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Mega Man

OverClocked ReMix releases official Mega Man album

OverClocked ReMix has already made it big in our books, contributing to the Video Games Live concert series and creating the soundtrack for Capcom's Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. On that latter front, OCR has taken things to ...   read

 
 
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Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World features a lot of live music

The Super Mario Galaxy soundtracks feature some of the best Mario music of all time. That's in part thanks to the majestic atmosphere generated by the live symphony orchestra they recorded for those games. The recent New Super Mario Br...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Music
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Pokemon Reorchestrated will double team your ear holes

I know there are a lot of fans of Pokemon Reorchestrated's Kanto Symphony and Lost Diaries albums out there. The team is now looking to release a new project titled Double Team, which will cover music from the first five generations of the ...   read

 
 
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I'm convinced: Final Fantasy VI is Uematsu's best work

Okay, so we've featured a lot of Final Fantasy in Note Worthy lately, in part thanks to the recent remaster soundtracks. Looking at Final Fantasy VI this month, however, finally brought me around to accepting that this is truly Nobuo Uemats...   read

 
 
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Yoshitaka Amano
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Look at Yoshitaka Amano's Deva Zan story and art book

I've been looking forward to getting this book for a long time. When we featured The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy some months back, we were told about the impending release of Deva Zan, Amano's literary debut that not only features a...   read

 
 
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Secret of Mana

Spectrum of Mana tribute album now available

Last month we shared an exclusive sample of Spectrum of Mana, a 3-disc tribute album to Hiroki Kikuta's timeless Secret of Mana soundtrack featuring stemage, Alexander Brandon, Tim Yarborough of The OneUps, and many others. The album was fi...   read

 
 
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The Sound Card
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Top ten game music tracks to sleep to

This one's been on the back burner for way too long. While most recent editions of The Sound Card have focused on a single game franchise, I've been wanting to get back to the good ol' "What's on your playlist" kind of posts. I always get p...   read

 
 


Toukiden Original Soundtrack
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Price: 3,600 Yen ($36)
Availability:
CD Japan
Artist(s): Hideki Sakamoto

Hideki Sakamoto is a name that you should learn if you don’t already know it. While he’s known mostly for his work on echochrome, nearly everything he’s written is worth your time and attention, and this soundtrack is no different. It takes the monster hunting formula and adds traditional Japanese elements, which is reflected in the music. Now, this game is from Tecmo Koei, and I was expecting the soundtrack to take a heavy metal turn, but it never does, instead relying on traditional Japanese instrumentation with a strong orchestral backing, and, from time to time, an injection of tasteful electronics that really gets the blood pumping.

There are emotional moments, grandiose epic ones, and everything in between. There are two discs of amazing composition here, with excellent production values. I can’t really call out the tracks by name (the track list hasn’t been translated yet), but this album comes highly recommended.

Other Releases



2ND SUPER ROBOT WARS OG ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK
Release Date: June 26, 2013
Price: 3,600 Yen ($36)
Availability: CD Japan
Artist(s): Various Artists

This robot-themed tactical RPG soundtrack spans four discs of some pretty awesome rock and orchestral stuff, and given the critical acclaim of the franchise in Japan, it’s a shame that this installment will likely never be localized. The soundtrack touches on a ton of genres, but heavily emphasizes the action-oriented gameplay with rock, sometimes sounding upbeat and bouncy like something out of the Virtual On franchise, and at others taking on a retro synth sound like something from the SNES era (no complaints from me on this!).

There is a lot of brilliance here, but unfortunately there’s a lot to wade through to find those magical moments. JAM Project serves up two heavy metal vocal themes that don’t disappoint, either.

Check it out if retro gamey rock is your thing.



Before Meteor FINAL FANTASY XIV Original Soundtrack
Release Date: August 14, 2013
Price: 5,250 Yen ($53)
Availability: CD Japan
Artist(s): Nobuo Uematsu, Masayoshi Soken, et al

[Sound Samples]

I’m not going to belabor what I’ve already written about in other reviews of this soundtrack. There were the Hot Pocket-esque mini albums (20 tracks between two albums), the meatier iTunes release (38 tracks), and now the full Blu-ray release (104 tracks). There’s a lot of great music here, the best of which was featured on the mini-albums, but for the completionists out there, this is worth checking out.

