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  • Feature The 10 Best PlayStation Soundtracks of 2017

    Reelin’ in the year

    2017 was an absolute banner year for games: AAA games were firing on all cylinders, indies knocked it out of the park again and again, and there were more Game of the Year contenders than we care to count. Alongside many of these stellar games were absolutely phenomenal soundtracks, too. This year more than any other was the...


  • PSX 2017 Listen to Ashley Johnson, Troy Baker Perform The Wayfaring Stranger

    Going home

    Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker opened The Last of Us: Part II’s PSX 2017 panel with a live rendition of classic American folk song The Wayfaring Stranger today. Both of the stars appeared to be performing in-character, and later discussion suggests that the performance will have relevance in the game. Numerous artists have covered The...

  • Interview FIFA 18's Tom Holkenborg on Scoring Soccer

    A little more conversation

    Recently we got the chance to chat with composer Tom Holkenborg about his work on the soundtrack for the narrative portion of FIFA 18, as well as his extensive history working with EA, his love of soccer, and how to capture the appropriate sound for a given sequence. Tom has contributed to numerous EA titles, dating back a...

  • Guide Best PS4 Music of November 2017

    Calm before the storm

    The November issue of Push Play marks the last release before we close out the year by talking about the best scores of the year. It was also a bit of an underwhelming month. The most notable soundtracks were scores to games that have been around for a number of years and just saw re-releases like Skyrim VR, Star Ocean: The...



  • News PlayStation Raids the Royal Albert Hall for Orchestral Performance

    Music to our ears

    Well, this is unexpectedly awesome: PlayStation has lined up a concert at London’s famous Royal Albert Hall, where the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will play hits from various exclusive franchises, including Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Uncharted, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, LittleBigPlanet, and

  • Push Play Top of the PS4 Pops – Issue 6

    Rock 'n' roll

    Coming off such an extraordinary month for game music in August means September was a little underwhelming by comparison, but that doesn’t mean there was nothing worth paying attention to. Some big names released this past month, and brought some significant music with them. And some lesser known titles brought great music into the...


  • TGS 2017 Enjoy the Sounds of Japan Studio with PlayStation VR

    Orchestral app on the way

    Earlier this year, Sony hosted a concert at the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall in Kawasaki, where the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus performed various pieces of music from the developer's diverse collection of games. This included compositions from Gravity Rush, The Last Guardian, and much more. And...

  • Push Play Top of the PS4 Pops - Issue 5

    Swingin’ through the stars

    Another month of game releases brings with it another month’s worth of game soundtracks, and running through the releases of August provides a particularly strong lineup. So many intriguing indie titles released this month, including at least one title that could be in the conversation for one of the best game...



  • Push Play Top of the PS4 Pops - Issue 4

    Surfin’ on a sound wave

    This year’s slate of releases has been a dream. But alongside many of these phenomenal games have been equally phenomenal soundtracks. And to be frank, we’re starting to get scared about that “soundtracks of the year” list come December. Between Persona 5 a few months back, Pyre this month, and Undertale next month,...

  • News Sonic Mania Soundtrack Available for Pre-Order This Saturday

    Plus, hear a brand new track

    Remember a few weeks back when the vinyl soundtrack for Sonic Mania was announced? Well, the company producing said soundtrack, Data Discs, has updated the product listing on its site, providing a few more details as to how you can get your mitts on one. You'll be able to pre-order the album from Saturday, 22nd...

  • News Sonic Forces Finds the Reason with Cheesy Theme Tune

    Fist bump

    It wouldn’t be a new Sonic game without a spot of c*ck rock, and SEGA’s turned to Doug Robb from Hoobastank to sing Sonic Forces’ theme tune. Well, he’s not a perfect person, after all. The song, irritatingly named ‘Fist Bump’, is pretty on-brand – but it’s no Crush 40, is it?

  • Push Play Top of the PS4 Pops - Issue 3

    Hitting the right notes

    Issue 3 of our frequent music feature comes alongside an abnormally strong June slate of releases. Between some massive games, and some long dormant familiar faces poking their heads out for us to fall in love with all over again, June had a lot to love. These games also brought with them some great soundtracks, and these are...


