The old video game score post died three years ago or more, so I thought I'd start a new one, in which I'll irregularly or regularly post my thoughts on video game scores as I listen to them. I'll start off with one that deserves a proper release: In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, composer Ã“scar Araujo took over for regular series composer Michiru Yamane. And boy, did he do a great job. I'm unfamiliar with older Castlevania scores, though they've been recommended a few times, but this one's a real knockout. It stands proudly aside Debney's Lair and Shore's Soul of the Ultimate Nation as a huge dark fantasy score, employing a 120-piece orchestra and an 80-person choir. Massive and energetic and lots of fun, and it actually has some structure, the lack of which ruins my enjoyment of many otherwise impressive video game scores. This score won the IFMCA's award for Best Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media. Highly recommended. Here's another review. Availability: Unfortunately, despite the acclaim, this score is only available packaged with the limited edition of the game. If you can find a cheap used copy of the game or a seller on eBay unloading the score by itself, I definitely recommend snapping it up.