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Essential Gaming: Top 15 Original Soundtracks of the Generation

OSTCover_FINAL4The website videogamewriters.com recently posted the top 15 video game soundtracks. Two titles from Epic Games made it to the list. They decided to list only original soundtracks, not ones created as compilations. Gears of War by Kevin Riepl comes in as number twelve on the list.

Jen Bosier says, ” It’s easy to forget how revolutionary Gears was when it first released, with every aspect of the game feeling like a grand experiment. This extends to Riepl’s soundtrack which effortlessly blends strong, militaristic themes with foreboding sounds typically reserved for horror offerings.”

At number seven is The Bulletstorm Soundtrack by Michael Cielecki and Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz. “Cielecki’s mix of chorals and brass plays as a homage to epic action set pieces and thrilling, tense adventures. There isn’t a weak track on the album and chances are you’ll find yourself remembering your favorite skill shots.”

You can get a track from each of the soundtracks for free from the Epic 20th Anniversary Original Soundtrack. You can also download the complete Bulletstorm soundtrack for free, from FilePlanet.

 

 

NyLeve’s Legacy Map for Legacy UT

Fin06_zpsd14a3250Epic Gamer Lord_PorkSword from the Epic Games forums has made another beautiful map for his Unreal Tournament 3 Legacy mod. In NyLeve’s Legacy, we revisit NyLeve Falls with it’s lush vegetation and beautiful scenery.

Lord Porksword says,  “This map stays somewhat true to the original layout with a few changes to accommodate the multiplayer gametypes! While the single player variant will come at a later date, this Multiplayer release is to finally show my re-visualization publicly so you can play against fellow players or bots! I know some folk have been waiting a year for this so I’m happy to finally let you play it!” You can read more release notes HERE on the Epic forums or on the Unreal Old Friends forum.


You can find the main Legacy Mod thread HERE on the Unreal Old Friends forum.

Gears of War Composer Kevin Riepl at PAX East

Behind the Music of Blockbuster Video Games

kevinrieplEver wondered what it takes to score original music for blockbuster video games? Learn from six of the industry’s most accomplished composers with diverse musical backgrounds as they share their experiences and discuss the craft of scoring music for some of the biggest franchises in interactive entertainment.

Gears of War composer Kevin Riepl will be among the panelists. Two of Kevin’s compositions are available to download for free from the Epic Games 20th Anniversary Soundtrack.

Epic Games 20th Anniversary Soundtrack CoverKevin Riepl ( pronounced ‘ripple’ ) was born in Cliffwood Beach, a little town in central New Jersey. His initial interest in music began at the age of six, when he began to play piano and guitar under the instruction of his uncle, an accomplished guitar and piano player in his own right.

His music has enhanced the visual mediums of television, films and, most notably, video games. Fans of the the Unreal series by Epic Games have been familiar with his work since 2002.

The panel will be held at the Naga Theater , Saturday 3/23 2:30PM – 3:30PM. Click here for more information.

The Unreal Deal Pack is The Daily Deal on Steam!

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The Unreal Deal Pack is on sale on Steam for 66% off! The Deal Pack includes, Unreal Gold, Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition, Unreal 2, The Awakening, Unreal Tournament 2004: Editor’s Choice Edition and Unreal Tournament 3 Black. That’s five games for $13.59, over $10.00 off! Relive the games that started it all.

The daily deal only last for 24 hours, so grab it while you can!

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Unreal Tournament Community Night!

Unreal Tournament 3Tonight at 4:00 PM EST, staff from Epic Games will get online to play Unreal Tournament 3 with the community. We will be joining the Official Epic UT3 Greed #1 Server.

The guys are a little rusty, but don’t go easy on them. We want them to see how much skill the UT3 community has! If the server gets full, we ask that five of you go to spectate mode so our guys can join. We’ll be adding extra spectate spots today.

We’ll also be streaming the event live at http://www.twitch.tv/epicgames! We’ll be giving out some Epic prizes to random people participating in the chat. We hope to see you tonight! The server information is below.

 




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