The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is releasing in just a week and there is a lot to discuss for the title. Previews for the game, how it runs across platforms and more are being reported on currently but a fan project released recently that really impressed me.
Infamous YouTube Content Creators came together to create a very impressive music video to celebrate the Zelda franchise and upcoming launch for Breath of the Wild. Full credits can be found below, but I highly recommend you check the music video out (which is above this text).
SEGA is famous for producing outstanding music over the years across it’s many releases. Some of gamings best music can be found within SEGA produced titles on home consoles, portable and arcade. Sonic is a prime example of this and that series got (most of) it’s music up on the streaming music platform Spotify.
Recently however, it was discovered that many SEGA soundtracks are up on the platform. You can see the entire list by clicking this link to the NeoGaf thread listing them all (created by Cisce). This is such wonderful news, as you can now listen to great SEGA music whenever you are if you use Spotify.
This year was a wonderful year for gaming music, as the number of quality soundtracks was quite large. From games focusing on orchestra themes too games that have a very retro-like sound, gaming music was quite varied. Today I want to honor the great soundtracks of 2016 and I will share what I personally feel to be the best soundtracks of the year.
Before we start, want to establish to things first.
- This reflects MY thoughts and not 3WIREL as a whole. We will have official awards for many categories in 2017.
- This list is not in any special order; all games on the list are equally strong with their musical scores.
Now that is out of the way, lets start jamming to 2016’s best soundtracks!
In my review for Shantae: Half Genie Hero, I gave a lot of praise to the games musical score and called it the best in the series. Now, if you want to own the soundtrack you can physically own it through the games retail edition dubbed ‘Risky Beats’. This version has a physical CD with most of the games tracks.
However, Jake Kaufman posted the entire soundtrack is up on his Bandcamp page! You listen to the entire soundtrack there or you could instead purchase it for your own personal price.
YouTube has offered up some amazing content creators and they made us laugh hard many times over the past few years. But two YouTube content creators have me dying with laughter the past few months, and they are Drahmina & Johnny Mac.
Johnny Mac started what I dub #TidusLaughing2016, with a little soundtrack remix. It even got so big that the English Voice Actor of Tidus (James) wanted to share some words on the subject matter.
This takes the entire Final Fantasy X OST and….adds every track with Tidus’ laughter. It is gold and he made a number of other videos using the Tidus MIDI’s he produced. One of the most emotional tracks from FFVII becoming priceless and making a fantastic battle theme from FFVII even better, he produced some really funny work.
Following in his footsteps, Drahmina came onto the scene and produced some amazing remixes using Tidus’s MIDI Laughing Samples. Will link a number of my favorite ones below but they range from surprising solid remixes to ‘OMG Why are you doing this?!‘
You can find both on Twitter ( & ) and I recommend you follow them on YouTube for more amazing laughs.
Twitch is a major streaming platform but mainly for live streams, but this might change in the future thanks to a new update. Polygon released an article that announced the following.
Twitch is primarily known as the premier place to watch livestreamed gameplay, but the company is ready to diversify. Users can now opt into an open beta that will let them upload videos to the platform, the company announced, giving them a new set of options for sharing their content with viewers.
“When you upload a video, you don’t have to be on your toes, live on-stream,” the company explained in a blog post. “Anyone can record and edit full game playthroughs, step-by-step tutorials, highlight reels, montages, or any other videos that now have a home on Twitch.”
Alongside edited video uploads, users will have the chance to download previous live broadcasts that can be recut into new, original videos. Uploads won’t ever expire and can be viewed whether a streamer is online or offline. Followers will receive notifications when new content is uploaded, and users can check out their growth stats.
This more or less allows Twitch to have pre-recorded videos up on its site, not unlike the major video platform that is YouTube.
Credit goes out to my friend for sharing this Polygon post with me on Twitter.
DOOM 2016 is known not only for being a really solid title but for it’s heavy musical score with rock and more that fits Doom like a glove.
Mick Gordon also is known for his amazing work on Killer Instinct Season One. Recently, DOOM’s soundtrack released online officially and you can either purchase or listen to it on Spotify. Links will be below.
Buy (US links)
iTunes ($9.99): https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/do…k/id1157733728
Google Play ($9.49): https://play.google.com/store/music/…tacv56xhlfdz4m
Stream (US link)
Thank you metsallica of NeoGaf for covering this news originally.
In Final Fantasy VI, there was the beautiful scene in the game where the track Aria de ezzo Carattere plays. It was and still is one of the most beautiful songs in Final Fantasy history…..but what can make it EVEN better? Tidus laughing of course!
YouTube user Johnny Mac is infamous for taking the entire FFX soundtrack and replacing many of the sound effects with Tidus iconic laugh. After this being successful, he applied this laugh across other Final Fantasy games like Final Fantasy VII and VIII. It is gold, so I wanted to highlight this amazing content Johnny Mac produced recently.
Many of you know I am a huge fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog series from social media and from the Retrospective series I wrote on NeoGaf in the past, but I want to celebrate Sonic’s big birthday today through highlighting an amazing remix album from a talented fan from the Sonic Community.
This collection of tracks remixes a number of level themes across the entire Sonic series, so please consider giving this a listen, as this is a great collection of remixes. Thank you so much for making this Audio Sprite!
I have another Sonic article in the works coming out later this week, so stay tuned for a look into the Saturn/Arcade Era of the series soon. Happy 25th Birthday you Blue Blur!