Song of the Day: Moneta Point-C (from Sine Mora)

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This morning’s Song of the Day hails from Sine Mora. Sine Mora, if you’re unfamiliar, is a shmup from Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture that came out back in March of this year for Xbox 360, but has since seen recent rereleases on PS3, Vita and Steam. It’s a “bullet hell” shooter with a twist — rather than having a set amount of lives with which to successfully navigate the on-screen chaos, you instead have a time limit that decreases more quickly if you get hit. It’s a cool new twist on a traditionally rather demanding genre — and a good means of making it a lot more accessible to newcomers while remaining challenging to veterans.

What’s noteworthy about the music for the game is that it was composed by Akira Yamaoka. If that name sounds familiar to you, it should — Yamaoka is best known for some of the most distinctive soundtracks in the business, most notably the atmospheric, otherworldly scores heard in the various entries in the Silent Hill series. He’s also worked with Grasshopper Manufacture a number of times in the past on titles such as No More Heroes 2, Shadows of the DamnedĀ and the more recent Lollipop Chainsaw.

I must confess to being yet to play Sine Mora myself, but I did pick up a copy in Steam’s recent “Big Picture” sale, where they slashed the price of controller-friendly games eminently suited to playing on the television. Unfortunately, it seems to have gone back to its normal price now, but if you’re curious, you can check it out here.

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