TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight Review – PC

nocras is a name in the gaming industry you may not know, but one that deserves to be known. This individual is an environmental artist that has worked on the likes of Final Fantasy XIV, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and much more. Notable for grand-scale creations, nocras is an artist that 47k Twitter users follow closely, across language barriers and more.

nocras’ latest venture is TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight. One look at screenshots and one may be in awe at the vibrant, elaborate environments broadcast straight from nocras’ vision. Thankfully, there’s more to it than just that, as TASOMACHI serves as a platformer/collectathon in the vein of Super Mario Odyssey and the like.

I could have screenshot any moment of the game and it would prove to be a looker.

GAMEPLAY/PLOT

TASOMACHI tasks the player with navigating towns and collecting Sources of Earth to repair their airship. These are hidden in bushes, the ground, and in other hard-to-reach places, demanding the player to platform their way across town. Along the way, they will encounter shrines in the towns with four platforming challenges each. Once completed, the towns’ mysterious fog disappears and the cat-like villagers return.

VISUALS

Some of the gorgeous environments you’ll explore, scattered with Chinese-style architecture.

Likely the most significant aspect of why TASOMACHI is moving copies is thanks to the mind of nocras. Together with developer Orbital Express, the atmosphere, inspired by a Chinese imperial aesthetic, is eye candy. It feels worthwhile to complete the shrines and make the towns look abuzz with no obfuscation from the fog, a true night-and-day difference. While architecture gets a bit redundant, the color scheme between towns sets them apart enough thanks to varying level design.

AUDIO

Another big draw that I didn’t realize until I took a gander at the Steam page was that Ujico/Snail’s House provided the music for the game. This musical artist is near and dear to me, as they provided the backdrop for some hilarious TF2 SFM videos, and can stretch from quirky bops to scenic jams across their discography. They delivered a standup job in TASOMACHI, providing ambient grace in exploration sections and upbeat tracks during platform dungeons.

CASUAL

Those looking for a relaxed time, look no further. There’s no combat in TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight, and you’ll only lose a few seconds if you fall during a platform challenge. This laid-back pace will make it welcoming for casual players seeking pretty sights and sounds.

Towns are shrouded in fog until you clear platforming challenges within shrines.

CONS

Unfortunately, there are still some pain points within this game. The movement is fairly tight, a necessity for platformers, but requires some getting used to since it’s so floaty. One ability you unlock, “boost”, feels miniscule and nothing like a dash you may see in games within the genre. Text and animation feels similar to some that I’ve seen in early-access/shovelware titles, but not jarring enough to be more than a nitpick. Worse off, I encountered a crash every time I attempted to load the third town. This occurred within a mere 2 hours of gameplay and near to game completion, so it truly hampered the mood. Here’s hoping this gets patched soon.

CONCLUSION

Nevertheless, there’s potential to be had with TASOMACHI: Behind the Twilight. It’s undoubtedly gorgeous, an aural pleasure, and a strong first solo effort for nocras. Perhaps the $20 price tag is a bit steep for the state the game’s in, as it currently sits with a “mixed” rating on Steam, but with updates, this could become something great.

So, why should you play it?

  • Relaxed, casual game to experience at your own pace.
  • Bangin’ soundtrack from Ujico/Snail House.
  • Unreal environments.

But why shouldn’t you play it?

  • Game-breaking bug in my build.
  • Some platform challenges are a bit too tough, and need to be skipped.
One of several moments I had to stop and stare. And screenshot.

A PC code was provided for the purpose of this review.

Nintendo 3DS 10th Anniversary Podcast

On February 26th 2011 in Japan, Nintendo launched its latest handheld gaming console featuring dual screens and glasses-free 3D: the Nintendo 3DS. Selling over 75 million units across six different models, and amassing a library of hundreds of games, the console was a massive success. Ten years later the console now sits in the shadow of the Nintendo Switch, but many of us have fond memories of playing our 3DS – in fact I started up a club at my university dedicated to it!

To celebrate the 10th birthday, WindyCornerTV has created a podcast episode and asked me to join, in which we discuss the different models of the console, our initial hype, some of its best games and the hidden gems and valuable games to be found in the library.

So what are some of your favourite memories of the 3DS?
Leave a comment below, on the YouTube video, or reach out to me on social media.

