse's three-volume art book collection, The Sky. It celebrates Yoshitaka Amano's contributions to the Final Fantasy franchise by bringing together over 500 pages of concept art ranging from ...

 
 
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Dark Horse is tackling Final Fantasy, Halo, Tomb Raider

You're likely familiar with Dark Horse's recent Hyrule Historia book, which did amazingly well for the company. At Anime Expo, however, it was all about their upcoming Yoshitaka Amano box set, The Sky, featuring three volumes dedicated to t...

 
 
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Sanshee brings new game-themed shirts to Anime Expo

Okay, I think I bought a girl's shirt. Cruising the floor at Anime Expo today, I saw and had to have this shirt featuring Gato from Chrono Trigger, but with the purple backing and pink font, I'm not sure it's meant for me. I'll wear it anyw...

 
 
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Look at the Final Fantasy V and VI Remaster OSTs

We've just unboxed the Final Fantasy IV Original Soundtrack Remaster Version (and have a review coming in just a week!), but Square Enix has already revealed packaging details and release dates for the highly-anticipated re-issues of the Fi...

 
 
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Here's a sneak peek of the Final Fantasy IV Remaster OST

Remember that Final Fantasy IV Original Soundtrack Remaster Version album we mentioned a few months back? It's finally coming out, and we've got our hands on it early to give you a peek at what to expect from the set, including its exclusiv...

 
 
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Before Meteor: Final Fantasy XIV OST comes to Blu-ray

Square Enix has strangely avoided releasing the Final Fantasy XIV soundtrack despite promoting the fact that series composer Nobuo Uematsu was returning to take up composition duties. When asked, we'd been told that they were wait...

 
 
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Dark Souls II fan feedback provides 'a good reference'

The Dark Souls franchise has some very vocal fans. We were curious just how much feedback Dark Souls II director Yui Tanimura was taking to heart, to which we were told: "The voices of the fans are pretty strong, we hear them a lot. We do r...

 
 
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Why Dark Souls doesn't have music outside of boss fights

As Destructoid's Music Editor, it's hard to explain why I'm so in love with the soundtracks for both Demon's Souls and Dark Souls. The games features no music outside of boss battles, each of which get their own musical accompaniment to hig...

 
 


About Jayson Napolitanoone of us since 11:40 PM on 09.10.2007

Jayson Napolitano was Destructoid's Music Editor, specializing in coverage of game music, chiptunes, and more. He now owns and operates Scarlet Moon Productions, a game audio PR and record label company, continuing to spread his love for game music.

Likes dinners, meticulously organizing files on his hard drive, harpsichords, KOS-MOS, and the Genso Suikoden series.
 
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