31/07/2022

๐Ÿ•ท️⚔️ Baldur's Gate : Dark Alliance 2 Nintendo Switch Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ⚔️๐Ÿ•ท️

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An unspeakable evil has returned to the legendary city of Baldur's Gate. A call for adventurers echoes through the embattled land. Cunning warriors and bold magic users are desperately needed to reclaim Baldur's Gate from dark sorcery that threatens all in its path.

30/07/2022

๐Ÿ•บ Human Fall Flat Ten Minute Taster PC Gameplay "I Fall FLAT!" ๐Ÿ•บ @curvegames #IndieGames #GameDev

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Human: Fall Flat is a hilarious, light-hearted platformer set in floating dreamscapes that can be played solo or with up to 8 players online. 
Free new levels keep its vibrant community rewarded.

29/07/2022

๐Ÿ’™ Safe In Our World #SafeMentaliTEE "The Greatest Moments of Our Retrogaming Journey" ๐Ÿ’™ @SquaredSeven @SafeInOurWorld

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Where It All Began

It was about 10 years ago when I first had the thought.

I was bored with the daily grind of my life and how I was spending my free time. I was in a rut and I knew I wanted to do something to get out of that rut. It was time to do something for myself to enrich my life and feed the inner creativity that had been buried deep inside me.

The problem was that I didn't have a clue where to start or what to do.

28/07/2022

๐ŸŽฎ Gamedec Nintendo Switch Review 7.5/10 "A Combat-Free Cyberpunk Tale" ๐ŸŽฎ @GamedecTheGame @AnsharStudios #GameDev #IndieGames

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I’ve been following the development of Gamedec for a couple of years, playing the PC preview back in 2020 really gave me a taste for the thought of a choice-rich RPG that was bereft of any combat in the core gameplay.

I think at the time, I’d covered a handful of games with clunky combat and the thought of an RPG fully focussed on the dialogue / investigative side of things seemed a very cool way to go.

27/07/2022

๐Ÿฒ⚔️ Souldiers Nintendo Switch Review 7/10 "A Lot of Dungeon for Your Dollar" ๐Ÿฒ⚔️ @souldiersgame @plugindigital #IndieGames #GameDev

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I’m not a completist. I’m not all about getting 100% on games. I didn’t even think about trying to hunt down all TWO HUNDRED pigeons hidden across the vast map of GTA4, for example, just for the sake of a fleeting smirk of satisfaction and a digital plaque on my avatar’s wall. 

26/07/2022

๐Ÿ”ช The Quarry Xbox Series X Review 8.5/10 "The Best Supermassive Title Yet" ๐Ÿ”ช @SuperMGames #TheQuarry

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We at GF – specifically, myself and Transvaal – are big fans of Supermassive Games’ approach to the horror genre, especially in the ‘one session and done’ The Dark Pictures Anthology series, which appears to be growing stronger with each release. And so we approached The Quarry with the (little) hope that we’d be in for a good time watching people have bad times, and that hope was rewarded with – what we believe to be – the best Supermassive Games release yet.

25/07/2022

๐Ÿฆ‹ Mothmen 1966 Nintendo Switch Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ๐Ÿฆ‹ @ChorusWorldwide #IndieGames #GameDev

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Mothmen 1966 is the first in a new series of interactive adventures: Pixel Pulps. Created by novelist Nico Saraintaris and artist Fernando Martinez Ruppel, Pixel Pulps are a fusion of exceptional writing and stunning illustration, inspired by mid-20th century pulp fiction and 80s home computer graphics. The first volume comprises three games: Mothmen 1966, Varney Lake, and Bahnsen Knights.

๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ Immerse Yourself in Nostalgia with Video Game Music Essentials: Ben Briggs ๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ @bbriggsmusic @FiragaRecords @MateriaStore #VideoGameMusic

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Firaga Records to celebrate talented artist Ben Briggs with a full spectrum album covering everything from Chrono Trigger to Super Mario Galaxy.

24/07/2022

๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ Britt’s Vinyl Fantasies #4 ๐Ÿ“€๐Ÿ’ฟ #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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My last Vinyl Fantasies was back in April ‘22, and since then a lot of gold has been handed to me by my friendly neighbourhood postman, meaning that I have to talk about the wonderful albums that have been causing tiny revolutions to happen in my house over and over again.

