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Soundtrack Spotlight – “To Zanarkand” (Final Fantasy X)

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One of these days, somebody’s going to have to sit me down and explain the appeal of Final Fantasy X to me. It seems that for every positive aspect, there’s a negative to counter it. For every cool boss fight, there’s a skull-puncturingly dull temple puzzle sequence. For every Auron, there’s a [insert character from Final Fantasy X]. For every ineffective romantic scene…there’s a great piece of music. Like To Zanarkand, the game’s opening theme.

Divorced from context – which is probably for the best, in all honesty – this is just a very sad piano song. But it’s a nigh-perfectly composed sad piano song, hitting practically all the right notes. The very simple opening notes manage to feel both nostalgic yet iconic; the first time you hear it, it feels like a teary revelation. To Zanarkand is the warm depression you feel when saying goodbye to someone you know you’ll never see again.

I guess that’s technically a spoiler? Didn’t really think about it when writing that metaphor, but it’s applicable either way. That Final Fantasy X stroke X-2 HD remake is coming out at some point, so let me end this with a word of caution. Everyone is free to make their own decisions and encouraged to experience things for themselves, but this song may convince you to buy a copy of Final Fantasy X. Please do not buy a copy of Final Fantasy X.

This is still a really good song, though.

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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