Sound Byte Radio Episode 2: Hitman: Blood Money, FF XIII, Mass Effect

On GameSpot's next music podcast episode, we check out the music of Hitman, FF XIII, and even a little bit of a Mass Effect tribute.

Greetings and salutations, fellow music listeners. Welcome to the second episode of Sound Byte Radio, your biweekly dose of video game music all in one listenable pseudo-mixtape podcast.

This week's offering will take you to modern times where electronica and orchestra combine into one smooth melding, as well as a piano rendition of a Final Fantasy theme. Today's show will also show off a sample of a concept album, which is a compilation of songs which never made the final cut of a game, as good as they are. In this case, the game in question is the Mass Effect trilogy.

If you like what you hear, leave a comment below or PM me with your two cents. Hope you enjoyed this week's offering.

Music From Today's Show:

Hitman: Blood Money Original Sound Track


Song: Vegas
Composer: Jesper Kyd
Buy at Sumthing Digital.

Yakuza 3 OST


Song: End Point
Composer: Hidenori Shoji
Buy from Play-Asia.

Final Fantasy XIII Piano Collection


Song: Fang's Theme
Performer: Aki Kuroda
Composer: Masashi Hamauzu
Buy from iTunes or Square Enix's music store.

MAG: Valor (Original Soundtrack from the Video Game)


Song: A Soldier's Pride
Composer: Tree Adams
Buy at iTunes Store.

Imaginarium: Songs from the Neverhood


Song: Klaymen's Theme
Composer: Terry S. Taylor
Buy from Amazon.

Legacy


Song: Shepard of the Galaxy
Composer: Jimmy Hinson a.k.a Big Giant Circles
Buy from Big Giant Circles.

Missed the first episode? Check it out here, or download it here.

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26 comments
julianozuca
julianozuca

Nice acoustic guitar in that MAG theme. Cool stuff...

Frame11
Frame11

HUh intersting ! Though not every game has music that can be listened to outside of it's game content. Outside of it is just pure embarrassing geekness.

XeonForce
XeonForce

Can't believe I missed this earlier. Nice variety!

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

So happy to hear they brought back to ME2 music in 3

nima_metal90
nima_metal90

Blood money soundtrack is great, @ps2fatboy I think hitman is not kind of game tht needs multiplayer, maybe co-op Is better anyway I never wanted in whole series Play it online.

ps2fatboy
ps2fatboy

the new hitman game should be great ,is there a multiplayer on this one??

zanelli
zanelli moderator

I loved the music in The Neverhood games. Really big props for taking me back to my childhood with that.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

I need to find the Hitman Soundtrack.

Madball357
Madball357

Jesper Kyd is from another world...

kakashi552
kakashi552

that hitman piece was really good. and the mass effect one was nice, too. but i really didn't like the theme they used in ME3, with the soft piano intermixed with the blaring trumpets (the one that plays in the beginning when the little kid dies in the shuttle explosion in vancouver) i thought it didn't flow at all and was really just kinda cheesy. anyone else feel this way? anyways, great show.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

fudge yeah, the "Vegas" soundtrack at the beginning...

4-Legged-Shark
4-Legged-Shark

actually no i think the Hale version was used for that crappy movie. I think something different was used in the game.

4-Legged-Shark
4-Legged-Shark

@gamerxzx lol Ave Maria doesnt sing the song, Ave Maria is the name of the song. There are many variations of that song. The version in Blood Money was sung by Christina England Hale.

VaanXPenelo
VaanXPenelo

Piano Collections for Final Fantasy does it again! Games aren't great but goodness, the music is superb.

gamerxzx
gamerxzx

I was expecting the song that ave maria sings in the starting of hitman blood money

NightLord47
NightLord47

Listening to Blood Moneys music again makes me even more sad that they dumped Jesper Kyd...

bigevil1987
bigevil1987

Super cool idea for a podcast, I miss 1UP's game music show. It has probably been asked a million times but is it coming to iTunes?

d_khan
d_khan

Great music, I really love the music from Final Fantasy XIII, since the composer also worked on some of the music for my all-time favorit game, Final Fantasy X.

Whitebloodsun
Whitebloodsun

Among all of the songs featured here, I can only say that A Soldier's Pride is a good song. It has that reckless feelings in it. Although it is much better if they change the title to A Mercenaries Pride because the song didn't have the rule obligation and self control atmosphere that a soldiers must have. :)

nophilip1
nophilip1

Always great to hear piano versions of FF music. And I'm glad to see Big Giant Circles get some love. His stuff is always great.