Most of this music is by Nobuo Uematsu in his classic style, including the nostalgic Final Fantasy “Opening Theme,” the cutesy electronic “Supply & Demand,” the rockin’ battle theme, “No Quarter,” and a slew of emotional ballads and slower pieces (many will end up on my sleep playlist), with “Where the Heart is,” “From the Heart,” and “Tranquility” being a few of my favorites. There’s epic chocobo with “Bo-Down,” spooky with “Enraptured” and “Final Respite,” and decisive and resolute in “Breaking Boundaries” and “Imperial Will.” Oh, and a Nanashi no Geemu cameo in “Siren Song!”

The album ships on a Blu-ray with accompanying visuals which is nice. You can download MP3s via your home network. While $53 is a lot to ask for, there’s six hours of music here, which would have shipped on 5-6 CDs (see this interview for more), so it’s not really as bad as it sounds.

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Cubic Climber Official Soundtrack
Release Date: August 31, 2013
Price: $4
Availability: Bandcamp
Artist(s): Chase Bethea

While the soundtrack for this indie title gets off to a rocky start (har har, it’s about climbing mountains), there are some great moments here. The soundtrack sports an icy electronic vibe, accented with some great rhythmic percussion. The crunchy “Boulderdash” is particularly cool with its industrial soundscape, and the dreamy “Class 5” with its female choral elements is simply stunning. Check ‘em out.



Grisaia no Rakuen Soundtrack & Theme Song Collection
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Price: 3,000 Yen ($30)
Availability: CD Japan
Artist(s): Pixelbee, Elements Garden

This is another smutty soundtrack in the same series as Le Labyrinthe, which we covered some months back. The duo Pixelbee and members of Elements Garden tag up to serve an eclectic collection of orchestral, pop, and electronic-infused themes. I really dig the vibe here, as there are some really great tracks to relax to. The problem is that I didn’t really find many of the themes to be overly memorable. The second disc containing the vocal themes offers the standard J-rock fare, and didn’t really do much for me.

It’s funny though, listening to the music, you’d never guess it was for a pornographic visual novel game.



Lost Planet 3 Original Soundtrack
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Price: $8.99
Availability: iTunes
Artist(s): Jack Wall

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Composer Jack Wall (Myst, Mass Effect) takes the helm of the Lost Planet franchise, surprising me with over an hour of heavy blues and folk music. The musicianship is fantastic, with the gritty and moody “Lost Souls” and the highly overdriven and abstract “In the Bayou” blowing my mind. It’s not all blues and folk, however, as the second half of the soundtrack treads on familiar orchestral territory. There’s the chilly and ominous main theme followed by a series of sometimes tense and sometimes big orchestral cues, my favorite of which is the terror-inducing “Research Base” with screeching electronic guitar and unsettling string stabs.

This is great stuff, and there’s two hours of music here for a fair asking price. Check it out.

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I never realized Final Fantasy Vs OST was this good Another month, another batch of ten soundtracks to cover in our monthly Note Worthy feature. We've got a lot of great music in this issue, including the Final Fantasy V Remaster Version, six hours of music with Before Meteor:...  
Full story

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Latest Game Soundtracks


Toukiden Original Soundtrack
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Price: 3,600 Yen ($36)
Availability:
CD Japan
Artist(s): Hideki Sakamoto

Hideki Sakamoto is a name that you should learn if you don’t already know it. While he’s known mostly for his work on echochrome, nearly everything he’s written is worth your time and attention, and this soundtrack is no different. It takes the monster hunting formula and adds traditional Japanese elements, which is reflected in the music. Now, this game is from Tecmo Koei, and I was expecting the soundtrack to take a heavy metal turn, but it never does, instead relying on traditional Japanese instrumentation with a strong orchestral backing, and, from time to time, an injection of tasteful electronics that really gets the blood pumping.

There are emotional moments, grandiose epic ones, and everything in between. There are two discs of amazing composition here, with excellent production values. I can’t really call out the tracks by name (the track list hasn’t been translated yet), but this album comes highly recommended.

