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Classic FM Hall of Fame 2015 Video Game Music round-up – Who made it in?

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Classic FM, Game soundtracks, Grant Kirkhope, Gustavo Santaolalla, Hall of Fame 2015, Jeremy Soule, Koji Kondo, Martin O’ Donnell, music, Nobuo Uematsu, Russell Brower, Yoko Shimomura

Classic FM Hall of Fame 2015 Video Game Music round-up – Who made it in?

The biggest public survey for classic music in the world is over again for another year. Yet again The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams rules supreme at No.1, but music from video game soundtracks had its best representation yet in the 2015 countdown. A total of twelve pieces from games made it into the top 300 list, with several new entries and (arguably) better tracks being used to represent each franchise.

There were casualties, though. Austin Wintory’s score for Journey fell out of the chart this year, much to my own dismay. While I hope it makes a return next year, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the 4-day playlist was perhaps one of the best ones in recent memory. Before we get to our round-up, a quick honourable mention to Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, as Elliot Goldenthal’s score made a surprise appearance at #259. While the film didn’t set the world of fire like Squeenix hoped it would, there’s no denying that tracks like ‘Adagio and Transformation’ aren’t worthy of recognition.

Anyway, on with our countdown, with titles, composers, and links to the official listings over on Classic FM.

Halo 3 - Finish the Fight - #244

Martin O’ Donnell / Michael Salvatori

As ways to kick off a list go, this is probably the best one to do it with. The closing number of the Halo 3 soundtrack perfectly captures the grandeur of the series, as well as the memories of gamers everywhere to, as the title states, finish the fight (until the next one came out, obviously.) O’ Donnell’s themes are some of the most recognisable the games industry has produced, and his place on the countdown is more than justified.

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Final Fantasy legend Nobuo Uematsu to score Defender's Quest II

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Defender's Quest II, Indie Games, Nobuo Uematsu, RPG, Tower Defence games

Final Fantasy legend Nobuo Uematsu to score Defender's Quest II

As the sequel to one of our favourite indie games of the last few years, Defender's Quest II has already got us rather excited... and headhunted some seriously big guns. Having secured the services of Rust: An Elysian Tail's Dean Dodrill to animate the upcoming tower defence/RPG hybrid, Level Up Labs have now announced that their main theme will be scored by none other than the inestimable Nobuo Uematsu.

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Project Phoenix Kickstarter Closes, Tops A Million Dollars

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Creative Intelligence Arts, JRPG, Kickstarter, Nobuo Uematsu, PC games, Project Phoenix, PS4 games

Project Phoenix Kickstarter Closes, Tops A Million Dollars

10x Original Target, But Will It Be Enough?

Project Phoenix has successfully raised over $1 million at the end of its Kickstarter campaign, having originally sought just $100,000 to get the ball rolling.

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Project Phoenix Confirmed For PS4 & Vita

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Creative Intelligence Arts, JRPG, Kickstarter, Nobuo Uematsu, PC games, Project Phoenix, PS4 games

Project Phoenix Confirmed For PS4 & Vita

Indie-meets-triple A JRPG Project Phoenix has managed to secure seven times its Kickstarter funding target with five days left to go. Creative Intelligence Arts have now proudly announced that a PS4 and Vita version are on the cards, and that new platform-specific tiers are on their way.

In case you didn't already know, Nobuo Uematsu is signed up to compose the soundtrack. Yeah. Now you're paying attention.

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Project Phoenix Dev Diary Fleshes Out Tactical Combat

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Creative Intelligence Arts, Developer diary, JRPG, Kickstarter, Nobuo Uematsu, PC games, Project Phoenix, PS4 games

Project Phoenix Dev Diary Fleshes Out Tactical Combat

Project Phoenix is still drawing in the punters on Kickstarter, understandable since it's a revolutionary JRPG project from veteran AAA developers and Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu. Keen to attract even more extra funding above and beyond their original $100,000 target (which they've since sextupled) Creative Intelligence Arts have released a new developer diary discussing how terrain factors into the real-time strategy combat.

It will be interesting to see how many more pledges Project Phoenix attracts over the coming fortnight, especially since the initial target is notably low for a project of this scale. It's due out in 2015 on PC, with PS4 and Wii U ports under consideration.

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Project Phoenix Kickstarter Triples Target In 48 Hours

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Creative Intelligence Arts, JRPG, Kickstarter, Nobuo Uematsu, PC games, Project Phoenix, PS4 games

Project Phoenix Kickstarter Triples Target In 48 Hours

Project Phoenix, the ambitious crowd-funded JRPG/RTS hybrid from numerous Eastern and Western genre veterans, has nearly managed to secure four times its Kickstarter target in two days.

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Project Phoenix Kickstarter Commences: Ambitious Indie JRPG From Veteran AAA Developers

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Creative Intelligence Arts, JRPG, Kickstarter, Nobuo Uematsu, PC games, Project Phoenix, PS4 games

Legendary Composer Nobuo Uematsu On Board

Project Phoenix, a squad-based real time strategy/role-playing hybrid, has loosed its Kickstarter campaign. This ambitious project plans to bring together veteran Japanese and Western game designers, including Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, to create the ultimate JRPG - and stands as the very first Japanese project to attempt a Kickstarter.

We've got the pitch and details below.

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FFVII and Skyrim Climb Into The Classic FM Hall of Fame Top Five This Year

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Aerith's Theme, Classic FM, Dragonborn, Final Fantasy VII, Jeremy Soule, Nobuo Uematsu, Video Game Music

FFVII and Skyrim Climb Into The Classic FM Hall of Fame Top Five This Year

After storming the barricades last year in a bid to gain more recognition for video game scores when it comes to classical music, this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame has seen three entries place in the top 200, with two in particular reach stratospheric levels.

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Final Fantasy 'Distant Worlds' Tickets Now On Sale [UPDATE: SOLD OUT]

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Final Fantasy, Nobuo Uematsu

Final Fantasy 'Distant Worlds' Tickets Now On Sale [UPDATE: SOLD OUT]

Update: As we suspected, tickets sold out very quickly. Well done to those who secured one.

Tickets are now on sale for the 'Distant Worlds' Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The event, which takes place in the distant future of November 2nd, will feature classic Final Fantasy themes from composer Nobuo Uematsu, played by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Tickets cost between £25 and £135, the latter netting you a super-special VIP ticket that allows you to meet Uematsu himself. Expect this to sell out fairly quickly, and there's already a virtual queue.