Video Game Music Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Video Game Music RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Shadow of the Colossus Receives Heavy Metal Tribute https://www.gameskinny.com/x6zk7/shadow-of-the-colossus-receives-heavy-metal-tribute https://www.gameskinny.com/x6zk7/shadow-of-the-colossus-receives-heavy-metal-tribute Wed, 22 May 2019 10:13:46 -0400 Glitchieetv

Shadow of the Colossus was first released in North America in 2006. The game was touted as an important example of video games as art. Cited as one of the greatest video games of all time, it is often brought up in discussions concerning emotional perspectives and artistic elements in video games.

With a sprawling original soundtrack composed by Kow Otani, the player only hears the sweet orchestral melodies when fighting colossi or during cut scenes. The rest of the time is spent listening to the main character's movements, his horse's hooves, and the ambiance of the world around him, which is all part of the pressing solitude. 

During battles with the Colossi is where the game's music really delights. Heavy beats harken the battle when first seeing the towering creatures players set out to battle. The score changes to one of triumph as players climb up their bodies, finding their weak points to exploit. The music is as much a part of the game as the Colossi themselves.

Feeling the notes deep in his soul, Ferdk, a musician from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has given Otani's original soundtrack a heavy metal makeover titled Battle with the Colossus. Ferdk composes symphonic metal, where he combines gritty guitar work with heavy orchestration, often gaining inspiration from video game soundtracks. A Youtube Creator, he has amassed over a million views for his takes on Persona 5, Final Fantasy X, and more.

Ferdk delighted in an opportunity to pay homage to one of his all-time favorite games, saying in a press release:

The soundtrack to this game is almost like a character of its own. It defines the experience just as much as the art direction and gameplay. It's truly a masterpiece of a game and one of my all-time favorites, so I'm pleased to be able to release my tribute to the game and its soundtrack.

Battle with the Colossus features 11 tracks reimagining the game's adventure through the Forbidden Lands. It has been released on all platforms through Materia Collective, a video game music publisher based out of Seattle. 

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Why the Music in Death Stranding Is Genius https://www.gameskinny.com/v7g1v/why-the-music-in-death-stranding-is-genius https://www.gameskinny.com/v7g1v/why-the-music-in-death-stranding-is-genius Tue, 29 May 2018 16:12:40 -0400 Arun Gopal

Ever since the announcement of Hideo Kojima’s new game, Death Stranding, I have been keeping a close eye on all the new trailers and rumors surrounding this mysterious title. Hideo Kojima is a legend among the gaming community for his incorporation of filmmaking techniques into masterful storytelling, as with the Metal Gear Solid franchise. The music of Kazuki Muraoka, Nobuko Toda, and Harry Gregson-Williams, among many others, really captured the essence of the MGS franchise. From uptempo and futuristic melodies to emotional orchestral suites, the music was like a roller coaster. I think the same can be said about Death Stranding just based off these trailers and teasers that have been released over the past two years.

 

The music in the reveal trailer at E3 2016 shows exactly how music can carry a vision or a theme. The song is “I’ll Keep Coming” by Low Roar, which goes along with the theme of rebirth and reincarnation. This is a constant motif we see throughout all three trailers. The mix of the digital synth and live instrumentation balances the sci-fi theme and down-to-Earth cinematics. The entire trailer is a giant crescendo, with unsettling sound effects and deep roars. The climax comes when you first see the five monoliths floating in the sky and hear “I’ll Keep Coming” continuously. The music really carries this trailer and conveys a melancholy but hopeful message.

 

The second trailer, which was shown at the Game Awards in 2016, is my favorite trailer out of all of those released. It really highlights Kojima’s horror background and has an amazing soundtrack composed by Ludvig Forssell, who worked on MGS 4. The genius of this composition is in the simplicity. The same six notes are played repeatedly but layered with different instruments and sound effects. In the same vein as the previous trailer, this composition plays out as a lengthy crescendo, with the introduction of Mads Mikkelsen’s character being the climax. The ominous strings and digital distortions perfectly match the introduction of this villainous and mysterious individual. The music of this trailer has even spawned remixes and covers on YouTube.

 

The Game Awards 2017 trailer is the lengthiest trailer and doesn’t have much music until the very end. When the music does play, it really adds a whole new level to the thematic elements. Similarly to the last trailer, there are the repetitive digital keys, which give a sense of urgency. It even sounds like a siren, with a high note playing on every downbeat at the beginning of each measure. It has striking similarities to the haunting Stranger Things main theme.

 

As a composer, I always strive to match my music to visuals and moods, and Death Stranding executes these elements to perfection. The mix of live and digital instrumentation fits the life and death themes by creating a paradoxical atmosphere that is complex and simplistic at the same time. It’s cold and sophisticated, but also shows that there is still hope in this dreary universe that Hideo Kojima has created for us. It’s truly genius.

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5 Games with the Best Soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/qp6ee/5-games-with-the-best-soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/qp6ee/5-games-with-the-best-soundtrack Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:51:14 -0500 buymymixtape123

Music in gaming plays a big part in my enjoyment of a game and I'm sure many others feel the same way. A good soundtrack can really set the mood, and can add to the overall enjoyment of the game. Here are five games that I believe have the best soundtrack that really set a clear atmosphere for the game, and are great pieces of music to listen to outside of their respective games too. 

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Persona 5

Persona 5's soundtrack is what the standard of video game soundtracks should be. It is smooth and is similar to house music when you are in a calmer moment of the game, and then it fast and rockish when you're facing a strong enemy in a Palace. The starting theme,Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There, really brings you into the game and makes you want to hear more from this excellent soundtrack. I remember when nearing the end of the first Palace, and Life Will Change started to play and it pumped me up to deal with the final moments in the Palace. This is a game changing soundtrack that other games will have to try to live up to.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3's soundtrack blends traditional Polish music with the sounds of rock, and it is beautiful. The Polish band Percival - who is actually named after a character in the The Witcher books - did most of music for the game and even tours around Poland playing it. Two of the songs that really stood out to me from this game are Fields of Ard Skellig and The Wolven Storm, and they both stood out to me because of the emotions they bring out when you first hear them. Riding through the beautiful environment of Skellige while hearing the sounds of that beautiful tune almost brings you to tears. An amazing soundtrack to such an amazing game.

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Final Fantasy X

The Final Fantasy series had to be on this list one way or another because of the timeless music that this series has given us. From the haunting ballad in Final Fantasy VII's One Winged Angel to the soothing tones in Final Fantasy IV's Theme of Love; Final Fantasy is a staple of video game music. With that being said, I believe the Final Fantasy with the best soundtrack is Final Fantasy X. The game's intro starts you with one of the deepest piano ballads ever - called To Zanarkand - and it makes you think I don't even know the characters on the screen yet, but I am connected to them because of the music and atmosphere. The music in Final Fantasy X is timeless and the peak of Final Fantasy's music. Songs like: Yuna's ThemeSuteki Da Ne, Fight With Seymour and A Fleeting Dream all fit the setting they are played in and are beautiful pieces of music you can listen to even when you're not playing the game.

 

Chrono Trigger 

Chrono Trigger is one of the greatest RPGs ever and has one of the greatest soundtracks I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. The games have the greatest theme I have listened to throughout my time gaming; with its bombastic sounds that get you ready for the long adventure to come, what's not to like? The music in this game is so well done that it was sampled into rap songs, with Secret of the Forest being sampled on Wiz Khalifa's Never Been part II, and Memories of Green being sampled on Hodgy Beats' Memorex CDs. This soundtrack is probably the most catchy and memorable on this list with songs that I have remembered and probably hummed for many years and many more to come.

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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

I love the Legend of Zelda, so finding one game was an incredibly difficult choice. Zelda games are known for their brilliant soundtracks, for example the original NES Zelda theme being almost as well known as the Super Mario Bros theme. This led me to decide between The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's or The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker's soundtrack, but ultimately Wind Waker took the prize. Wind Waker's soundtrack just has so many songs that I listen to still, even though it has been a while since I have played the game. Songs like the Title theme of the game, Grandma's Theme, Dragon Roost Island and the classic Princess Zelda's Theme make up this amazing soundtrack that will immerse fully within the game.

These are the five soundtracks I think are the best throughout gaming history. Some honorable mentions must go out to: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Journey, DOOM, Halo 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Be sure to check out any of the soundtracks listed and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fire Emblem -- Music and Its Place in an Ever-Changing Series https://www.gameskinny.com/ivgsx/fire-emblem-music-and-its-place-in-an-ever-changing-series https://www.gameskinny.com/ivgsx/fire-emblem-music-and-its-place-in-an-ever-changing-series Sun, 24 Dec 2017 17:00:01 -0500 Kengaskhan

We know basically nothing about the upcoming Fire Emblem title besides the fact that it’s a Nintendo Switch exclusive -- but that sure isn’t stopping the community from speculating about it.

In a way, this speculation lets the Fire Emblem community reflect on past games, looking back at the evolution of the series in search for a hint of what’s to come.

Most of the discussions surrounding the upcoming Fire Emblem are focused on its gameplay and character design -- two things that have changed drastically for the series over the past few years, leading to a somewhat divided community, with people wanting different things from the new game.

However, one thing that I haven’t seen a lot of conversation about is Fire Emblem’s music. The topic may not be as controversial as changes in gameplay or character design, but the music has definitely changed over the years, and it’s something that could very possibly change yet again in the new game.

The Music of GBA-era Fire Emblem

Obviously, it’s safe to say that the new Fire Emblem will feature its own unique soundtrack, but the way combat music has been handled in the series has changed over the 15 years since the release of the first Fire Emblem game for the Game Boy Advance -- and it could change again with the new game.

The GBA-era Fire Emblem games (Fire Emblem and Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones) are probably how the vast majority of veterans in the Western Fire Emblem community were introduced to the series. For the most part, the music in those games was handled a lot like it is in your typical JRPG -- you had your overworld/exploration/map music that would switch to battle music when you, well, got into a battle.

Although the overworld music would change as you progressed through each game, the battle tunes would remain the same (one player battle theme, and one enemy battle theme), with a few unique boss fight tracks here and there.

