NTL was out for a week, but now we’re back in a big way as this week as all Orchestral! We flew in first with Ace Combat 5. Then we climed a colossus with Shadow of the Colossus. We trained hard with Soul Calibur 3. We played god with ActRaiser. And finally we soared through the skies with Super Mario Galaxy.
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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the Ace Combat series. While I’ve never detailed the 5th and 6th entry in any way (and I really should, especially for 5), Each entry has had consistently good soundtracks. For Namco’s latest addition to the Ace Combat series, Assault Horizon, I’ll admit I was very concerned since every entry in the series (except for maybe the first one) took place in the fictional world of Strangereal. This one takes place in our world and has your typical Russians and Middle Easterners as villains (where have I seen these roles before?). My concern over the story can be its own article, so let’s just talk music. So far, it seems like the music team is not letting the game’s real-world setting hamper its imagination, as each track still sounds like what you’d expect from Ace Combat. Track 2, 3, and 4 sound like oil refinery missions (ain’t no Ace Combat game complete without those). Track 5 – Spooky though brings back that epic Ace Combat feel that we know and love. Track 11 – Dogfight definitely sounds like a modern take on the Shattered Skies mission and song from Ace Combat 04. I’ll let you jusdge if the soundtrack’s sound good or not. For me, I’m liking what I’m hearing here. You can find the previews here and here.