  • News Sonic Mania's Official Vinyl Will Have You Tapping Your Feet


    SEGA’s teamed with Data Discs to bring the electropop beats of Sonic Mania to a record player near to you. The British-based company – already behind a slew of top-notch vinyl collections – has been charged with creating a package befitting of Tee Lopes’ brilliant beats. And looking at the mock up images, it has hit a home run...

  • Push Play Top of the PS4 Pops - Issue 2


    While the first episode of the new Push Play series focused on interesting soundtracks released in April, the follow-up issue is going to deal with releases from May. A wide range of styles of game was on offer this month, and with it came some incredibly varied soundtracks as well, including a surprising goldmine of VR music. GNOG:...

  • Push Play Top of the PS4 Pops - Issue 1

    Dropping the beat

    Push Play is a new monthly series that will take a look at some of the interesting video game music releases recently. We hope to dig deep and find some interesting things you might not otherwise hear. It is by no means a comprehensive collation of every soundtrack, but rather a hand-picked group of what we think are the most...


  • News WipEout Omega Collection's Soundtrack Will Make Your Ears Bleed

    Not literally, of course

    Electronic music has been part of WipEout’s DNA since its inception; the game used to pop up in UK clubs during the PSone days. Apparently. We were too young to be licking WKD off a stripper’s abs back then, and now it seems we’re too old to recognise half of the songs on re-release WipEout Omega Collection’s...

  • News This RiME Music Video Is the Best Thing You'll See Today

    Forgotten city

    Spoilers: the soundtrack in RiME is absolutely extraordinary. Sure, we’re technically under embargo until tomorrow, but we doubt anyone will be too irritated we happened to share that tidbit. One of the tracks has been written by Lindsey Stirling, an American violinist – and this is the music video for the song. Weird CGI foxes...

  • News The Chainsmokers Bring Paris to PlayStation VR

    Get away from your parents

    You've got to give a lot of credit to DJ double-act The Chainsmokers: they've basically released the same song twice with changed lyrics and had a huge amount of success in the process. And now they're bringing Paris – which is totally different to Closer – to PlayStation VR as part of a new application. You can...



  • News Finally You Can Listen to Horizon: Zero Dawn's Main Theme

    Put it on loop

    Horizon: Zero Dawn's main theme – created by Killzone composer Joris de Man – is so good that we found ourselves re-watching the title's reveal trailer on loop just to listen to it. But now, with the game just hours away, one YouTuber's captured the tune in its entirety and uploaded it to the Internet for you to listen to. It's...


  • News SEGA Drops a Magical Sound Shower on Spotify

    Oldies but happies

    Phwoar, here's one for those of you who wished you lived in an alternate universe where SEGA still made consoles and your humble host had founded a Dreamcast 3 fansite named Chao Bella instead of Push Square: the publisher has dropped a slew of classic choons on Spotify. All you need to do is search for the artist 'SEGA' and...

  • News Download God of War's Live E3 2016 Overture for Free

    Music for the Gods

    With the news cycle currently dominated by the Nintendo Switch, there are not many PlayStation stories doing the rounds. You'll have to excuse us while we scrape the bottom of the barrel and point you in the direction of God of War's intense Overture orchestral, which is yours to download for free right now. This is the one that...


  • News Japan Studio Concert Will Celebrate the Sounds of Sony's Greatest Games

    Audio tribute

    Japan Studio's output may have been pants during the PlayStation 3 era, but under the leadership of ex-Santa Monica head Alan Becker, Sony's biggest developer has been restored to the bosom of its Worldwide Studios network. Over the past few years alone the organisation has had a hand in Bloodborne, The Last Guardian, and Knack –...

  • Feature The 10 Best PS4 Soundtracks of 2016

    Hitting the right notes

    Another year gone. Times flies, doesn't it? 2016 may have been, erm, less than stellar in a lot of respects, but the games industry was by no means one of the problems. Quality reigned supreme across so many titles it's hard to keep track. Not to be left behind, though, was the music from these games, which delivered some...







  • Feature The Best PlayStation Soundtracks of 2015

    Like music to our ears

    With 2015 winding down, it's only natural that 'Best Of' lists are beginning to pop up everywhere you look. While games themselves get a lot of attention when it comes to these sorts of lists, the accompanying soundtracks get a little less love. We're here to change that and deliver our list of the ten best soundtracks to...