The Music of Console-era Fire Emblem

After The Sacred Stones, Path of Radiance was released for the GameCube, and it’s probably safe to say that the return to console allowed for a larger library of music, since there were not two but four battle themes -- two for the player, two for the enemy! That may not seem like much, but once you hit chapter 18, the game replaces the first set of combat tracks with the second: “Clash” becomes “Decisive Attack,” and “Defensive Battle” becomes “The Enemy Draws Near.”

This (permanent) change in music reinforced the sense of progression in Path of Radiance’s story, as chapter 18 begins right after Ike promotes from Ranger to Lord and becomes the leader of the Crimean army.

Radiant Dawn, the direct sequel to Path of Radiance, does things a little differently. The game is split up into multiple acts, each featuring different factions/nations that you both play as and fight against. Each faction (both player and enemy) has their own battle theme -- the Daein army has “March,” the Greil Mercenaries have “The Devoted,” bandit enemies use “Waves of Discord,” and so on.

In Radiant Dawn’s case, the combat music is used to solidify each faction’s identity, which is important because there's a lot of jumping around in the story. Also, the combat music finally flows continuously between battles, meaning you don’t have to hear the first 10 seconds repeated over and over again.

The Music of 3DS-era Fire Emblem

Like with the series’s gameplay and characters, the 3DS Fire Emblem games (Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates) made a very drastic change to the way battle music is handled. When you enter combat, the overworld music in a given chapter will dynamically crossfade into its combat arrangement, which features an identical melody and rhythm, but a different instrumentation.

Here are two examples from Fire Emblem Fates: “Dusk Falls” & “Dusk Falls (Fire)” and “Past Light” & ”Past Light (Storm).” (Just hit the play button at the bottom and mess around with the volume slider of the video on the right to have the combat track fade in and out.)

The adaptive soundtracks of the 3DS Fire Emblem games lend each chapter a very strong sense of continuity, which helps to maintain the drama of the rising and falling action that comes with each battle.

In fact, Fire Emblem Fates takes things a step further by getting rid of enemy phase music, using only a single track (and its combat variation) for the entirety of each chapter.

The Future of Music in Fire Emblem

Personally, I'd like to seem them expand on what they had with Fire Emblem Awakening and Fates by recording even more variations for each map theme. For example, Fates had a battle theme that replaced the regular one when an allied unit in combat was at risk of death. It'd be cool if they were able to include that, as well as the chapter's boss theme, as variations of the map melody in addition to the combat one.

Or, they could record a single, adaptive battle theme, dynamically adding different instruments and layers to the piece depending on which character is participating in the fight or on which weapons they're using or ... anything, really.

However, as with the series's gameplay and characters, it's hard to say in which direction the next game will take the soundtrack. While most players probably see Path of Radiance's and Radiant Dawn's approach as an upgrade from the GBA games because of the variety of tracks they offer, many players probably saw the dynamic cross-fade approach of the 3DS games as a step back from Radiant Dawn for the same reason -- there's less musical variety in a given chapter.

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Theorycrafting in the Fire Emblem community is a pretty common way to spark gameplay discussion and analysis -- heck, creating tier lists is practically a pastime for them.

While speculating about the upcoming Fire Emblem game may not involve any number crunching, I like to think that it creates just as much to talk about, because it's a chance for us to reexamine the series, looking back at its gameplay mechanics, its characters, its story, and in this case, its music.

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5 Best Songs from Games in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/b2xmu/5-best-songs-from-games-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/b2xmu/5-best-songs-from-games-in-2017 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:19:42 -0500 Lauren Harris

There are a good bit of games from 2017 with amazing soundtracks. I'd like to say there are even some from 2016 that I can remember, and they helped bring the beauty and grace to many games. Many people don't realize the effect that music has in giving games the right atmosphere, and in my opinion, if the music doesn’t fit the game, it’s not worth playing. Let's take a look at some of the best songs in video games this year.

Horizon: Zero Dawn -- "Prologue"

The first game we will dive into is Horizon: Zero Dawn, in which our heroine Aloy tries to take back her once-thriving civilization from dangerous machines. "Prologue" has got to be one of the best songs I've heard in the game; it makes you feel hopeful and eager to experience the story. Horizon creates an amazing atmosphere for players, and the enchanting melodies of "Prologue" engulf your mind in serenity. The full soundtrack by artists Joris de Man, The Flight, and other artists is available on Amazon

 

Gravity Rush 2 -- "Storm and Triumph"

Gravity Rush 2 is another good game with a strong melody from the company Japan Studio. Most of the soundtrack made me feel like I was racing against time. You play as Kat, a girl who defies gravity with the help of her mysterious cat. You must save the world of Heksville after it is sucked into a vortex that leads to another world. The music really adds to the open-world freedom of flying without gravity. "Storm and Triumph" is a good song that I feel brings out the game's purpose. Kohei Tanaka brings a very upbeat song that flows well with the fighting and adventures Kat faces on her journey. The Gravity Rush 2 soundtrack is available on Amazon.

NieR: Automata -- "City Ruins (Rays of Light)"

NieR: Automata is about three androids who want to take back their world that’s overrun by dangerous machines. I only got to play the demo of NieR: Automata, but after listening to the full soundtrack, I found "City Ruins (Rays of Light)" to be the perfect melody for this story. In fact, it's got to be my favorite song off the soundtrack. This song brings hope and peace to the game. It’s a nice, slow melody that carries a strong sentimental tone. You can buy the full soundtrack on Amazon.

Persona 5 -- "Phantom"

Persona 5 is about a student who transfers to Shukin Academy. During the school year, he and his friends awaken their personas and become masked vigilantes. Atlus Sound Team has put together a nice and funky collection of songs that retain that classic Persona smoothness while giving us a taste of Tokyo. The song "Phantom" really makes you want to dance. It gives you those classic Persona feels but also brings out the spunky side with a mellow feel. The soundtrack for Persona 5 is available on iTunes.

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda -- "Heleus"

This deep-space adventure is very popular, and though I haven't played the game, I did listen to the full soundtrack on iTunes. "Heleus" is a very intense song that brings out the mystery of space. This song embodies the courage of the game's characters as they struggle with aliens and other species who try to get in their way. What I like about this song is that it made me feel determined and very interested in this game. Jon Paesano has brought a hopeful and exhilarating sound to Mass Effect: Andromeda.This sound resonates through the whole soundtrack, but "Heleus" is one of my favorites.

 

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Songs create their own memories, and the good ones stick with you no matter how many you hear. When a game maintains the same style of music, such as the case with the Persona series, it makes you feel like you're a part of the family, and you know what to expect. But with the games I have never played, hearing their soundtracks for the first time makes me want to dive deep into their stories. I can't wait to see what next year will bring.

What type of game music do you enjoy? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

 

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7 Best Games for Music Lovers https://www.gameskinny.com/u4bz0/7-best-games-for-music-lovers https://www.gameskinny.com/u4bz0/7-best-games-for-music-lovers Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:05:07 -0500 Lauren Harris

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Music plays a huge part in most video games. Finding the right game that gets you moving is very important to music fans. There's many genres to choose from  these days but finding that perfect sound in a really fun game keeps music fans begging for more ways to jam out alone or with their friends.

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Whats your favorite video game soundtrack? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Beat the Game 

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This indie-adventure created by Worm Animation allows the player to find sounds that bring about cut scenes as the story unfolds. Your character is equipped a Sound Scanner to help you track down sounds. Players will have to search the desert with a "Roboball" device for hidden objects within the game. 

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Finding and creating sounds that you can bring together to perform a live show at the end of the game is an exciting experience for music lovers. This strangely beautiful game brings the player a chance to create many sounds and mixers to use in their show; it allows players to enjoy searching and finding characters to give them items to use. Music lovers could enjoy this mysterious game that brings music and adventure together in one twisted and alluring way. Get it for yourself or read GameSkinny's review of Beat the Game.

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Price: $9.99

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Purchase the game on Steam.

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Electroplankton

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Nintendo created another portable game for music lovers. The player gets to choose from a variety of monsters called Electroplankton, with the different monsters having their own unique sounds. By placing them together you can create an array of different sounds when you touch them.

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Electroplankton can be a good game for music lovers. Especially if they are playing gigs. Music lovers could even create full albums of soothing - electronic music.

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Price: $14.99

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 Purchase Electroplankton here.

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Jam Sessions

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This on-the-go type of guitar player let's you play guitar by strumming the string on the screen of the Nintendo DS as well as selecting chords using the control pad.

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The sound of the guitar is authentic, just like if you were playing a real guitar. Music lovers would really enjoy this portable games as it is an exciting way to play guitar.

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Price: $6.65

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Purchase Jam Sessions here.

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Lips 

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 Karaoke has been around for a long time. Every now and again people want to sing, even when they can't. Lips provides just that, in the comfort of your own home.

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The game lets you sing pop, rock, and many more genres of music. Music lovers would enjoy this game because it lets you pick what you want to sing. The players have choices and everyone loves choices especially when it comes to music. We all have different preferences in music so why not enjoy what you like in your own home or with a group of friends. 

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Price: $2.99

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Purchase the game here.

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Brutal Legend

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This has got to be one of the most popular music games for RPG. This action-adventure brings the combat and open world freedom. The Demons want to take over the human race and to permanently erase heavy metal music forever.

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The characters are played by an All-star cast like Jack Black and Eddie Riggs. This heavy metal action RPG is a music lovers dream. If metal is your forte, this game would be the perfect rock session for friends to enjoy together. Fighting demons and commanding the power of rock in exhilarating band battles will keep any music lover’s attention for hours.

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Price: $14.99

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Purchase this rock sensation on Steam.

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GNOG

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This visually stunning 3D game sends the player on a musical  and mechanically beautiful journey. GNOG takes you through a 3D world beyond the imagination. The player explores this mechanical toy land while enjoying the intricate designs and puzzles along the way.

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The soundtrack is very playful and exciting. It really makes you want to dive deeper into the game. Because of how well the music flows with the gameplay, GNOG appeals to all sorts of music lovers. 

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Price: $14.99

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You can purchase this exciting music adventure here.

