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Soundtrack Spotlight – “Cry of the Ancients” (Dead Space 3)

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Oh dear. It hasn’t even been two months since Dead Space 3 came out and already the gaming world has seemingly forgotten about it, which on reflection probably isn’t totally undeserved. But hey, let’s verge away from any implied disappointments the game may have had and focus on one of its undeniable strengths; its soundtrack.

Today’s track, titled “Cry of the Ancients,” plays during the credits of Dead Space 3 as well as a few other select narrative moments in the game. Essentially two songs mixed into one, the initial segment is a sweeping orchestral melody of bombastic and bittersweet despair while the second part is a more restrained and deeply emotional piece featuring some truly puncturing piano melodies. Anyone else get a Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back feel from some of this track? The game being primarily set on a snowy planet leads me to believe this can’t be a coincidence. Have a listen below and let us know what you think!

The track was composed by James Hannigan, a British composer who has scored the likes of the Dead Space series, Runescape, Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, and many other games. You can check out his official site here.

Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@www.onlysp.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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

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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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