Monthly Archives: July 2012

Musical Monday: “Omoi Haruka” & “Nahji no Uta” (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit), composed by Kenji Kawai

This week, I have two songs for you: “Omoi Haruka”, the soft, gentle theme from the 2007 anime Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, and its vocal version, “Nahji no Uta”. Excellent but criminally overlooked, Moribito brings its low-fantasy world to … Continue reading

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Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion – The Verdict

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

      The 1990s were the decade of the real-time strategy game, and I played every major one: Herzog Zwei, Dune 2, Command & Conquer, Warcraft 1 and 2, Red Alert, Total Annihilation, Starcraft, Age of Empires 1 and … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: “Suicide Mission” (Mass Effect 2), composed by Jack Wall

I never played Mass Effect 2, the source for this week’s song, “Suicide Mission”. Instead, I discovered the song on my newly bought copy of the “Greatest Video Game Music” CD, and took a shine to it at once. The … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: “Terra” (Final Fantasy VI), composed by Nobuo Uematsu

This week’s song is the theme of Terra, the heroine of Final Fantasy VI, and also the game’s first overworld track. Melancholy, wistful, yet with a strain of hope, it is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard despite … Continue reading

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Armageddon Empires: lessons from a five-year-old indie strategy game

  Two high-profile strategy games came out recently, Civilization V: Gods and Kings and Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, and I might as well spoil my forthcoming reviews by saying I like both of them. Each offers incremental but … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: “Shinshuu Fields” (Okami), composed by Masami Ueda

This week’s song is neither an opening nor a closing theme — it is, effectively, Okami‘s overworld theme. It’s the background music for the Shinshuu Fields, the “hub” area for the game’s first act, and much like the Morrowind theme … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: “You Were There” (Ico), composed by Michiru Oshima

I’ve featured opening themes for the first two weeks of Musical Monday, but this week I have an ending theme to share with you — “You Were There”, the perfect song to close out the lovely Ico. Enjoy!     … Continue reading

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