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The Metronomicon

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There's a lot of video games that are popular for making you get up and dance. Rock Band has been the most popular throughout the video game universe for just that, but there are many other video games that bring dancing and fighting together.

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One of the best is The Metronomicon, dancing to a tune is one thing but fighting monsters with the power of music is something a lot more interesting to see. This funky-RPG lets you take control of eight newly graduated masters of the "rhythmic combat arts." Using four tracks at a time you can control the spells and other abilities of your eight characters. Good-timing and excellent performance will determine the effectiveness of those funky moves. 

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The Metronomicon appeals to all types of players. Music lovers would enjoy the newest electronic and synth wave soundtracks, bringing exciting music to a groovy game would make anyone want to dance. The game also allows music lovers to use Rock Band guitars. This funkadelic RPG game would be a hit to music fans everywhere.

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Price: $19.99

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Buy it on: Steam

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Most music lovers understand the importance of a good tune, but video game music lovers have their own taste in music whether its rock, electronic, or pop. Some have to actually enjoy the music as they play and indulge their ears in the beautiful tunes. Music lovers can enjoy a good game but the music has to grab their attention. If you're a fan of game soundtracks, then check out seven of the best games for music lovers.

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Game Festival Features God of War Composer "Gerard Marino" and Others https://www.gameskinny.com/sg4my/game-festival-features-god-of-war-composer-gerard-marino-and-others https://www.gameskinny.com/sg4my/game-festival-features-god-of-war-composer-gerard-marino-and-others Sat, 03 Jun 2017 20:41:45 -0400 heatherew24

Well known and critically acclaimed music composer Gerard Marino has been confirmed to be attending the panel discussion at the Brazilian Independent Games Festival (BIG) 2017. 

On June 28 in São Paulo, Brazil, there will be a special talk during the BIG business Forum appropriately titled, “From DJ to God of War Music Composer: A talk with Gerard Marino”. It will be hosted by the Marino and Brazilian game composer Antonio Teoli. The discussion will be centered around Marino's work and musical career. He is most known for his soundtrack work in the

Marino is most known for his work on the God of War series, one of which lead him to be nominated for the BAFTA Award, the highest honor given from the British film academy. The host, Teoli, is an award-winning Brazilian composer and sound designer and is most known for his work in Finding Monsters Adventures, Jelly Splash, and many more. He is also teaching a separate workshop on June 30, that will be focusing on aspiring musicians wanting to become a part of the gaming industry. Registration for this event is already closed. 

The 5th edition of the BIG festival takes place from June 24 to July 2.

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5 Persona 5 OST Songs That Prove Lyn Inaizumi and Shoji Meguro Are a Match Made in Heaven https://www.gameskinny.com/43dds/5-persona-5-ost-songs-that-prove-lyn-inaizumi-and-shoji-meguro-are-a-match-made-in-heaven https://www.gameskinny.com/43dds/5-persona-5-ost-songs-that-prove-lyn-inaizumi-and-shoji-meguro-are-a-match-made-in-heaven Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:00:01 -0400 Dan Roemer

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#1 - Last Surprise
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Did you see this coming? Of course you did, if you've played Persona 5 then chances are this main chorus is burned into your bind, as it should be -- it's fantastic. Once again with a smooth jazz rock fusion, this track is absolutely my favorite track in the game and it never gets old hearing it.

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♪You'll never see it coming♫

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But what are your favourite songs? Let us know in the comments and for everything from Persona to Shin Megami Tensei and in-between, stay tuned to GameSkinny!

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#2 - Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There
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This is the opening and main theme of Persona 5 itself, it's the first song you'll be greeted with once you start the game for the first time. It sets the impression, tone, and theme of the game itself. With an incredibly unique jazz rock fusion that bleeds style like the game that you're about to play, it's absolutely solid as the main theme and setting that crucial first impression, but it's not quite my favourite.

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♪Wake up -- Get up -- Get out there -- Raise your voice against liars -- Feed your anger like fire!♫

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#3 - Beneath the Mask (Rain Version)
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This is the type of song that sets the mood perfectly for a rainy mellow atmosphere. Throw in some rain trickling down on a window sill, with a crescendo from the chorus of this song, and you've basically set the most comfortable mood possible.

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The moment you hear this in the game itself is also beautiful and one my favourite segments so far.

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♪Please don't take off my mask, my place to hide♫

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#4 - Life Will Change
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This is without a doubt one of the catchiest songs in the game, from the incredible rhythm guitar work (a fine example at 3:10) -- to the catchy main chorus of the song itself.

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I was honestly shocked this wasn't the main theme of the game itself when I first heard it. This song is extremely catchy and uplifting, but catchy doesn't necessarily mean great -- hence the placement -- as I think these next three songs are the real heart takers!

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♪Right before your eyes, Watch us multiply, Come to claim our rights -- It's tiiiime♫

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#5 - Rivers In the Desert
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From the intense drum beats, opening guitar riffs, and that awesome main chorus. This is an incredible song with the only thing I think holding it back is the lyrics being a bit confusing and bordering on hard to understand with Lyn's accent, hence its placement at #5.

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That beat also at 2:01 is an absolute highlight for sure -- incredible stuff.

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♪ A river in a dry land -- The last ace in a lost hand -- A heartbeat for a tin man -- Oasis in a singed land!♫

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Persona 5's soundtrack is by far one of the best this year, if not the best within the series, or even the JRPG genre for that matter. Everything from Lyn Inaizumi's incredible vocal work, to the unique jazz-rock score which bleeds style and is perfectly fitting for a game that also mimics this aesthetically. Persona 5's soundtrack I believe will go down as a fan favorite -- it certainly is for me.

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Today I'll be counting down the five songs in Persona 5 that prove Lyn Inaizumi and Shoji Meguro are a match made in musical composition heaven, and make Persona 5's vocal tracks some of the absolute best original songs for a game in years.

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Be careful, Lyn will certainly takes your heart.

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10 Most Cringe Worthy Original Sonic Songs https://www.gameskinny.com/5bfle/10-most-cringe-worthy-original-sonic-songs https://www.gameskinny.com/5bfle/10-most-cringe-worthy-original-sonic-songs Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Dan Roemer

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1 - Almost Dead - Shadow the Hedgehog OST
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Performed by Powerman 5000 (you know of WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE fame) -- I didn't honestly think you could get edgier then "I am (All of Me)" -- guess I was wrong, because this song is so edgy it's painful to listen to.

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Acting as the "Dark Theme" of Shadow the Hedgehog in his video game Shadow the Hedgehog, this is possibly the edgiest most cringe-worthy song I've ever heard in my entire life.

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No more gods
No more graves
Are you friend or fiend?
No more life
No more death
Somewhere in between...

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No more gods
No more graves
Are you friend or fiend?
No more life
No more death
Somewhere in between...

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Well, we're almost dead
Almost dead
Almost dead to the world
Almost dead
Almost dead
Almost dead to the world

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Heaven can't save us
Hell is a joke
No place left to go
What you see
You cannot believe
But when we rise, you'll know...

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Once again Shadow proves he is the undisputed king of gun wielding cringe and takes our number one spot of most cringe worthy Sonic music and so bad it's good Sonic music, congratulations Shadow!

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What are the cringiest original Sonic songs you know? Let me know in the comments below!

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2 - They Call Me Sonic ¨Air Rave" - Sonic Arcade (1996) 
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Once again with composers including: Emerald Hill, Oscar Oberheim, and Spike Shellcracker and performed by Andrea Husak. This is without a doubt one of the worst things I've ever listened to in my life. I don't think it makes me cringe as much as the #1 spot... But I hope I never listen to this ever again in my life.

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They call me Sonic

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'cause I am faster than sound, I keep on jumping around

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Blue Hedgehog Sonic

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with incredible speed, I'm moving my feet

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(repeats until the song ends, with instrumental breaks)

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Blue Hedgehog Sonic... Is not taking the top spot on this list.

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3 -  King Of the Ring - Sonic Arcade (1996)
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Composers including: Emerald Hill, Oscar Oberheim, and Spike Shellcraker and performed by Andrea Husak. This song is from an official Sonic the Hedgehog album that was released by German music label Arcade. These songs were apparently "inspired" by the world of Sonic the Hedgehog.

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I'm the king of the ring
Come here and play with me
Me, the king of the ring
Bringing you the energy

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King of the ring
King of the ring
Come on!

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Then it just loops, until it's over -- that's the whole song lyrically and it's absolutely awful... But it only gets worse!

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4 - My Sweet Passion - Sonic Adventure OST
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Performed by Nikki Gregoroff, if Follow Me was a song about a relationship or something, this is a song about why you may want a restraining order. Why you ask? Let's check the lyrics.

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I got out my map and chose a place I wanted to go to (packed up my stuff, set out for adventure...)
I know that your lucky colour is that cool shade of blue (won't mind painting myself blue for you...) (What?)
I guess I'm so easy to understand
I just do what ever that comes to me naturally

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Alright

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I do understand the feelings of a Persian Cat (but the Sphinx looked so cute I had to shave it...) (What!?)
He reminds me of parsley when he's standing there all alone (makes me wanna be his speciality...) (WHAT!?)
I guess I'm just a self-centered girl
But there are nights that I have trouble going to sleep

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(Sweet sweet you're so sweet) So many things I want
(Sweet sweet you're so sweet) I wanna be a wonderful girl
(Sweet sweet you're so sweet) I'm not simple-minded
(Sweet sweet you're so sweet) And I won't be a pearl (I don't even-)
You probably need me just as much as I need you (This level of projecting, how terrifying)

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Let's just say there is good reason why Amy has been friend zoned for the entirety of the Sonic games.

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5 - Believe in Myself - Sonic Adventure OST
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Acting as the main theme of Tails in Sonic Adventure 1 and 2, it was performed by Karen Brake. This song very much reminds me of "Can you feel the sunshine?" -- in the same sense that if you listen to the lyrics, it's kind of awfully depressing to think about who might have wrote this... So let's take a look!