Other Releases



2ND SUPER ROBOT WARS OG ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK
Release Date: June 26, 2013
Price: 3,600 Yen ($36)
Availability: CD Japan
Artist(s): Various Artists

This robot-themed tactical RPG soundtrack spans four discs of some pretty awesome rock and orchestral stuff, and given the critical acclaim of the franchise in Japan, it’s a shame that this installment will likely never be localized. The soundtrack touches on a ton of genres, but heavily emphasizes the action-oriented gameplay with rock, sometimes sounding upbeat and bouncy like something out of the Virtual On franchise, and at others taking on a retro synth sound like something from the SNES era (no complaints from me on this!).

There is a lot of brilliance here, but unfortunately there’s a lot to wade through to find those magical moments. JAM Project serves up two heavy metal vocal themes that don’t disappoint, either.

Check it out if retro gamey rock is your thing.



Before Meteor FINAL FANTASY XIV Original Soundtrack
Release Date: August 14, 2013
Price: 5,250 Yen ($53)
Availability: CD Japan
Artist(s): Nobuo Uematsu, Masayoshi Soken, et al

[Sound Samples]

I’m not going to belabor what I’ve already written about in other reviews of this soundtrack. There were the Hot Pocket-esque mini albums (20 tracks between two albums), the meatier iTunes release (38 tracks), and now the full Blu-ray release (104 tracks). There’s a lot of great music here, the best of which was featured on the mini-albums, but for the completionists out there, this is worth checking out.

Most of this music is by Nobuo Uematsu in his classic style, including the nostalgic Final Fantasy “Opening Theme,” the cutesy electronic “Supply & Demand,” the rockin’ battle theme, “No Quarter,” and a slew of emotional ballads and slower pieces (many will end up on my sleep playlist), with “Where the Heart is,” “From the Heart,” and “Tranquility” being a few of my favorites. There’s epic chocobo with “Bo-Down,” spooky with “Enraptured” and “Final Respite,” and decisive and resolute in “Breaking Boundaries” and “Imperial Will.” Oh, and a Nanashi no Geemu cameo in “Siren Song!”

The album ships on a Blu-ray with accompanying visuals which is nice. You can download MP3s via your home network. While $53 is a lot to ask for, there’s six hours of music here, which would have shipped on 5-6 CDs (see this interview for more), so it’s not really as bad as it sounds.

[embed]261873:50490:0[/embed]

Cubic Climber Official Soundtrack
Release Date: August 31, 2013
Price: $4
Availability: Bandcamp
Artist(s): Chase Bethea

While the soundtrack for this indie title gets off to a rocky start (har har, it’s about climbing mountains), there are some great moments here. The soundtrack sports an icy electronic vibe, accented with some great rhythmic percussion. The crunchy “Boulderdash” is particularly cool with its industrial soundscape, and the dreamy “Class 5” with its female choral elements is simply stunning. Check ‘em out.



Grisaia no Rakuen Soundtrack & Theme Song Collection
Release Date: May 22, 2013
Price: 3,000 Yen ($30)
Availability: CD Japan
Artist(s): Pixelbee, Elements Garden

This is another smutty soundtrack in the same series as Le Labyrinthe, which we covered some months back. The duo Pixelbee and members of Elements Garden tag up to serve an eclectic collection of orchestral, pop, and electronic-infused themes. I really dig the vibe here, as there are some really great tracks to relax to. The problem is that I didn’t really find many of the themes to be overly memorable. The second disc containing the vocal themes offers the standard J-rock fare, and didn’t really do much for me.

It’s funny though, listening to the music, you’d never guess it was for a pornographic visual novel game.



Lost Planet 3 Original Soundtrack
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Price: $8.99
Availability: iTunes
Artist(s): Jack Wall

[embed]261873:50496:0[/embed]

Composer Jack Wall (Myst, Mass Effect) takes the helm of the Lost Planet franchise, surprising me with over an hour of heavy blues and folk music. The musicianship is fantastic, with the gritty and moody “Lost Souls” and the highly overdriven and abstract “In the Bayou” blowing my mind. It’s not all blues and folk, however, as the second half of the soundtrack treads on familiar orchestral territory. There’s the chilly and ominous main theme followed by a series of sometimes tense and sometimes big orchestral cues, my favorite of which is the terror-inducing “Research Base” with screeching electronic guitar and unsettling string stabs.

