Rezonance Reviews The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

In the premiere episode of ReZonance Review, the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim soundtrack is under the microscope. Rez discusses the atmosphere of the music, as well as how it fares as a stand alone album. What is his verdict for the immense original score to the wildly popular game for PS3 and 360?

Watch the video, and find out.

I wish I could add more about the Skyrim soundtrack myself, but unfortunately that can not be. As a person that is daunted by lengthy games, I have yet to venture into Skyrim, nor any other Elder Scrolls title to date. There is something quite scary these days when a video game tells me I will have hundreds of hours of enjoyment. For a person like myself who prefers to dive into something voraciously, then discard it a week later, sinking months of leisure time into one title is not the way I get my video game fix these days.

What I also don't tend to enjoy these Hollywood, high-production atmospheric scores. They are too reminiscent of forgettable movie scores, and like Rez states in the video, can sometimes lead to easily forgettable music. Admittedly though, I would love to see and hear Dragonborn performed live by a symphony.

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Published on Nov 7, 2012

SkyrimReZ Reviews Skyrim. Music in games can be all over the place, but if one word describes Skyrim, it'd be legendary! Skyrim's the first to go up, so you'll see where i put it on the scoreboard

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Intro song covered by Andrew Virgin

ReZonance is where you go for video game soundtracks. I've always loved the music in video games, and reviewing them is my way to show my appreciation, and spread my love of gaming music.

Weird Music: Henry Hatsworth and classic opera scenes in gaming history

In the latest episode of Weird Music, ReZonance takes on Henry Hatsworth, and a very niche genre of video game music, opera. From the classic moment in Final Fantasy VI, to a very different kind of classic moment in Conker's Bad Fur Day for the N64. ReZonance then introduces fans to an opera scene that might not be quite so familiar, that of 2009 DS title, Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure. Which of the three does ReZonance think stands above the rest? Enjoy the video to find out.

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Published on Aug 22, 2013

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When you think of Video game music, i'm sure Operas don't really come to mind. There's a few good Operas out there, but the Great Mighty Poo comes to mind most often...unfortunately. Well here's another ridiculous chunk of video game music that is another outstanding Opera piece. 

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ReZonence is where you go for video game soundtracks. I've always loved the music in video games, and reviewing them is my way to show my appreciation, and spread my love of gaming music.

Going beyond old school in a review of 1982 Namco arcade game Bosconian

I recently wrote an article taking a look at the forgotten arcade classic Bosconian.

Bosconian is a multi-directional, space invaders style arcade game produced by Namco over thirty years ago. It's hard to believe such an innovative game could have been so forgotten, but here we are. In researching the article, I even found a severe lack of any kind of Bosconian related fan art. This game truly is a gaping hole of unknowledge, threatening all those who dare seek knowledge of it. Or maybe it just wasn't a very memorable game, especially on western shores.

Check out the article now up on Game N Train and learn all about the history, gameplay, and my own personal pet peeves about Bosconian.

Arcana Heart 3 almost review

It's a slow day, so I am going over the vast VAST amount of unfinished video game thoughts I have written about various titles. If they are in a relatively comprehensible state, I'll polish them up a little and post them here. 

Arcana Heart 3 is here, and with it the Pokemon curse has been lifted. Now, instead of having animals fight, we are having women fight. Oh geez. I, hmm. Ahem.

Okay. I own Arcana Heart 3 now. Grabbed it off of a nice CAG deal. Thanks OP. For the many of you who do not know what Arcana Heart is, from the best I can understand, the creators of Guilty Gear and Blazblue created a game in which Sakura (of Street Fighter) was the main character (I know that is sort of the premise of the fantastic Rival Schools/Project Justice series, but that's another article). We have the titular 'Heart' a young, short haired, incredibly deadly teenage girl, complete with school uniform. She is the Sakura which the game more or less revolves around. The roster is filled out by 22 more characters. All female, and ranging from the surprisingly cool to the incredibly ridiculous.

I began with story mode, and I was quickly lost. I guess that '3' is in the title for a reason. If you have played a fighting game before, you know how unimportant yet absurdly convoluted storylines can be in this genre. For this game specifically, it appears Japan is going to blow up, or sink, or something. It's up to the twenty-three women (and girls) to either prevent, or allow this to happen, depending on level of evil.

Some of these characters have really interesting character designs, well others, don't. Rest assured, you are not buying this game for the storyline. The boxart should have told you that. Normally a fighting game wouldn't lose points for a bad plot, but ARC is behind the mind warping storyline of the BlazBlue universe. Maybe the writers of Arcana should go peek at some of the notes the BlazBlue guys have, it would really kick this game up a notch above generic anime storyline.

The game is fun, I played it a lot. Very addictive, especially with friends of course. There are interesting mechanics, and combos, cool things I would like to see implemented in other fighting games (Homing button holler!). But, admittedly, it's a little hard to focus on that since there is something else that needs to be addressed.

I received the package in the mail, in a simple cardboard casing. I tore it open, and came face to face with the collectors edition boxart.

Nope, I don't see any sexism here.

The bonus review category for this game is sexism. So is this game sexist, or not? I honestly don't know what to think. On one hand, the costumes are not as bad as expected, but what I expected wasn't much.

As you can tell.

Though by percentage, it seems the worst offenders are no more than the normally male dominated character line ups of other fighting games. So even though the amount of female fighters in this game is larger, the amount of scantily clad ladies is generally the same. So it seems clear that if Arcana Heart 3 is sexist, it is about the average level of sexism in fighting games.

In essence, all the masculine character archetypes from other fighting games are just females now. That does mean that you get a very diverse cast of women in the game. Of course one could also argue that ARC just gave all the male characters breasts as shameless pandering.

The characters do get back story, as I mentioned earlier, and that only complicates matters. One of the characters went to MIT at the age of ten, so go women right? Although this character also dresses as a playboy bunny when she fights inside her giant mech. She's smarter than I am, who am I to judge what an MIT graduate wears? It's all very confusing.

For instance, that scantily clad woman, Mei-Fang, in the picture above. She's actually a robot! Is it sexist to expect a robot to fit a stereotypical gender role if she was built as a specific gender? Then you have to consider she was built by female scientists as well. Are we talking about sexism still, or are we too far into robot country now?

See, it's as if the creators skirted the issue by filling the game with insane Japanese nonsense. I guess in the end, the sexist connotations in this game aren't  particularly relevant. I think women have bigger things to worry about, like that whole getting paid less than a man for the same amount of work thing. I will state that I believe that every fighter, man or woman, would do best to just wear something practical in battle.

So, for having to make me weigh the arguments for and against this game being sexist and likely making myself look sexist in the process, and for giving me a headache, this game owes me a bottle of aspirin. So this game gets a 4.99 (the price of said aspirin) out of 10.