Soundtrack Saturdays: Braid – Maenam

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In 2009, an indie game called Braid was released on PSN. Back then, indie games didn’t get the same kind of attention as the big, mainstream console releases. But those who played it marveled about its creative design and stunning visuals. The game earned unanimous praise and several awards. Though the plot was about a man saving a princess, the story gradually evolved into something far more tragic and haunting. The game combined classic platforming mechanics with time travel powers; in order to get through obstacles and reach the end of a level, you had to reverse the flow of time itself, causing enemies, objects, and everything else to rewind accordingly. The graphics made the levels resemble massive, living paintings.

Its soundtrack was also praised; in a game where puzzling was required, the low-key, relaxing instrumentals were perfect. It’s also worth noting that, due to the brevity of the adventure – it’s beatable in 45 minutes – the soundtrack playlist is longer than the game itself. In the end, Braid became a modern classic and influenced several games after it.

If you want more Braid, you can find the full OST here.

Good gaming, good music.

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Soundtrack Saturdays: LittleBigPlanet 2 – HP Riot: I Have Changed

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Last week, I mentioned how hard it was choosing a song from LittleBigPlanet, mainly because there were so many good ones. I wasn’t even taking its sequel into account, either; LittleBigPlanet 2 trumped the original in just about every conceivable way, from the bizarre narrative and quirky characters to the sheer amount of unlockable and customizable content. While its predecessor focused mainly on platforming mechanics, this one allowed players to design racing, puzzle, and other kinds of mini-games. No other game on the PS3 – and maybe the last console generation entirely – gave gamers that much freedom. The soundtrack was updated to reflect the expansion; the OST is a fine mix of classical, disco, jazz, rock, and techno. HP Riot’s I Have Changed in-game appearance comes completely out of left field, giving an otherwise low-key level a huge burst of energy.

If you want more LittleBigPlanet 2, you can find the OST on YouTube.

Good gaming, good music.