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Exclusive: Metal Gear Composer Covers Final Fantasy VI Track On New Album

Last week, we detailed a new album called Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II, which features relaxing arrangements by Metal Gear and Bayonetta composer Norihiko Hibino. Now, we're exclusively revealing one of the tracks on the album.

The album has arrangements from Skyrim, Shovel Knight, Final Fantasy, and more, but Scarlet Moon Records has been slowly trickling out the track listing. Today, we're revealing that Final Fantasy VI's "Kids Run Through The City Corner" will be one of the songs covered on the album. Better yet, we also have a sample of it, so you can get a taste of what's in store. 

So far the following tracks have been revealed: 

  • Troian Beauty – Final Fantasy IV
  •  The Streets of Whiterun – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  •  The One Who Is Torn Apart – Xenogears
  •  Courage Under Fire –Shovel Knight
  •  The Moon – DuckTales
  •  Scattering Blossoms – Chrono Trigger
  • Snake Eater – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

 

You can listen to part of the track below.

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For more information and to pre-order, visit Scarlet Moon Records' site

Also, if you purchase volumes I and II on Loudr together, you get the Gentle Love single from Monarch: Heroes of a New Age Arrangements & Variations ("GENTLE OBLIVION").

What do you think? Does the album have your interest? Let us know in the comments below!

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Here’s Mewtwo’s Final Smash Executed Against Seven Other Fighters

Mewtwo is available today for players who bought and registered both versions of Super Smash Bros., so we decided to take a look at the new fighter's final smash.

You can actually see it performed twice in the video below – once against a single opponent, and once against seven during our 8-player Mewtwo Test Chamber (which you can see here). Mewtwo appeared as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but not in Brawl, so while we have played as him before, this is the first time he has had a final smash.

For his final smash, Mewtwo transforms into his Mega Evolved version from Pokémon Y and sends a giant energy ball across the stage that captures and fling opponents off the stage.

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You can also watch the video on YouTube here.

Mewtwo is available for free to players who bought and registered Super
Smash Bros. on Wii U and 3DS. If you're one of those folks, check your e-mail for a pair of download codes from Nintendo. Alternatively, you can purchase him for $ 3.99, or you can pay $ 4.99 to get him on both platforms starting April 28.

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Final Fantasy VI Opera Song Receives Music Video Tribute

Vocalist Jillian Aversa's new video has her teaming up with cellist Tina Guo to perform a beautiful rendition of Final Fantasy VI’s Aria di Mezzo Carattere, an iconic opera song originally composed by the famed Nobuo Uematsu.

Today marks Final Fantasy VI’s 21st anniversary, and Jillian’s new video is the perfect tribute. It began as a collaboration with her husband, Andrew Aversa, a game composer who has worked on titles such as Soulcalibur V and Super Street Fighter II. The cover was originally created for the Final Fantasy VI: Balance & Ruin project on OverClocked Remix, an online video game music community.

Most notably, Jillian has performed the song during the Video Games Live international tour, and the track is featured on the concert's newest album, Video Games Live: Level 4.

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To hear more of Jillian’s music, check out her recent music video dedicated to The Legend of Zelda, as well as her YouTube channel.

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Sunless Sea sales and funding data: From Early Access to final release

Rich data on the indie game: “On 1st July, we launched on Steam. Across all channels – our website, Steam and the Humble Store – we sold 28,423 copies in July. Of those, 72% were in the first week.” …


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This Week In Mobile – Final Fantasy And The First Apple Watch Game

This week in mobile, the Final Fantasy world is falling apart at the seams and Disney brings Star Wars Rebels to mobile platforms. 

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): iOs, Android
Price: Free

At its core, Final Fantasy Record Keeper is fan-service layered in fan-service. In some cases that would be a bad thing, but not when the game in question is paying homage to one of the biggest series of all-time. It also helps that Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a good way to spend time. It might be a little boiled down, but the basic premise of wave-based, classically-styled Final Fantasy dungeons works well enough to support the premise of piece the universe back together. It’s not going to blow anyone away, but fans of the series should find plenty to enjoy.

Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions
Developer: Disney
Platform(s): iOS
Price: Free

One of the first things Disney did after acquiring the Star Wars property was canning the Star Wars: The Clones Wars animated series that had been airing on Cartoon Network. The replacement for the show came in the form of Star Wars Rebels, which jumped from the middle of the prequel trilogy to just a few years before the events of Episode IV. To go along with the series, Disney has released Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions. Recon Missions puts players in control of one of four characters and pits them against the forces of the evil Empire in a side-scrolling shooter. When players aren’t blasting away at bad guys, they’re building up their base to earn unlocks and rewards.