The Legend of Zelda Turns 35

On February 21st 1986, a brand new game called The Legend of Zelda was released in Japan for the Family Computer Disk System. More than a year later, the game was released outside of Japan for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and became the first home console game to include an internal battery for saving data directly to the cartridge. The game’s directors Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, both relatively new to creating games, unlikely realised at the time the lasting impact they would leave on the videogame industry.

Two budding young game developers: Shigeru Miyamoto (left) and Takashi Tezuka (right). (Source: Super Mario World interview, 1990)

Now thirty-five years on, the series truly has become a legend. With 19 main entries to the series spanning decades of home and portable consoles, multiple spin-off games, an animated TV series, novels and manga, and even a live-action Netflix series (which has reportedly been cancelled). Certainly Zelda has become one of the most widely-celebrated video game series of all time, and more recently the legend continues with the announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD for Nintendo Switch, and the continuing development of Breath of the Wild 2.

It’s a series that has definitely had a profound impact on me; the first game I ever played and completed was Link’s Awakening for the Gameboy. Without this series I don’t think I ever would have been quite so passionate about games, and I’m sure the same goes for many of you reading this.

So what are some of your favourite memories of The Legend of Zelda? I’d love to hear from you!

Here are some of mine:

Please leave some of your favourite Zelda memories below, or reach out to me on social media.

Nintendo Direct Summary – 18.2.2021

Splatoon 3, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and a new DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate among the many announcements in the latest Nintendo Direct.

18th February 2021 – In the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo showcased more than 30 games coming to the Nintendo Switch family of systems – with many launching by this winter! Headlining the 50-minute presentation was the reveal of Splatoon 3, a new game in the splat-tacular series, coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022.

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendo-direct.

Other major news in the Nintendo Direct video included the reveal of Pyra/Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as the latest playable DLC fighters to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – the fourth of six new fighters in Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Additional Nintendo Switch game announcements include The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which will feature new control options; Mario Golf: Super Rush, the newest instalment in the Mario Golf series with new modes and motion controls; and Miitopia, a game starring customisable Mii characters that lets you personalise your own adventure.

The jam-packed Nintendo Direct presentation featured many exciting game reveals, including Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title), a new tactical role-playing game from SQUARE ENIX; Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, which challenges players to claim the crown; Star Wars: Hunters™, a free-to-play online multiplayer game set between the events of Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens; World’s End Club from the creators of the Danganronpa series; DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power, an action game based on the animated TV show; and the physical edition of hit game Hades.

Here’s a loooooooooooong comprehensive list of all highlights in the most recent Nintendo Direct:

Splatoon 3: In this new game in the Splatoon series, you’ll leave Inkopolis behind and head to a new region: the Splatlands. At its heart is a new city where battle-savvy Inklings and Octolings gather: Splatsville, also known as the “City of Chaos”. Splatoon 3 introduces various new features to the action-shooter series, including weapons such as the bow weapon, customisation options and new movement abilities to bring to the returning 4-v-4 Turf War matches. More information about the full-fledged sequel coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022 will be revealed in the future.

Pyra/Mythra Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Originally featured in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as main character Rex’s two-in-one ally, Pyra/Mythra reawaken in March as the newest DLC fighters joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*. Pyra/Mythra are part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which also includes DLC fighters Min Min from ARMS, Steve & Alex from Minecraft and Sephiroth from the FINAL FANTASY VII series, along with two yet-to-be-announced fighters. More information about Pyra/Mythra’s move set, as well as their exact release date, will be revealed in the future.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD: Originally released in 2011 for Wii, and depicting the earliest story in the series’ timeline – as well as the creation of the Master Sword itself – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword now arrives on Nintendo Switch with smoother and more intuitive controls, in addition to improved framerate and graphics. In this enhanced version of the game, running at a smooth 60 frames per second, you can choose to play using motion control with the two Joy-Con controllers in a similar way to the original, or use new button-only controls to play the game with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, in handheld mode, or on Nintendo Switch Lite. A set of themed Joy-Con controllers will also be released alongside the game: the right Joy-Con controller is themed after the Master Sword, while the left features the Hylian Shield motif. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, and the themed Joy-Con, launch for Nintendo Switch on 16th July. The game is now available for pre-order on Nintendo eShop.

Controllers are available now for pre-order!

