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Soundtrack Spotlight – “Balance Slays the Demon” (Alan Wake’s American Nightmare)

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No, this isn’t Christian rock.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is basically Alan Wake 1.5 in all but name. It tells a fairly self-contained tale, but it takes place in an alternate dimension introduced in Alan Wake ruled by a character explored in the previous game’s DLC. There’s some baggage here, to be sure.

One of the neat little touches from the previous game was the original songs performed by the Finnish band Poets of the Fall under the in-universe pseudonym Old Gods of Asgard. The Poet and the Muse was an in-game plot point with a chilling guitar solo, and Children of the Elder God…well, I’m fairly certain that one will come up later. Both songs were excellent, so I was quite happy to see this wonderful tune continue the tradition.

Balance Slays the Demon is more of a cheesy power ballad, instead of the hair metal stylings of its brother Children of the Elder God or the haunting melodic exposition of its sister The Poet and the Muse. It’s just an absolute joy to hear…whoever the frontman for PotF is scream at the top of his lungs while…whoever the lead guitarist for PotF is just go crazy with the strings. The throaty spoken lyrics, the backwards Alan Wake 2 foreshadowing, it’s all great stuff. Balance Slays the Demon is available for purchase on iTunes, because I know you want to get it legally.

Mike Cosimano resides in the coldest part of an area known for its already frigid temperatures, where he complains that every game isn't just Spider-Man 2 again. He also enjoys podcasting and being confused by PC gaming in his spare time. You can talk to him if you want to hear about his Fast and Furious crossover fan fiction.

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Troy Baker Discusses His Return as Joel in The Last of Us Part II

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The Last of Us Part II Joel Ellie screenshot

Troy Baker has spoken about his return to the role of Joel in Naughty Dog’s upcoming title The Last of Us Part II.

During an exclusive interview with OnlySP at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming, Baker was asked how he felt to return to the role alongside Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in the sequel to the acclaimed 2013 title.

“The first day we were on set was when we shot [the PSX reveal] trailer,” Baker revealed. “We go through rehearsals and stuff, and we walk through it, and things get real serious all of a sudden, when we heard both of our voices. When you put everything together, that’s when Ashley goes away and Troy goes away, and you’re left with Ellie and Joel.”

Baker noted that the first time creative director Neil Druckmann spoke to him about the potential of a sequel was during the British Academy Video Game Awards in March 2014.

Check out a clip from our exclusive interview with Troy Baker and Nolan North—including the revelation of North’s return as David and the significant musical numbers featured in the game—above, and stay tuned for the full interview.

Druckmann recently revealed that Baker and Johnson had completed their main work on the game, describing it as “the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done.” Before that, he stated that the final scene of The Last of Us Part II has been shot, with Laura Bailey recently completing her performance capture for the title. Druckmann also revealed that the rapper Logic and actor Travis Willingham will also be appearing in the game.

Earlier this month, a screen of the game’s weapon upgrade system was leaked in a promotional video, with some noting that weapon variation may be present in the game’s revision of combat.

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