This is great stuff, and there’s two hours of music here for a fair asking price. Check it out.

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I never realized Final Fantasy Vs OST was this good Another month, another batch of ten soundtracks to cover in our monthly Note Worthy feature. We've got a lot of great music in this issue, including the Final Fantasy V Remaster Version, six hours of music with Before Meteor:...   full story

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I never realized Final Fantasy V's OST was this good

Another month, another batch of ten soundtracks to cover in our monthly Note Worthy feature. We've got a lot of great music in this issue, including the Final Fantasy V Remaster Version, six hours of music with Before Meteor: Final Fantasy ...   read

 
 
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Super Mario World
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This Super Mario World orchestral arrangement is glorious

Video Games Live is making a final push for its Kickstarter campaign, unveiling a fantastic arrangement from Super Mario World (which you can hear below) that it hopes to take to Nintendo and get on the upcoming Video Games Live: LEVEL...   read

 
 
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Game music

Come see Gamer Jams concert if you're near Los Angeles

Will you be in the Los Angeles area near the end of September? If so, you might want to head over to the Ford Theater on Friday, September 27 at 8:30pm for a special orchestral performance featuring the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orch...   read

 
 
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Hearthstone music
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Enjoy these Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft music samples

It's been a while since we've talked about the Warcraft card game spin-off, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Blizzard Entertainment is currently taking beta sign-ups, so I thought it would be a good time to find out what's going on with the...   read

 
 
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Pokemon

Pokemon X and Y soundtrack to ship on four discs

Nintendo is on a roll. After the five-disc Fire Emblem: Awakening soundtrack earlier this year, they're now putting out a four-disc Pokemon X and Y soundtrack titled Nintendo 3DS Pokémon X・Y Super Music Collection. It wil...   read

 
 
Bandcamp
Artist(s): Joshua Morse

Joshua Morse is a fantastic composer and arranger, tackling a variety of funk-infused electronic genres, and this release is no different. What this release does, however, is bring attention to a number of unsung heroes, and some great Korean game music tunes.

There’s “Adventure” from Fez, one of my favorite tracks for the game, which gets a more invigorating mix, the incredibly smooth “Oasis Epsilon” from Globulous (with live sax), the groovin’ “Dive Into Volcano” from PangYa Portable, the soothing “Elias Palace” from La Tale, a track from Cryamore, and my favorite of the bunch, a super sleek and sexy arrangement from Cardboard Box Assembler.

Name that price and download it, now!

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Remember Me Original Soundtrack
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Price: $9.99
Availability: iTunes
Artist(s): Olivier Deriviere

I was impressed with what I was hearing when we had our preview of the Remember Me soundtrack with composer Olivier Deriviere, and the rest of the soundtrack is just as good. What’s here is a glitchy blend of orchestral and electronics that is at times beautiful, at others spooky, but always “cool.”

I love the pitch-bending synth work featured throughout lending that “spooky” vibe. Particular favorites are the stop-and-go “Fragments” with its chopped up digitized vocals and the tasty drum ‘n’ bass found in powerful “Memorize” and the ominous “The Ego Room.”

I recommend giving this one a listen.

Other Releases



Disgaea D2 Arrange Soundtrack
Release Date: June 12, 2013
Price: 3,000 Yen ($30)
Availability: CD Japan
Artist(s): Tenpei Sato

Looking forward to Disgaea D2? Well, composer Tenpei Sato wanted to take his usual eclectic and quirky soundtrack to the next level with this arrange album. It’s heavy on vocal themes, a couple of which are great, and others which are grating with their shrill female vocals. There’s plenty of Sato rock to enjoy (the upbeat and explosive “Moving Express” is my favorite track on the album), a few darker and broodier tunes (“Whisper Of Hell~Darkness” comes to mind), and of course your epic fantasy RPG stuff as well.

It’s a solid collection that Sato fans will want to check out, although I’d say the casual Sato fan might not find as many memorable melodies here.

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Halo: Spartan Assault
Release Date: July 18, 2013
Price: $9.99
Availability: iTunes
Artist(s): Tom Salta

This one takes an interesting approach. Halo: Spartan Assault takes the series in a different direction, but it’s obvious from the first piano and choir notes of “Legacy” that composer Tom Salta was asked to emulate the classic Halo sound, and he does so very convincingly.