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When all alone in my sleep
I just go about dreamin'
I see myself there, having the same adventure

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If I just follow you, I will not see the light
Now's the time to find my way through this life
I'm tryin' so hard to be strong

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I wanna fly high
So I can reach the highest of all the heavens
Somebody will be
Waiting for me so I have gotta fly higher
Gotta keep going
Everything is a brand new challenge for me
I will believe in myself
This is the only start for me

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Maybe because I'm a jaded as hell, but these type of songs make me cringe hardcore.

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6 - Sonic Underground Theme Song
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Composed by Mike Piccirillo and performed by Robby London, this is the main theme for the late 90's Sonic Underground cartoon and it was awful. (Just like the show!)

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Triplets born
The throne awaits
A seer warns
Of a deadly fate
Give up your children
Separate
Bide your time
Lie in wait

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Sonic Underground
Sonic Underground
They made a vow
Their mother will be found

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A show about enslavement, abandonment, and three hedgehogs -- how terrifying.

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7 - Follow Me - Sonic Heroes OST
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Composed by Jun Senoue and performed by Kay Hanley, on top of being horribly cringe, this is the song of Team Rose in Sonic Heroes.

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Anywhere you wanna go...
Anything you need to know!
All the best in life...
I wanna get it for you!
Lately I just feel so fine!
I imagine that you're mine!
In my world you're gold...
I only wanna protect you!

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And whatever I want, I get...
I want a shooting star!
Whatever I need, I have...
When I'm with you!

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I have serious questions about what Jun believes a healthy relationship looks like if this was his attempt at a love song.

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8 - We Can - Sonic Heroes OST
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Performed by Ted Poley and Tony Harnell, this song reminds me of when you're in middle school or high school and they bring in those motivational singers who then sing about how special everyone is, why bullying is bad, and everyone should be friends and what not... So let's go ahead and take a look at these extremely inspiring,

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We can make it if we all stick together
We won't give up, not ever
And everything's going to be alright
We all bring out the best things in each other
Together we are stronger than anyone else could be on their own
So much better than alone

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(Hold up, is this the new theme of communism?)

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Sonic's in the lead, giving us greater speed
Tails keeps us flying high to stay above trouble
And Knuckles by our side, makes this a safer ride
We'll save the world and teach that Eggman a lesson

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Together we can overcome all the odds
It's never as hard as it seems
Everyone can do something special
The secret is sharing your dreams

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Oooooohhhhhh!

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Yeah!

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Just like when listening to those motivational singers, I didn't want to be in the same room, and the same applies to this song.

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9 - Deeper - Sonic Adventure 2 OST
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Performed by "Hunnid-P" -- this song is a weird one. It's the theme of the Death Chamber stage in Sonic Adventure 2, hence the constant whispering of "Death Chamber" I guess?

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(Death Chamber)
(Death Chamber)
(Death Chamber)

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Not if I can help at all
I will not let him take it over
Sonic, what are you doin' here?
I heard you were on a quest to find the Master Emerald
You know me and you don't get along
I don't think that's the point right now, Knuckles
I know how much the emerald means to you
And I wanna help get it back
Stop bein' stubborn and think
Well I guess you're right
Ya damn right, Knuckles

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I don't even know what the hell is going on with the writing in this 'song', Hunnid-P literally proclaims he is Knuckles and then has a conversation with himself as Sonic as well. This whole song is a awful mess.

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10 - I Am (All of Me) - Shadow the Hedgehog OST
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Performed by Crush 40, this song took the #1 spot in my last list because it's so bad and edgy it was comedic. However, this time it only takes the #10 spot simply because of the fact it's still somewhat enjoyable to listen to, but I'll admit it definitely overstays its welcome with awful lyrics and being over three minutes. 

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I am... I am, I'm all of me
I am... I am, I'm all of me
I am... I am, I'm all of me
(Here we go)

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I see and feel the evil
My hands will crush 'em all (The cringe begins!)
You think you have the answers
I'll laugh and watch you fall

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Black-hearted evil
Brave-hearted hero
I am all, I am all, I am

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With this song taking the #1 spot in my last list, think of it as a gateway into this list with it being the #10 spot. As I said we're now leaving the rabbit hole...

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Let's check out wonderland shall we?

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In my last top 10 list, I counted down vocal tracks within the Sonic franchise so bad they're good. I described it like going down the rabbit hole. 

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Well in today's list we're past the rabbit hole, we're past so bad it's good, we're entering a level of so bad it's cringe inducing. A wonderland if you will of nauseatingly bad music nobody wants to experience, especially in a public setting.

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As usual I'll be counting down 10 more songs within the Sonic franchise from best to worst in terms of cringe inducement, giving my thoughts on each song, and highlighting notable lyrics.

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Broforce Composer is Working on New Indie Title AereA https://www.gameskinny.com/0ooqa/broforce-composer-is-working-on-new-indie-title-aerea https://www.gameskinny.com/0ooqa/broforce-composer-is-working-on-new-indie-title-aerea Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:40:32 -0400 ESpalding

It was announced today by publishers SOEDESCO that Deon van Heerden, composer for Broforce, has signed up to do the soundtrack for Triangle Studios upcoming action-RPG AereA. The game is expected to release on June 30th on PC, XBox One and PS4 digitally as well as a boxed format.

Set in the mystical land of Aezir, AereA is a music-themed action RPG packed full of puzzles, exploration, and interesting musical themed enemies. You play as one of four disciples of Great Maestro Guido who has been set the task of retrieving what is known as the primordial instruments. There are nine of them but a mysterious evil has stolen them. They must be found so that balance can be restored to the world.

Even though AereA and Broforce are games with nothing really in common, the soundtrack on the trailer above gives us the same epic sound some may be used to hearing from van Heerden. From a game about the army and blowing stuff up to a fantasy land where creatures resemble musical instruments, it is clear that van Heerden can produce great music no matter the subject of the game.

If you fancy getting something extra from the game then make sure you grab yourself a retail copy AereA. As a special edition, this will include a copy of the game's original soundtrack.

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10 Original Sonic Vocal Tracks So Bad They're Good https://www.gameskinny.com/tiytk/10-original-sonic-vocal-tracks-so-bad-theyre-good https://www.gameskinny.com/tiytk/10-original-sonic-vocal-tracks-so-bad-theyre-good Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Dan Roemer

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1 - I Am (All of Me) - Shadow the Hedgehog OST
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Shadow the Hedgehog (the game) -- I feel like was created simply by SEGA watching the success of Grand Theft Auto so in response they gave shadow a motorcycle and a FUCKING GUN.

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I guess somehow in their minds this would potentially appeal to the Grand Theft Auto demographic, did it work? Well the game over all had some cool concepts like multiple endings and in the end it wasn't half bad compared to what would come after it... But it tried so damn hard to be cool.

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As for the song itself, it's the main theme of Shadow The Hedgehog and Shad- himself? It was once again written and performed by CRUSH 40!

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I'm not gonna lie, I love this song. It's comedy gold for me every time I hear it, let's check out these,

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SICK-COOL-ILL-LYRIC HIGHLIGHTS
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I hear no, see no evil
Black writing on the wall
Unleashed a million faces
And one by one they fall

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(Aw dude that sounds DEEP!)

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Black-hearted evil
Brave-hearted hero
I am all, I am all, I am

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I... I... I... I am!
Here we go, buddy
Here we go, buddy
Here we go
Here we go, buddy
Here we go

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Go ahead and try to see through me

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Do it if you dare (dare!) (OH MAN, HE DARES YOU!)
One step forward, two steps back
I'm here (One step forward, two steps back)
Do it... do it... do it... DO IT!

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I hope to one day sing this with friends at a drunk karaoke. But until that moment, what are your favorite so bad they're good sonic songs? Let me know in the comments and for everything Sonic, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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2 - E.G.G.M.A.N. - Sonic Adventure 2 (OST)
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GET A LOAD OF THIS! Another tune from Sonic Adventure 2,  this is absolutely my favorite song on the entire soundtrack. It is so goddamn hilariously self aware of how bad it is lyrically. You can tell they just had fun recording this, this was my alarm clock for a good year or two on my phone back in the day and I unironically still hum this to myself every so often.

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The song itself was written and performed by Paul Shortino.

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Lyric Highlights
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I am the Eggman, that's what I am

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I am the Eggman, I got the master plan

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I am the Eggman, that's what I am

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I am the Eggman, with the master plan

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Need I remind you who he is again!? HE'S THE EGGMAN -- THE ONE WITH THE MASTER PLAN!

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3 - Knuckles Theme - Unknown for M.E. - Sonic Adventure OST
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This song is really stupid, just like Knuckles himself. It starts off like a rap tune, then turns into an RNB song out of nowhere and keeps switching between the two. It's so bad yet amazing it ended up creating some incredibly hilarious remixes.

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Acting as the theme for Knuckles himself for Sonic Adventure, it was performed by Marlon Saunders with Dred Foxx. (The voice actor of PaRappa in the PaRappa the Rapper series)

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Here I come, rougher than the rest of them
The best of them, tougher than leather
You can call me Knuckles, unlike Sonic I don't chuckle
I'd rather flex my muscles

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I'm hard as nails, it ain't hard to tell
I break 'em down whether they're solid or frail
Unlike the rest I'm independent since my first breath
First test, feel the right, than the worst's left

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On that note, this song is the reason this list has been made, and I fully blame GameSkinny Editor Pierre -- this whole list is your fault.

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4 - His World (Theme of Sonic) - Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) OST
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Sonic The Hedgehog (2006) is -- you know what? It's almost 12:00AM as I type this and I don't wanna think or talk about Sonic 2006. So let's just discuss the song itself instead. It's the main theme of the game and Sonic himself, composed by Tomoya Ohtani and written and performed by Matty Lewis and Ali Tabatabaee from the band Zebrahead. It's a rock-rap song, so you know you're in for a good time.

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Notably the Sonic Wikia had this to say,

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"The lyrics of the song are written in the perspective of a narrator who describes all of the heroic and courageous aspects of Sonic, and what it would be like to live the fearless life Sonic does."

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(Opening melody)

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[Okay this isn't so ba-]

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C'mon and light the fuse, he's a rocket and he's ready to go,
'Cause now the countdown has started and he's ready to blow.
He's got the dope sounds pumpin' in his stereo. (-eo!)
Kickin' ass fast, puttin on a show.

