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John Broomhall has come a long way since composing music for the X-COM series and Transport Tycoon. With more recent work under his belt, he looks back at some of his classic compositions. …


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Pharrell probably ‘happy’ he’s picking NBA 2K15 soundtrack

2K Games has preemptively boosted the pop cultural cred of NBA 2K15 by hiring musician, producer and creator of this omnipresent earworm Pharrell Williams to oversee the basketball sim’s music selection.

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Eliss Infinity coming to Android, soundtrack available this week

Steph Thirion’s action puzzler, Eliss Infinty, is headed for Android devices this week thanks to a partnership with Finji Games. If you’ve purchased Infinity on iOS, there’s still an update launching alongside the Android version that will tweak a…
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Tribute Album Re-Imagines The Out Run Soundtrack

Digital artist RobKTA has released a collaborative album paying tribute to the music of Out Run.

The original Out Run released in North America in 1986, making this album arrive just short of a 30th anniversary. The game is notable for its impressive at the time graphics, and its soundtrack. The latter has held up a lot better, but Out Run still has a lot of charm.

You can check out the remix album by heading here.

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Download Dead Rising 3 fan-service DLC soundtrack for free

If you read our earlier article on the Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha DLC for Dead Rising 3, and immediately developed a craving for the addition’s tunes, today is your lucky day: Capcom’s offering the soundtrack…
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Learn The Secrets From The Soundtrack Of Super Smash Bros.

The Did You Know Gaming YouTube channel has released a number of videos covering Super Smash Bros., and the latest focuses on the game's soundtrack.

You will learn where some of the game's assorted themes appear in other games, as well as some of the very obscure secrets hidden in the game's trophies. For example, there is a well-hidden reference to the cancelled EarthBound game meant for release on the Nintendo 64.

You can check out the video below.

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You can check out other videos from the Did You Know Gaming channel covering Team Fortress 2, Harvest Moon, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the history of the Nintendo 64, the PlayStation, and two covering the Game Boy by hitting the links.

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You Can Pre-Order Transistor And Its Soundtrack Right Now

Supergiant Games’ Transistor was one of our favorite titles at PAX East 2014, and the title is out in just two weeks. If you want to get a jump on things though, you can pre-order the game and its soundtrack right now.

The game is available for pre-order now on Steam and PlayStation Network for PlayStation 4. On PSN, the game will cost $ 19.99. For Steam users, there is a choice between the game for $ 19.99 and a game and soundtrack bundle for $ 29.98.

The soundtrack will also be available from Supergiant directly, with the added option of a $ 15 digital-plus-CD bundle. Darren Korb, the composer behind Bastion’s soundtrack, returns for Supergiant’s second outing.

You can read our most recent preview of the game for more information. For more on the different options, you can visit Supergiant’s website. Transistor will be released on May 20.

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Our Take
I know I will be playing Transistor. I just haven’t decided which platform I want to play on yet. If you had the slightest interest in Bastion, this one is worth looking into.

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DuckTales Remastered soundtrack out now, woo-oo

Life is like a hurricane here at Joystiq
Reviews, previews, tons of games – it’s a shindig!
Today we bring you – news of a soundtrack:

DuckTales, woo-oo!
Forty-seven tracks of catchy DuckTales, woo-oo!
Tracks from WayForward’s remastered DuckTales,…
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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls soundtrack now available

The epic soundtrack from Blizzard’s first Diablo 3 expansion is upon us, featuring such cheery song titles as “Paths of the Drowned” and, sure-to-be wedding first dance fave, “Blood for Blood.” The Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls soundtrack is available…
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Soundtrack For Old-School RPG Child Of Light Available Soon

Ubisoft's upcoming RPG, Child of Light, taps the power of the same engine used for the beautiful Rayman games to deliver a nostalgic experience inspired by genre classics like Final Fantasy. To drive home the old-school sensibilities, Ubisoft is delivering a soundtrack filled with delicate, distinct melodies and rousing orchestral themes.

Canadian singer and pianst Cœur de Pirate is the brain behind Child of Light's soundtrack. In addition to partnering with Cirque Du Soleil to establish the game's visual style, Cœur de Pirate was integral in establishing the RPG's musical identity. The game will be available on April 30 for  Xbox One, 360, PlayStation 4, PS3, PC, and Wii U, but you can download the soundtrack via Bandcamp a day earlier on April 29 to get an early taste. It's also available for pre-order now.

Check out the video below for a deeper look into Cœur de Pirate's composing process, a taste of the music, and a broader look at Ubisoft's audio philosophy.

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Our Take
Any RPG fan knows that music is an important element of these extended time investments. Battle themes and exploration tracks will be on loop constantly, forcing composers to find a balance between creating something memorable without making it annoying. I look forward to hearing more of the soundtrack to see how Ubisoft and Cœur de Pirate went about it. 

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