While tracks tend to be short (one to two minutes, a few over the three-minute mark), there’s everything Halo here from electronic-infused orchestra to explosive bass and percussion-heavy rock. To call out a few of my favorites, I love the desperate “Bridge Too Far” with its deep bass and floating bell tones, the piano and choral ballad, “Prelude,” the ominous and slow “Quiet Giant,” and the appropriately dreamy “Night Dreams.”

Halo fans will want to check out the soundtrack even if they’re not into the game.

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Ravenmark: Mercenaries Original Soundtrack
Release Date: May 2013
Price: Free
Availability: SoundCloud
Artist(s): Xiao'an Li

I admit my interest in this soundtrack stemmed from Joshua Whelchel’s score to the Ravenmark: The Scourge of Estellion soundtrack. I quickly discovered, however, that composer Xiao’an Li took over composition duties for this title, and that the soundtrack length clocked in at just about 15 minutes as opposed to the former’s 75 minutes.

Still, it’s free to download, and what’s here is great. There’s an epic overworld theme, a beautiful and contemplative piece to accompany the codex, and a series of tense battle themes. Again, there’s not much, but fans will want to check it out.



ROCKMAN Xover ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Release Date: June 10, 2013
Price: Free
Availability: Capcom Japan
Artist(s): Masahiro Aoki

Surprise! Masahiro Aoki of the Mega Man band, the ROCK-MEN, appear to have been responsible for Xover’s soundtrack, and while short (six tracks, 12 minutes), they serve up some very convincing metal. It’s short, but sweet, with an energetic main theme, an explosive boss theme, a decisive “Battle Arena” (my favorite track), a percussion-heavy “Arcade Man,” and even a piano remix of the main theme. There’s plenty of guitar shredding and even solos, so dig in if that’s your kind of thing.

I will say that it doesn’t sound a whole lot like classic Mega Man (it has a more commercial slant), but I do like what I’m hearing. And hey, they could have charged $5 for this, but are instead offering it for free, so good for them.

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Nobuo Uematsus return to form with Blik-0 soundtrack Last month's Note Worthy featured some of the best music I've heard this year. It's interesting then, that this month, we have a lot of shorter releases, including several free-to-download albums, which is good if you broke t...  
Full story

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Bandcamp
Artist(s): Joshua Morse

Joshua Morse is a fantastic composer and arranger, tackling a variety of funk-infused electronic genres, and this release is no different. What this release does, however, is bring attention to a number of unsung heroes, and some great Korean game music tunes.

There’s “Adventure” from Fez, one of my favorite tracks for the game, which gets a more invigorating mix, the incredibly smooth “Oasis Epsilon” from Globulous (with live sax), the groovin’ “Dive Into Volcano” from PangYa Portable, the soothing “Elias Palace” from La Tale, a track from Cryamore, and my favorite of the bunch, a super sleek and sexy arrangement from Cardboard Box Assembler.

Name that price and download it, now!

[embed]259849:49966:0[/embed]

Remember Me Original Soundtrack
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Price: $9.99
Availability: iTunes
Artist(s): Olivier Deriviere

I was impressed with what I was hearing when we had our preview of the Remember Me soundtrack with composer Olivier Deriviere, and the rest of the soundtrack is just as good. What’s here is a glitchy blend of orchestral and electronics that is at times beautiful, at others spooky, but always “cool.”

I love the pitch-bending synth work featured throughout lending that “spooky” vibe. Particular favorites are the stop-and-go “Fragments” with its chopped up digitized vocals and the tasty drum ‘n’ bass found in powerful “Memorize” and the ominous “The Ego Room.”

I recommend giving this one a listen.

Other Releases



Disgaea D2 Arrange Soundtrack
Release Date: June 12, 2013
Price: 3,000 Yen ($30)
Availability: CD Japan
Artist(s): Tenpei Sato

Looking forward to Disgaea D2? Well, composer Tenpei Sato wanted to take his usual eclectic and quirky soundtrack to the next level with this arrange album. It’s heavy on vocal themes, a couple of which are great, and others which are grating with their shrill female vocals. There’s plenty of Sato rock to enjoy (the upbeat and explosive “Moving Express” is my favorite track on the album), a few darker and broodier tunes (“Whisper Of Hell~Darkness” comes to mind), and of course your epic fantasy RPG stuff as well.