As usual, the records are presented in no particular order.

23/07/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ Matt Gray Reformation LIMITED EDITION Vinyl Release Review ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€ @mattgrayc64 #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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Description from 6581 Records website:

“The Limited Edition Double Vinyl (250 copies only) version of the original Reformation album by Matt Gray featuring remakes of classic C64 game music.

A selection of the best of the Reformation box set across 2 vinyl discs this is a limited edition of just 250 copies and should be highly collectable.

Comes complete with all 40+ tracks from the box set (does NOT include the full LN2 album) at full quality FLAC & MP3 downloads including additional bonus tracks.”

22/07/2022

๐ŸฏBright Memory: Infinite Xbox Series X Review 8/10 "I'm No Cosmologist" ๐Ÿฏ @FYQD_Studio #IndieGame #GameDev

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I'm no cosmologist, but I'm reasonably sure that if a black hole opened up in the sky then we would all be dead in very short order. However, this is the event that kicks off Bright Memory: Infinite, and by the end of the game (which is only about 2-3 hours), everything is broadly similar to the way it was at the start. 

Although you have killed quite a few people, as well as some unexpected historical warriors, in that time, as well as engaged in a gun battle on the wings of a plane that is being sucked into the said black hole.

21/07/2022

๐Ÿง› Vampire Survivors Receives Patch 9.0 ๐Ÿง› #IndieGames #GameDev

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After 100,000 positive Steam user reviews (including classics like “3 dollar cocaine”) 

Vampire Survivors receives Patch 9.0 on 21/07/22 (5 pm BST/ 2 pm EDT/9 am PDT)

This means they’re closing in on v1.0...๐Ÿง›

Documentary Review: Goldenera The Legend of GoldenEye 007 Revealed ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽฎ @GoldenEraDoco #RetroGaming #007 #JamesBond

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A full-length documentary about ‘the most important video game ever made’, Goldenera is a pretty robust documentary that covers the background, creation, release, and impact of Rare’s seminal 1997 title, Goldeneye.

A title that fuelled millions of hours of gaming upon its release, and for a lot of people, was the nucleus for some of their most treasured videogame memories.

20/07/2022

๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿ‘ฝ The Anacrusis PC Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿ‘ฝ @anacrusisgame #IndieGame #GameDev

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The Anacrusis is a four-player, cooperative first-person shooter set aboard a massive starship stranded at the edge of explored space. Team up with your friends in an infinitely-replayable fight against alien hordes to unlock perks, weapons, and new ways to play that you can share with your team!

19/07/2022

๐Ÿ“–✅ Go Straight: The Ultimate Guide to Side-Scrolling Beat-’em-Ups Review | "I’ll see you at the player select screen" #VideoGameBooks

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We’ve been lucky enough to cover some of Bitmap Books’ previous releases, and all have been some of the most impressive tomes to cross our desks, from the likes of the (as far as I’m concerned) legally definitive A Guide to Japanese Role-Playing Games to the more -surprisingly – emotional hit of A Gremlin in the Works, Bitmap Books are seemingly the pinnacle of quality books for the gaming scene. Perfectly edited, beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written.

๐Ÿ’ฐ Fantastic Deals On Trust Gaming Gear! ๐Ÿ’ฐ

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Even though Prime Day has passed here are some fantastic deals from gaming specialist Trust that are currently live on retailers Argos and Very, running up until the 2nd of August.

With up to fifty per cent off, there are great savings to be made on streaming mics, gaming headsets, gaming chairs, speakers and mice.

⚔️๐Ÿด๐Ÿค– Shared open-world RPG Tower of Fantasy Reveals New Trailer ⚔️๐Ÿด๐Ÿค– @ToF_EN_Official #ToF #Toweroffantasy

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Level Infinite and Hotta Studios, the creators of the shared open-world adventure Tower of Fantasy, released a new character trailer today that introduces the vibrant and unique characters that will be featured in the game when it releases this year.

Premier Audio Brand EPOS Relaunches Wireless Gaming Earbuds with Highly Requested Mic Feature

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The GTW 270 Hybrid low-latency wireless gaming earbuds now allow mic connectivity via USB-C dongle, providing both on-the-go, console and PC gamers more communication freedom when gaming.

