Video game soundtracks have been in the news again this week – not once, not twice, but THRICE.
The most high profile story concerns the soundtrack to the PS4 exclusive Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture – initially the album was included on the Classical Artists Albums Chart, before the Official Charts Company moved it to the Official Soundtrack Album Chart claiming that the first classification had been an error. Composer Jessica Curry took to Twitter to vent her frustration at being left off the list, as she felt she would have had a No.1 entry on her hands.
I feel passionately that music created for visual media should be able to be considered as classical music. What about Philip Glass's work??
The British developers behind Rapture, The Chinese Room, also accused the firm of elitism when it came to including game soundtracks – a debate which has been ongoing since video game soundtracks were first included on the Classic FM Hall Of Fame in 2012.
In related soundtrack news, a vinyl CD for the cult SNES classic Earthbound will be getting a Western release – the 24 song release is available for a £25 pre-order now with a choice of four disc colours, set to ship to Europe and North America in early 2016. Finally, Nintendo’s surprise hit Splatoon is also getting an official soundtrack; amusingly called ‘Splatune’ it will feature 61 tracks and cost just $26 when it release in October.
The nominations for this year’s BAFTA Game Awards have been announced, with the British-made Alien Isolation leading the field with six nominations including Best Game, Game Design and Audio Achievement. Creative Assembly’s take on the classic horror film franchise earned plenty of plaudits last year and sold over one million copies worldwide.
Both Far Cry 4 and Monument Valley received five nominations apiece, with the latter and Isolation squaring off against Destiny, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8 and Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (which cleaned up at the DICE awards last week) for the top prize. The ceremony will be held on Thursday 12th March at the Tobacco Dock in London, with Rufus Hound replacing long time host Dara O Brian – the event will also be streamed live on Twitch.
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM (2011) – BETHESDA GAME STUDIOS
It feels like a very long time since I queued in the cold to pick up a copy of Skyrim last November. Since that moment, hours and days have seamlessly passed me by as I have explored the vast and engrossing world that Skyrim offers up to those who take the plunge. A few weeks ago, I finally managed to complete all the major quests that the game can throw at you – and since then I have had the trouble to trying to evaluate in my own words what hundreds of publications have already elaborated upon. Perfect scores and ‘Game Of The Year’ awards across the board have cemented Skyrim as a truly magnificent achievement for video games; what follows is simply my two cents on what Skyrim had to offer to me. Continue reading Shoot A Dragon In The Knee, Save The World – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review→
Yesterday, Bethesda Studios announced The Elder Scrolls Online, a new MMO which will take place in the world of Tamriel. The game (which has apparently been in development since 2007) will allow you to travel over the enormous world of the Elder Scrolls universe as you engage in a plot that sees various factions fighting for the position of the Emperor. Series traditions such as the Thieves Guild and the Dark Brotherhood are expected to make an appearance, as well as PvP combat between the various factions. No details have been outed yet on what structure the game will take with regards to money (seeing as free to play MMORPG’s have become quite popular as of late, and the likes of Guild Wars 2 will get by on a one time purchase fee). Judging by the screenshots that were released yesterday, it seems we might be seeing this game sooner than some of us might have perhaps expected.
And continuing the Bethesda trend, we have more details on the first piece of DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The DLC will be called ‘Dawnguard’…and that’s all we know. They are keeping very quiet about what the DLC adventures will involve, but some eager eyed players found models for Snow Elf’s amongst other things in a recent update file, suggesting it may deal with the Falmer and their origins.
The ridiculous success of Angry Birds Space continues in emphatic fashion. Developers Rovio this week revealed that the free to download title for Android, iOS, PC and Mac has reached the figure of 50,000,000 downloads in just 35 days…which works out at roughly 17 downloads every second.
Finally, there’s some new game called Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 that has been officially unveiled this week. Its set in the future, has mechanised armies taking on humans, updated zombie modes, blah blah blah…I’m sorry for the scepticism, but have Activision ever heard of giving a series a break? It was perhaps inevitable that the series was going to move into the near distant future (after all, pretty much every historical setpiece since World War Two has now been featured in the franchise), but the series is growing noticeably more tired with every instalment now. Seriously, give the developers a year off, spruce up the engine and the game (and the FPS market as a whole) will be better for it.
The day has finally come to pass – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been released across all platforms. I attended the midnight launch for the game at Gamestation in Lincoln last night….along with around 150 other eager people in the freezing cold (making it more popular than the Modern Warfare 3 launch, in Lincoln at least). Quite simply, listed below are my first impressions of a game that will swallow up my life. Continue reading The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – First Three Hours Review→
At Quakecon, Bethesda Game Studios, the developers of the award winning Oblivion and Fallout 3, held the first public demonstration of their new big hitter (and one of the most eagerly awaited games in years), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In an obvious bid to keep things under wraps, Bethesda asked no-one to record the footage of the game…but since when has that ever stopped eager gamers and convention goers? Today, several videos hit entertainment sites such as Youtube and Dailymotion showcasing a whole 30 minutes of live gameplay footage from the show….and most of them promptly got removed due to copyright stuff. Fortunately, I was quick enough to see one of the videos in its entirety on Dailymotion; I have posted the link below, so if you want to try your luck at watching it then go right ahead, but if not I made notes on the video highlighting what I thought were the most impressive things Todd Howard had to show the delighted Quakecon crowd. Continue reading 30 Minutes Of Live Skyrim Footage From Quakecon With Analysis→