  • News Don't Expect any Goldfinger in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

    Do anticipate bands you've never heard of

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 continues to be the strangest of games. Activision's clearly coveting nostalgia with this long-awaited sequel, and that's evident in everything from the name to the actual arcade gameplay. But with the game's soundtrack, it seems like it's trying to introduce people to a bunch of...


  • News You'll Need The Last of Us' Vinyl for the Cover Alone

    Can't be for nothing

    Before y'all tell us to get in the sea, we were collecting vinyl before bearded hipsters encouraged us to stop. But we may have to put our plastic hiatus on hold just this once, as this The Last of Us soundtrack is begging to be bought. Manufactured by Mondo on 180-gram black vinyl, this four LP compilation has some of the...




  • News You Need This Journey Record in Your Life

    No, not that Journey

    You're not a true hipster until you have a sizeable vinyl collection – preferably spanning indie hits such as thatgamecompany's outstanding Journey. It's a good thing for your coffee shop street cred, then, that iam8bit has teamed up with Sony to create this stunning double LP set for Austin Wintory's soaring score. The...



  • News Final Fantasy XIII-2 Songstress Origa Passes Away

    Lost to the Historia Crux

    Renowned for unique and mystifying vocals, Russian born singer Origa passed away from cancer during the weekend at the age of 44. She spent most of her life working in Japan and contributed to the games industry by providing vocals to Final Fantasy XIII-2. Anyone who has played it will have undoubtedly heard her, as she not...

  • News Rock Band Reboots with Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys DLC This Week

    R U Sure?

    Dust off those putrid plastic instruments: Rock Band is back. We're not referring to a sequel, of course – not yet, anyway – but brand new DLC for the series, which brings an end to an incredible 21 month hiatus. Harmonix famously stopped supporting Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz almost two years ago, but, like a rockstar that's run...


  • Feature 2014's Most Memorable PlayStation Music

    Sounds good

    The music that we hear in games plays an integral part in our enjoyment of the experience. While this is by no means exclusive to the medium, the interactive nature of games means that the memories linked with certain musical cues can carry more potency than in other types of media. Last year was a hell of a year for game soundtracks,...



  • Guide How to Use the PS4's USB Music Player

    Background sound

    When the PlayStation 4 launched a little less than a year ago, it was missing some key multimedia functions. One such absentee was the ability to play custom audio during games. While background music was available via the platform holder's streaming service Music Unlimited, it's taken until the addition of





  • Weirdness PlayStation Eye Employed to Turn Trees into Orchestral Epics

    Barking mad

    You can count the number of truly great PlayStation Eye games on one hand, but German composer Bartholomäus Traubeck has achieved something that London Studio couldn’t, by actually making something memorable with the PlayStation 3’s ill-fated peripheral. Embedded below, you’ll find an excerpt from his record Years, which features...


  • News At Least Final Fantasy XV's Music Is Making Progress

    Audio extravagance

    We like to debate a lot of topics here at Push Square towers, but whether Final Fantasy XV will actually ever release is a particularly popular one. Still, while director Tetsuya Nomura has likened the PlayStation 4 title’s production to “climbing a mountain”, we can happily report that the soundtrack is at the very least...


  • Feature 2013's Most Powerful PlayStation Soundtracks

    Don't look back in anger

    More often than not, too much effort is spent pondering the visuals of a game. Or its gameplay. Or its set pieces. However, there’s one pivotal area that tends to get overlooked time and time again: the soundtrack. If you’re on the fence about a particular piece of software, an emotional piece of music can set you on...

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    Review Just Dance 2014

    It takes Move to tango

    Ubisoft’s colossal Just Dance series has become a common name among party gamers and rhythm fans. The gameplay essentially boils down to you mirroring a brightly coloured avatar in order to pull shapes to popular songs across a variety of genres. Compatible with up to four players, the franchise scores you by tracking your...


  • News Now You Can Attend Music Concerts Directly from Your PS3

    Never get caught in a mosh pit again

    Live music is fantastic, but it comes with a few major caveats. For starters, you’re often forced to rub shoulders with smelly scene kids who don’t know the meaning of the word ‘deodorant’. And then there’s the whole physical endurance aspect, which sees you standing around for hours on end while...

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    Review Rocksmith 2014 Edition

    It's a long way to the top (if you wanna rock 'n' roll)

    Let's cut to the chase: Rocksmith 2014 Edition will not miraculously teach you how to play guitar like Slash in 24 hours. Learning the guitar or bass takes years of dedicated practice, repetition, self-motivation, and real technique. That doesn't necessarily mean that Rocksmith is useless –...


