I rely on one song to be my psych-up music before job interviews: the theme from the 2011 video game Skyrim. The only place I’ve found the right version of this song is on YouTube—the midi and orchestral arrangements just don’t cut it. But every time I’m in one of these high-stakes moments, I inevitably navigate away…
Rayark’s hit music game Deemo is getting reborn on the PlayStation 4. Tentatively titled Deemo Reborn, the new rhythm action game reimagines the original in full 3D, complete with VR support. There’s no release date info yet, but there is a teaser trailer.
Track: Ruin | Artist: Hide Your Fires | Album: Empty Vessel
Behold Atchafalaya Arcade. It’s an audio visual adventure that takes old technologies and scrambles them together in the present until something new and poetic arises out of the chaos.
Track: Everybody Knows | Artist: Kimbra | Album: Primal Heart
Due out on October 10, Prescription for Sleep: Fight For Your Dreams turns pulse-pounding battle themes from Final Fantasy XV, Undertale, Mega Man, Transformers: The Movie and more into the musical equivalent of sleepytime tea.
Don’t expect high scores or top 40 hits in this jazz-fueled adventure.
Track: Live Outside | Artist: Enter Shikari | Album: The Spark
Vice City might have the best licensed soundtrack of all time, but I think Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 comes in a very close second.
In 2015, the indie record press Ship To Shore Phono Co. put out an officially-licensed pressing of the soundtrack to Nintendo’s beloved RPG Mother, which had just been released that year in the U.S. as EarthBound Beginnings.
Music mashup creators work long and hard stripping down popular songs into their component elements and then weaving them together into compelling new tracks. Dropmix, the new mobile-connect game from Hasbro and Harmonix, makes this as easy as shuffling cards.
If I could dig my Wii out from wherever it’s hiding to replay No More Heroes and its sequel, I would. Since that’s impossible, I’ll instead ask: What better way to celebrate the return of Travis Touchdown than by listening to some killer tracks from this gem of a series?
Track: Silver Tongues | Artist: I The Mighty | Album: Where the Mind Wants to Go / Where You Let it Go
Taylor Swift’s new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” feels like a shitty alternate reality game that you unravel to find out more lore.
Daniel Licht, the composer for Dishonored and Dishonored 2, has died at age 60, Variety reports. He also composed music for several of the Silent Hill games and for TV’s Dexter, among others.
Nier: Automata audio engineer Masami Ueda has written a cool blog post detailing how he implemented composer Keiichi Okabe’s secondary hacking soundtrack. It’s easy to overlook how much work something like that takes, and fun to get a look at Ueda’s process.
After several years of silence, legendary rhythm action game DJMax returns, making its console debut as DJMax Respect for the PlayStation 4. Fans who’d rather not wait for the Western or Japanese release can snag the Asian version (with full English menus) right now.