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Black Knight Sword review: All flash, no flesh

While fairy tales have evolved over centuries into the family friendly Disney/Dreamworks films our nieces are all so fond of, they originally began life as terrifying stories of murder and misfortune designed to keep children in line, lest they find themselves in the oven of an evil witch. In that sense, Grasshopper Manufacture’s Black Knight Sword takes an old school approach to the world of storybook fantasy, leaving warm fuzzies in a locked box beneath the stairs. Its dark tales of captured princesses, feuding sisters and the eternally damned are permeated by a sense of macabre wonderment that would make Guillermo del Toro proud.

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Lollipop Chainsaw’s Akira Yamaoka-laden licks now available

Lollipop Chainsaw is out right now, but it wouldn’t be complete without some aural stimulation: The Lollipop Chainsaw soundtrack, featuring tunes from Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill), is available today as well. The soundtrack includes collaborations between Mindless Self Indulgence’s Jimmy Urine and Yamaoka, and a few licensed tracks from Five Finger Death Punch, The Chordettes and others.

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Silent Hill: Revelation 3D in theaters October 26

Open Road Films has acquired the distribution rights to Silent Hill: Revelation 3D , the sequel to 2006′s Pyramid Head fanservice vehicle film adaptation of the Silent Hill franchise. The movie will hit your local cineplex on October 26, and when we say “hit,” we mean “climb through a moist, fleshy hole, screaming with the voice of an injured fawn trapped at the bottom of a well.” Silent Hill: Revelation 3D stars Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss and loosely follows the plot of Silent Hill 3 , in that one of the characters is named Heather Mason and there’s a lot of gross stuff probably. Silent Hill films that aren’t about James Sunderland still don’t really sit well with us, but we’ll see anything that reportedly has Akira Yamaoka’s music in it.

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Exclusive: Akira Yamaoka’s Sine Mora soundtrack preview

With just a week left until the release of Grasshopper Manufacture/Digital Reality’s gorgeous schmup  Sine Mora on the Xbox Live Arcade on March 21st , I can barely wait, and now I have an even bigger reason to be excited about the game. It was announced early on that composer Akira Yamaoka would be providing the soundtrack, and from what we’ve heard in trailers thus far, it’s unlike anything he’s written before. We’ve been able to steal some of Yamaoka’s time to have him provide us with several clips of music from his funky 1970s-inspired electronic soundtrack, all of which are exclusive to Destructoid

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Shadows of the Damned composer sounds off

EA revealed Grasshopper Manufacture’s Shadows of the Damned at its pre-TGS event earlier today — and it was about Damned time. We cornered one of the “Video Game Band” members, composer Akira Yamaoka, to discuss his role creating music and sound for the “psychological action thriller.” We also discuss his old gig at Konami and how he feels about passing the Silent Hill torch (at least for now).

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Silent Hill vocalist working with Yamaoka on Suda/Mikami game

On her Facebook page , frequent Silent Hill vocalist Mary Elizabeth McGlynn announced that she was working on something new with Akira Yamaoka — and that she wouldn’t be in Silent Hill 8 . Apparently, Yamaoka got her in the “divorce.” We contacted Yamaoka’s new home, Grasshopper Manufacture, to find out if it was the enigmatic Suda/Shinji Mikami project for EA Partners on which the ” You’re Not Here ” singer was collaborating. According to a Grasshopper rep, it was

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More GDC talks: Yamaoka, Deus Ex 3, Arkham Asylum

The GDC organizers have just announced a few more of the Game Developers who will be Conferring at next month’s event. Eidos Montreal art director Jonathan Jacques-Belletete will offer some rare info about the upcoming Deus Ex 3 in his talk, “The Successes and Failures of Creating a Near-Future Cyberpunk Setting with a Renaissance Twist in Deus Ex 3 ” , while new Grasshopper Manufacture hire (and former Silent Hill producer and composer) Akira Yamaoka will present a retrospective of his career at Konami

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Silent Hill’s Akira Yamaoka officially leaves Konami

That eerie, oppressive sound you hear is that of a million Silent Hill soundtracks being played in memoriam of Akira Yamaoka . Original Sound Version has confirmed Yamaoka’s departure from Konami, a rumor that began circulating yesterday. Yamaoka is known primarily for his work on the characteristic soundscapes of Konami’s Silent Hill series, including the upcoming Silent Hill: Shattered Memories .

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Rumor: Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka leaves Konami

Aeropause claims that Akira Yamaoka , the man responsible for Silent Hill ‘s evocative sound, has apparently left Konami after 16 years and is currently vacationing in Europe. Fans of the survival-horror series would rightfully claim that Yamaoka, whose work has been a constant in the entire series, is inextricably linked to Silent Hill

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Interview: Silent Hill: Shattered Memories producer Tomm Hulett

When it was first revealed, we gave Silent Hill: Shattered Memories a bit of a cold shoulder. Gone was the established story that had first introduced us to the world’s creepiest town, reinterpreted with altered characters and a new otherworld that ditched darkness and rust in favor of jutting glaciers and vaguely menacing snowflakes.

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