Crash Bandicoot is 20 years old! Also, I am old. Celebrate Crash Bandicoot’s 20th birthday with these classic tunes

Crash Bandicoot is 20 years old! Also, I am old.

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Rad Remix: Dj CUTMAN + Mega Ran – Up Up Down Down (ft. DnD Sluggers)

If you’re into video game remixes and rap music, then look no further than this hot Shovel Knight remix, titled “Up Up Down Down”.

Brought to you by the GameChops label, this one features raps by Mega Ran, vocals by DnD Sluggers, mastered by Dj CUTMAN and produced by Kevin Villecco (whew!).

Have a quick listen below and let us know what you think!

“Up Up Down Down” is a purchasable single on just about every digital music service known to man: iTunes, Loudr, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify streaming, so you have no reason not to check this one out.

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Klang soundtrack from bLiNd & GameChops now available

The soundtrack for the rhythm platformer/action game Klang is now available on iTunes and Steam.

Composed by bLiNd, a.k.a. Jordan Steven of the game remix label GameChops, Klang is an incredible compilation of catchy EDM tracks. Have a look at the trailer video below to get an idea of how the gameplay and audio work together.

Full of neon lights and pulsing beats, Klang looks like a rave in video game form. If this seems like your cup of tea, the game is currently on sale for 20% off (31% of the soundtrack edition) until September 29.

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Game Music of the Day – Destiny: Rise of Iron

Destiny‘s final expansion, Rise of Iron, is out today, and with it the much anticipated soundtrack.

Since Destiny‘s release two years ago, fans had many things to say about the game as it evolved into what it is today, both negative and positive. The soundtrack, however, has seen almost universal praise since release, even as new themes were introduced over the game’s several expansions.

The Taken King was the franchise’s first major departure in terms of music, which featured a much darker overall tone than what was previously heard in the game. With Rise of Iron, the music takes a different tone yet again, this time with a much more heroic one. As snippets of the music trickled out until release, many fans noted how similar certain aspects of Rise of Iron‘s music sounds to Halo. Choir chants, thundering percussion, electric guitars – it’s all there. Have a listen for yourself below, featuring several excerpts from the game’s soundtrack.

Stay tuned for a full soundtrack review, as we’ll dive a little deeper into some of the tracks and examine them a little more closely. Until then, feel free to purchase the soundtrack from Bungie’s store. At 22 tracks it’s only $7 and comes with a digital code for a unique in-game emblem.

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Chad Seiter’s Recore soundtrack available now

The Xbox One exclusive game Recore just came out this week, and along with it Chad Seiter‘s score.

The soundtrack features 26 tracks composed by Seiter, and goes for $12.99 on iTunes. So far, the soundtrack seems very good, and worth the slightly higher-than-normal price, especially if you’re into sweeping orchestral scores. Some of the tracks even have a Halo or Borderlands sound to them.

Check out the main theme below for an idea of what the album sounds like.

 

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Mick Gordon composing Prey’s soundtrack

Hot off the heels of Killer Instinct Season 2 and Doom, composer Mick Gordon is adding yet another reboot to his resume – Prey.

Up until this year, Prey‘s development cycle has been lengthy and troubled. Shortly after the 2006 game, a sequel to Prey was announced by Human Head Studios. After the rights were transferred several times between other developers, Prey slipped into development hell and was canceled by publisher Bethesda in 2014, while maintaining intellectual property.

However, the game resurfaced at E3 this past summer, as Bethesda surprised fans with a brand new trailer, revealing more about the game than people had seen in years. Developed by Texas-based Arkane Studios, Prey is a reimagining of the first game rather than a sequel.

Not much is known about how his score will sound for the game, or what direction he’ll take, but you can get a brief idea above from the E3 2016 trailer. In his past work, Gordon has made fantastic use of guitars and effects to blend electronic styles of music with heavy metal. It’ll be interesting to see if he takes a similar approach, or chooses to do something more unconventional from his previous scores.