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    Review KickBeat

    Fists of melody

    The concept of fusing fighting and rhythm games seems so obvious, as the act of combat already has a rhythmic feel to it. Timing is, of course, crucial to both pastimes, with complex moves requiring metronome-like precision, just like the beat of a song. KickBeat, then, is pretty much the perfect marriage of genres, and the Zen...




  • E3 2013 Rocksmith 2014 Edition Plays a Power Chord on PS3

    Turn it up to eleven

    The music game genre may have flopped like a manufactured boy band, but Ubisoft’s guitar guide game Rocksmith has shredded out a niche all of its own. As such, it’s no surprise to see the series make a comeback with Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which is set to release on the PlayStation 3 later this year. Much like its...


  • News The Last of Us Sounds Just As Good As It Looks

    Ear candy

    The Last of Us is not only shaping up to be a feast for the eyes, but also for the ears. Naughty Dog has continued its behind-the-scenes mini-series, this time pointing its camera at legendary composer Gustavo Santaolalla. In the video, the musician talks a little about his guitar teacher quitting when he was just a child – not because...


  • News No, Your PlayStation 4 Won't Play Audio CDs

    Use them as a coaster instead

    If you were planning on cranking up your classic copy of Blink 182’s unforgettable Take Off Your Pants and Jacket through your brand spanking new PlayStation 4, you may be in for a shock – Sony has confirmed that its next generation console will not actually support audio CDs. The company revealed the snippet as...


  • News Would You Kindly Listen to This BioShock Remix Album

    Sounds of the underground

    How do you transform BioShock’s harrowing art-deco universe into something infectious? Well, if you’re voice actor turned remix extraordinaire Eddie Bowley, you take its most famous sound bites and arrange them into beats so catchy that not even Ayn Rand could resist tapping her disco feet. ‘Only Man’ is a full...

  • News Journey Misses Out on Prestigious Grammy Award

    The one that got away

    Given the sheer amount of awards that Journey has scooped up over the past 12 months, we suppose it’s about time that the title stopped hogging the limelight. Despite being the first ever video game to be nominated for a Grammy award, Austin Wintory’s scorching score lost out to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ e


  • Feature Crafting the Contrasting Sounds of The Unfinished Swan

    Secret gardens and synths

    The Unfinished Swan is a blank canvas; an engrossing adventure open to interpretation and debate. It’s a title that’s defined by contrasts, be it the bold blobs of colour that paint your progression through the game’s otherwise vacant world, or the juxtaposed personalities of the protagonist and his counterpart, the...


  • News Journey Soundtrack Makes History with Grammy Nomination


    Clearly not content with the mass of awards that it’s already won, Journey has made history by becoming the first ever video game to be nominated for a Grammy award. The title’s scorching score – composed by Austin Wintory – is up for contention in the ‘Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media’ category. It’ll face off against...


  • News That Groovy Grand Theft Auto V Trailer Tune Is By Stevie Wonder

    Hum the bassline

    Rockstar Games always selects the perfect tracks to accompany its trailers, and it made another bold choice with today’s hotly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V re-reveal. The funky jam at the heart of the footage is Stevie Wonder’s Skeletons, which was a 1987 hit off the Motown artist’s 21st studio album Characters. We’ve...


  • Feature Why PixelJunk Studio Q-Games Is Creating Trip-Hop During Its Lunch Break

    Massive attack

    For all the satisfaction that comes alongside creating video games, there are times when it can be a gruelling occupation. Thankfully, the Kyoto-based studio behind the PixelJunk series has happened upon an innovative means of maintaining morale throughout the day. For the past six months, Q-Games has been using its lunch breaks to...

  • News PixelJunk and Lumines Developers Release New Record

    Real time

    Kyoto-based developer Q-Games may be best known for its work on the PixelJunk franchise, but the studio has been quietly expanding its portfolio into rock and roll over the past couple of months. Designed as a distraction to keep morale high during hectic coding sessions, the studio has formed a trip-hop supergroup known as The Electric...


