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Tony Hawk 5′s Soundtrack Features Punk, Hip-Hop, Skrillex

Music has long been a part of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, which has featured some of the strongest overall licensed soundtracks in gaming. Activision has released the tracklist for the latest entry in the series, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, and you can see for yourself how it stacks up to previous games.

There are more than two dozen songs overall, running from Anti-Flag to Yogi & Skrillex. There are bound to be a few songs that you won't recognize in the list below. Fortunately, the publisher thoughtfully provided links to their official YouTube or SoundCloud channels when possible. It's Friday, so your boss won't mind if you spend the next few hours clicking through and checking it all out. Trust us,

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Sept. 29, with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions following on Nov. 10. For more information on the game, be sure to check out our extensive preview.

 

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I'd say there's a conspicuous lack of Goldfinger and Primus here, but I'm looking forward to a new batch of songs getting stuck in my head, too. I could count on two things after a Tony Hawk session back in the day: Seeing skating lines in everything around me for the next few hours, and humming "Superman" for entirely too long.

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Banjo-Kazooie Soundtrack Gets Double Vinyl Treatment

Seventeen years after the iconic Rare platformer first debuted on Nintendo 64, the Banjo-Kazooie soundtrack is getting the limited edition record treatment courtesy of iam8bit.

The two-LP collection of music composed by Grant Kirkhope is being pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Toronto-based artist Jacub Gagnon created the cover art. You can pre-order the limited edition run of 3,000 LPs right here while supplies last. The records are slated to ship in November.

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Rise Of The Triad Is $3 Today To Celebrate Soundtrack Release

Apogee is slashing the price on its 2013 throwback shooter, Rise of the Triad. The game is currently discounted on Steam to $ 2.99, an 80 percent savings.

Rise of the Triad is a callback to the days of rocket jumping, blindingly fast circle strafing, and days when it was still weird to have baseball bats with eyeballs in them as a weapon of destruction. There’s a healthy community creating multiplayer levels, including some with the original tileset. 

The temporary price cut, which expires at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern tomorrow, celebrates the release of the game’s soundtrack. You can purchase that for $ 6.99 on its own Steam page. There you can also listen to samples of the game's tunes.

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The Last Of Us Soundtrack Comes To Vinyl This Wednesday

Considered by many to be one of the most beautifully presented video games of last or any console generation, The Last of Us features a compelling story of two very different people trying to survive in an infection-ravaged world. While the story was well-written and the gameplay was solid, the soundtrack of the game plays a crucial role in immersing players and delivering the story moments in impactful and meaningful ways.

Mondo has announced that a vinyl collection of the soundtrack of The Last of Us will go on sale this Wednesday. The original soundtrack, composed by Gustavo Santaolalla, is spread across four records pressed on 180 gram black vinyl. The package includes the complete soundtrack to The Last of Us including the Left Behind DLC. The package also features striking original artwork by Olly Moss and Jay Shaw.

The Last of Us soundtrack on vinyl will set you back $ 75. The package hits Mondo's music shop on Wednesday at a random time. For your best shot at grabbing a copy, check in on Mondo's music storefront throughout the day on Wednesday and follow the company on Twitter.

[Source: Mondo Music Newsletter]

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You Could Be Listening To The Rock Band 4 Soundtrack On Spotify Right Now

If you’re counting down the days to the release of Rock Band 4, this playlist might help time move a bit faster. The music fanatics at Harmonix have created a Spotify playlist filled with songs confirmed for the upcoming rhythm game.

The playlist can be found here, and will play right from your browser if you’re a Spotify user. If you’re looking for more Rock Band 4 info, be sure to check out this story about the features confirmed for the new game. 

Rock Band 4 releases for PS4 and Xbox One on October 6.

[Source: Twitter]

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Journey’s Soundtrack Getting A Fancy Vinyl Release

iam8bit is teaming up with Sony and Thatgamecompany to release a vinyl edition of Journey's soundtrack with original art.

The vinyl version of the soundtrack will ship on two records with original art on either side, as well as original art on the records' sleeve.

It will be $ 35, and a print of the art featured on the sleeve is available for $ 60. You can head here to to pre-order soundtrack starting on 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 23 here.

Journey the game will see a re-release soon on PlayStation 4 this summer in both physical and digital forms. You can find out more about it here.

[Source: iam8bit, PlayStation Blog]

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Relaxing Video Game Music Soundtrack Out This Month

Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II, an album of relaxing video game music from record label Scarlet Moon Records, releases this month on April 27 through the digital audio store Loudr.

Each track was performed live by Gentle Love, a band that features the saxophonist Norihiko Hibino (composer from Metal Gear Solid and Bayonetta) and pianist Ayaki. The album will include famous songs from Final Fantasy, Skyrim, DuckTales and more. The new renditions of these songs are adapted to sound like calming lullabies, whereas in-game they had a different tone. The track listing is slowly being revealed through Scarlet Moon Record's website up until release.

"The Moon" from DuckTales and "The Streets of Whiterun" from Skyrim are confirmed tracks so far.  You can preview the previous Prescriptions For Sleep Volume One album and its track listing in the video below. 

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Sumthing Else Music Works To Release Bloodborne Soundtrack

Fans of From Software's amazing Bloodborne will soon be able to listen to the game's haunting soundtrack outside of the game.

Sumthing Else Music Works will release the Bloodborne soundtrack's 21 tracks to most major online retailers on April 21. The score was composed by From's Yuka Kitamura (Dark Souls II), Tsukasa Saitoh, Nobuyoshi Suzuki along with guests Ryan Amon (Elysium) and Michael Wandmacher (Twisted Metal). The soundtrack was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road and Air Studios and features a 64-piece orchestra and 32-piece choir.

Sony has released an interesting video documenting the recording sessions. You can watch below.

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Grab Ori And The Blind Forest’s Soundtrack From iTunes

Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful game with a beautiful soundtrack, and now you can now grab the latter separately.

The composer for the game, Gareth Coker has an interesting educational background that sent him all over the world to hone his craft after graduating from Royal Academy of Music in London, which he has put to good use for Ori. You can check out a video showcasing how the music for the game came together below.

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You can grab the full soundtrack for $ 9.99 by heading here. You can also find our very positive review of the game by heading here.

 

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I haven't finished Ori yet, but I have been enjoying it tremendously – the game's music being one of its many highlights.

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Composers Reimagine Super Mario World’s Amazing Soundtrack

Brothers Karl and Will Brueggemann are composers heavily inspired by video game music, and the two have a new project that's markedly different from the average video game music song cover.

You can check out the video below outlining the project. Basically, the group is trying to use Koji Kondo's composition from Super Mario World and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island as a groundwork to craft their own music in the same style. There's not much like it, and you can hear some of their progress in the latter parts of the video below.

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[Source: Super Marcato Bros.]

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