Mario Golf: Super Rush: Tee off in the latest instalment of the Mario Golf series, coming to Nintendo Switch this year. In Mario Golf: Super Rush, enjoy golfing with familiar Mushroom Kingdom characters through a variety of lush, scenic courses. Mario Golf: Super Rush features several local** and online multiplayer modes***, including Speed Golf, which finds players teeing off at the same time and racing to the green. The game also features a Story Mode, starring your Mii character as they interact with Mushroom Kingdom characters, compete in golf challenges and earn experience points to power-up stats. You can even use motion controls by holding the Joy-Con controller as a golf club. The fairway opens for players on 25th June. Pre-orders are available on Nintendo eShop now.

Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title): In this game that continues SQUARE-ENIX’s celebrated legacy of tactical RPGs, battles take place on terrain with different elevations. A character’s attack range is determined by their location and their equipped weapon, so it is imperative to survey the battlefield before acting. Additionally, the decisions made will affect how the story unfolds and which characters will join your cause. Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title) launches exclusively on Nintendo Switch in 2022. A free demo for the game is available to download in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch today.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout: Be the last Fall Guy standing! The hit party game finds up to 60*** players running, jumping and shoving their way to victory. Dive into a series of ridiculous challenges and wild obstacle courses with masses of other competitors online, all with the hopes of making the cut and advancing to the next round of mayhem. Shift between competitive free-for-alls and cooperative challenges where everyone on the losing team gets eliminated! Do you have what it takes to claim the crown? Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.

Star Wars: Hunters™ offers a thrilling take on the galaxy in this squad-based, online multiplayer game. Build a team from a cast of unique and all-new Star Wars™ characters, from daring Bounty Hunters to heroes of the Rebellion and Imperial stormtroopers. Face off against other squads in arenas based on iconic Star Wars™ settings. Set between Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens, the free-to-play Star Wars: Hunters launches in 2021.

MONSTER HUNTER RISE: In the new Rampage story event featured in MONSTER HUNTER RISE, hunters team up to defeat an onslaught of monsters attacking Kamura Village. As previously announced, players who want to be fully immersed in the MONSTER HUNTER RISE experience can pick up the Nintendo Switch MONSTER HUNTER RISE Edition hardware, which comes bundled with a digital download code for MONSTER HUNTER RISE plus the Deluxe Kit DLC and bonus content. This bundle launches alongside the game on 26th March. Also launching the same day is the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller MONSTER HUNTER RISE Edition, which is adorned with striking art inspired by Magnamalo, the game’s flagship monster.

Miitopia: Embark on a hilarious adventure with friends, family or anyone you choose, to bring down the face-stealing Dark Lord. In Miitopia, a customisable adventure for Nintendo Switch, create and customise Mii characters of anyone you’d like, and cast them in the fantasy adventure of a lifetime. With expanded customisation features in Miitopia, including wigs and make-up, you can make your Mii characters look more fabulous than ever. Also, you can have a horse as an ally. When you become closer, it’ll lend a hand – er, hoof – in battle. Which Mii characters will you assign as allies… and who will become the evil Dark Lord? The light-hearted romp Miitopia launches for Nintendo Switch on 21st May. Pre-orders on Nintendo eShop are available now.

Knockout City: Team up and duke it out with rival Crews in Knockout City™, where epic dodgeball battles settle the score in team-based multiplayer matches. Throw, catch, pass, dodge and tackle your way to dodgeball dominance. Knockout City launches for Nintendo Switch on 21st May.

DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power: Based on the hit Cartoon Network show, play as one of many classic DC superheroines like Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Woman as teenagers who must overcome high school, all while saving the city. Each of these superheroes has her own set of special abilities, like flight or gadgets, that can be used in battle. As your teenaged alter ego, explore Metropolis, show off your selfies from around the city on your in-game Superstapost account or rebuild a run-down part of the city. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power soars onto Nintendo Switch on 4th June. Pre-orders on Nintendo eShop are available now.