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My reaction listening to this for the first time. 

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I may or may not have this song on my phone as well, take that for what you will.

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5 - Escape From the City (City Escape) - Sonic Adventure 2 OST
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This song and game was my jam growing up, I used to have the Sonic Adventure 2 trial / demo disc on Dreamcast. Which only featured one level (City Escape) -- so this song ended up being ingrained into my mind as I ended up replaying it numerous times. This song also may possibly be on my phone, I'm sorry if you think ill of me because of this.

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The song itself was composed once again by Jun Senoue and performed by Ted Poley and Tony Harnell.

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Rolling around at the speed of sound, 

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Got places to go, gotta follow my rainbow!
Can't stick around, have to keep moving on,
Guess what lies ahead, only one way to find out!

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Must keep on moving ahead,
No time for guessing, follow my plan instead.
Trusting in what you can't see,
Take my lead; I'll set you free.

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Follow me, set me free,
Trust me and we will escape from the city.
I'll make it through.
Follow me (Follow me), set me free,

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Trust me and we will escape from the city.
I'll make it through, prove it to you.
Follow me! 

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 This song would be perfect for the reboot of Escape from New York!

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6 - Sonic Heroes - Sonic Heroes OST
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Can you guess what game this is from? I think I need a reminder, let me re-listen to the song again... OH RIGHT! Sonic Heroes! The game where Knuckles would grab Tails and Sonic and use them as fists to smash boulders, what an asshole.

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Written and performed by Crush 40, a pop punk band with the only tie to fame being the dudes who do Sonic music. You'll see them one more time on this list, we're officially going down the rabbit hole from here on out ladies and gentleman.

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HEEEEEYYYYY!!

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Sonic Heroes!
Sonic Heroes!
Bind you, confine you, defying your reign!

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Sonic Heroes!
Sonic Heroes!
Setting the stage for a heroes parade!

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Sonic...Heroes!
Heroes!
Heroes!

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Sonic... Heroes!
Heroes!
Heroes!
Give us a reason and we're on our waaaaaay!!!

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Out of curiosity I put the entire lyrics of the song into Open Office and did a word count for "Sonic Heroes" -- 18 times if you're curious, truly a magical song.

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7 - Free (Main Theme) - Sonic Free Riders OST
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You probably don't remember this one, because nobody actually wants to remember this game or the Kinect for that matter. Sonic Free Riders was a Kinect exclusive for the Xbox 360 that even featured local co-operative racing.

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Yes, you read that correctly -- local co-operative racing -- it unironically looked liked this...

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This is the main theme of the game, simply titled "Free" -- composed by Jun Senoue who has composed and contributed to a great deal of sonic songs and written by Johnny Gioeli and performed by Chris Madin.

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I’m falling free in the wind, in the wind
Free to be me in the wind, in the wind
What would it feel like to be speed of light
And rule the night and day
Watch as it passes by, the masses try you
But they just can’t keep up

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Into the free, into the me
Into the ever knowin'
Felt so refrained,
Felt so constrained
But now I’m breaking out and

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I’m falling free in the wind, in the wind,
Free to be me in the wind, in the wind--

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I can almost imagine in my head what the creative process was like right now...

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Jun Senoue: Hey John, I need you to write a theme song for an upcoming Kinect Sonic game we have in the works -- it needs to reference the free movement of the Kinect, so Microsoft will actually pay us.

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Johnny Gioeli: Oh yeah sure, any ideas or over-arching theme you want?

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Jun Senoue: No, just put the word "free" in there a lot with plenty of buzzwords based around freedom or something, like free-falling!

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Johnny Gioeli: Uh- o-okay sure, what do you wanna call it?

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Jun Senoue: Oh you know -- just "Free".

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Johnny Gioeli: Uh- okay... Sure...

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It even got a pop-punk version by none other than CRUSH-40!

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Speaking of which...

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8 - Endless Possibility - Sonic Unleashed OST
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Remember that thin-line I talked about? We're crossing it -- it's getting blurred -- we're going down the rabbit hole of early 2000s pop punk rock songs (that I unironically love) -- don't believe me? Listen to the vocals of this song, then compare it to Blink-182 - All The Small Things.

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This is the main theme of Sonic Unleashed, it's performed by Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup, a pop-punk band best known for their work on the Disney channel. How terrifying.

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This is my escape
I'm running through this world and I'm not looking back
Cause I know I can go
Where no one's ever gone and I'm not looking back

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But how will I know when I get there?
And how will I know when to leave?
We've all gotta start from somewhere
And it's right there for me
The possibilities are never ending

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I see it, I see it, and now it's all within my reach (Endless Possibility)
I see it, I see it now, it's always been inside of me (And now I feel so free)
Endless Possibility

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Now plug your nose for a moment with your fingers, put on the best Blink-182 voice you can, then sing these lyrics, now you too can be a paid musician by SEGA!

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9 - Sonic and the Secret Rings OST: Seven Rings in Hand (Main Theme)
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This is so high up on the list simply because the song borders on being actually half decent until you get past the first chorus or so and just like #10 it sounds kind of out of place.

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But don't you worry, we're gonna go very far past that thin line of awful to weirdly good, at least to me -- soon enough. Written by "Runblebee" with vocals performed by Steve Conte, this ends up being a half decent song for 20 seconds stuck in an extremely forgettable video game.

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Sonic and the Secret Rings in general was wasted potential, especially considering it was set within the fantastic Arabian Nights Universe and borrowed heavily from the original Aladdan and the Magic Lamp. The opening chorus to this song in general is fantastically bad.

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Make believes reborn,

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Myths, in mind, re-thought --

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Question all that's known --

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Legends blurred and torn

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You read that correctly "make believes reborn" -- this is legitimately how this was written. It just seems like they took a bunch of buzzwords and slapped it together into a chorus, but hey it comes off sounding pretty cool -- that's a plus!

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10 - Can you feel the Sunshine? - Sonic R OST
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This song over all just sounds really out of place and it's absolutely horrible, just like Sonic R was -- so it shouldn't really shock anyone. This track was written and composed by Richard Jacques and the vocals were performed by TJ Davis.

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Can you see?
The sun is shinin' on me.
It makes me feel so free,
so alive!
It makes me want to survive!  (Wait what!?)
And the sky,
it makes me feel so high,
The bad times pass me by
'cause today
is gonna be a brighter day!

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Can you feel the sunshine? (Ah right, the name of the song!)
Does it brighten up your day?
Don't you feel that sometimes
You just need to run away?
Reach out for the sunshine
Forget about the rain
Just think about the good times
And they will come back again

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It sounds like whoever wrote this was terminally depressed and just wanted a vacation. This song borders on being so bad, it's simply bad. But I think it ends up being good because of how potentially depressing these lyrics are -- so it's a winner in my books.

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Today I'll be breaking down 10 original Sonic vocal tracks that in my opinion are so bad or seemingly out of place they end up becoming great. Some are even incredible, keep in mind this list will be purely my own opinion and even somewhat satirical in retrospect.

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For perspective there are hundreds of songs spread out across the Sonic series, so this list will strictly include songs from worst to best with vocals from actual artists or bands, I'll also be highlighting some awful lyrics.

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If you want just the good stuff, check out this list instead, If you just straight up want awful Sonic music -- look no further than Sonic Chronicle: The Dark Brotherhood's OST.

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5 Best Composers Currently Making Music for Japanese RPGs https://www.gameskinny.com/38ken/5-best-composers-currently-making-music-for-japanese-rpgs https://www.gameskinny.com/38ken/5-best-composers-currently-making-music-for-japanese-rpgs Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:00:01 -0400 Jerline Justo

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Yasunori Mitsuda
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Alongside Nobuo Nematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda is well-known in the JRPG community with games like Valkyria Revolution, Xenogears, and Soul Sacrifice under his belt. This composer first worked as a sound engineer for Square Enix in 1992, but once he threatened to quit, Hironobu Sakaguchi, vice president of Square Enix, allowed him to become a composer for Chrono Trigger. Since then, he's continued to make music for JRPGs 'till this day.

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His sound contains various influences, like jazz and Celtic, but when he composes songs, he approaches it with a minimalist mindset. His songs contained only a few chords, creating a simple and soothing tone. Despite its simplicity, the game still remains magical and adds an atmospheric feeling while becoming something more tranquil and melodious.

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There you have it! From the melancholy sounds of Miyoshi to the simplistic tones of Mitsuda, these five composers continue to make amazing -- and unforgettable -- music for Japanese RPGs. Though these composers created some of the most everlasting scores in JRPG history, their work continues even further into future, leaving us to see what they will compose next.

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Who are your favorite JRPG composers? Tell us in the comments below!

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Yoko Shimomura
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Fans may know Shimomura from Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XV, and the Mario & Luigi series. But before becoming a well-known JRPG composer, she worked for Capcom in 1988, contributing to Samurai Sword and F1 Dream. Once she moved to Square Enix in 1993, she contributed to games like Live A Live and Legend of Mana.

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Although she is currently a freelance composer, she continues to work for Square Enix for upcoming projects, especially Kingdom Hearts 3.

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This composer mostly focuses on the electronic and symphonic genres, as well as the genres of industrial, rock, and pop. Her sound varies from booming rhythms to soothing melodies by mixing both classical and electronic. Her songs bring out the best moments in the game, making these songs unforgettable to fans.

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Motoi Sakuraba
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Sakuraba started composing in 1989 when he joined Wolf Team (also known as Namco Tales Studio). Artists like Pink Floyd, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Outer Limits influenced Sakuraba’s sound, leading him to become a composer for JRPGs like Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile series.

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His music consists of progressive and symphonic rock, new age, and jazz. Sakuraba creates fast and complex beats that sonically impact players, both literally and figuratively. But although his booming sound may be tense, it does not over-power the game. Instead, it creates a suspenseful and engaging environment for players, especially during battle.

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Shoji Meguro
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Meguro started composing in 1995 when he joined Atlus, contributing to games like Revelations: Persona and Devil Hackers. B, but his career took off when he became a lead composer for Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne. Since then, he has continued to work as a composer for Atlus, creating music for Persona 5 and Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey.

