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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Soundtrack

Finally finished Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and I very much enjoyed the game. Being a big fan of both Valkyria Chronicles and XCOM, I knew I'd pick this up as soon as it was announced. Took me about 40 hours and with limited time to I have to chip away at games anymore, I'm glad I saw it through to completion. Here's a tip.. A bad habbit to get into when gaming—or reading for that matter— is starting a new game(or book), getting a few hours in and then before you're finished.. starting on another game(heh, which is exactly what I've done with my the past couple games). Anyway, the reason I'm posting this is that the music in Mario + Rabbids is composed by the great Grant Kirkhope and the original score is simply enjoyable. It carries a whimsical Disneyesque sound and for a game comparison, it reminds me of 2015's Ratchet & Clank remake for the PS4(which was fantastic btw). It also throws a few surprise tunes at you; don't want to spoil anything so if you make it to the end of the Spooky/Halloween Stage.. you'll know what I'm referring to. If you want to hear a few of my favorite tracks they are: Tower Tweeter, Mid-Boss Mayhem, Exploring the Mine, Bowser tracks and essentially all of the Halloween tracks.

It's also worth mentioning that the site iam8bit.com is releasing a special 2xLP Translucent Vinyl with all kinds of little extras and it includes a digital download of the soundtrack as well. The vinyl begins shipping Q3 of this year so if you're interested, head over there and check it out.

As I mentioned in the forums, we're changing up the site behind the scenes so we've been occupied with that for a while now but once we're in the clear, we'll get back to uploading more requests. Thanks for the kind words you guys send and hopefully we'll have more updates coming soon!

Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line was released in June of 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Window, OS X and Linux. It was created by Yager Development and published by 2K games. The composer for Spec Ops: The Line is Elia Cmíral who's only other game composition is for The Last Express in 1997 but has also written numerous film and television scores. I am completely satisfied with the way this turned out. It's worth it to take our time with these projects because when you search online, there are a fair amount of tracks omitted from others uploads. Where we can say for sure that we've included every track you hear in-game; with the exception of a few cutscenes with un-removable sound effects.

At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to keep the short cues separate and loop them or try and blend them with others as the way they sound in-game. I decided that since certain tracks do blend with one another in-game, I would to do the same with my editing process. During the game, tracks such as Death Scene(M1_bank46)  have fade-in and fade-out in the middle of the track as the cutscene transitions to gameplay, so you never hear some tracks fully uninterrupted - as you do listening to the games files. So if you're recording the audio in-game, instead of going through the proper extracting process as we have, you'll miss out on the full audio (it also makes for a more casual listening experience).  Tracks such as "Enter the Atrium"  actually blend together during gameplay with the other files under "Leaving the Atrium", this is another example of where I blended the two tracks together because of how seamless it works in-game. There are other folders that just contain a few short cues and sound flares you hear when the game transitions between cues. In these instances, I thought it best to blend the files as you hear them in-game, rather than have 5 or 6 separate cues and sound effects that should be played together anyway.

As for the track titles, some of the tracks I used the current mission description instead of the official title in the txt export files, for instance "Take Out The Snipers"  in place of "Ambient15"  because it's easier to identify where the track is being played and it just looks more professional. For the most part, every track has a pretty solid official title so that make labeling them rather effortless. Of course, I did not include the licensed tracks from the game with the exception of the track "Glashow Mega Snake - Mogwai and R U Still In 2 It (Opening)" because it's not the entire track, parts are cut out of each such as the intro, outro or bridge.

Lastely, I found a sort of interesting Easter egg.. and that is one of the tracks when you're near the drop-in candle area during chapter 4, one of the tracks(M2_bank42) is title KASAVIN. Curious, so I looked it up and Greg Kasavin is creative director of Supergiant games and developer of Bastion, Transistor and Pyre. He was a publishing producer on Spec Ops: The Line, so possibly the composer or sound designer thought of tagging a track with his name. Just something I come across while browsing the games files and worth a mention.

