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The Game Awards 2017

Just a reminder that The 2017 Game Awards hosted by Geoff Keighley begins tomorrow night(December 7th) at 5:30pm Pacific Time. There will apparently be two new game "world" announcements along with appearances by Hideo Kojima, movie director Guillermo Del Toro, actor Andy Serkis (known for playing Gollum from The Lord of the Rings series as well as games such as Ninja Theory's Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West) and actor Jack Black (who also voiced the lead character in the Double-fine game Brutal Legend and a side character in Broken Age). 

There will also be live performances by the band Phoenix, cellist Tina Guo, Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates and for the first time the show will feature an Orchestra to perform video game music from the past and present(cannot wait to see the song choices).  Since The Game Awards began four years ago, it's fair to say it's steadily improved with each show. Between the guests, awards and the live performances(Mick Gordon playing DOOM tracks last year!?) there's more than enough reason to watch the show if you enjoy the art of video games.

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men - Bonus Disc

 

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men was released in November of 2007 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC. The soundtrack is composed by Jesper Kyd(well known for his contributions to the Assassin's Creed Series) and there was never an official soundtrack released for the game but there was a Bonus Disc which contains 6-tracks written by Jesper Kyd that was included in the Limited Edition of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men for the PC.  We were able to find ourselves a copy online and we've uploaded it in both FLAC and MP3. There is another soundtrack that actually was released in December of 2007 called "Additional Music for Kane & Lynch: Dead Men - EP" and that contains music for the games trailers and four songs that were not written by Jesper Kyd but written by Peter Peter and Peter Kyed(wonder if there is some relation there) which you can find on iTunes.

It's a little busy around here right now but once we have more free time after our Original Game Score of the Year Awards are over with, we'll get back to uploading the soundtrack projects you guys have requested. Thanks for being patient with us!

RARE on Vinyl

With Black Friday just around the corner, there are many promotional deals popping up all over the place and of course I'm always on the lookout for anything Video Game Music related so here's one that caught my eye.. well, both eyes.  iam8bit is releasing three new vinyls based off of three games created by RARE, those games are: Battletoads in Battlemaniacs - Composer David Wise(SNES), Conker's Bad Fur Day - Composer Robin Beanland(N64) and Viva Piñata - Composer Grant Kirkhope(Xbox 360).  From the description, it sounds like the classic "Great Mighty Poo Song"  from Conker's Bad Fur Day has been fully remastered exclusively for this release—now I just need to hear it performed live. We've always been huge fans of RARE's games over the years and it's great to see the soundtracks from these games continue to recieve this treatment of re-masters and re-releases.   Anyway, these vinyls will be released during the second quarter or 2018 BUT pre-orders begin on Black Friday at 12:01am PST(3:01am for us East Coasters). Just the cover work alone makes it worth it for displaying with your gaming collection but if you're interested in expanding your gaming records, here's the link to the site to pre-order.

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves is a stealth based platformer developed by Sucker Punch, that was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2005. The soundtrack was written by the great Peter McConnell—known for hits such as Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, Brütal Legend and Hearthstone—as was the second game in the series, Sly 2: Band of Thieves. 

This was the first Sly Cooper game I ever played,  picked up the HD Collection, played through Sly 3 and really enjoyed it. I wish checkpoints were a little closer together but it's nowhere near as bad as Jak and Daxter(don't even get me started..). The relationship among the three characters is very entertaining and well written, "The Murray" is hilarious and probably my favorite character to play as. He's more of a hulk, where as Sly is best for stealth and Bentley for hacking and using the various gadgets as his disposal. The Sly games still work today, they avoid feeling aged and clunky compared to some of the other HD Remakes. The jumping and combat feels fluid, the cel-shaded look cleans up nicely in HD and of course the eclectic soundtrack is as clear as it's ever been. The scores focus is mid-twentieth century crime/noir that adapts according to environment(Chinese Palace, Venice Boat Chase, Pirate Ships, ect.) and the talented orchestra makes these musical changes effortlessly. The musical style of this game is anything but stale and repetitive. Even if you've never played a Sly Cooper game, this energetic soundtrack deserves a listen.

There are very few copies appearing here and there on Amazon and ebay for around $60-80(new) so, if you plan on finding a physical copy, expect to fork out some dough to get your hands on one. If not, our copy is uploaded in both FLAC and MP3. Enjoy!.

Halloween Playlist Vol. 2

 

 

Originally, we weren't planning on putting together a playlist this Halloween(even though we skipped last year) but then came the fall weather, orange lights, ghosts and pumpkins popping up everywhere; next thing we know, we're working on a playlist. This next volume is much larger than our first—which was only 5 tracks and a mere 15 minutes long—Vol. 2 is over an hour long and contains 25 tracks. Rather then just picking a handful of tracks and spending most of the time primarily sifting through hours worth of video content to sync with the music as we did before, this time our primary goal was to focus on adding music that has the most Halloween feeling to it and then  place a few snapshots along with some short video clips here and there. Regarding the first track in the playlist(Gothic Tileset - TimeSplitters 2) I could find zero screenshots or video clips in HD so I had to input the Action Replay code to make the Gothic Tilset available(it's labeled as number 4 in-game) and then open up the Mapmaker and create a level from scratch to be able to capture some screenshots and video.  I think it turned out really well and it was.. fun putting it all together.

To make sure we have a little something for everybody, we've included spooky tracks from newer titles such as Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and tracks from great old classics such as The 7th Guest—which, if haven't heard "Skeletons In My Closet"  yet.. Go give it a listen, It's the final track on the playlist and a fun song.  There are no tracks from horror games because we wanted this to be Halloween centered and not so much a heart pounding surprise or jump-scare playlist, maybe one day we'll put together one of those. We also added some cheesy foreground effects such as pumpkins illuminating, fog and autumn leaves blowing by to try and make it feel more like Halloween while you listen. We always create playlists with the intent of aiding other in discovering video game music that you may have never listen to before and this ones no different, there are plenty of great songs here and hopefully you will find some to add to your own personal playlist.

Hope you enjoy it and in case we don't have an update next Tuesday.. Happy Halloween!