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind: Two Nintendo deep cuts from Japan are coming to Australia and New Zealand for the first time, localised with English text and fully modernised for Nintendo Switch****. Twists, turns, and drama await at every corner in both of these suspense-filled games. Uncover the deadly truth in Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind, coming to Nintendo eShop as a bundle on 14th May. Pre-orders for the games are available now in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition: Ready the Juice Cannons and prepare for battle in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition – the wackiest shooter yet! Party with up to three friends and goof around in Giddy Park, or dive into some 8-v-8 multiplayer in Turf Takeover. Prepare to battle solo or in online multiplayer*** in a plant-on-zombie conflict that will take you to the outer edges of Neighborville and back again. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition launches for Nintendo Switch on 19th March. Pre-orders are available now in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

Apex Legends: This free-to-play***** battle royale features a growing roster of powerful contenders named Legends, strategic combat, cross-platform play and more. To celebrate the game’s legendary launch, all players on Nintendo Switch will receive a new Legendary Pathfinder skin and 30 free levels for the Season 8: Mayhem Battle Pass. Plus, for the first two weeks after launch, earn Double XP when you play on Nintendo Switch. Fight for fortune, fame and glory when Apex Legends launches for Nintendo Switch on 10th March.

Legend of Mana: The beloved JRPG classic from SQUARE ENIX, Legend of Mana, is coming to Australia and New Zealand with fully remastered HD graphics, rearranged music and additional features. Experience the timeless story of Legend of Mana when it launches for Nintendo Switch on 24th June.

Outer Wilds: In the acclaimed and award-winning Outer Wilds, you are the newest member of Outer Wilds Ventures, a fledgling space programme searching for answers in a strange, constantly changing solar system. Pilot a spaceship to visit planets packed with remnants of an extinct advanced civilisation across locations that change with the passage of time. Explore and piece together the mystery before the end of the time loop when Outer Wilds launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.

SAMURAI WARRIORS 5: With revamped character designs and a vibrant, illustrated art style, SAMURAI WARRIORS 5 dives into the Sengoku period and shines its spotlight on Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi. The game slashes its way onto Nintendo Switch this winter.

World’s End Club: From the creators of the cult classic Danganronpa and Zero Escape series comes a fight for your life … literally! You and 11 others, known as the Go-Getters Club, set off on a captivating journey across Japan, and experience an adventure that blends side-scrolling action with a suspenseful narrative. As you make your way back home to Tokyo, you’ll alternate between working solo and teaming up with the group to overcome challenges and monsters that stand in your way. World’s End Club launches for Nintendo Switch on 11th June.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons + Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary: Items inspired by the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. are coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons******. Familiar items like the Super Mushroom and the “?” Block can be ordered in the game as furniture items, so you can place them wherever you want. You can even place multiple Warp Pipes on your island and easily travel between them. The new Super Mario Bros.-themed items will be available starting on 1st March, following the free update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons on 25th February.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity: Expand your quest to save Hyrule with upcoming downloadable content, as two waves of DLC are coming to the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass. Newly added characters, stages and more are all on their way, with the first wave coming in June and the second hitting in November. Players who purchase this Expansion Pass on Nintendo eShop for AU$30.00 / NZ$33.00 will get both waves of DLC as they are released. They’ll also get an additional in-game weapon and costume for Link as a purchase bonus starting on 28th May. The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass is available for purchase in Nintendo eShop now.

Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection: As the brave knight Arthur, you’ll unleash weapons, magic spells and skills to battle monsters across challenging stages within the Demon Realm. Local co-op play is available for the first time in the series. Help Arthur in his quest with one of three supporting characters: Barry for defence, Kerry for transportation or Archie for bridges. Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection launches for Nintendo Switch on 25th February. Pre-orders for the game are now available.

Capcom Arcade Stadium: Dozens of Capcom’s most beloved arcade classics are coming to Nintendo Switch as part of Capcom Arcade Stadium. Rewind gameplay, adjust game speed or difficulty, and select from a variety of display options to relive that sweet arcade goodness. Get 1943 – The Battle of Midway for free, then purchase game packs or the standalone Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on to build your collection. Prior to the 25th February release of Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection, the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on will be available for free in Capcom Arcade Stadium. After that release, the Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on will be available for individual purchase or as part of the Capcom Arcade Stadium all-in pack. Scratch that nostalgic itch with Capcom Arcade Stadium with local co-op, available on Nintendo Switch today.

