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Game music of the day: Devil May Cry 4

Game: Devil May Cry 4

Song: Out of Darkness

Composer: Tetsuya Shibata

       
Above: Out of Darkness from Devil May Cry 4

Better known to PS3 owners as "That Song That Plays on a 20-Minute Loop During the Goddamn Installation," the aria that begins Devil May Cry 4 is nonetheless a surprisingly pretty piece of videogame music. Sung in the game by protagonist Nero's love interest Kyrie (and in real life by Aubrey Ashburn), it creates an evocative backdrop for the game's prologue, during which Nero gets waylaid by some demons on the way to Kyrie's performance. It's also a striking standout piece in a soundtrack that's largely filled with guitar-heavy industrial-rock and ambient orchestral music.

It's not the only standout, however; after playing through DMC4 for a few hours, you're practically guaranteed to have Nero's wordy battle theme stuck in your head for a few days.


Above: The Time Has Come by Tetsuya Shibata and Jason "Shyboy" Arnold

There are even a few oddball tracks thrown in for good measure, like the flamenco theme that kicks in when Dante earns (and promptly shows off) the special Lucifer weapon.


Above: Berial is Defeated - Inexhaustible Sword Lucifer by Shusaku Uchiyama

Much of the rest of the soundtrack isn't nearly as memorable or as interesting as the stuff above, falling largely into the "generic industrial badass" or "ominous pipe-organ" categories, and having to backtrack through the entire game as Dante after the story's halfway point doesn't make it any more striking. But the game did make a few notable dents in game-music history, and backtracking aside, it was a pretty awesome game. Awesome enough to justify snapping it up the next time you see it sticking out of a bargain bin, anyway.

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9 comments

  • Genericpenisjoketista - December 11, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    Finally Devil May Cry is the game music of the day! I've been waiting for this for a long time! In my opinion, the Devil May Cry series has the best soundtrack in all of gaming (and I've heard some pretty good soundtracks before.) I remember how the first game's soundtrack effected me as just a young kid (and I'm surprised that the fourth game's soundtrack was chosen over the first or third's.) When I first entered the castle and heard its ominous piano-theme playing, I thought I was going to have nightmares. When I reached the cathedral and listened to the theme of Sparda, I was caught off guard by how much I enjoyed such gothic-sounding organ music. When I first fell to the ocean floor, I was in awe by the silent-yet-eerie gentleness of that area's background music. The crowning moment of these experiences, however, was the first encounter with the 'Blade' enemy type (the armored lizards). I actually paused the game and just sat back listening to the song's ("Lock and Load") brilliance. Here's a link to the song, just to show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1GmwCpAI3I It has a gentle creepiness behind it while being upfront with its general industrial badassery. I'd say that listening to this song as a young kid actually shaped my taste in music as I grew up. (Ministry, Rammstein and company are favorites nowadays.) This all being said, Devil May Cry 1 was the first game soundtrack that I've ever actually sought. And then the second one. And then the third one. And then the fourth one. Listening to these soundtracks is unlike anything else (provided that you delete the shitty transitional-music that is played during certain cutscenes). This is what convinced me that game-music can be better than a lot of "regular" music. (Other favorite game soundtracks of mine include Goldeneye 64 and Bully, which are both golden.) TL;DR: Devil May Cry is my favorite game series and it was actually the series that turned me onto game music as a whole because its soundtracks are awe-inspiring. Well, at least they are for me.
  • philipshaw - December 9, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    You just brought back the awful memory of that install screen, thanks Mikel
  • batmanboy11 - December 9, 2010 2:38 a.m.

    Nice pick, wikiparaz!
  • Swornthroughswords - December 9, 2010 2:33 a.m.

    I'm a long-time reader but I've only recently made a profile and this is my first time commenting, but I just wanted to say that Devil May Cry is my favorite game series and seeing it on GMOTD made my day.
  • Clovin64 - December 9, 2010 1:21 a.m.

    When it comes to my beloved DMC, I would pick the battle music from the second Vergil boss battle in DMC3. It shared a similar theme with the battle against Nelo Angelo (Vergil in disguise!) back in the first game.
  • mavericksummers - December 9, 2010 1:16 a.m.

    Devil May Cry 3 had a much stronger soundtrack...even if most of the songs have the same lyrics.
  • Radagast107 - December 9, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    this is all right, mass effect 2 all of the way :P
  • KaiokenKid - December 9, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    Ah, I was waiting for a Devil May Cry Music of the day. IMO the series has some rather underappreciated music. I recommend a DMC 3 Music of the Day one day, or DMC 1. I think the upcmoing DmC is going to have kick ass music as well if that trailer was any indication.
  • ProtectorCasdin - December 9, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    Wow, being first is not as awesome as I expected. But, this music does rock the fat ass in a manner most timeless.

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