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11 Completely Free Video Game Albums from November 2013


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Whew! The Thanksgiving holiday is over, and with that our wallets have been emptied out from the plethora of sales Black Friday has brought it. Thankfully, these music artists aren't charging for their gift of music this month; quite a relief, considering there might not be any money for us left to give!

 

These eleven albums this month will sate your hunger for a variety of types of game music, and of course they're all available at the click of the mouse. Go ahead and indulge in these sweet musical desserts!

 


 

halc's NOSTALGIA canon: a video game music tribute

 

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Yes, this is in fact a tribute to video game music! halc is an artist well known for his "9bit" style, in which chiptune tracks are recorded in an emulator as opposed to the original hardware, allowing for additional effects not normally possible, and applies it to many old video game tracks. This nine track album features both tunes you'll instantly recognize and even a few you may not, and the unusual style alone is worth the download.

 

Sample Tracks: halc stopped posting on his YouTube page, so go to Bandcamp.

Download here

 


 

Music from Dreaming Sarah

 

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Dreaming Sarah is an adventure game about a girl in a deep coma that's trying to wake up. It's actually not out yet; it won't be released until 2014, but there's a demo up that can give you an idea of what to expect from the game. This soundtrack has released early, though, and offers sixteen mellow tracks that fit the ambiance of a dream world quite nicely.

 

Sample Tracks: The Violet Sky, Slow Motion

Download here

 


 

Mega Man XXV: The First

 

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This month, Shiryu honors Mega Man's 25th anniversary with a remix of the tracks from the first NES game. Most of the twelve tracks have a distinctly 'techno' feel to them, though they stick pretty close to the original Mega Man tracks. It's also a relatively short album, which makes it ideal for rounding out playlists. This is also supposedly the first in a series of Mega Man EPs from Shiryu, so keep your eyes peeled for more!

 

Sample Tracks:

Download here

 


 

Damned

 

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Damned is a multiplayer horror game in which you and three other people are stuck in a hotel, and you have to try to find your way out while being haunted and chased by a gruesome monster. If that description doesn't sum it up, the original soundtrack is full of eerie, tense tracks. If horror soundtracks interest you, then the Damned OST will not be damned on your playlist.

 

Sample Tracks:

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Download here

 


 

Sonic CD: Temporal Duality

 

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OCRemix's offering this month is actually a hefty compilation of remixes from Sonic CD. This underplayed Sonic iteration was known for its wonderful soundtrack (and also having different tracks for the Japanese/European and American versions), and this album does the soundtrack justice. This remix album spans four discs and contains forty-three high-quality tracks, so it's certainly worth the download.

 

Sample Tracks:

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Download here

 


 

Bokida: Original Soundtrack from the Game

 

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There are a lot of indie soundtracks this month! Bokida is a bit of an odd game: You can make blocks and essentially make them tumble, but you can also explore the world and see what the game has to offer in its minimalistic direction. This game's OST is a little short at seven tracks, but they fit in with the unusual world of Bokida perfectly.

 

Sample Tracks: Check the bandcamp page.

Download here

 


 

Lumen OST

 

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Lumen is another game about a girl trying to wake up, but this is simply from her dreams. This platformer-puzzler involves using a camera to your advantage in this strange dream world. The OST allow sounds very dreamlike and mellow, and this eight track album might suddenly sneak its way into your playlist.

 

Sample Tracks: Check Bandcamp for this one, too.

Download here

 


 

SNES Generation

 

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This is certainly a unique album. You'd think that SNES Generation is a tribute to the 16-bit console and its games, but instead Alex Roe remixes tracks from modern games with their 16-bit 'counterparts' to make an interesting and well working mash-up of old and new. It's not just a 16-bit remix of the modern tracks, either, because the original soundsets from the 16-bit games are used, not just their hardware. If it sounds odd, it is, but it's done surprisingly well. Make sure to give the sample tracks a listen!

 

Sample Tracks:

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Download here

 


 

Mega Man Remade

 

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Shiryu wasn't the only one celebrating Mega Man's 25th birthday with a remix album, as RushJet1 brings us another remix of the original game's tracks. This particular remix is chiptune-based, meaning it expands a good deal on the original tracks while still keeping in the same spirit. This twenty-four track album is pretty much a must have for chiptune fans... and the sample tracks are even playthroughs of the game with the remixed music in the background! That's pretty neat.

 

Sample Tracks:

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Download here

 


 

POKEP

 

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POKEP is an odd thing. This eight track album remixes various Pokemon tracks from various titles, but it was originally just one track by Grimecraft alone. POKEP has since turned into a mixtape of sorts with various artists, and more or less turned into an album of its own.

 

Sample Tracks:

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Download here

 


 

Oldie But Still a Freebie!

Time's End: Majora's Mask Remixed

 

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Thanks a bunch to Ciel for pointing out this album last month!

 

In December of 2012, Theophany brought out Time's End, a remix album of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Thing is, this is more than just a simple album filled with conservatively remixed tracks; every one of this album's ten tracks is lovingly and fantastically remixed to a melancholy and epic high. There should be no reason to not download this fantastic album.

 

Sample Tracks:

Download here

 


 

That's all the free albums for this month! Who knows whether musicians will be even more generous in the holiday month of December, or if they'll be too busy with family to compose some new music... we shall see!

 

Which album is your favorite? Any free album recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!

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