No More Heroes 3: As the crass, Beam Katana-wielding assassin Travis Touchdown, you’ll fight your way to the top of the Superhero Ranking tournament to save the world. But wait… you’ll also battle aliens?! With a new and improved Death Glove, you’ll have access to a variety of deadly skills that can be customised and upgraded before each match. No More Heroes 3 lands on Nintendo Switch on 27th August.

Neon White: Neon White is a lightning-fast first-person action game about exterminating demons in Heaven. You are White, an assassin hand-picked from Hell to compete with other demon slayers for a chance to live permanently in Heaven. The other assassins seem familiar, though … did you know them in a past life? Neon White, which was developed by the creator of Donut County, launches for Nintendo Switch in summer 2021.

BRAVELY DEFAULT II: Save the Crystals and the continent of Excillant with the help of four new Heroes of Light! Ahead of the game’s launch for Nintendo Switch on 26th February, check out a new trailer: BRAVELY DEFAULT II – Final Trailer (Nintendo Switch). You can also try out a new free demo for BRAVELY DEFAULT II, available now in Nintendo eShop.

Tales from the Borderlands: Return to the unforgiving world of Pandora in Tales from the Borderlands. The Nintendo Switch version of the game includes all five episodes, filled with classic Borderlands characters and humour. Gangsters, bandit lords and Vault Hunters are just a handful of the obstacles you’ll encounter in this choice-driven, narrative adventure out on 24th March.

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse: In this return of the action game from Aspyr, you’ll build your zombie horde and take revenge on the city by turning humans into your undead allies. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse eats its way onto Nintendo Switch on 17th March. Pre-orders are available on Nintendo eShop in Australia.

Hades: The winner of numerous Game of the Year awards, Hades is getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch. This physical version comes with some fun extras, including a PC download code for the Hades Original Soundtrack and a 32-page, full-colour character compendium, featuring portraits of the game’s vibrant cast of gods, ghosts and monsters. And let’s not forget the game itself, offering dozens of hours of exhilarating action paired with a compelling story. The physical version of Hades launches on 19th March.

NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection: Three action-packed entries in the acclaimed NINJA GAIDEN series are coming to Nintendo Switch in NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection. Wield an arsenal of killer weapons as legendary ninja Ryu Hayabusa, each weapon offering a playstyle with a different set of lethal skills, along with ruthless ninjutsu to swiftly take down enemies. The NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection comes to Nintendo Switch on 10th June.

SaGa Frontier Remastered: Eight protagonists, eight captivating journeys. In this remastered version of the classic RPG SaGa Frontier, travel through a stunning sci-fi world with any of the protagonists, each with their own goals and ambitions. With a new playable character, scintillating battles and new events, SaGa Frontier Remastered is an adventure not to be missed. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on 15th April.

What a list! Surprised you scrolled down this far.
What was your favourite announcement? Anything missing that you were hoping to see?
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Nintendo Direct Announced!

With very short notice, Nintendo has announced the next Nintendo Direct on 17/2/2021 2pm PT – that’s the 18th of February 8am EST and 9am EDST for Australians wanting to watch the Direct live. Nice to not have to wake up at 2am for once to watch it as it airs!

I put out a poll on the Qualbert Facebook page on what people were hoping to see from this Direct, and some of the responses included:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 news
  • Bayonetta 3
  • Mario Kart 9
  • Fatal Frame 6
  • No More Heroes 3 release date
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2 release date
  • Metroid Prime Pinball 2!?

What are you hoping to see on the direct? Leave a comment or reach out on Facebook!

10 Iconic Love Songs From Videogames

You won’t belove number 7!

Valentine’s Day is here again, and I’d like to take this opportunity to explore some of my favourite songs from videogames that represent the theme of love. Whether it be a mother’s love for their children, romantic love between a couple, or even love that blooms on a battlefield, there has always been emotive music in games to emphasise these themes. If your favourite doesn’t make the list, please leave a comment below or reach out to me on social media! I’d LOVE to hear from you.

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – “Romance in the Air”

Until Skyward Sword, Link and Zelda never really had much of a romantic relationship, it was only implied. That all changed when this theme played, which seeks to represent the connection between the two characters. The track has a light, airy, orchestral sound which is very fitting of the game. And the track says it all, romance really is in the air (on top of a flying Loftwing).

