Well, that’s another month done and dusted, yeah? We had at least one absolutely massive release, quite a few years in the making. We are, of course, talking about Construction Simulator 3. Oh, and there was some game from Square Enix, that just a handful of people have been talking about. Final something? Anyways, let’s jump into the best new game music for April. Worthy of a brief shout out as well is the menu music of Predator: Hunting Grounds, a brilliant re-imagining of the main theme to one of the great action/horror films of all time.
The fourth entry in SEGA’s long-dormant series comes roaring back with it’s first numbered entry in 26 years. Bringing brilliant gameplay that feels ripped right out of an arcade cabinet and teleported to your screen, Streets of Rage 4 doesn’t mess with a formula that works. Additionally, the music that accompanies the game is phenomenal, as Olivier Derivière drops another spectacular score with a retro but contemporary feel. It’s great stuff.
Despite Capy’s long-awaited rougelike being a bit of a letdown in the gameplay department, one of the areas it truly shined was in the music. A killer soundtrack from Jim Guthrie does an immaculate job of draping all of the game’s gorgeous environments in ambience. Each shadowy corner sounds all the more ominous with this fantastic soundtrack, which excels at nailing all moods the game can throw at you.
Last but not least, we have the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII re-release that the world has been craving for years now. Odds are, even if you’re only passingly familiar with games and game music, you’ve heard Final Fantasy music in your life. To hear this music reworked as well as getting the chance to hear all new music is an incredible treat for anyone that likes games, or their music.
And that does it for April. In the next couple of months we might see noteworthy releases slow up for a bit, as the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the industry will start to stand out more. But hey, there’s still The Last of Us: Part II to look forward to. What was your favorite soundtrack of the month? What game music are you listening to these days? Let us know in the comments section below.