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Soundtrack Spotlight – “In Case of Trouble” (Bastion)

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Much like the FTL soundtrack, the Bastion soundtrack is catchy, unique, and filled to the brim with incredible tracks. It’s unquestionably my favorite album of all time, and I’m sure if some of you were to listen to the whole thing from start to finish, you might feel the same way. On paper, mixing Spaghetti Western-esque music, Eastern instrumentation, and hip-hop beats could lead to an auditory disaster. But composer Darren Korb deftly blends each of these elements, creating an unforgettable whole. Case in point? The game’s ‘main’ theme: In Case of Trouble.

In Case of Trouble is a perfect encapsulation of the Bastion soundtrack as a whole. It starts with a simple acoustic guitar riff, before the violins kick in and the guitar gets harder. For a moment, the guitar almost sounds like a synthesized beat. And then the hip-hop influences kick in. Although you could argue I’m being reductive here, this song is almost every track rolled into one. There isn’t quite as much Eastern influence here, but it’s easy to get an idea of whether you’d like the album just from this song. According to Supergiant Games – the developers of Bastion – Darren Korb will be returning to score their next game: Transistor. If this early sample is any indication, we’re in for a treat.

Again, like the FTL soundtrack, we’ll return to Bastion. For now, put this song on, lean back, relax, and pretend Rucks is narrating your life.

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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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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