Undertale‘s spectacular soundtrack has found a new home today, in an unlikely partnership with old arcade studio Taito and their minimalist rhythm game Groove Coaster. Being that these are two games I regularly return to (although Groove Coaster mostly lives on my phone), it’s a pairing I’m plenty happy with. While sadly only four tracks, they’ve picked some good ones for this DLC, and the levels they’re wrapped around are appropriately themed. Below, a cute trailer featuring our favourite lazy skeleton trying his hand at DJ’ing. Minor Undertale spoilers below, too. The four tracks in the DLC are: Death By Glamour – Theme of the world’s most fabulous robot, Mettaton. There’s also a handful of little avatar sprites you can use, including the perpetually squinty-eyed lost child, Flowey, or (most appropriately) just a little heart representing your musically entranced soul. It’s a good set of tracks, and Megalovania is a … [Read more...] about Undertale DLC hits Taito rhythm ’em up Groove Coaster
Back in good ol’ April of 2003, a relationship developed between two companies: Square and Enix. Though rivals, they noticed something appealing in one another. Enix strictly published video games while Square focused on developing them with a team of programmers, graphic designers, and professional story writers. Since 2000, the idea of a merger had been discussed, but it took some time for the companies to commit to each other (for good reason, of course.) Sure, there were some bumps in the road and red flags, but the partnership of a developer and a publisher ought to be a clever move financially, right? It’s been a whopping fifteen years since the two tied the knot. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and a gander at what the united company has endured since. Both Enix and Square were founded in Japan around the same time – Enix in 1975 and Square later in 1983. Enix was larger than Square and ensured buckets of money, but lacked success in … [Read more...] about Square Enix’s 15th Anniversary – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
The global games industry recorded revenues reaching $91 billion entering into 2017 and a popular genre within that industry is the sports video game with 13.2% of video game sales coming under that category. In an age when mobile, virtual reality, and eSports are evolving, we take a look at how the sports video game industry is changing. The Early Days It could be argued that the first ever example of a sports video game came way back in 1958 when US physicist William Higinbotham developed a title called Tennis for Two. It was a two-player tennis game played on an oscilloscope However, sports games did not enter the public mainstream until the 1972 release of Pong on the Atari. This saw a boom in sports video games being released throughout the 1970s such as Taito’s Davis Cup, Soccer, and Pro Hockey, and Sega’s Hockey TV. In the 1980s, Iconic games such as Activision Tennis, Track and Field, and Pole Position hit the shelves as the decade was welcomed in. Over the … [Read more...] about Is the Sports Video Game Industry Changing?
Zuntata, Taito's legendary house band, has just seen a large part of its back catalogue hit Spotify, with some 3000 songs now available via the streaming music service. Zuntata have been going since the 80s, providing soundtracks for the likes of Bubble Bobble, The Ninja Warriors and, most famously, the Darius series. Widescreen music for widescreen gaming. Even if you're not overly familiar with their games, this is as good a chance as any to get acquainted with some of the finest soundtracks in gaming. Zuntata's music often has an ethereal, otherworldly quality with a scope and majesty that's only apt when it's being used to accompany a game told in a 4.00:1 aspect ratio, as the original Darius was. You can read a little more about Darius and its soundtrack in this wonderful piece on the series by Rupert Higham that we published back in 2014. … [Read more...] about The back catalogue of Zuntata, Taito’s legendary house band, just hit Spotify
Taito Corporation announced today that Space Invaders Extreme and Groove Coaster would be invading the PC community next month. According to the game’s official Steam Page, to celebrate the game’s 40th anniversary, Space Invaders will launch on PC via Steam sometime next month. Additionally, Space Invaders Extreme’s store page, as well as its PC configuration requirements, are now up. Space Invaders Extreme is an updated version of the critically-acclaimed 1978 title. Initially, the title was released back in mid-2008 for the Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox Live Arcade to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Space Invaders release. Aside from updated graphics, visuals, and interactive sound, the Steam version also includes a brand new World Ranking System for Arcade Mode, as well as Leaderboards and Steam Achievements. While the invader-themed rhythm title, Groove Coaster currently does not have a launch window, the … [Read more...] about Space Invaders Extreme and Groove Coaster Invade PCs Next Month