Rules!
Developer: TheCodingMonkeys
Platform(s): iOS
Price: $ 2.99

In Rules!, players are presented with a game board and 16 cards. As they play more rules for eliminating cards are presented, and players must eliminate as many sets of cards as possible before time runs out. It’s a simple premise, but not exactly what makes Rules! noteworthy right now. Rules! is actually the first game to be approved for the Apple Watch. While Apple’s latest product doesn’t hit shelves until late April, there are a few of the devices out and about in public already. The Apple Watch version of Rules! is slightly paired down, supporting just 4 cards instead of 16, but it maintains the same catchy formula of the original. Only this time it will be, quite literally, impossible (or at least a very bad idea) to put down.

Breath of Light
Developer: Many Monkeys
Platform(s): iOS
Price: $ 2.99

If you enjoy getting lost in a game, or peacefully puzzling your way through relaxing environments, then Breath of Light is a game you should be checking out. Breath of Light mixes particle physics-based puzzles with a relaxing soundtrack and simplistic visuals to create a game that’s easy to get lost in. Players are tasked with dropping objects to redirect the flow of life-force between white lotuses in a level. One of the big upsides to the game is that there is no need to unlock levels or race a clock, everything is open from the start. 

Silly Sausage in Meat Land
Developer: Nitrome
Platform(s): iOS
Price: Free

Silly Sausage in Meat Land is a surprising combination of a snake game and roguelike sensibilities. Players are set at a starting point, and tasked with collecting gems by swiping to control the direction Silly Sausage moves through the world. Any time they contact a wall, Silly Sausage stops and sits on it, allowing players to catch their metaphorical breath and also avoid being hit by spike traps. If the player is still stretching, they can be hit by moving spike balls, but sitting on a wall immediately makes them invincible. Players can pay gems to respawn at later checkpoints, but get knocked all the way back to the start if they die without doing so.

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Final Set Of Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call 2nd Performance DLC Is Now Available

Earlier in the week we learned some more tracks would
be coming to Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call, and now all eight tracks
are available to purchase and download in North America. This batch of DLC will
be the final set of the 2nd Performance DLC.

The following songs are available as Battle Music Sequences
(BMS) and the two songs marked with an asterisk, “Struggle to the Death” and “Devil
Lord Confrontation II” are free to download for a limited time.

  • “Real Emotion” (Final Fantasy X-2)
  • “Struggle to the Death” (Final Fantasy Legend II)*
  • “Devil Lord Confrontation II” (Romancing SaGa 3)*
  • “Boss Battle 2” (Chrono Trigger)
  • “Shadowlord” (Nier)

The following songs are available as Field Music Sequences
(FMS)

  • “Corridors of Time” (Chrono Trigger)
  • “Meridian Child” (Seiken Densetsu 3)
  • “Birds in the Sky, Fish in the River” (Live A Live)  

 

Our Take
It is disappointing to learn this is the final batch of
the 2nd Performance DLC for Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Curtain Call, especially
since it was interesting to see the song selection branch out from Final
Fantasy music and into Square Enix’s back catalog of RPGs. Releasing over 80 songs
of DLC for the game was certainly an impressive amount of support though, and
really did extend the experience for many. It will be interesting to see in the
future if we get Dragon Quest Theatrhythm in North America and if the series will
continue beyond that.

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Test Chamber – Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

While a lot of people were attracted to the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for the coupled demo of Final Fantasy XV, this port of the PSP game contains a lot of content and is one of the most experimental Final Fantasy games in years. Game Informer's Matt Miller reviewed the game and is joined by Andrew Reiner and intern Justin Mikos as he explains the basics of the game and shares his full impressions.

Watch the video below to learn all about the latest installment in the Final Fantasy series.

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Test Chamber – Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae

This week saw the release of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, but the more exciting element to that package was the inclusion of the Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae demo. You can watch us play through the entire demo in the archive of our live stream or watch the video below to have a look at a gigantic summon and new limit break.

Join Brian Shea, Ben Reeves, and intern Justin Mikos as we explore the small open world demo after beating the behemoth, check out how the world levels up as you do, and to watch the game's amazing summon one more time.

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Watch Our Two-Hour Long Final Fantasy XV Live Stream Archive

Final Fantasy XV has been a long time coming and we finally got our hands on Episode Duscae.

We played the entire two-hour demo in its entirety and got to unlock an impressive Elder God summon at the end as a reward. Check it out below.

If you want a primer on FF XV's long – and we mean long – development path, check out Joe Juba's feature on the game's history.

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Watch Our Two-Hour Long Final Fantasy XV Live Stream Archive

Final Fantasy XV has been a long time coming and we finally got our hands on Episode Duscae.

We played the entire two-hour demo in its entirety and got to unlock an impressive Elder God summon at the end as a reward. Check it out below.

If you want a primer on FF XV's long – and we mean long – development path, check out Joe Juba's feature on the game's history.

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