Video game composer Saki Kaskas passed away earlier this week at the age of 44. Kaskas’ work appeared in games including the Need for Speed series, Sim City 4, and Mass Effect 2. The news was made public by friend and collaborator, Rom Di Prisco in a Facebook post. “His guitar work, synth work, audio production skills, and a feel for music unlike anyone else,” said Prisco.

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This track for Omega defined the whole game for me. Walking into Afterlife as this beat filled the air, overwhelmed with the visuals and atmosphere... it elevated an already great game to legendary status, and the music played no small part.