The GTW 270 Hybrid wireless earbuds from premium audio company EPOS are stacked with key features sought out by gamers: low-latency wireless technology, closed acoustic sound, multifunctionality between devices and ergonomic shape for comfort. 

Now including the highly requested feature of mic connectivity from the USB-C dongle, in addition to the original Bluetooth® mic function, the GTW 270 Hybrid is an even more versatile product for true audio freedom.

18/07/2022

๐Ÿคผ‍♂️ Big Bang Pro Wrestling Nintendo Switch Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ๐Ÿคผ‍♂️

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In Big Bang Pro Wrestling For The Nintendo Switch, it's about to pop off as the original Neo Geo Pocket Colour game makes its way to Nintendo and Rich gives it a whirl...

Muscle-bound wrestlers take the stage for a bombastic all-out brawl! Easy controls allow you to pull off sick and devastating special moves from the push of a button!

-10 fighters to choose from including fledging newbies, masked wrestlers, and hulking heavyweights! The ring is calling you!

-Each wrestler comes with their own personalized Finishing Move. Fulfill the proper conditions and let it rip to win the fight!

-Change up the rules with exciting modes like Coffin Death Match where your goal is to toss your opponent into a coffin. 

Or, try to steal away the reward in Reward Death Match to really stick it to your opponent!

eShop Link:

17/07/2022

๐Ÿ APICO Nintendo Switch Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ๐Ÿ@apico_game #InidieGames #GameDev

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APICO is a laid-back beekeeping sim game about breeding, collecting, & conserving bees! Set in a series of lush environments, APICO uniquely combines resource gathering, biology, and beekeeping minigames, taking ideas from a mix of real-life and fantasy apiculture & floriculture.

16/07/2022

๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€๐ŸŽถ Wayo Records Interview (Jonathan Khersis) ๐Ÿ’ฟ๐Ÿ“€๐ŸŽถ #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl

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Established over a decade ago in Paris, French record label Wayรด Records have made a name for themselves by releasing consistently high-quality albums such as Actraiser, Across the Worlds and Metal Slug X, to name but a few, as well as some truly gorgeous music boxes.

I caught up with Jonathan Khersis to find out the history of the label and it’s clear that this is very much a passion-driven company that goes far beyond standard releases.

15/07/2022

๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Autobahn Police Simulator 3 Review 4.5/10 "New ideas can’t paper over the issues that carry through the series" ๐Ÿš” @AerosoftGmbH #IndieGames #GameDev

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I reviewed Autobahn Police Simulator 2 back at the end of 2020, and, whilst I enjoyed my time with the game, the unavoidable technical issues really hacked away at what was a solid premise with some great ideas floating around. In my review of the previous entry, I stated:

 “Whilst Autobahn Police Simulator 2 is a tough one to recommend due to the above-mentioned issues, I really hope that a third game comes out and has more time spent on the basics such as camera work, animation, controls and overall smoothness.”

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

14/07/2022

๐ŸŽง๐Ÿ–ฑ️EKSA launches its Fenrir E7000 Gaming Headset and EM600 RGB Advanced PC Gaming Mouse for the 'Ultimate Gaming Setup' ๐ŸŽง๐Ÿ–ฑ️ @EKSAtech

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With an eleven-year history of developing and manufacturing gaming products for top global brands, peripheral experts EKSA is pleased to announce the release of two new gaming products, the Fenrir E7000 Gaming Headset and 2022 Red Dot winning EM600 advanced PC gaming mouse. 

The EKSA Fenrir E7000 Gaming Headset is available from the EKSA website,  Amazon for $35.99 and Amazon UK £35.99 and the EM600 gaming mouse is available from the EKSA websiteAmazon for $25.99 and Amazon UK £29.99.