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This composer focuses on rock music but also fuses it with classical, electronic, and jazz to create a new, upbeat and edgy sound. This fusion between technology and classical music genres imbues a uniqueness in his work, helping players enjoy the game and the music.

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Tomoki Miyoshi
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At the age of 16, Miyoshi debuted in 2011 when he composed the music for SOULCALIBUR V, making him one of the youngest composers in the gaming industry. He worked with composers such as Austin Wintory to create beautiful -- and long-lasting, JRPG soundscapes. Soon, he will be collaborating with Nobuo Uematsu for Project Phoenix, a game developed by Creative Intelligence Arts.

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He is also well-known for the RPG I am Setsuna, which was released in 2016. The soundtrack relies solely on the piano, which presents a melancholy yet sweet tone. Each song is played with an elegance that compliments the snowing setting within the game.

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In Japan, role-playing games were not well-known during the 1970s, but as games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest were established, Japan created its own subcategory--JRPG (also known as Japanese role-playing game).

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JRPGs contain multiple elements, such as a menu selected battle system and a linear exploration, that make players feel connected and immerse with the game. But really, it is the music that makes fans appeal to JRPGs.

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Amazing composers, like the famous Nobuo Nematsu, created various types of scores that fans truly remember throughout generations, leaving a legacy in the gaming music. Included in the group are these five amazing composers who are continuing to compose beautiful music for JRPGs.

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Hero of Time Brings You a Musical Re-imagining of Ocarina of Time https://www.gameskinny.com/if59y/hero-of-time-brings-you-a-musical-re-imagining-of-ocarina-of-time https://www.gameskinny.com/if59y/hero-of-time-brings-you-a-musical-re-imagining-of-ocarina-of-time Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:38:09 -0400 Amy Turnbull

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time contains some of the most memorable and recognizable pieces of music in gaming history. Now, with their album Hero of Time, video game record label and publisher Materia Collective aim to bring fans’ most-loved moments from the game to life all over again with a full 64-piece orchestra performing Ocarina of Time's soundtrack.

Arranger and Project Director Eric Buchholz describes the music style of Hero of Time as something of an “east-meets-west” fusion, with the orchestra providing “taiko ensembles, eastern woodwinds, and harmonies found prevalent in Japanese film and game scores.”

With Hero of Time, we sought to create a single, cohesive experience that weaves all of the complex underlying themes of the game... with Koji Kondo's timeless melodies that have become as iconic as the game itself.

-- Buchholz

The team behind the project found success through a Kickstarter campaign, which was backed by more than 1,000 people, who contributing a total of more than $50,000 to the project. As a result, Materia Collective are able to offer fans three different versions of the album:

  • A purely digital release containing all 21 tracks for $14, which will be downloadable on release day; 
  • A digital and physical CD album for $30; and
  • A digital and Gold Limited Edition CD album for $50, of which only 500 are available worldwide

Those that decide to get the physical copy will be treated to a six-panel digipack album case, featuring panoramic artwork by Lekso, along with a full color 16-page booklet. The Gold Edition boasts a gold foil-stamped outer slipcase, with the CD itself having a 24 karat gold reflective layer.

Additionally, there will be a vinyl edition of the album available this summer. This will feature a live recording of a performance of the entire Hero of Time soundtrack by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, which took place in Bratislava back in January. This can also be pre-ordered now for $40 at iam8bit.

If you’d like to hear a sample of what Hero of Time has to offer, Materia Collective have a free full-preview up on SoundCloud for your listening pleasure.

Hero of Time is available now for pre-order, and will be released digitally around the world on March 27, with physical copies shipping from April 24.

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5 Video Game Soundtracks That Will Help You Study https://www.gameskinny.com/ira58/5-video-game-soundtracks-that-will-help-you-study https://www.gameskinny.com/ira58/5-video-game-soundtracks-that-will-help-you-study Mon, 30 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Caio Sampaio

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Conclusion:
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Who says video games cannot help you study? Through music they can relax you and allow you to enter the right state of mind to focus on reading the pile of books you need to prepare for your big exam.

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Whether you like the games in this list or not, it's difficult to ignore the quality of the music in them.  So, even if you are not a fan, take a listen. You won't regret it.

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Happy reading!

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Shadow of the Colossus 
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Best track: Shadow of the Colossus Main Theme

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We close the list with another masterpiece of the video game industry. If you played this game, you certainly remember the fights with the 16 colossi. They were action packed, but the universe of the game was the exact opposite of this.

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When players were not occupied with killing gigantic creatures, they were free to explore the map, and with its vast empty spaces, it perfectly represented the calm before the storm.

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To create this contrast, adding the right songs was paramount and the team dedicated all of the resources it could to getting it right. The result was one of the most memorable soundtracks in the history of gaming. 

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Final Fantasy Series (Vocal Collection)
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Best track: "Answers", by Susan Calloway

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Even if this franchise does not meet your taste in gaming, you cannot ignore the significance it has had on the industry. 

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The series has many memorable moments that will forever dwell in the minds of those who played them, and the emotional impact of these moments were possible due to the soundtrack that accompanied them.

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The video above plays all of the most memorable vocal songs from the franchise, so you may have a dose of nostalgia as you read through your books. 

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The Mass Effect Trilogy
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Best track: Mass Effect Main Theme

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We jump from one space adventure to another, as we bring you the soundtrack of the series of games that told the story of Commander Shepard and his crew, fighting to save the galaxy.

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This trilogy will go down in history as one of the masterpieces of video games, portraying the best this medium has to offer. We can see the quality of these games in many fields, including design, narrative, and soundtrack.

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Listen to the sounds of intergalactic achievement as you prepare for your next exam, and mentally visualize the next victory in your life -- passing the hardest class in your curriculum. 

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Starbound
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Best track: Horsehead Nebula (first in the video)

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This game features simple 2D graphics, but combined with masterful art direction and a cinematographic soundtrack, it delivers a compelling audiovisual experience. 

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The aspect that makes this soundtrack perfect for you to listen while you study is that it is mostly slow paced and continuous, so there are no sudden changes to distract you from your reading. 

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Life is Strange
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Best track: "Obstacles" by Syd Matters

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This game became known for making YouTubers cry on camera, and making the viewers drop many tears as well. Despite the saddening end to the story, the songs you listen to as you control Max Caulfiled, a photography student in an academy of arts who recently acquired the power to manipulate time, are relaxing and sometimes even uplifting.

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The game features a choice-driven narrative in Telltale style, and if you want to relax and enjoy some quality reading time, listening to its soundtrack is a must. 

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Whether you are a student preparing for a test or simply a person who enjoys to dive into a good book, odds are you have the habit of listening to music as you read, and if you are reading GameSkinny, you probably love video games.

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There is a simple way to combine studying with games. 

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Video games have evolved through the years, and so have the soundtracks that set the tone for them. Composers have produced memorable tracks for video games, just as in movies.

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Some are uplifting, others bone-chilling, and some are relaxing, perfect to help you forget about life and focus on the task at hand. These are the ones that are most likely to help you focus on your reading.

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With this in mind, we have listed five video game soundtracks that will put you in the relaxed state of mind that will ensure an optimal experience when going through a book.

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My Top 7 Video Game Soundtracks https://www.gameskinny.com/8ke7k/my-top-7-video-game-soundtracks https://www.gameskinny.com/8ke7k/my-top-7-video-game-soundtracks Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:14:10 -0500 DannyPTP

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And thus, the list has come to an end. What video game soundtracks do you enjoy? Is there a particular piece of music that you adore? Comment below and I'll give it a listen!

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1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
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Composers: Jeremy Soule, Julian Soule
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Hands up who saw this coming!

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While Skyrim had a fantastic soundtrack, I feel that Oblivion takes the sweet roll in almost every way!

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The story of Oblivion's soundtrack is an interesting one. Composer Jeremy Soule had been in a car accident, while he escaped unscathed, he has said that it had a profound experience on Oblivion's soundtrack, saying that he wanted 'to comment on the human condition and the beauty of life.'

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There's definitely a sense of beauty and wonderment to the game's soundtrack, from the relaxing string compositions that you may hear while exploring a town, talking to the many NPCs you run into, to the eerie and slow compositions heard while exploring a dungeon, waiting for an enemy to jump out at you from a dark corner.

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Soule has captured the essence of how an adventure should be, giving us a sense of potential safety when in a city and to be ready for anything once you step out those gates into the open world.

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2. Kingdom Hearts II
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Composers: Yoko Shimomura, Kaoru Wada
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The Kingdom Hearts series has given us some brilliant music over the years, but for me, Kingdom Hearts II is still my favourite in terms of soundtrack, with original music like "The Encounter" and remixes of classic Disney songs such as "He's A Pirate" (Pirates of the Caribbean) and "Under The Sea" (The Little Mermaid) all composed by the legendary Yoko Shimomura.

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Since most of the game's worlds are represented by Disney, you can expect many happy and bouncy tunes but when the game calls for a serious moment, the music delivers exceptionally well, a fine example is the track "Sinister Shadows" which plays in a few battles including 'The 1000 Heartless Battle' among others.

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Also a wonderful piece of music is the song "Sanctuary/Passion" sung by Utada Hikaru, whom also provided vocals the song "Simple And Clean/Hikari" in Kingdom Hearts.

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With more games on their way, it's going to be interesting to see what Shimomura and Hikaru have in the pipeline.

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3. Rayman
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Composer: Remi Gazel
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Here comes that wave of nostalgia again!

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Rayman is an absolute gem when it comes to music... there's even a world based around musical instruments!

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Composed by Remi Gazel, each track used in the 5 worlds presented in the game, represents them perfectly, such as birds and woodland creatures heard while exploring the Dream Forest to the wind howling while surviving the treacherous Blue Mountains.

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Some tunes are bouncy, others peaceful and happy, while some have you taking careful steps to make sure you survive that next jump. Trust me folks, Rayman may look cute and innocent, but deep inside is a game that's going to take no prisoners. Be prepared before you set foot into this game!

