The TA Playlist team are in a particularly musical mood for November, so have fielded a set of four games that have some pretty amazing soundtracks. The music in a game can be used to beautifully set the scene and reflect the tone of the game at certain points in the story. Sometimes, the music involved can make you want to dance or headbang along to the game or help you to admire the majesty of a game’s story and/or visuals.
Before anyone says anything, we did try to limit what we chose, hence you won’t be seeing the incredible soundtracks found in games like Halo 3, as there is arguably no competition for a soundtrack as nostalgic and amazing as those. At least, we’re saving them for another Playlist month!
Here are our musical nominations for November:
Brütal Legend is an open-world, strategy/RPG game developed by Double Fine and was released way back in 2009.
In Brütal Legend, you play as Eddie Riggs, a seen-it-all best-of-the-best world-class Roadie; voiced and modelled after Jack Black, known for being a member of the band Tenacious D, and the film star from movies such as School of Rock, Kung Fu Panda, and Anchorman. Riggs finds himself drawn into an unknown world where the environments, inhabitants, and technology are all based on Heavy Metal/Rock Music; and must find a way to liberate the oppressed native peoples from the evil Emperor Doviculus.
This game has an absolutely incredible soundtrack, with some of the best rock and metal around. There are 107 tracks in total by 75 different bands, with music from the likes of Tenacious D (including “The Metal”), Testament, Motörhead, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Dragonforce, Slayer and Dimmu Borgir. Dethklok (the fictional band from the TV show Metalocalypse) also make an appearance with Murmaider.
Looking at the achievements, there are plenty of achievements related to the main storyline, including a set of stackable achievements for finishing the game on the hardest difficulty (The Legend). Some of the more awkward achievements are related to getting collectables, with an achievement for each type of them, then an achievement for 100% completing the game (The Metal God). You also get achievements for completing a certain number of multiplayer games, which can easily be boosted due to the servers being relatively dead (The Conquerer).
Finally, there are a number of miscellaneous achievements relating to using your units, such as the Euthanasia achievement.
Brütal Legend has a community rating of 3.73/5.00 on TA, having been started by just under 106,500 people at the time of writing, with just over 2,300 of those gaining the completion (2%). The game should take you around 40-50 hours to complete. It is available through Xbox Game Pass and is backwards compatible. It also has an amazing walkthrough written by the Playlist’s very own ManicMetalhead (as you maybe be able to tell from his gamertag, it’s one of his favourite games, the soundtrack definitely helps).
Cuphead is a platforming/run & gun game, originally released in 2017. It is developed by Studio MDHR.
You play as Cuphead (or his brother Mugman if you’re playing Co-Op), a fun-loving cup who lives on the fictional Inkwell Isles. Along with Mugman, they make the mistake of entering the Devil’s Casino and begin playing craps. When they go on a winning streak, the Devil himself offers to raise the stakes. If Cuphead and Mugman can win one more roll, they will receive all the money in the casino; if not, the Devil will take their souls. Cuphead loses. The Devil makes another deal with them: collect the “soul contracts” that signify his ownership of the souls of his runaway debtors by midnight the next day, and he might let them keep theirs. The rest of the game revolves around constant boss battles, fighting an array of difficult bosses to collect their souls.
The music also perfectly fits the style of the game and the soundtrack, along with the art style, was nominated for multiple awards within the industry. They perfectly complement each level and help set the stage for each boss and the game as a whole. The songs “Introduction” and “Floral Fury” are personal favourites.
Cuphead is notoriously difficult, and the achievements mostly reflect that. A handful of the achievements are story-related, such as defeating all the bosses on each island with harder achievements for defeating each boss on an island with an A- rank or higher (The King). There are a handful of 0-point achievements for what are actually awkward tasks, such as completing all levels without killing an enemy (Pacifist) or defeating a boss using only mini-plane bullets. (The King). One of the hardest achievements is for defeating the entire game on Expert difficulty, which is unlocked after completing the game on Normal and adds an extra layer of complexity to each boss fight (Beat The Devil At His Own Game).