2. Mother 3 – “Love Theme”

This song in particular really represents the love between family members. If you’ve played Mother 3, you’ll know how much this song hurts; it really tugs the heartstrings. Just listening to it I can picture the scene in which it plays. Despite being a Gameboy Advance game, I think Mother 3 is truly one of the best games at conveying love in such an emotive way.

Honourable mention to the gorgeous Because I Love Youand Polyannafrom other games in the Mother series. Both absolutely gorgeous songs.

3. Yakuza Kiwami 2 – “Shiawase Nara ii Ya (As Long As You’re Happy)”

Goro Majima is an absolute psycho. There’s no denying that. But he’s got such a soft side, and this is highlighted during this Karaoke song from Yakuza Kiwami 2. He sings about his love and dedication to a character from Yakuza 0, and even though they cannot be together, all he wants is for her to be happy. The song is interesting because his style of singing is hardly romantic, but the lyrics and message behind the song are so heartwarming.

Honourable mentions to the song that became a meme: Baka Mitai, for being a love song that sings about the heartbreak and foolishness of love, and to 24 Hour Cinderella for being the funniest love song from a game.

4. Metal Gear Solid 4 – “Love Theme”

Metal Gear Solid has taught us that love CAN bloom on the battlefield. But when it does, it is often wilted by grief and sorrow. This love theme is incredibly emotive and bittersweet – with lyrics describing a woman’s loss of her loved one who has been taken by war. Originally sung in Hebrew, some of the lyrics translate to:

Wishing for the world that ran out of tears.
My heart is already dead.
The hope…
Missing you hurts so much.

Honourable mention to “Love Deterrence” from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, for being the most anime-sounding and upbeat love song from a videogame.

5. Final Fantasy IV – “Theme of Love”

Nobuo Uematsu has created many gorgeous pieces of music for the Final Fantasy series, and almost every game has its own “love theme”. Suteki Da Ne from FFX, Aria de Mezzo Carattere from FFVI, Tragic Love from FFIX, the list goes on! But in my opinion none come close to my favourite love song of all time: the Theme of Love from Final Fantasy IV.

My wife walked down the aisle to this song.
A moment of true love in my life that I will never forget.

6. Hades – “Lament of Orpheus”

Love is pain, and nobody knows that more than legendary musician and poet of the underworld, Orpheus. This song is his lament for his lost loved one, Eurydice, and has an incredibly melancholy sound as he mourns her through his melody. It’s a gorgeous piece of music made only more impressive by the fact that the voice of Orpheus is actually the composer himself, Darren Korb!

7. Persona 4 – “Heartbeat, Heartbreak”

Of course I had to sneak a Persona song onto the list! A game all about bonds and relationships, naturally there are going to be songs related to love. One of the catchiest songs from the entire series – this song plays while exploring the town of Inaba after school on cloudy days. Not your traditional love song by any means, but a seriously catchy melody and lyrics about heartbreak mean I can justify having it on this list.

8. NieR – “Song of the Ancients (Devola)”

Though this might not specifically be a love song, it is a song I associate with love – I learned to play this song years ago on guitar and it’s part of how I met my wife. The lyrics are written in an entirely fictional language that was created by the composer for the purpose of the music of NieR. The song is associated with the characters Devola and Popola, who are twin sisters and feature heavily in the original game. Perhaps the lyrics could relate to the love between siblings?

9. Fire Emblem: Three Houses – “A Place to Rest”

Building relationships between characters is a key part of modern Fire Emblem games, especially the most recent entry in the series: Three Houses. Throughout the game you have the opportunity to romance characters, and if you’re successful they’ll confess their love for you (cue the music). There are several songs like this in the series (mainly from Awakening onwards), but I think this track does the best at conveying a sense of commitment and deep affection.

10. Katamari Damacy – “Katamari of Love”

Love does not have to be for a single person, family or friend, or even a beloved pet. How about love for your planet? This is the message in Katamari of Love. Though the lyrics are in Japanese, the message of dedication to Mother Earth is clear, as we should love and look after her. Here’s a short excerpt of the lyrics translated to English:

Love. Connect with one another, then our hearts will beat as one.
Try. We want to roll everything in, Then we can all be together.
Don’t stop, let the love flow, then we will be together forever.

Thanks for sharing the love – I hope these songs filled your heart. Share them with a loved one too!
If your song didn’t make the list, please leave a comment below or reach out to me on social media.