This was a night than many had been looking forward to, a night of music from Playstation exclusive video game titles including many favourites, old and new.  So what was it like to be there, for those of you that couldn’t attend? Well, there was certainly an air of excitement buzzing through the venue, along with some interesting culture clashes. My favourite instance of this was in the foyer when one attendee asked the lady selling the programmes where all the merc was, to which she politely responded that they were only selling programmes. In fact, the atmosphere did feel more like that of a gaming convention. There was a mixture in the attire of the attendees from the more formal dress, that is usual at a Royal Albert Hall performance, to jeans and gaming T-shirts. There was even an excellent cos-player, dressed as Aloy. The staff at Royal Albert Hall clearly weren’t used to such outfits, as there was some confusion as to what to do with her bow. With them at one point insisting it should be put in the cloak room, but she was seen with it in the performance hall, briefly, so a workaround must have been made. 

 

 

The Royal Albert Hall is a majestic venue and while it wasn’t filled to capacity, the turnout was pretty good, with the arena, stalls and boxes mostly full. The music and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was obviously the stars of the show and a full list of the music scores played are as follows: 

 

Crash Bandicoot Medley 

Warhawk – Main Theme 

Resident Evil Medley 

MediEvil – End Titles 

Arc the Lad: Theme Tune 

ICO: Castle in the Mist & Wish You Were There 

Dark Cloud: Main Theme 

flOw: The World of FlOw 

Little Big Planet: The Gardens 

Echochrome: Prime 7 

Shadow of the Colossus: Suite 

Moss: Quiet as a Mouse… with a Sword 

Killzone 2: Birth of War 

Wonderbook: Book of Spells 

Journey: Apotheosis 

The Last of Us: Main Theme 

Bloodborne: The First Hunter 

Horizon Zero Dawn: Years of Training & Aloy’s Theme 

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture: The Light We Cast 

The Order 1886: The Knight’s Theme 

Blood & Truth: Ryan Marks 

God of War: Main Theme 

The Last Guardian: Oveture Lore 

Uncharted: Nates Theme 

 

My favourites were MediEvil, ICO, Dark Cloud, Shadow of the Colossus and of course the most awaited tunes of the evening from Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War and Uncharted, which was left off the programme and performed as an encore at the end. The music was sensational from start to finish and while the titles from my favourite games had the added power of nostalgia there was not a single track that failed to impress me. It was clear that a lot of effort and preparation went into the performance by the RPO and it was a real shame that it was all over in the space of two hours.  

 

 

 

While the music was the main feature, it was supported by a new app called Encue which supplied a steam of information in time with the performance. This was well utilised and I found it both enjoyable and informative to read the slides, giving some back information on the composers and the songs. There was a lack of actual gaming trivia in the slide but this gap was filled by Jessica Curry’s presenting, in which she delivered a health amount of gaming trivia, gamer in jokes along with some twitter banter. All in all, it was an excellent and well balance performance which seemed to deliver just the right amount of everything. Feed back on Twitter and Reddit has been very positive and I, myself, can’t wait to see what the RPO and Classical FM do as their next gaming venture.  

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Katie Alford
Katie lives in London; she loves playing games, is a published author, a digital artist and an astronaut. Okay, so one of those is a lie. Her blog can be found at http://kmalford.blogspot.co.uk/ and her twitch channel at http://www.twitch.tv/tailyna . You can also find her on steam as Tailyna.