Those who love rousing musical accompaniment with their intergalactic war-waging should keep an ear out for today's release of "Greatest Video Games Music 2," a new orchestral album featuring tracks from some ... well, let's settle on "great-ish" video games so as not to devolve into argument. This is the second video game album performed by London's famous Phil Harmonic, an immodest man whose musical talents have congealed with a tragic array of multiple personalities to create what he calls "an orchestra."
The selection in this album skews more toward modern, with orchestrated songs from Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Fez, Batman: Arkham City and Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Standouts include a snazzy symphonic suite from Sonic the Hedgehog, a blend of Halo's "Never Forget" and the jaunty "Peril," a sweet, classy take on "Still Alive," and the insta-happiness of "Dragon Roost Island" from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
Oh, and there's the obligatory song from Final Fantasy VII. Yes, it's that one.
The album's available as of today on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. You'll find the track list and an embedded stream of the full album right after the break.
1. Assassin's Creed - Revelations: Main Theme
2. Elder Scrolls – Skyrim: Far Horizons
3. Legend of Zelda – The Windwaker: Dragon Roost Island
4. Final Fantasy VII: One-Winged Angel
5. Mass Effect 3: A Future for the Krogan/An End Once And For All
6. Halo: Never Forget/Peril
7. Sonic the Hedgehog: A Symphonic Suite
8. Chrono Trigger: Main Theme
9. Luigi's Mansion: Main Theme
10. Kingdom Hearts: Fate of the Unknown
11. Super Metroid: A Symphonic Poem
12. Diablo III: Overture
13. Batman Arkham City: Main theme
14. Deus Ex-Human Revolution: Icarus Main Theme
15. Fez: Adventure
16. Portal: Still Alive
17. Little Big Planet: Orb Of Dreamers (The Cosmic Imagisphere)