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It’s that time of the week again, which means we Theatrhythm owners have four new songs to wrap our ears around. Today we have a trio of excellent battle themes (including the brilliant ‘Force Your Way’ from FFVIII, and that metal one from FFX that people seem to hate…) and a field track from massively multiplayer excursion Final Fantasy XI.

As always, I’ve embedded videos of the songs below so you can see what you’re getting for your hard-earned, and I’ve also thrown in videos of last week’s DLC, as I missed it at the time (sorry, busy weekend!).

Now, to put aside my latest playthrough of Final Fantasy VII (this time on Vita!) and take up my stylus!

DLC for August 31st

Final Fantasy V – The Decisive Battle
BMS

Final Fantasy VIII – Force Your Way
BMS

Final Fantasy X – Otherworld
BMS


Final Fantasy XI – The Sanctuary of Zi’Tah
FMS

DLC for August 24th

Final Fantasy III – This is The Last Battle
BMS

Final Fantasy III – The Crystal Tower
FMS

Final Fantasy VIII – The Castle
FMS

Final Fantasy IX – Battle 2
BMS

Come on, you knew this was coming. Yes, it’s Friday again, and we’ve already established that this means new DLC for Theatrhythm is now available. Today, we have three battle tracks, one of which is a favourite of mine, and another Field track from Final Fantasy XIII filling out the roster.

First up, we have the fantastic ‘Battle 2’ from Final Fantasy IV, which is one of my favourite numbered FF titles. This track is used mainly as a boss battle theme, and is a fantastic, upbeat track to swipe along to. We also have battle themes from XI and XII, along with ‘March of the Dreadnoughts’ from Final Fantasy XIII‘s Vallis Media area. I’ve always found that particular piece of music curiously-named, and if you’ve never heard it, you can discover why below.

Final Fantasy IV – Battle 2
BMS

Final Fantasy XI – Battle Theme
BMS

Final Fantasy XII – Esper Battle
BMS

Final Fantasy XIII – March of the Dreadnoughts
FMS

This brings the tally of extra songs released as DLC to 28, and it occurs to me that I have now spent more on DLC than I did on the game itself! Madness? Possibly. But I have no real complaints at 90p a song, and as long as I continue to enjoy the game and the extra music, I’ll continue to download them. Still, the option to buy in packs for a small discount, as in many other rhythm-action titles, would be a welcome one.

Game Informer have updated their cover images for the new Gears of War game, and have revealed the title as Gears of War: Judgment.

There are two variants of the image; one with mouthy git Damon Baird in chains, the other featuring everybody’s favourite thrashball star Augustus “Cole Train” Cole. The back cover image shows Locust drones and wretches scrambling through a hole in a wall while a city burns in the background, capturing the Gears series’ iconic “destroyed beauty” aesthetic.

Just what is going on here? Why are Cole and Baird in chains? It’s certainly thrown me for a loop! But it’s not the only Judgment news today, as earlier on Epic Games President Mike Capps let slip that Polish studio People Can Fly (Painkiller, Bulletstorm) are involved in the development of the game. He tweeted, “Do I detect People Can Fly involvement?” YES YES YES!”

Note he said “involvement”, and didn’t define that term. They could be helping out, or they could be developing the whole game. We’ll have to wait for Microsoft’s Monday E3 briefing to find out…