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Soundtrack Spotlight – “The Normandy Reborn” (Mass Effect 2)

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It’s always great seeing an old friend return, even is that friend is a formidable spaceship that you and your crew have served on and relied on for assault and light-speed transportation. Today’s track from Mass Effect 2 celebrates exactly that feeling.

The track is titled “Normandy Reborn and was composed by Jack Wall. After Shepard witnessed the destruction of his ship, the Normandy, in the game’s opening, he was rescued by Cerberus and ‘rebuilt’ during a period of a few years. After reuniting with Joker, the ship’s pilot, Shepard is led to a docking bay where he witnesses the beautiful unveiling of the Normandy-SR2, the second version of the ship.

This piece is masterfully paced, with a perfect buildup leading up to the majestic explosion of trumpets and violins. It succeeds in capturing a sense of heartfelt wonder and reuniting with something beloved. The Mass Effect titles have excellent soundtracks, but this is one of the obscure surprises in the series’ musical library. Let us know what you think!

Jack Wall is an American composer who has worked on the soundtracks for game series’ like Mass Effect, Call of Duty, Splinter Cell, Myst, and many others. You can check out his site here.

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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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