NieR Orchestral Arrangement Heading West


The NieR Orchestral Arrangement Special Box Edition, previously only available in Japan, is now surprisingly available for pre-order on the Square Enix Store in North America. The box set is priced at $79.99, and will contain both NieR Gestalt Replicant and NieR: Automata arrangement albums, plus a special disc, exclusive to the box set.

The NieR: Orchestra Concert will take place on September 17th at the Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall.


Armored Core Series Getting 20-Disc Soundtrack Collection


FROMSoftware has announced that its long-time favorite franchise, Armored Core, is getting a massive 20-disc Original Soundtrack collection, featuring 394 tracks, in celebration of its 20th Anniversary, and original release on the PlayStation. The set will also include an artbook: “The 20-year History of Armored Core,” featuring CG art and  design from across the series in 240 pages, as well as a set of “Company & Organization Emblem Sticker Sheets,” all in an Original Disc Case & Box.

You can hit the jump for a look at the full set, as well as complete listing of titles that will feature tracks. The Armored Core Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Box releases in Japan on November 1st for ¥18,500. You can pre-order it on Amazon Japan.

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MAX LVL Radio: Casey Edwards feat. Ali Edwards – Devil Trigger


The announcement of Devil May Cry 5 was a high point for this year’s E3 for me, but even better than that is this official theme song for the upcoming game. It’s a heavy metal, rocking anthem that gets you pumped and ready to kick some ass.

MAX LVL is a curated selection of single songs currently available on the official Ph LEVEL Spotify playlist.

Three Kirby Albums Released Outside of Japan


HAL Laboratory has announced that three Kirby albums previously unreleased outside of Japan are now officially released worldwide. The three albums are Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert, Kirby Memorial Arrangement, and Kirby: Planet Robobot Original Soundtrack. The Orchestra Concert album features the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra performing arrangements of the series’ songs from the July 2017 Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert in Tokyo, with the Memorial Arrangement album featuring songs that didn’t appear at the concert.

You can find all of the albums on AmazonGoogle PlayiTunes and Spotify.

MAX LVL Radio: Mike Shinoda – Brooding


I’ve been a fan of Mike Shinoda since the beginning, almost 20 years, and his new album manages to be one of the most layered things I have ever listened to. It’s hopeful, yet tragic, acting as a sort of group way to deal with the heartbreaking loss of Chester Bennington. It’s absolutely worth a listen.

MAX LVL is a curated selection of single songs currently available on the official Ph LEVEL Spotify playlist.



Tetris Effect Announced for PlayStation VR

Sony has announced the first title on its Countdown to E3 schedule, and it’s a bit unexpected. The creators of Rez and Lumines are making their own Tetris game, titled Tetris Effect, which will be out for PlayStation 4 this fall. The game will also be available on PlayStation VR for crazier players.

This is quite a beautiful trailer for such a simple puzzle game. Yet another reason I need to pick up a PlayStation 4.

MAX LVL Radio: Gorillaz – Humility


I’m a long-time fan of the Gorillaz, and while Humanz was a great album, it didn’t quite satisfy my want for more of the band. The new album, THE NOW NOW, sounds like a return to the light with the joy and fun we’ve all come to expect from the band. Additionally, with Murdoc in jail, the newest member of the band is Ace, the leader of the Gangreen Gang from The Powerpuff Girls!

MAX LVL is a curated selection of single songs currently available on the official Ph LEVEL Spotify playlist.

Splatoon 2 “OctoTune” Limited Edition Unveiled


After previously reporting on Nintendo’s announcement of a second Splatoon 2 soundtrack, titled OctoTune, and featuring music from the upcoming update – Nintendo has now unveiled the Limited Edition version of the soundtrack via the game’s Official Twitter account.

The standard edition will be selling for ¥3,200 while the limited edition version will go for ¥4,800. Both will include two discs and plenty of tracks, but the limited edition version features special box art, as well as a blu-ray disc containing footage from the “Haika Live” Splatoon 2 concert from NicoNico Tokaigi 2018.

Nobuo Uematsu Confirmed for Final Fantasy VII Remake


Final Fantasy VII fans can breathe a small sigh of relief, as Final Fantasy VII Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase confirmed in a recent interview that legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu is in fact working on the upcoming remake. It’s been a while since we’ve heard any updates on the remake, but we should expect to hear something this year at Square Enix’s E3 panel.

I’ve worked on numerous titles with Uematsu-san, and while I’m currently working on the production of Final Fantasy VII Remake, it’s actually been since Final Fantasy X that I directly worked with Uematsu-san. So when I first went to ask Uematsu-san to come work on the music for the remake, I thought he would give me the cold shoulder since he had already left Square Enix and found success.

Deadpool Debuts New Celine Dion Single… Yup


Yes, you read that correctly. Celine Dion has unveiled a new single titled “Ashes,” alongside the official video for it, starring The Merc With a Mouth himself, Deadpool. Deadpool 2 has, like the first film, been firing on all cylinders from a promotional standpoint with a clear understanding of the character and how to promote him.

You can check out the hilarious music video after the jump, and make sure to stay for the ending, which is, of course, the high point.

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Disney Unveils Fantastic Japanese RPG Infinity War Trailer

Disney Japan has unveiled a new trailer for the long-awaited Avengers: Infinity War that makes fantastic use of many tropes in Japanese RPG games to tease what happens in the film. It’s a great nod to many of Japan’s biggest games, that helps promote the film in the country.

Avengers: Infinity War will premiere in theaters this week on April 27th.

Japan Getting New Splatoon 2 Soundtrack


It looks like Splatoon 2’s second soundtrack is coming soon to Japan. On July 18th, Octune will be released in a ¥3,200 ($30) regular edition and ¥4,800 ($45) first print limited edition with an exclusive blu-ray.

The Octune soundtrack will be two discs, with the first disc including songs added to the game via updates as well as the upcoming Octo Expansion. The second disc will feature the Game Party Japan 2018 performance tracks. For players that pre-order the first print limited edition, the included blu-ray will feature the full Game Party Japan 2018 performance. Hit the jump for a full blu-ray track list, as well as a look at the full artwork.

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Doom Soundtrack Getting Incredible Vinyl Release


The epic soundtrack to iD Software’s award-winning reboot of the classic Doom is getting a physical release later this year, that includes several different versions of gorgeous vinyl LP’s. The most deluxe version includes the soundtrack on “Blood Red” vinyl, as well as CD, and also includes a deluxe Doom-branded turntable slip-mat. The catch? It will only be available on pre-order during a 2-week period for $100 later this year.

You can hit the jump for a full run-down of the versions, as well as a gallery of them all, and a complete track listing.

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MAX LVL: I’m Not Made by Design – Nothing But Thieves


Another strong suggestion from Spotify that’s made for some fantastic working music, and been in my rotation for a little while now. Nothing But Thieves is killing it, and easily one of the best new alternative bands.

MAX LVL is a curated selection of single songs currently available on the official Ph LEVEL Spotify playlist.