Cuphead has a rating here on TA of 4.53/5.00. Nearly 125,000 tracked users have started it but only 3,175 (3%) people have completed it. It’ll take you 20-25 hours to complete (although potentially a lot more). We have a great walkthrough written by RadicalSniper99 to help you with tips and tricks for each boss and other level.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Scott Pilgrim vs the World is next up for November. It is a side-scrolling beat ‘em up game developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The initial version of the game was released back in 2010 on the Xbox 360, which is no longer available on the Microsoft store, but a Complete Edition was released back in January of this year.
In Scott Pilgrim, up to four people can play at once, with your choice of four initial characters (or six in the complete edition); Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Stephen Stills, or Kim Pine (with Knives Chau and Wallace Wells joining them in the complete edition, or as DLC in the first game). The game is based upon the graphic novel series of the same name (as is the movie) where you must battle through a series of Canadian landscapes and defeat all of Ramona’s evil exes, in order for Scott to date Ramona.
The soundtrack for Scott Pilgrim was masterfully created by Anamanaguchi, a rock band that specialises in using chiptune music combined with the rest of their instruments. Personal favourites are “Another Winter” and the music for the opening menu “Scott Pilgrim Anthem”.
The achievements themselves aren’t all that hard or grind-y. Many are acquired after defeating some of Ramona’s evil exes after meeting specific conditions, such as never losing a life (New Challenger) or defeating two bosses simultaneously (Twin Dragons). Some of the harder achievements are based around game difficulty (One Man Army), playing online (Everybody wants to play) or require the use of a certain DLC character, namely Knives Chau (Ninja Somersault and “Chaudown”). Don’t be put off though, if you look through the solutions and forums here in TA, you’ll find a number of useful hidden codes for helping to complete the game.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World currently holds a score on TA of 3.87/5.00. It has been started by around 7,000 users, with 4% (around 250) of you having completed it (the original game has around 41,000 starts and an 8% completion rate). The completion is expected to take you 10-12 hours.
We have a walkthrough written by Jayour which does cover most of what you need for the complete edition. As always, if Scott Pilgrim wins the poll, popping an achievement in either edition of the game will count towards your participation.
Our final nomination is Bastion, an RPG developed by Supergiant Games who you may recognise for their more recent game Hades. Bastion was originally released on Xbox 360 way back in 2011, but a new version of the game appeared for the Xbox One in 2016.
In Bastion, you play as the Kid, a silent protagonist who awakens in the city of Caelondia after it, and the surrounding landscape, has been fractured by a catastrophic event called the Calamity. As the Kid, you are tasked with collecting Cores required to power the Bastion, which will allow you to decide the fate of the city.
The soundtrack for the game, along with many other aspects like the story and art direction, was widely praised, and you can hear why while both listening to the soundtrack separately and while playing the game. It has a western-y feel to it, with some rock music finding its way in. Many of the songs beautifully set the scenes of the game and reflect what’s happening during the story. “Build That Wall” is my personal favourite here.
As an RPG, collectables are the name of the game when it comes to achievements and Bastion is no different, with many of the rarer achievements requiring completing levels while having found enough Shrine Idols (such as About the Author). There are also achievements for completing the story (The End) and for completing New Game+ (Calamity Kid).
Bastion holds a high 4.24 out of 5.00 rating here on TA and a full completion would require 15-20 hours of your time. It’s been started by just over 12,000 site users and has been completed by just under 900 of those (around 7%). The original game is sitting at 42,000 players (and has a 29% completion rate).
As always, if Bastion wins the vote, playing either version of the game will count towards your Playlist participation.
Finally, please do join us over in the TA Playlist Hub to discuss all the current TA Playlist games and for your votes for November! We know there are plenty of amazing games with amazing soundtracks that we have missed, so let us know and this may become a more common theme!
Scott Pilgrim vs the World: The Game – Complete Edition
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