  • News Fan-Made WipEout Album Pays Tribute to Psygnosis

    Download for free now

    It surprised many when Sony shut down Studio Liverpool, formerly Psygnosis and developer of one of the most iconic game series on Sony's systems, WipEout. The most recent entry, WipEout 2048, is one of the best titles on Vita, but the fate of the franchise is unclear now that its driving force has been disbanded. For many,...


  • News RE: Operation Raccoon City Soundtrack Launches

    Rotten racket

    You probably don’t want to be reminded of Slant Six’s diabolical third-person shooter, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. But on the off-chance that you actually enjoyed the squad-based spin-off (what’s wrong with you?), Sumthing Music has announced that it has finally launched the game’s official soundtrack. To be fair,...

  • News Darksiders II Soundtrack Now Available for Pre-Order

    Sounds like Death itself, supposedly

    Sumthing Else Music Works and THQ have announced that the upcoming Darksiders II will be receiving its very own two-disc soundtrack for you to listen while you're not riding into battle and restoring mankind. The soundtrack will feature scores by Assassin's Creed and Hitman composer, Jesper Kyd, whose...

  • News Trent Reznor Bringing Some Fresh Beats to Black Ops 2

    Like nails on a chalkboard

    If you assumed Call of Duty couldn’t possibly get any more edgy, then you were wrong. Activision has announced that it has snapped up Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor to compose Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s theme song. He will not produce the game’s entire soundtrack, however – that honour will go to Mass...



  • News Deadmau5 Shapes Sound Shapes' Soundscapes

    On the sea shore

    DJ Deadmau5 has signed up to provide exclusive new tracks for upcoming music platformer Sound Shapes. According to the press release, Deadmau5 will create "a variety of exclusive new tracks" for the game, due out for Vita in 2012. We took the game for a spin back in September: our Sound Shapes preview tells you all you...


  • News Golden Oldies Revealed for Get Up and Dance

    Elton, Dusty and Lionel

    O Games' Get Up and Dance wants to give players of all age something they can shake their hips (or replacements) to, with the publisher announcing four new old tracks for the song's playlist. From Donna Summer's classic Hot Stuff — best known for its role in The Full Monty of course — to Lionel Richie's feel good song...


  • News DanceStar Party Tracklist Rocks the Party

    Get on the floor

    Sony's intending to go up against the dancing behemoth that is Just Dance 3 with its own dancing game, Everybody Dance aka DanceStar Party in Europe, and here's the tracklist you'll be grooving to when the game launches later this year. There's the usual mix of classic and contemporary tunes, from Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas to...


  • News Making Music Is Stupid Easy in Sound Shapes

    Even a caveman could do it

    Sound Shapes co-creators Jonathan Mak and Shaw-Han Liem recently sat down with the PS Blog to discuss the philosophy behind their game, and how its simplicity and style help it to work both as a quality platformer and an easy-to-use music maker. Players are given simple tools that instantly produce the building blocks of a...


  • News What Do Resistance and The Beatles Have In Common?

    They both started in England

    An epic game needs an epic soundtrack, and Insomniac believes the score for Resistance 3 fits the bill. Composed by long-time Insomniac collaborator Boris Salchow, who previously worked on Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time and Resistance 2, the score was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios, most famous for hosting...

  • News Sony Unveils New Music Title Sound Shapes

    From the maker of Everyday Shooter

    The PS Blog has popped the lid on it's latest game for the NGP (or should we call it the Vita?), tentatively titled Sound Shapes. The game is from Jonathan Mak, maker of the popular PSN title Everyday Shooter, and will mix elements of the platforming and music/rhythm genres. Players create their own music by simply...


  • News Let's Dance with Mel B's Track List is Camp as They Come

    Gloria Gaynor? Check

    Ubisoft's attempts to get every single person in the world dancing to one of its video games show no sign of abating, as it's released the track listing for Let's Dance with Mel B. Lady Gaga, Gloria Gaynor and Culture Club rub shoulders with 50 Cent, Fatboy Slim and Pussycat Dolls, with 28 songs in total included in the package...


  • News How Will Music Unlimited on the NGP Work?

    Let us explain everything

    Sony announced earlier this month that its Qriocity media service will bring Music Unlimited packages to the NGP, as well as the PSP and Xperia Play. But what exactly is the service? Not an iTunes Clone: Much like popular music hubs iTunes, eMusic and Amazon, Qriocity houses millions of digital songs for you to peruse,...




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