Spec Ops: The Line Soundtrack is uploaded in both MP3 and FLAC. You'll find it here in the archives. It's a kickin' soundtrack full of double-bass, power chords and acoustic guitar. Give it a listen because there are some really great tracks on here.

~Here is a list of the licensed songs used in Spec Ops: The Line~


Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Official Game Music Soundtrack

Middle - Earth: Shadow of War was released in October of 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows. This 2-Disc soundtrack is composed by Garry Shyman and Nathan Grigg, it came packaged with the "Middle-earth: Shadow of War Mithril Edition".  It is yet another official soundtrack that you have to be lucky to find online because it's not available from outlets such as Amazon, Google Play, eMusic or iTunes. While I was searching for purchasable links, I noticed something odd.. It seems like 2014's Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor's Original Soundtrack has been removed from the iTunes store, that's where I purchased my copy from but it's no longer available. We'll check into that later.  Having not purchased the Mithril Edition of Shadow of War, I had to search action sites for weeks before I came cross a copy at a reasonable price. If you want a physical copy for yourself, keep an eye on ebay and every now and again you should come across one from $35-50(yeah, the pricing is getting up there). If not, our copy of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Official Soundtrack is uploaded in both MP3 and FLAC. You'll find it in the archive.

HORI Compact Playstand for Nintendo Switch Officially Licensed by Nintendo

The HORI Compact Playstand for the Nintendo Switch is adjustable to 30, 50 and 60 degree angles; it has two dowels that fit securely into slots on the bottom of the Nintendo Switch console to prevent it from sliding once placed on the stand. Using the Switch on the adjustable playstand is certainly an upgrade over the built-it kickstand on the backside, on top of allowing the system to be charged while gaming...

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Kingdom Hearts -World Tour- Encore!

It was just announced that KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour- Encore! The official KINGDOM HEARTS video game concert series kicks off starting June of 2018. As many of you know, last year was the first time that the music from the KINGDOM HEARTS series was heard live in concert with the 15th Anniversary of KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour- and now the concert series is heading back on the road for a second time. More cities are added to the tour dates this time around and the concert is being produced under the supervision of series creator  Tetsuya Nomura, with the music program being supervised by the original composer for KINGDOM HEARTS Yoko Shimomura. Here are announced locations and tour dates:

•Los Angeles (USA) – June 9, 2018 – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
•Sydney (Australia) – July 7, 2018 – Sydney Opera House
•Chicago (USA) – July 13, 2018 – Auditorium Theatre
•Detroit (USA) – July 14, 2018 – Fisher Theatre
•Pittsburgh (USA) – July 16, 2018 – Heinz Hall
•Boston (USA) – July 19, 2018 - Wang Theatre
•Toronto (Canada) – July 21, 2018 – Sony Centre
•Atlanta (USA) – July 26, 2018 – Fox Theatre
•Dallas (USA) – July 28, 2018 - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
•Philadelphia (USA) – August 2, 2018 – Mann Centre
•Phoenix (USA) – August 4, 2018 – Symphony Hall
•Las Vegas (USA) – August 5, 2018 - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
•Honolulu (USA) – August 12, 2018 - Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall
•Sao Paolo (Brazil) – September 8-9, 2018 – Teatro Bradesco
•Munich (Germany) – September 15, 2018 - The Gasteig
•Milan (Italy) – September 22, 2018 – Teatro Dal Verme
•Seoul (South Korea) – October 6, 2018 – KBS Hall
•Mexico City (Mexico) – October 20, 2018 – Auditorium Blackberry

It looks like tickets range from $50-180 with pre-sale tickets already being sold. Tickets will become available to the general public starting on March 13, 10:00am EDT. Sadly, there are only a few cities this time around offering VIP passes to meet and greet composer Yoko Shimomura but if you happen to be in one of those cities and are a fan of KINGDOM HEARTS, I'd move quickly to reserve tickets. I remember last year the VIP tickets sold out in a day near us, so act fast. There will also be a Special-Edition CD available with twelve pieces from the concert, as well as other merchandise. For more information you can visit the Wildfaery website here.