(Example of great music in Nintendo Switches The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)

It’s easy to forget that a lot of work goes into the music in video games. Think about it compared to games a movies runtime is generally around 2 hours and you might hear a score for few minutes, Games you play over and over again, sometimes for hours on end. A good score can make all the difference in the entire atmosphere of your environment.

One series that has always prided itself on great music is the Legend of Zelda franchise and the game that stands out in that series is “The Ocarina of Time”

Well turns out that a newly recorded version of the soundtrack by a 64 piece orchestra is being released. If that doesn't sound impressive enough, they are making it available on Vinyl. Vinyl has long been thought of as the ultimate format for music release by music lovers who think the introduction of digital CDs and MP3s has lowered quality considerably.

Well worth a listen.

Developer Funcom has been working on a survival title based in the universe of Robert E Howard's Conan The Barbarian. The character was of course made famous by the popular movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and in more recent years Jason Momoa.

 

In this you don’t play Conan himself but rather a character with a similar backstory of exile. You need to build up your resourced by hunting animals and mythical creatures. You can also use your environment to build structures to keep you and your loot safe.

 

The game depends heavily on the use of Thralls, which is the Scandinavian for slave. You capture thralls and put them to work, for example capture a blacksmith and get them to work making weapons for you and your troops.

 

There’s a few pics and videos online like the one above and it already looks like it could be one of the big games of 2017.

Dishonored 2 is one of the many games that has been released at this time of year, but for me it is a real stand out. If you are familiar with the first game it won't take you long to pick this one up and get going.

This sequel is graphically stunning and the fluid movement of characters is breathtaking, especially as you leap from rooftops onto unsuspecting foes to eliminate them with a quick flash of your sword.

The story is great even though possibly the only let down is that it is far too similar to the first one, but that is probably more a sign of the type of world you are playing in.

Playing with the powered abilities is really great fun as the game likes to let you work out the best way to apply them.

 

Dishonored 2 is a 4 out of 5