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Encore with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

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Easily the change that stands out the most is the complete overhaul of the first game’s Chaos Shrine mode. Gone are the days of endlessly repeating the same songs in hopes that random numbers would work out in your favor, gifting you a single Crystal Shard. Curtain Call brings in the Chaos Map mode, which selects songs from the entire library and guarantees you several Crystal Shards for defeating bosses in certain Battle Music Stages. This doesn’t trivialize unlocking characters but certainly makes it feel less random and take less than an absolute eternity. Given how many more characters were added for the sequel, making crystal grinding less of a pain is absolutely a welcome change.

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Nickelodeon and Activision Release The Legend of Korra

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Though unceremoniously relegated to online-only airing, The Legend of Korra expands the Avatar universe into a video game developed by PlatinumGames (Bayonetta, Metal Gear Rising), available today on a variety of platforms for fans. There’s a slight wait for the 3DS release however–but that version features a turn-based RPG style, hitting shelves on October 28. Read on for details about today’s release!

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Video Game Orchestra: Interview with Shota Nakama

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TBB has an exclusive interview with Shota Nakama, creator and producer of Video Game Orchestra. We sat down with Shota and VGO’s production manager Ivan Lin (also a classical pianist) at Jamspot Somerville to talk about the orchestra’s upcoming show at Berklee, the premiere performance of the Dark Dreams Don’t Die soundtrack, and the game’s developer Swery65 (Hidetaka Suehiro).

Shota is quite the busy guy, preparing for a series of shows in Taiwan and arranging video game compositions. VGO’s work has most recently featured in the Final Fantasy XV trailer, God Eater II, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix. There are definitely more projects in the pipeline as well.

Video Game Orchestra plays Thursday, October 2 at 7:30pm, bringing their crowd-pleasing rockestral arrangements to Berklee Performance Center. Get your tickets here!

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Costume Quest 2 Available for Pre-Order

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Halloween not arriving soon enough for you? I know I feel that way. That’s why I bought a jack-o’-lantern tablecloth and window gel gems already. But there’s something else we can get! Costume Quest 2! Double Fine’s sequel to 2010 trick-or-treating RPG is now available to pre-order on Steam in two amazing bundles. Sate your sweet tooth with fun extras like the original Costume Quest and the old costumes good to wear in CQ2.  Read on for details plus PAX Prime exclusives at the Midnight City and Double Fine booths.

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