⚔️ Team17 to publish beat ‘em up co-op game, Bravery & Greed ⚔️ @BraveryAndGreed

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Evoking classic adventure video games of the 1980s and 1990s, Bravery & Greed offers four classes to choose from; the agile Rogue, the valiant Warrior, the eccentric Wizard, and the mighty Amazon, each with their own unique skills and abilities to help them survive long enough to loot everything (and anything) they can get their hands on. Bravery & Greed features several unique game modes for players to jump into including 

  • Adventure mode – a traditional campaign with a variety of environments and enemies for players to tackle
  • Horde mode – an increasing challenge with waves of unrelenting enemies
  • PvP modes for players to settle their grudges in head-to-head combat

Bravery & Greed Key Features

  • Multiplayer: Jump into the fun with up to four-player online and local co-operative gameplay, with a variety of both PvE and PvP game modes
  • Robust Combat System: parry, dodge, and juggle abilities to unleash destructive spells on mighty foes, bosses, and even unsuspecting allies
  • Classes: Choose from four different and unique classes; Rogue, Warrior, Wizard, and Amazon, all boasting their own skills and specialities   
  • Gameplay Altering Perks: Four different paths await, each offering up perks that will affect gameplay, but beware, once a path is chosen the player is committed to it until death
  • Items: The cavernous dungeons of Bravery & Greed are littered with items for players to pick up and equip; gloves, boots, amulets, and wands all share affinities with one of the four paths, use them correctly to devastating effect
  • NPC Followers: Hidden throughout the levels, humanoid and animal followers can be acquired to fight alongside players, helping usher them towards the glorious gold and treasure that awaits.

Bravery & Greed is currently available to Wishlist on Steam

To keep up to date with all the information on Bravery & Greed please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join us on Discord.

๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ‍⬛ Wildcat Machine Gun PC Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ‍⬛ @ChunkyboxGames #GameDev #IndieGames

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Wildcat Gun Machine is a bullet hell dungeon crawler where you take on hordes of disgusting flesh beasts with a wide variety of guns, giant mech robots, and cute kittens.

13/07/2022

๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“• Mothmen 1966 Xbox Series X Review 7.5/10 "A pretty punchy pulpy paperback presented in pixels" ๐Ÿ“˜๐Ÿ“• @lcbgamestudio #GameDev #IndieGame

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"Mothmen 1966 is a 'Pixel Pulp' - a visual novel featuring a fusion of exceptional writing and stunning illustration, inspired by mid-20th century pulp fiction and 80s home computer graphics - set amongst the strange occurrences of the Leonid meteor shower of 1966."

12/07/2022

๐Ÿจ Fobia - St. Dinfna Hotel Xbox Series X Review 6/10 “A case of metathesiophobia” ๐Ÿจ @transvaalgf @PulsatrixStudio #GameDev #IndieGames

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I’ve had a bit of a problem with budget horror titles in the past few months, every game I have played is just trying to be like its predecessors - mostly Resident Evil -  which is fine in small doses, but when every game is mired in the past, it just feels dull.

I’ve really wanted a game to shake up horror and be bold and try something completely new. 

Enter Fobia-St Dinfna Hotel, I had seen the trailer and had my reservations - and on playing through the game, yeah, it falls into the category of titles just described. It’s not a bad game - though for me and a few others it does have one major problem which I will go into later - it just feels like we’ve been here before and not just bought the T-shirt but also the mug, commemorative plates, and snow globe.

11/07/2022

๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ๐ŸŽŽ Pocky & Rocky Reshrined PS4 Review 8/10 "My Pixels Bring All The Boys To the Yard" ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘บ๐ŸŽŽ @Natsume_Inc #Retrogaming #Retrogames #PixelArt

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If you loved the original SNES games then you'll adore this!

Pocky and Rocky Reshrined sits somewhere between a sequel and a remaster. With the opening stages being a re-run of the original SNES games and only as you progress through the levels does it then deviate to a different and even confusing new story. To be fair to the game beyond those early levels this is definitely a NEW Pocky & Rocky game and maybe those early levels were in there to get the nostalgia glands flowing with nostalgia juice before the new stuff kicks in.

⚔️ Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 Will Launch July 20th On EVERYTHING! ⚔️ #BaldursGate

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Interplay Entertainment (IPLY) and Wizards of the Coast have announced that they are set to release the remastered Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 across all platforms on July 20th.

After the huge success of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance's re-releasethe remastered sequel (supporting up to 4K native resolutions) will be launching on Steam and Steamdeck, all Xbox and PlayStation systems as well as Nintendo Switch.

Based in and around the city of Baldur's Gate itself, the game features 5 playable characters and classes and spans dozens of locations. Featuring the ability to create custom weapons and armor, players can improve items by using runestones and gems while playing through the game's four difficulty levels; "Easy", "Normal", "Hard" and "Extreme". 

