Apex Trailers and Music Choice
So, I'm a huge music nerd. I'm also a decently big Apex nerd. So I am no exception to the general acceptance that Apex exclusively uses bangers in their trailers. While the music they choose sets a general tone for the upcoming season (Season 6's Launch Trailer is the clearest example of this, in my opinion) it's very clear that they're also very intentional all the way down to song titles and lyric snippets, and I thought it would be fun to do a brief overview of some of the "lore significance" of all the Trailer Songs, beginning with Season 2.
Warning: This will be long, and there isn't really anything concrete to be gained from me doing this. It's mostly just for fun, and maybe to make some of who actually read this go "wow, that's cool," but that's about it. So if this doesn't sound like your thing, scroll on! I won't be offended.
Season 2 Launch Trailer: Only One King, Tommee Profitt and Jung Youth.
This song, in my opinion, is mostly vibes. Its upbeat and energetic sound matches the tone of the trailer. It also fits the nature of a Battle Royale very well: there can be only one king - only one winner. But also, it's a fun play on the arrival of the Leviathans into King's Canyon. As brought back up by Mirage in the Champions' Edition trailer: "Who's the king? Is it me? Is it this guy?" Yes, of course: the "one king" of this song, in as so far as its use in the trailer, is our dear Rosie and Lola - the Leviathans (so I guess, there's two kings? A king and a queen? It isn't perfect, leave me alone). It's just a fun nod to the possible true king of King's Canyon getting their spotlight for the season.
Season 2 Gameplay Trailer: Champion, Barns Courtney
This one is more vibes, but I do think the refrain about being a champion who keeps rising up fits very very well with the trailer that introduced us to Apex Ranked - you know, the mode where you have to keep rising up to eventually be a champion? Pretty good stuff.
Season 3 Launch Trailer: Devil, Shinedown
More vibes, of course, but the genius here comes in the last bit of the chorus that I think only gets sung once in the actual trailer: "I was sent to warn you - the devil's in the next room." This can be read as a subtle commentary on Crypto's arrival. He's there to expose the Syndicate - the "devil" that's always right next to you, seeing as they kinda own the place.
Season 3 Gameplay Trailer: The Search, NF
This one is right in the title: Crypto is searching for the evidence he needs to expose the Syndicate. It's not super deep or anything, but even the pace of especially semi-quiet beginning of the song fit Crypto's inquisitive and mysterious personality very well, giving a nice intro to the character. It also just fits the aesthetic of the debut of World's Edge so damn well. This is probably my favorite gameplay trailer.
Season 4 Gameplay Trailer: Jekyll & Hide, Bishop Briggs
I mean, obvious, right? It's Revenant. He's both Jekyll and Hyde (though mostly Hyde, especially back in Season 4). The lyrics could also be taken as Revenant toying with Hammond, asking if they're "Jekyll and Hyde-ing" him, playing the good guy while they unleash him to be the monster. He's just bringing the horror back home!
Season 5 Launch Trailer: I Know Your Secrets, Tommee Profitt and Liv Ash
This is probably the easiest and most obvious one as far as lyrical connection to the trailer. Loba knows Revenant's secrets - literally. She knows about the merc work and she konws about the source code. She knows his secrets, and she knows his lies. I absolutely adore this trailer, just because of how perfect the song is (also it's just a really badass trailer).
Season 5 Gameplay Trailer: Hungry Like the Wolf, Hidden Citizens and Tim Halperin
Get it? Cause...cause "Loba" means "Wolf?" It's....it's funny. It's like a pun. But in the music choice for a trailer. And she's hungry for revenge? Like a wolf? Cause...cause her name? ....okay, moving on.
Season 6 Launch Trailer: mas queso, Floyd Wonder
This one is just straight vibes. It matches the color of the trailer and just has an insane energy to match the aesthetic of "Boosted." If you wanted to look into it, you could say that maybe Rampart wants "more of that queso" because, you know, she has to rebuild her entire shop, but that's not really anything intentional in my opinion. This one is just vibes, vibes, and more vibes.
Season 6 Gameplay Trailer: FIGHT - Declaration Remix, Bobby Sessions
I'm a big big fan of this one. To me, this song encapsulates Rampart's entire personality. The chorus of "You wanna take my life, better be ready to fight," very much reflects Rampart's real existence, making her living in underground fight clubs on Gaea. She is always ready to fight, and if you wanna stop her, you better be read to as well.
This one also has an additional subtle hint in the 2nd verse which says, "Countdown is starting at 10, then it will drop to a 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1," which synchronizes very well with the implementation of the "Countdown" POI, as well as the countdown within the quest comic titles.
Season 7 Launch Trailer: Ain't Our Time to Die, Dorothy
This song just fucking rocks. Seriously. Drive around town and just blare it - it's a blast. In terms of lore significance, I think this song conveys a lot about Horizon's personality. The beat and driving nature reflects her seemingly unending optimism, as does the refrain: "It ain't our time to die." This can also be taken literally, as Horizon escaped being stranded in a black hole through sheer genius because, well, it wasn't her time to day. The prevalence of the word "time" also plays nicely into Horizon's overall motivations and goals.
And, well, there we go! All the launch/gameplay trailer music that has lyrics (sorry S4 Launch Trailer and S7 Gameplay Trailer - you're both amazing, but your music doesn't have words) and their completely hypothetical and not at all confirmed or intended lore significance.
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Best online multiplayer arcade racing game for PC?
I'm looking for a good (maybe definitive) multiplayer online racing game. Assetto Corsa is very good but too oriented on simulation, I prefer something more easy (very little type of customization and easy to understand) like an arcade racing game. In the past I play a lot the NFS Underground series so I'm oriented to this format, the NFS games on steam seems not to have a lot of online player except for the last, but I don't know the difference between NFS Heat and Forza Horizon 4 (that seems really good), could you describe me the difference? Do you have other games to suggest (maybe cheap)? What do you think are the best multiplayer arcade racing games for PC?
Actually I find only Grid 2 suitable for this needs but I want to search for other alternatives. Also I don't understand why there are so few alternatives on Racing Arcade multiplayer games.
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