July 16, 2022

Arknights: When The Music Is Better Than The Game

As I mentioned last time we got together here, I began playing the tower defense game Arknights a few weeks ago. It's really quite decent with so many possible team combinations that it makes your head spin. I recently stopped doing "build-a-team" for every mission, after stumbling on a team that can handle itself against anything but overwhelming aerial attacks.

But that's not why I'm here at the moment. Just in the last couple of days I've been paying attention to the OST involved and I'm glad I did. I'm VERY impressed. From the very first song you hear when you start the game, which most players may never listen to more than a few seconds of, to battle music, general day-by-day tracks, and events, the songs in this are outstanding.

That's the opening song I mentioned before. It took me nearly two weeks before I found out there were guitar breaks involved... I just kept hitting "play" when the game said it was ready.

That is the second track you hear in the game, on the "control room" screen (EDIT: if you have the night-time background selected). Fortunately it is very chill, because you're going to hear it a lot. It's comfortable enough that you don't care and it just becomes part of the experience.

Music from the in-game shop. It wouldn't be too out of place on a modern jazz album.

Finally, one of a gazillion battle themes. I actually can't say when it plays; I'm usually too busy commanding my Operators to truly listen. As I recognized it immediately, it's pretty clear some part of the turnip I use in place of a brain was listening.

I can go on and on about the various facets of the game... basebuilding is taking up more of my time than actual story mode, for example. Or the astonishing artwork of the Operators, including their combat chibis. Seriously, I didn't think FGO's art could be beaten, but on the whole I'd rather look at Arknights characters. I don't know enough of the story yet to say anything about it, save that it could probably be used as a X-Men plot line.

I don't really know what I'm doing quite yet, but I'm having fun not doing it.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 06:45 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Holy crow, those are all REALLY GOOD.

Guess I know what I'm going hunting for later this morning.

Posted by: GreyDuck at July 17, 2022 08:38 AM (rKFiU)

2 Hello, my name is Chris! For the past couple of weeks, I've been trying to find out if Chuck E. Yeager knew about Shirley from Strike witches. After god knows how long of searching I eventually came upon your 2008 post about someone informing him on my space. This was the first shred of evidence I had found so far. It seems however that his my space account no longer exists. I was wondering if you saw his response or not if he even responded at all.

Posted by: chris at August 02, 2022 12:40 AM (Ar78U)

3 Chris, I certainly never saw a response... and believe me, I was watching for one. I'd like to think that he was mildly amused by the information, though perhaps a bit baffled. Whatever his reaction, I'm sure he never gave it another thought.
The thought of Chuck Yeager actually watching an episode of Strike Witches triggers so many alarms and klaxons in my brain that a brain scan would look like nighttime over Chicago...

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 03, 2022 03:58 PM (DB9Lx)

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