Whether choosing the barbarian, monk, necromancer, rogue or cleric, players will have to actively fight through hordes of monsters ranging from Hobgoblins, Ghouls, Golems and dreaded Dragons while dodging attacks and evading deadly traps.

All versions of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance support local co-op play, while the Steam version will support Remote Play for a long-distance co-op experience. Fully verified on Steamdeck, now’s the perfect time to grab an ally or brave Baldur's Gate on the move and play the sequel that defined a generation.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2 can be wishlisted now on Steam and GOG, with the Microsoft, Nintendo, PlayStation and Epic Games store links going live soon.

๐Ÿ‘น Brace yourselves for the relentless ORX! ๐Ÿ‘บ @critical_reflex #ORX

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The upcoming tower defence game, ORX, is officially landing both on Steam and the Epic Games Store on 30th August 2022. 

Developed by John Bell and published by Critical Reflex, ORX blends the mechanics of popular deck building and tabletop games, like Carcassonne, to create a truly unique experience.

ORX pits you against hordes of ruthless enemies in a dark fantasy setting as you endeavour to grow your kingdom in a part-tower defence, part-deck building card game. Players can check out ORX via its demo, available until the 14th of July!

 

Watch the latest gameplay trailer here


WISHLIST ON STEAM

10/07/2022

๐Ÿ•ต️ American Theft ‘80s PC Review 7/10 "I’ll never get bored of going out nicking" ๐Ÿ•ต️ @NobleMuffins @Play_Way #GameDev #IndieGames

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I have been LUCKY whenever I dive into the PC goody bag of The Mighty Games Freezer. As I primarily focus on console releases, twice now I’ve been in situations where I can cover some PC action, and it’s been just the ticket! The first game was Aground - one of my all-time favourites - and now I get to talk about the follow-up to Thief Simulator, American Theft ‘80s. Good.

09/07/2022

๐ŸŽฎ LUMINES PSP GAMEPLAY ON AN ORIGINAL PSP ๐ŸŽฎ

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I'm digging out the PSP and getting stuck into some LUMINES after purchasing it from a charity shop for 99p!

What a wonderfully simple but addictive video game it still is!





08/07/2022

๐Ÿฆ Pocky & Rocky Reshrined PS4 Ten Minute Taster Gameplay ๐Ÿฆ @ININ_Games

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Pocky the shrine maiden and Rocky the raccoon are back together in the latest game in the long-running classic shooter series! As the evil Black Mantle attacks, Pocky and Rocky need to team up once again, this time with some new friends to take on the upcoming challenges! With 8 stages of high-paced shooting action, you'll have your hands full with creepy enemies, big bosses, and lots of twists and turns!

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined is a multi-directional scrolling shooter in the classic 16-bit style with improved graphics, sound, and fun! Gameplay takes place from a top-down perspective and features both single-player and cooperative modes. The adventures of Pocky and Rocky begin again!

• Continue the story with the newest instalment of the series!

• Play alone in Story Mode or with a friend in Free Mode!

• Extra Easy Mode for Beginners!

• Play as Pocky, Rocky, or one of three new characters!

• Try to top the online leaderboards!


๐Ÿ’ New Trailer for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum™ ๐Ÿ’#GollumGame @GollumGame @daedalic

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Daedalic and NACON reveal the first official gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated story-driven adventure The Lord of the Rings: Gollum.

07/07/2022

๐Ÿฆ… The Falconeer Vinyl Soundtrack Review - Wired Productions ๐Ÿฆ… #Vinyl #VideoGameVinyl @WiredP @Withnailmarwood

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Purchase Link:

https://shop.wiredproductions.com/products/the-falconeer-vinyl-soundtrack-2xlp

The vinyl soundtrack to one-man indie developer Tomas Sala’s 2020 release The Falconeer is a somewhat different beast from the type of soundtracks that I usually cover here at GF HQ.

Whilst it is traditional insomuch as it contains 31 tracks from the game, it also contains several passages carefully woven into the music that acts as spoken word accompaniments, allowing the listener to follow the narrative journey of the game in audio format.

The more I listened to the record, the more I came to view it as a hybrid release of soundtrack and audiobook, telling a tale through both the medium of majestic song and richly delivered spoken word segments.

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