The stars turn and a time presents itself. And with that comes more game music. March was a month bursting to the brim with titles from a variety of genres, from JRPGs to AAA first-person shooters to more unique titles like mandatory co-op experiences. There was a little for everyone in March. Among these titles were some really great soundtracks, too.
Josef Fares’ mandatory co-op prison break, while a little rough around the edges, was able to still deliver a knockout title that was truly heightened by the co-op experience rather than held back. Alongside that was a great soundtrack, crafted by Sam Hulick – best known for his work on the Mass Effect soundtracks – and Gustaf Grefberg, who previously worked on Fares’ last title, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. There’s no official release yet, but hopefully that’ll be changing soon.
Composer Joe Hisaishi, the man responsible for many of the scores to Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece films, scored the first Ni No Kuni when it released on the PS3. He returns to score the follow-up, and, while maybe not quite as universally great – editor Robert Ramsey had his gripes with a few of the looping tracks – the score is still unquestionably extraordinary.
Criterion’s racing gem is fondly remembered, and the PS4 remaster was able to give us a nice, fresh reminder about it was so beloved. Alongside that is the game’s great licensed score, which much titles like the Tony Hawk games, is a major part of what gives the title its character. The eclectic and varied soundtrack is classic.
And that about does it. While March had a lot on offer in the game’s department, there really weren’t all that many memorable scores to discuss. That should hopefully change in April when a certain God of War rears its head.