Monday, January 23, 2006

Howdy, folks! School's started up, so I've been using all my free time to play some games. The demo for the RTS Star Wars: Empire at War came out. It's not bad. It's made by some former Command and Conquer people, so if you liked those games you should dig SW: EAW. The space battles are pretty entertaining to play, and it's great hearing the pilot chatter audio. I found the gameplay kinda stale though, like the developers were just making sure it had all the standard RTS elements and nothing more or new.

Speaking of Star Wars...


Today's High Score is John Williams' Star Wars and The Revenge of the Sith.

John Williams is da man. Any self-respecting soundtrack appreciation blog would have to mention this guy. So here it is :-P

This part of the track plays during the opening sequence, with Anakin and Obi-wan flying their Jedi Starfighters into a huge space battle over Coruscant. The music kinda mixes the noble heroism tunes of the Jedi, usually seen as sword swinging monks, with the more militaristic and industrial nature of space warfare.

It's kinda hard to play this track with any game, though. First off, the space combat sim genre has pretty much died off, and with them, the whole "good vs evil.. in spaaaaace!" dynamic of those games. And you might have trouble connecting the heroic nature of the music with any flight sim that's set in modern or historical eras.

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