Prey is schedule to be released in 2017 for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: VGMO.net

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Celebrate Crash Bandicoot’s 20th birthday with these classic tunes

It was 1996 and I was ten years old. I remember my dad taking me to Circuit City for some reason and seeing this amazing game being played on a large TV with speakers. Oh my God, it had 3D graphics! And…Are those CD quality music samples!? This was my first experience with Crash Bandicoot on the PlayStation, and I didn’t need to play it to know I was hooked.

I was largely playing video games on my Sega Genesis at the time, and being the young, enthusiastic kid that I was, I freaked out and begged my dad for this amazing game. He lovingly reminded me, in the way that parents always do, that we didn’t have a PlayStation, but Christmas was coming up, and if I was good, maybe a PlayStation would magically slide down our chimney and manifest in a wrapped box under our Christmas tree. Well, he didn’t word it like that, but I got the point.

When Christmas came around, I did up getting a PlayStation, with Crash Bandicoot (also Warhawk and Rally Cross!), and spent my entire Christmas break from school glued to my TV. It was the best. My friends were playing outside in the snow, but I did not care.

It’s been years since I touched the franchise now, but that first game and its two sequels live on fondly in my memory. I would even dare to say I get slightly misty-eyed when a song from the trilogy pops up on my iPod when it’s shuffling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Undertale’s OST coming to vinyl

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The beloved game Undertale and its score will join the growing list of game soundtracks on vinyl by the end of the year.

The double-LP costs $35 and features more than 40 tracks, and comes with a limited bonus 7-inch “Annoying Dog Song” vinyl if ordered by Sept. 5. The full digital soundtrack is also included and arrives via email as soon as the records are shipped, completing the 100-plus song collection of Undertale’s music.

Even if you don’t own a record player, this is almost worth the price based on the digital soundtrack and the cover’s art design alone. This would look great as a framed piece of art in a game room or office. Check out Iam8bit‘s store for even more vinyl game soundtracks and their stunning art.

Source: Polygon

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Pre-order Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s soundtrack before its Sept. 30 release

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The highly anticipated soundtrack from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be available exclusively from Sumthing.com on Sept. 30. Fans eager to get their hands on a physical (or digital) copy of the soundtrack can pre-order right now, however. Standard and extended versions will be on sale, with a general release date that is TBD.

The previous soundtrack for Deus Ex: Human Revolution was composed by Michael McCann, and was regarded as one of the best soundtracks of the generation. Mankind Divided’s score will see the return of McCann, plus the added firepower of Sascha Dikiciyan and Ed Harrison.

Head on over to Sumthing.com for a pre-order, or check out their impressive library of existing game music that’s already for sale.

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Far Cry 4’s soundtrack also available digitally, physical release coming later

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We forgot to mention yesterday, but add Far Cry 4 to this week’s already-packed lineup of new game soundtracks.

Far Cry 4 represents the series’ first foray on to the new consoles. The dark and emotional soundtrack is composed by Cliff Martinez, former drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and composer for the films Drive and Spring Breakers.

Fans can pick up a digital version of Far Cry 4‘s soundtrack right now on iTunes, but audiophiles may want to hold on for a bit. A limited 2-CD edition will be available on December 2 in North America and on December 9 in Europe. The soundtrack will also be available on vinyl, with a limited 3-LP edition released in January 2015.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Assassin’s Creed Unity soundtracks out today

Two major digital releases dropped today, kicking off what is sure to be a month of significant soundtracks. Both Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Assassin’s Creed: Unity soundtracks are out right now.

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CoD: AW‘s soundtrack features the one-and-only Harry Gregson-Williams and Audiomachine, for a total of 46 tracks. You can get it from both iTunes and Amazon MP3.

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The AC Unity soundtrack comes in two volumes – Volume 1 from composer Chris Tilton and Volume 2 from Sarah Schachner. Both volumes are $10.99 on iTunes and combine for 51 tracks of beautiful Assassin’s Creed music. Tilton has worked on the SimCity franchise, Black, and the TV show Fringe, while Schachner has worked on a number of Ubisoft projects including Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Far Cry 3.

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