Let’s Listen #01 – Skullgirls

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Let’s Listen is a series where we take cool music from games and then talk about them! If you have a track or game you would like to suggest, drop me a line in the comments.

Moonlit Melee – Michiru Yamane from Skullgirls (PC, PSN, XBLA)

Moonlit Melee is the theme for ‘the Streets of New Meridian’, one of the stages in Skullgirls and is my pick for this week’s Let’s Listen! The track is upbeat, jazzy, complete the catchy hooks and energy you would expect from a Yamane tune. From vibrant string tunes to punchy piano / synth solos it really is just one of those tracks that will keep you playing the game just so you can keep it on for a little longer. The whole OST is fantastic and is probably my favourite jazz influenced fighting game soundtrack  since Street fighter 3: 3rd strike.

Skullgirls is an indie fighting game from longtime Fighting Game Community member Mike “Mike Z ” Zaimont. Once known as one of the best BlazBlue players in the USA, Zaimont decided to try his hand at creating his own fighting game, taking  elements from other fighters he played competitively, notably Marvel vs Capcom 2 & 3, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. The game’s engine, starting as one of Zaimont’s college projects, remained in development for over 10 years before the game’s release in 2012. The soundtrack featured some serious talent, most notably Michiru Yamane (composer for many Castelvania titles including Symphony of the Night) as well as Vincent Diamante (Flower), Blaine McGurty (Retro Reomix Review) and Brenton Kossak. Revenge Lab requested a jazzy sound and the result was one of the most beloved Fighting Game soundtracks in recent memory.

The game was not without it’s problems. The game launched with only 8 characters with the promise of more content post-launch, but a long series of issues with now ex-publisher Konami meant the DLC had to be crowd funded in order to be finished. Thankfully, the Indiegogo was a phenominal success and the game raised nearly $830 000 allowing the publishers to not only finish the promised character Squigly, but also release an addition 4 characters, as well as extra stages and voice packs for the game. Since parting ways with Konami and being picked up by Autumn Games, the game has enjoyed extended support from the publisher and fans, with the post-launch content steadily being rolled out now that the publishing issues are behind Lab Zero Games.

You can purchase the soundtrack on iTunes, Amazon or cdbaby

The full game is available on XBLA, PSN or Steam

So what’s your favourite track from the game? Let us know below!