NieR is some of the greatest game music of all time. So fans were rightfully excited that Square Enix was releasing the soundtracks in vinyl format. There are two releases, one for NieR Gestalt & Replicant, and one for NieR: Automata. Then there’s the combination box set which we got our hands on here. The packaging is as exquisite as the music, so fans will want to keep an eye out on the Square Enix North American merchandise store and sign up for the waiting list on these. The box set is reasonably priced at $79.99 with the individual releases coming in at $42.99.
In addition to the Final Fantasy VIII picture vinyl release that came courtesy of Square Enix last month, the highly-acclaimed To Far Away Times: Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross Arrangement Album also was given a limited run vinyl release. You can read our thoughts on the music itself here, but we thought it would be worth creating an unboxing video to show off the artwork and packaging design.
Enjoy “Schala’s Theme” featuring the voice of Laura Shigihara in the background. It unfortunately looks as though the vinyl release has sold out nearly everywhere, but if you hit up the Square Enix EU store, they have TWO copies left in stock. Grab them while you can!
Square Enix has released a selection of Final Fantasy VIII music on two picture vinyls. They’re quite gorgeous, so we thought it would be great to show them to you. While the two vinyls don’t contain the soundtrack in its entirety, most key tracks are here, including the whimsical overworld theme, “Blue Fields,” the energetic battle theme, “Don’t Be Afraid” (one of my personal favorites of the entire series), the electronic-tinged boss battle theme, “Force Your Way,” the soothing guitar track, “Breezy,” the Triple Triad theme, “Shuffle or Boogie,” Laguna’s battle theme, “The Man With The Machine Gun,” the ominous “Premonition,” what I consider to be one of Uematsu’s finest compositions, “Fisherman’s Horizon,” and the final battle theme, “The Extreme,” among others.
I thought it would be nice to include a taste of the elusive Final Fantasy VIII Chips album from 2012, which you can hear in the background.
As a huge fan of the DJMAX series, I had high hopes for SUPERBEAT: XONiC. Would they be able to retain the high quality music and addictive gameplay from the DJMAX series? The answer is yes. I felt right at home among the wonderfully produced pop, rock, and electronic music featured, and the limited edition set we got our hands on is one of the most impressive even compared to the DJMAX special edition releases. So much so, in fact, that we had to record an unboxing video, which you can see above.
There’s tons of music to love, and I didn’t find any of it outright disappointing or overly cheesy. Some of my favorites include Takahiro Eguchi’s infectiously upbeat electronic opener, “STARGAZER,” M2U’s ultra-funky “Nodding Hawk” (featured in the unboxing video) and vocaloid “March of Fear,” Makou’s electronic pop ballad, “Lop Nur,” sticky sweet pop tune, “One Juicy Step,” the funky ballad “HINAGIKU,” and Ragnarok Online-esque “Murky Waters.” Paul Bazooka goes dubstep, incorporating some neat vocal snippets in “Kitty From Hell,” while Nauts offers the energetic “CHASER” and cute pop track, “Timeline.” I also enjoyed Sampling Masters AYA (Ayako Saso)’a hard-hitting “Dimension Detonator” and playfully upbeat “Peach Fuzz,” and some authentic metal with “HEAVY DAY” from Guilty Gear X and NieN’s two-part “Souls of Vampire” and stemage-flavored “Systematic Chaos.” Fan-favorite pop trio 3rd Coast offer the sweet “Love is Real,” Kjun and Flash Finger present a tasteful mainstream pop track with great vocals called “Collaboration,” and the ranking track, “Rise to the Top,” is short but sweet, coming with a catchy Asian-inspired vibe.
In all, I couldn’t be more pleased with this collection. The limited edition comes in a fancy box that houses a two vinyl “best of” compilation as well. Learn more on the SUPERBEAT: XONiC official website!
SuperSweep has released an 11-disc collection of music and gameplay footage of Tecmo’s early arcade works, including Rygar, Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl, and others. Some of the music hasn’t been released before, and full composer credits have been included as well. Seven discs feature music, while others are dedicated to a composer round-table interview, extreme gameplay videos, and data files from Tecmo’s archives.
In this unboxing video, we take a look at the disc housing, booklet, and bonus disc for those who purchase via SuperSweep’s online store. Fans outside of Japan can buy it on CD Japan without the bonus disc. Check it out below.
I love IMERUAT. For the uninitiated, IMERUAT is a duo comprised of Masashi Hamauzu and vocalist Mina, who banded together after Hamauzu’s departure from Square Enix upon completing Final Fantasy XIII. The band combines Hamauzu’s signature compositions, heavy with piano and electronic soundscapes, with Mina’s whimsical singing style, and the result is nothing less of superb.
After an incredible debut with Black Ocean in 2012, Propelled Life comes as six-track EP, giving fans a much-needed fix of some IMERUAT goodness. But more about that below. Continue reading Review and Unboxing: IMERUAT’s Propelled LIfe