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But we must learn to appreciate the work of art that is the soundtrack, because when a game is kicking us about, at least the music helps make it that bit sweeter once you beat a level.

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4. Silent Hill 2
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Composer: Akira Yamaoka
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Silent Hill 2 gives you a sense of wonderment in every sense, from gameplay and characters, to story and soundtrack, which have you questioning every moment in the game.

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Akira Yamaoka gives his all in this game, with music that can grip your heart and either tear it from your chest or twist it, making it hard to comprehend what's happening as you solve puzzles and avoid monsters making your way through darkened and rusted corridors solving the mystery of how your dead wife sent you a letter.

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As shown above "Magdalene" offers a sense of loss and confusion, making you wonder how you can go on and continue, while the track "Betrayal" uses a clanking sound to go along with the music to deliver a notion that it's time to realise what you've been fighting for and face up to it with no backing down.

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An absolute masterpiece of a soundtrack should never go unrecognised and this will stand the test of time for years to come.

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5. Spyro 2: Gateway To Glimmer/Ripto's Rage
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Composer: Stewart Copeland
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Ah... the waves of nostalgia have crashed over me and they're delightful!

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The first four Spyro games music scores were composed by Stewart Copeland, ex-drummer of The Police and the man can certainly compose.

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Spyro 2 has the most nostalgia music for me as it was the first game in the series that I owned and one I can come back to again and again.

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Here Copeland offers excellent scores which he composed by playing through the levels first, to get a feel for how the music should fit into each world.

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You can certainly hear the wintery tones in Winter Tundra, the excitement of being in Sunny Beach and the tranquil tones that are perfectly captured in Aquaria Towers.

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Each theme offers a sense of adventure that excels in presenting what Spyro should be about; freedom to be able to explore to your heart's content.

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6. Fable 2
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Composers: Russell Shaw, Danny Elfman
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While not the greatest game to grace the Xbox 360 market, Fable 2 still held it's own in the music department, offering beautiful set pieces and choirs to fit in with the era the game is set in. (Colonial for those interested!)

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Composed by Russell Shaw with additional help on the main theme by none other than Danny Elfman, each musical piece perfectly fits with each area you explore from the hustle and bustle of Bowerstone Market witnessing NPCs going about their daily business, to the creepy, dark and depressing manner of the swampy, banshee filled Wraithmarsh, which also has elements of Oakvale (From Fable) making the player question what caused the town to become so run down the first time they set foot into this dreary place, before finding out exactly what happened during the main quest later on.

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The game also has a touching tribute to a developer whom had worked on Fable: The Lost Chapters, The Movies and Black & White 2. Heard behind a Demon Door in Fairfax Castle is the song "Marcus' Memorial", a peaceful and relaxing song that itself is a re-master of "Avo's Temple" from the original Fable, which can also be heard in Fable II's pause menu. A simple, but lasting tribute, something that can be appreciated by all.

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7. Devil May Cry 4
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Composers: Tetsuya Shibata, Kento Hasegawa, & Akihiko Narita
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While I'm not the biggest Devil May Cry fan, having only played this and DmC, I can definitely appreciate the work put in by primary composer Tetsuya Shibata, as well as Shusaku Uchiyama, Kota Suzuki, Akihiko Narita, Rei Kondoh, Chamy Ishikawa and Shinichiro Satoh whom also contributed.

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With hard rock/heavy metal tones for battle scenes giving the perfect scenario to beat down any demon in any way you like to dark and gothic overtones for an incredible atmospheric approach to exploring areas and wondering how to solve a puzzle efficiently to gain that SSS ranking at the end of a section.

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The game I feel, has something for a lot of people. The main theme "Out of Darkness" is a beautiful, operatic opening which greatly shows off the vocal talents of Aubrey Ashburn, as well as describe the connection between Nero and Kyrie and the battles they face to be together.

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The music definitely suits the atmosphere of the game and delivers on the demon slayer aspect.

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Ah music. How it can influence us. From getting us pumped up for the day ahead to making us sit in silence, thinking about what life has brought us and to what lies ahead, music has impacted everyone in more ways than they realise.

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Video games can also impact us in different ways, from story and gameplay elements, to that plot twist you never saw coming, and with the right music to accompany each moment, there's always something that makes you feel ready to defeat the next boss or take your time as you explore a newly discovered dungeon to find the wonders within.

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Here's the soundtracks that please my ears each and every time I hear them.

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Reminder: The Sonic Mania Soundtrack is Amazing https://www.gameskinny.com/amawy/reminder-the-sonic-mania-soundtrack-is-amazing https://www.gameskinny.com/amawy/reminder-the-sonic-mania-soundtrack-is-amazing Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:23:49 -0500 Janette Ceballos

If you’re excited for Sonic to go back to his roots in the upcoming 2D platformer, Sonic Mania, good. Not only does the game look good and play well, the music is absolutely wonderful!

The soundtrack to this throwback is definitely inspired by the style of music the older Sonic games had. While there aren’t many tracks released so far, what we have heard is amazing! Here are a few of those nostalgia-inducing tunes:

Studiopolis Zone 1

Catchy and lively, this song will not get out of your head. The jazz elements accompanied by the piano and synthetic trumpets make you just want to tap your feet and move. It’s a perfect complement to the bright, chaotic stage it’s set in.

Mirage Saloon

This song is fitting for a desert stage. It even includes the whistle motif from the classic western "The Good the Bad and the Ugly." How awesome! It’s little things like this that remind you Sonic Mania has a lot of carefully crafted details put into it.

Invincibility Theme

A variation of the title theme, this song really does sound like you’re invincible. It’s just as upbeat and wild as the other tracks listed and do a great job of keeping with the old 8-bit style of the classic Sonic games.

So, whether or not you’re a die-hard fan of the hedgehog, you have to admit composer Tee Lopes did a phenomenal job on the soundtrack, creating memorable songs to look forward to when Sonic Mania finally releases.

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How Deep Is Your Love for the Witcher 3? https://www.gameskinny.com/6e91n/how-deep-is-your-love-for-the-witcher-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/6e91n/how-deep-is-your-love-for-the-witcher-3 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:00:02 -0400 Sand Snake

I have waited a long time to write a review for my all time favorite game The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Not because it would be difficult, but because there was so much to say about this wonderful game. I wasn't sure, how to properly express how truly amazing this game is. For those of you have fallen in love with this amazing world and with Geralt of Rivia, this article is for you.

Geralt of Rivia AKA The White Wolf, is a skilled warrior and deadly Witcher, renowned throughout the lands for his skills with the blade against both man and monster. His recognizable mane of white hair is a side effect of the Mutagens flowing through his veins. These give him unnatural speed, reflexes, and eyesight that has yet to be matched by any foe he has ever faced. Geralt of Rivia is truly a one of kind hero, not because he is perfect in any sense of the word, but because he has flaws like any man from this cruel, dark world. Flaws that lead him down dark roads to shine a light into the dark recesses of the world.

But that is not the only reason we love him. We love playing him, because in a world full of darkness, where everything is not as it seems or should be, a place where evil is residing around every corner, in the hearts of monsters, humans, dwarves and elves. We see Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher neither a human or monster caught in the middle of it, and like a small candle blowing in the wind his blade could help destroy or save.

Your choices, your decisions, your actions will affect the world around you. Whether it be stopping humans from taking advantage of elven maidens, or killing self-righteous Scoia'tael who have been slaughtering innocent peasants to feed themselves. Your blade will decide the fate of thousands. That kind of power and control over the fates of so many, makes this game unbelievably addictive.

Added to it are the amazing voice actors that were cast for each role, and the extraordinary cinematic sequences throughout the game that have been consistently amazing and enthralling. Like the scene with the Ladies of the Wood, where we got to see the three witches for the first time and I gotta say, I did not see that coming at all. The way they looked, the way they acted and the way they talked was all so perfectly choreographed that it made me want to say, "what the fuck?"

Oh, and let's not forget the background music. The music in this game is insane! Whether its pumping you up for a fight or creating this creepy, dark mood. The music they used throughout the game has this quality, that just made you want to keep listening to it, even after you're finished playing the game. My favorite music has to be the one in the cloak and dagger quest, the music had me bopping my head up and down as I played. I also enjoyed listening to the Gwent music, which in my opinion is an awesome card game that should definitely be made into an full game -- oh wait, it is.

Then we have the quests! Let's not forget about the quests! The quests in this game are of the highest quality. There was none of that nonsense of go fetch me a sheep, or go kill as many bandits as you can, or go clear a place of monsters. Every single quest was well crafted and more than a few had direct consequences leading to the completion of each quest.

Most importantly each of the quests made sense. There were no ridiculous side quests that would be completely out of character for Geralt to complete. Every single quest was designed to help immerse yourself within this unique world.

I am not even halfway done yet, there is still so much I want to talk about, but I'll end it here as I feel these are the most important aspects of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. But what did you love most about The Witcher 3?

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5 Songs That Owe Their Popularity to Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/kz3p4/5-songs-that-owe-their-popularity-to-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/kz3p4/5-songs-that-owe-their-popularity-to-video-games Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:00:01 -0400 void.presence

There are plenty of songs we know because they were in movies we love, but what about songs that we know from our favorite video games?  Lots of songs have been made famous because they were featured in notable video games. 

Here are 5 noteworthy songs that either hit the Billboard charts or made a resurgence after being featured in a game or game trailer. 

Rhythm and musical games will not be included, as songs are the main feature in those games. Songs from the Grand Theft Auto games will be also be excluded, as those titles tend to have many songs playing on the radio station. 

That said, here are a few songs that made it big thanks to gaming -- in no particular order.

"The Sound of Silence" -- Disturbed

Originally done by Simon and Garfunkel in the 60's, "The Sound of Silence" has been covered many times. But Disturbed took the cake with a stunning cover of it in 2015 that got praise from Paul Simon himself. After it was featured in the Gears of War 4 "Tomorrow" trailer, it rushed into the Billboard Top 100 and hit #1 on both the Hard Rock and Mainstream Rock Billboard charts.

Paint It Black -- The Rolling Stones

One of the most famous Rolling Stones songs, "Paint It Black" originally released in 1966 as a single and reached #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100. It later became the opening song for the 'Aftermath' album.

