Few game soundtracks are flawless: You may have a couple of standout hits, but chances are you're going to have a couple of stinkers as well. One possible exception, however, is Katamari Damacy.
Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka's music is infectious. It gets in your blood. Metroid, Tetris, Kid Icarus: if you own a Gameboy, or a Nintendo you've had one of his songs stuck in your head. Possibly for a week.
Some game composers are absolute workhorses. They'll be so prolific in such a short span of time, that you'll almost forget that they did entire soundtracks. Motoi Sakuraba is just such a composer.
Everybody loves cowboys. They're as American as apple pie, they're hard boiled gunslingers and most importantly they have some of the best theme songs of any hero you'll meet, hands down.
Today on the Kotaku Mixtape, we're looking at the best music to appear in Wild West video games. From that wackyness of Zan:…
Growing up, there were certain game composers I was aware of. Uematsu? Check. Koshiro? Check. But Tommy Tallarico wasn't one of them.
If the goal of your game is to make your player feel like a badass, you can't really go wrong with good old-fashioned metal. Nothing beats it. Don't get me wrong, you can still screw it up, but If I had my way, there'd be far fewer sweeping orchestras and more Slayer in games. Because, honestly, it's freaking metal.
Ever since we started Kotaku Melodic, our own video master Chris Person has been creating lovely Mixtapes featuring various themes, composers, genres and games.
There was a time, years ago, when LucasArts could do no wrong. They were unstoppable. Every time I got their catalogue, The Adventurer, in the mail I would instantly pour over every page and start saving my allowance. It was a magical time to be a gamer.
If you're reading this, you probably wasted hours and hours of your youth on Simcity 2000. Chances are you also know the weird, off-beat soundtrack by heart. But in the 90's, Will Wright's Sim Franchise was massive, and SimCity 2000 was only one one game in a series that spanned subjects like healthcare reform and…
There is a very sick part of me that loves cheesy music and movies. I blame it on being left alone with basic cable in the 1990's: You couldn't change the channel without hearing some schmaltzy song playing in the background!
When you talk to people about game music, Nobuo Uematsu is gonna come up.
Bombastic, orchestral soundtracks are great and all, but they're not always what's called for in a game. Sometimes you need something a bit more laid back - a bit more cool.
Akira the Don, rapper, producer, hip-hop musician and gamer, dropped nearly an hours worth of amazing Street Fighter-themed music on his site this week.