It’s a solid collection that Sato fans will want to check out, although I’d say the casual Sato fan might not find as many memorable melodies here.

[embed]259849:49986:0[/embed]

Halo: Spartan Assault
Release Date: July 18, 2013
Price: $9.99
Availability: iTunes
Artist(s): Tom Salta

This one takes an interesting approach. Halo: Spartan Assault takes the series in a different direction, but it’s obvious from the first piano and choir notes of “Legacy” that composer Tom Salta was asked to emulate the classic Halo sound, and he does so very convincingly.

While tracks tend to be short (one to two minutes, a few over the three-minute mark), there’s everything Halo here from electronic-infused orchestra to explosive bass and percussion-heavy rock. To call out a few of my favorites, I love the desperate “Bridge Too Far” with its deep bass and floating bell tones, the piano and choral ballad, “Prelude,” the ominous and slow “Quiet Giant,” and the appropriately dreamy “Night Dreams.”

Halo fans will want to check out the soundtrack even if they’re not into the game.

[embed]259849:49967:0[/embed]

Ravenmark: Mercenaries Original Soundtrack
Release Date: May 2013
Price: Free
Availability: SoundCloud
Artist(s): Xiao'an Li

I admit my interest in this soundtrack stemmed from Joshua Whelchel’s score to the Ravenmark: The Scourge of Estellion soundtrack. I quickly discovered, however, that composer Xiao’an Li took over composition duties for this title, and that the soundtrack length clocked in at just about 15 minutes as opposed to the former’s 75 minutes.

Still, it’s free to download, and what’s here is great. There’s an epic overworld theme, a beautiful and contemplative piece to accompany the codex, and a series of tense battle themes. Again, there’s not much, but fans will want to check it out.



ROCKMAN Xover ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Release Date: June 10, 2013
Price: Free
Availability: Capcom Japan
Artist(s): Masahiro Aoki

Surprise! Masahiro Aoki of the Mega Man band, the ROCK-MEN, appear to have been responsible for Xover’s soundtrack, and while short (six tracks, 12 minutes), they serve up some very convincing metal. It’s short, but sweet, with an energetic main theme, an explosive boss theme, a decisive “Battle Arena” (my favorite track), a percussion-heavy “Arcade Man,” and even a piano remix of the main theme. There’s plenty of guitar shredding and even solos, so dig in if that’s your kind of thing.

I will say that it doesn’t sound a whole lot like classic Mega Man (it has a more commercial slant), but I do like what I’m hearing. And hey, they could have charged $5 for this, but are instead offering it for free, so good for them.

[embed]259849:49987:0" data-vidtitle="

Nobuo Uematsus return to form with Blik-0 soundtrack Last month's Note Worthy featured some of the best music I've heard this year. It's interesting then, that this month, we have a lot of shorter releases, including several free-to-download albums, which is good if you broke t...   full story

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Nobuo Uematsu's return to form with Blik-0 soundtrack

Last month's Note Worthy featured some of the best music I've heard this year. It's interesting then, that this month, we have a lot of shorter releases, including several free-to-download albums, which is good if you broke the bank buying ...   read

 
 
Secret of Mana photo
Secret of Mana
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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...   read

 
 
Video Games Live photo
Video Games Live
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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...   read

 
 
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Castlevania

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...   read

 
 
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Lords of Shadow 2

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"...   read

 
 
Final Fantasy XIII photo
Final Fantasy XIII

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 ...   read

 
 
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Lords of Shadow 2

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...   read

 
 
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Lords of Shadow 2

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. "...   read

 
 
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Lords of Shadow 2
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Castlevania's Dave Cox answers our biggest question

As mentioned yesterday, we had the chance to sit down with producer Dave Cox regarding the upcoming Lords of Shadow 2, and he was fortunately able to answer our most pressing question:   read

 
 
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Castlevania

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...   read

 
 
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Namco Bandai

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 ...   read

 
 
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Dragon Ball Z

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 ...   read

 
 
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Castlevania

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...   read

 
 
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