This song has been in several games and movies, but the the first time it was used in a game was Twisted Metal: Black for the Sony PlayStation 2 back in 2001. This led even more usage of the song in the years to follow, and an accompanying resurgence in the song's popularity with a younger audience. 

"Ride of the Valkyries" -- Robert Wagner

This classic German opera composition by Robert Wagner, written in 1851, is often associated with the Vietnam war helicopters. This is largely in thanks to the movie Apocalypse Now, which used the instrumental version of the song.

The relevant scene in that movie could be (and often was) recreated in the PC game Battlefield Vietnam. It also happens to be the quick march for the British Parachute Regiment in the game.

"I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" -- The Ink Spots

Probably almost entirely forgotten by today's generation of gamers, "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" was written and performed by The Ink Spots back in the 40's.

The group responsible for the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in '89, but the song was all but forgotten until Fallout 4 brought it back to the limelight, along with many other old jazz tunes. You might recognize it from one of many trailers for the game.

"Sympathy for the Devil" -- The Rolling Stones

Another Rolling Stones hit from their 'Beggar's Banquet' album, "Sympathy for the Devil" also made a resurgence, thanks to video games.

This time Call of Duty: Black Ops featured the song. It also appears in the game as a reward for defeating the manikins in the multiplayer map 'Nuke Town.'  Its timing in the game closely parallels the gameplay of Battlefield Vietnam.

Video games will continue to introduce new and old music alike to gamers of all generations. As gaming becomes more and more prevalent in popular culture, it will bring even more songs into the limelight that may not have made it there otherwise. So keep that volume up and make sure your game music is turned on!

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The 6 Best Video Game Composers of All Time https://www.gameskinny.com/yra0c/the-6-best-video-game-composers-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/yra0c/the-6-best-video-game-composers-of-all-time Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:15:09 -0400 Unclepulky

It's a safe assumption to say that most people enjoy listening to music. However, this form of art is listened to in more ways than one. While some prefer hearing songs at concerts, online, or maybe even in movies, there are plenty who'd swear that video games contain the best music available. Indeed, strong arguments can be made for certain tracks being modern classics. And of course, behind every stellar soundtrack is an equally stellar composer. These are six men and women who have helped make our favorite games as good as they are.

 

6. Takeharu Ishimoto

 

 

To start off, we have a very personal pick. Ishimoto began working on video games in the late 90's, starting out as the synthesizer programmer for games such as Legend of Mana and the All Star Pro-Wrestling series.

Ishimoto ended up getting his big break with the opportunity to be a composer for World Fantasia. Since then, Ishimoto has been on a roll. He's contributed to several Kingdom Hearts soundtracks, done a few Final Fantasy scores, including the especially noteworthy Dissidia soundtracks, and his crowning achievement, remains his composition of the songs in the 2007 JRPG, The World Ends with You, my favorite game of all time.

 

His work may be more recent than most famous gaming composers, but I feel that he's done enough to merit a spot among the greats. 

 

5. Yuka Tsujiyoko

 

From a Square Enix composer to an employee of Nintendo, Tsujiyoko is mainly responsible for providing the soundtracks to the increasing popular Fire Emblem series. She's been composing the scores for the franchise since the beginning, and has most recently done the soundtrack for Fire Emblem: Fates.

In addition, she's worked on several other Nintendo properties, having worked on the music for the Gameboy version of Tetris Attack, as well as Pokemon Picross. 

Her best pieces are found in the soundtracks she has composed for both Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. 

4. Kenji Yamamoto

 

Rounding out the bottom three, we have the man behind the music of Metroid, Kenji Yamamoto.

 Despite its rough time in recent years, the Metroid series remains one of Nintendo's most popular franchises. Much like other decade spanning series, the music is a major part of it. With the exception of the first Metroid titleYamamoto has composed the music of every other game in the franchise.

Yamamoto's other accomplishments include the scores for Mike Tyson's Punch Out, several of the Donkey Kong Country games, and quite a bit more. Though his work on Metroid still remains his best to this day.

3. Nobuo Uematsu

 While everyone on this list has incredible musical talent, what separates the top three from the bottom three is sheer quantity. The amount of games these people have worked on is almost unfathomable.

In the case of Mr. Uematsu, he has been composing video game music since 1986, is still working today, and over the course of 30 years, he has composed music for over 70 different games.

While he's also worked on some lesser known gems such as The Last Story and Lost Odyssey, as well as having composed the soundtrack for the much beloved Chrono Trigger, the work that has made Uematsu a legend are his Final Fantasy soundtracks.

Having composed the music for nearly every main series Final Fantasy game, Uematsu has created some of the greatest songs in gaming history, such as "One Winged Angel" and "Dancing Mad."

He has definitely earned his title as the, "Beethoven of Gaming."

2. Yoko Shinamura

While her resume isn't quite as massive as Mr. Uematsu's, Shinamura has still worked on a massive amount of game soundtracks.

Like Uematsu and Ishimoto, her specialty is composing music for RPG's. In addition to writing the score for excellent RPG's such as Radiant Historia and the Mario & Luigi series, she has also ventured into composing music for games of other genres such as Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. 

However, much like Uematsu, she has one series whose music has made her a legend. Of course, I'm referring to the Kingdom Hearts series. She has composed the soundtrack for every single game in the franchise, and while it's an incredibly difficult choice, my favorite song that she has written is probably "Sanctuary", the main theme of Kingdom Hearts II.

For these reasons Shinamura was tapped to compose the music for both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV, two of the most hyped up RPG's of all time.

1. Koji Kondo

No one else could take the number one spot but the man, the myth, the legend: Koji Kondo.

With a resume whose size easily matches Uematsu's and Shinamura's, Kondo rises above all other video game composers by making several of the the most popular franchises in the world what they are.

He is responsible for the soundtracks for the majority of the soundtracks from the Legend of Zelda franchise, as well as an abundance of Mario game soundtracks.

Kondo has also composed music for several Donkey Kong games, a few Star Fox games, and is even responsible for the original Punch Out!! theme.

Koji Kondo IS, and likely always will be, the greatest composer in video game history.

Do you agree with this list? Who are some of your favorite video game composers? What is your favorite song from Koji Kondo? Let me know in the comments!
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Top 5 Most Underrated Video Game OSTs in The Last Decade https://www.gameskinny.com/cw52v/top-5-most-underrated-video-game-osts-in-the-last-decade https://www.gameskinny.com/cw52v/top-5-most-underrated-video-game-osts-in-the-last-decade Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:12:26 -0400 Pablo Seara

Music is an essential part of every game. It impacts directly into our emotional connection with a title, and many times it does not get the praise it deserves. Composers like Koji Kondo or Nobuo Uematsu defined the industry and their influence is legendary. However, they are not the only ones that have contributed to the excellence of video game music.

Many compositions are overlooked in the lists of top video game soundtracks, where we are used to find Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, etc. In this piece, you will find five video game soundtracks from the last decade that deserve recognition for its impressive quality.

5. Phantasy Star Online Episode III C.A.R.D. Revolution

Back when Sega took care of their IPs, Phantasy Star Online was one of the best franchises they brought to the West. During the GameCube era, PSO was released to the console in an episodic format, very different from the one we are used to nowadays. One of these episodes, which were usually full games, was C.A.R.D. Revolution, which departed from the gameplay of the previous installments, focusing on card turn-based combat instead.

However, the atmosphere of Phantasy Star Online was still very present, including its music. Hideaki Kobayashi, a recurrent Sega composer, worked with Fumie Kumatani and Kenichi Tokoi to bring us this unique soundtrack, full of synthetic sounds, energetic rythms, some piano pieces and the ocasional vocal song. Kobayashi knew how to complement Phantasy Star Online's futuristic tone and delivered one of his best compositions.

4. Hitman: Blood Money

Hitman: Blood Money is one of the many games of the Hitman franchise, and released both for the sixth and seventh generations. The Hitman series has a very powerful music department thanks to its main composer, Jesper Kyd, who also worked on Minority Report and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, among others.

In the case of Hitman: Blood Money, Jesper conducted the Budapest Symphony Orchestra to create a fully orchestrated soundtrack with lots of choir performances, something that was not usual back in the day. The result was impressive.

3. World of Goo

World of Goo is a cute, logic-based video game with a strong emphasis in physics. The game consists in building structures using Goo Balls to reach different objectives. It was very well received for its uniqueness and originality. However, the gameplay wasn't the only aspect of the game that stood out.

Kyle Gabler is the writer, designer and composer of the game, a multi-talented man that took heavy inspiration from Tim Burton. From the style to the music itself, World of Goo feels like it belongs to Alice in Wonderland or Nightmare Before Christmas. The soundtrack impregnates World of Goo with a magical touch, which fits it like a glove.

2. Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarazustra

 

Xenosaga was one of the many JRPGs franchises that appeared on PlayStation 2. Episode III was the end of the trilogy, even though many of its fans demand a fourth game. Its complex narrative and scale was complemented by a wonderful soundtrack, composed by the famous Yuki Kajiura.

Yuki Kajiura is well-known in Japan for her work in multiple areas, including anime, movies and, of course, video games. She has a very recognizable style: strong melodies supported by strings and female choirs. In the first two Xenosaga games, she worked with other composers, but in this case, she was the only one, leaving her complete creative freedom.

1. Baten Kaitos Origins

 

Baten Kaitos is one of the best JRPGs of the Nintendo GameCube, a gem that didn't sell as much as it should have. This prevented its prequel, Baten Kaitos Origins, to reach Europe. Thus, a great portion of the world missed both the game and its soundtrack. A masterpiece created by one of the most talented composers of the industry, Motoi Sakuraba.

Motoi Sakuraba has worked in many games, including Dark Souls, Tales of or Star Ocean, among many others. However, this soundtrack stands above all of them for many reasons: its quality, depth and, most importantly, personal involvement. "Le Ali del Principio", the final boss main theme (which you can hear above), was written by his wife and is sung by Sakuraba's daughter in italian. The result is one of the most emotional songs ever.

Which are the best video game soundtracks you think are usually overlooked? Let us know in the comments below!

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