Saturday, September 12, 2009

Direct Audio with AppenDisc (overview)

If shortly means three full months, then the full article presenting the Direct Audio is finally here!
For the uninitiated, this is the original soundtrack plus some extra features. There are two discs containing all tracks featured in the game, in promotional stuff, two that were later featured in the international version of the game and other tracks that were never used anywhere. The "AppenDisc" of this release is the second disc, which includes the following extra features: an easy way of viewing the game's cutscenes (displayed without any subtitles), the ultimate save data that unlocks everything plus the X-49 Night Raven and the Original Movie, which introduces the X-49.
Also included are two small booklets. Their contents include charts showing all missions and their places in the game's various branches, what tracks and what cutscenes play in what missions. Official art fills both booklets, making this yet another excellent looking release on par with the guide books. Also of note are the comments from those involved in the making of the soundtrack, which were the first things to be translated here.

A fact that might surprise most fans is that it is still available new, making it a much easier purchase than its literary and visual companions. I bought it for about 30 bucks, which is relatively affordable considering Japanese media can be excessively overpriced at times.

Track listings
-Disc 1-
01.Engage
02.Linkage
03.Armory
04.Transparent Blue
05.Eye of The Storm
06.Physical Layer
07.The Protocol
08.Montage
09.Quartz
10.The Maneuver
11.Mind Flow
12.Frozen Soul
13.Miles Above
14.Void
15.Black Lotus
16.Freefall
17.Alert
18.Superstition
19.Shattered Stones
20.Analogue
21.Turbulence
22.Defiled
23.Code of Honor
24.Floe
25.Lithium
26.Shorelines
27.Replay
28.The Crew

-Disc 2-
01.Electrosphere
02.Somnus
03.The Execution
04.Rotation
05.Liquid Air
06.Child's Play
07.Camber
08.Kernel
09.Revelation
10.Amorphous
11.Virgo
12.Gordian Knot
13.Zero-Sum
14.Morceaux

My personal favorites: Engage, Quartz, Mind Flow, Superstition, Analogue, The Crew, Electrosphere, The Execution, Gordian Knot.

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