Video Game Music of the Week - 280


Final Fantasy XV (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

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Tracks:
Somnus (Instrumental), Hammerhead, Valse Di Fantastica, Omnis Lacrima

Composer(s):
Yoko Shimomura
Yoshitaka Suzuki
Tetsuya Shibata
Shota Nakama
Yoshino Aoki


Final Fantasy XV released in 2016 after a long, rollercoaster development period. The game was initially revealed in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, an off-shoot from the last main Final Fantasy title, Final Fantasy XIII.



Somnus (Instrumental)
This track is the games title screen theme which has a very different feel to it then all previous
Final Fantasy opening tracks. The song is slow, purposeful and has a very heavy emotional punch to it.




Hammerhead
Hammerhead is an early game location that offers players a safe hub area in which they can span out from and travel to numerous different points in the fairly large open world. While many Final Fantasy games follow a similar style or progression in their gameplay and story, the soundtracks from Final Fantasy VI to XV, in particular, are all extremely unique and different, often creating an entirely new sound and atmosphere with their music. This track shows some of the more offbeat and distinct sounds found in this specific entry, bringing a sense of our own mundane world into the fantasy-ridden series.




Valse Di Fantastica
Most modern Final Fantasy titles don't feature a singular world map or travel theme. This track is one of the games many, and can be heard while simply traversing around the unique world. The song is a rich orchestral piece that has some tremendous highs with its amazing string work.




Omnis Lacrima
This song is a Boss Theme found in numerous extremely high-tense and difficult battles. Yoko Shimomura is the games composer, which you will know from her previous work as she is the long standing composer of the Kingdom Hearts series, currently working on Kingdom Hearts III. Her intense orchestral style is very noticible in her compositions and this piece has major similarities to many of the themes found in the Kingdom Hearts series.





Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 279


The Last Guardian (PlayStation 4)

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Tracks:
Overture: Lore, Victorious, Forest

Composer(s):
Takeshi Furukawa


The Last Guardian is a 2016 PlayStation 4 exclusive game that is known for its great cinematic nature, unique story telling and its long development period. It's the third game made by Team Ico, following their PlayStation 2 titles Ico and Shadow Of The Colossus.



Overture: Lore
This track features the games most notable theme, a theme which encompasses many of the games ideas. It expresses the cryptic, mysterious and curious aspects that the game dives into with its complete artistic approach.




Victorious
Victorious is very much an action piece that builds upon the ideas presented in the previous track. The pulsing strings keep at it to present a theme that creates a surprising amount of tension.




Forest
The sound of tranquility is expressed in such a vibrant way with the track Forest. The games motif is heard again in this theme, but it's the songs progression from its piano opening to the familiar motif that creates a unique dynamic in the track.






Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 258


Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PlayStation 4)

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Tracks:
A Thief’s End, Cut To The Chase, Reunited, For Better Or Worse

Composer(s):
Henry Jackman


The fourth entry in the Uncharted series was the first to release on the PlayStation 4. While it follows many of the traditions set forth by the original three games, there is a very obvious shift in tone, which is especially noticeable in the games music.


A Thief’s End
This track plays during the opening credits in the game, which takes place just after the second chapter. The song features the main
Uncharted theme that's found throughout the series, however this rendition features a much more serious tone.




Cut To The Chase
Cut To The Chase is an action track that plays immediately upon beginning the story in Uncharted 4. Both the game, and music, through you directly into the deep end, making for an interesting Prologue, before jumping back in time to detail how you make it to that specific point.




Reunited
Reunited also features the main Uncharted theme melody, but in a very different way. It is very similar to the first song, A Thief's End, in that it maintains a more serious tone, especially when compared to the music of the original trilogy of games in the series.




For Better Or Worse
This track really represents the specific story between Nate and Elena during the course of Uncharted 4. It's a slow and relatively quiet track that features some very emotive tones and touches, helping to build upon the intense emotional themes in the story.





Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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