November has been filled with so many new releases that it’s been difficult to keep up with everything. Not only were there a ton of great game releases, these things called the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were released. No one’s ever heard of those, right?
New game releases means new soundtrack releases, and November was packed. So, here’s a quick rundown of some of the best soundtracks to be released over the last month. Definitely check these out!
That’s right, the long awaited Volume Beta of the Minecraft soundtrack is now officially available, both on Bandcamp and iTunes.
The album features 140 minutes (and 30 tracks) of music from the new creative mode, new menu tunes, the nether, and all the missing record discs from the game. The tracks are much more varied than on Volume Alpha, but still feature the signature sound fans have come to know from composer C418 (Daniel Rosenfeld).
Also, in case you don’t have it yet for some reason, the Minecraft Volume Alpha is available on Bandcamp and iTunes, too. Complete your Minecraft music collection!
With PC gaming on the rise of a new generation of consoles at the doorstep, we can start expecting newer and more exciting ways to experience games than ever before. The term “videogame” is becoming more outdated, with many of today’s games resembling an interactive experience more than just games. Certain genres are seeing a revitalization too, or even a redefining, as we move forward into the next generation.
Sentris, a puzzle game about creating music, is a perfect example that the music game genre is on the verge of something new and exciting. The game’s creator and developer, Samantha Kalman, designed Sentris around the idea of something that she feels very passionate about: turning each player into a musician and letting them feel the thrill of creating their own music, all without a closet full of plastic instruments. It’s simple and it works, which is why Sentris is poised to succeed as the next evolution in interactive media. Read the rest of this entry »
Just in time for Halloween, Game Music Bundle… of the Damned! is out now. This bundle features a whopping total of 17 (!) albums for $10 or more. Or, if you’re feeling frugal, $1 will net you five albums.
Of course, spending a bit extra puts you in the running for some cool, one-of-a-kind prizes. Aren’t these bundles just the best? Here’s what soundtracks this one includes:
If the OC Remix album For Everlasting Peace: 25 Years of Mega Man we reported on earlier doesn’t get your blood flowin’, or just isn’t enough Mega Man music for you, then perhaps MM25: Mega Man Rocks will fill that void in your life.
This rockin’ salute to Classic and X features several new tracks from The Protomen, Arm Cannon, Mega Ran, and The X Hunters, and is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Sumthing Else.
Not a bad way to celebrate 25 years of Mega Man, eh? Two amazing albums paying homage to one of the greatest videogame franchises of all time. Thank you, Capcom, Sumthing Else Music Works, Brett Elston at Capcom Unity, and of course the artists themselves for all their amazing work bringing us these albums!
Videogame music remix community site OverClocked Remix has had a killer year of releases so far. Deus Ex remix album Sonic Augmentation, Final Fantasy VI remix album Balance & Ruin, 20 Years of Gunstar Heroes, and Badass Boss Themes Volume II all came out this year, featuring hours and hours of game music appreciation, for free.
Well, you can add For Everlasting Peace: 25 Years of Mega Man to that list. This fully-licensed collection of music features more than 80 minutes of music spanning two discs, touching on the first game in each series (original, X, Zero, ZX, Legends, Battle Network, and Star Force) in honor of Mega Man’s 25th Anniversary. You can stream the entire album at the official site, or spend $9.99 to download a digital version or $17.99 to pre-order the physical version.
Featuring genres like electro, trance, ambient, rock, funk, and more, the real question is, why haven’t you bought this yet?
I hear that Pokemon X and Y is pretty good. I have never played a Pokemon game before and I feel terrible about it, but I’m feeling pretty good about its soundtrack.
Announced as a 212-track, three-and-a-half-hour collection of music titled Nintendo 3DS Pokémon X・Y Super Music Collection, the soundtrack will available globally on the iTunes Store in November. Japan will also get a physical release, shipping with four discs and running 2,500 Yen (about $25).
Awful pirate puns aside, rejoice in the fact that the Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag soundtrack is available right now from the iTunes Store. It is composed by Brian Tyler, the renowned composer many of film, TV and game scores (most recently the excellent score to Far Cry 3), and goes for $11.99 with 34 tracks.
Like an assassin in the night, this release snuck up on me and caught me off guard. With current generation versions of this game still about two weeks away from release, soon to be followed by the next-gen versions in November, I wasn’t expecting this soundtrack to be out any time soon. I was also expecting composing duo Jesper Kyd and Lorne Balfe to return for this score, but Brian Tyler is a wonderful and equally unexpected surprise.
Check out this great video featuring a live performance from the soundtrack with gameplay being shown above the stage:
It’s a good thing anytime news breaks of a game being released on more platforms for people to enjoy. In this case, Hitbox’s 2D sweep’em-up platformer Dustforce will be out on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita in January. Previously, the game was only available on PC and Mac through Steam, but the good news about the game’s release on consoles came from Capcom Unity’s Chris Antista yesterday.
Of course the deal is sweetened even more by the fact that Dustforce‘s wonderful soundtrack will be heard by more ears. Performed by Terence Lee, AKA Lifeformed, the soundtrack is inspired by chiptunes and SNES-era RPGs. If you need any more convincing than that, just listen to the full-length album at Bandcamp, where you can purchase the whole thing for $3.99.
Cider Time is one of my favorite tracks from the album, along with several others, which made it extremely difficult to pick just one for today. In the end it was the simple, uplifting melody offset by the thick beat that won me over and got stuck in my head on repeat.