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News: Final Fantasy XIII-2 Songstress Origa Passes Away

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

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

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,...

Weirdness: Listen to This Gorgeous Acapella Cover of The Last of Us' Main Theme

Listen to This Gorgeous Acapella Cover of The Last of Us' Main Theme

Clicker along

While much praise is lavished over the gameplay and story of Naughty Dog's survival horror opus The Last of Us, comparatively little is said about its soundtrack. Indeed, the harrowing melodies composer Gustavo Santaolalla created for the game go a long way to making it the memorable and emotional experience that it is. Thankfully,...

News: You'll Be Cruising Around Los Santos to These New Grand Theft Auto V PS4 Songs

You'll Be Cruising Around Los Santos to These New Grand Theft Auto V PS4 Songs

Leave the radio playin'

Yesterday, we brought you a partial list of all of the new songs included in Grand Theft Auto V on the PlayStation 4 – but you didn’t think that we’d pass on the opportunity to publish the full soundtrack, did you? As part of our ongoing re-release milking session – hey, you keep clicking on these stories –...

News: What New Songs Are in Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4?

What New Songs Are in Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4?

Not a word from your lips

You can’t have a Grand Theft Auto game without a licensed soundtrack. While it’s the part of the package that often gets overlooked, it’s usually the icing on the cake as far as we’re concerned – after all, we daresay that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City got a few of the younger among you into eighties music in the...

News: This Grand Theft Auto V Record Set Will Make You the Envy of Your Friends

This Grand Theft Auto V Record Set Will Make You the Envy of Your Friends

Round like a record

Rockstar Games will celebrate the release of Grand Theft Auto V on the PlayStation 4 this month with a set of limited edition CD and vinyl soundtracks. With a limited run of just 5,000 apiece, this 55-track soundtrack will be a must for fans of the Los Santos escapade. The collection – due out on 9th December – will include...

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

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

News: Paul McCartney's Destiny Theme Song Flies without Wings

Paul McCartney's Destiny Theme Song Flies without Wings

I am the Warlock

Destiny’s theme song has been written and composed by Paul McCartney, because, well, who else would have the star power required to represent Bungie’s next big thing in audio form? The track – which was recorded at the famous Abbey Road studio with a 120-piece ensemble, of course – has that soaring kind of sound that you’d...

Book Review: A Composer's Guide to Game Music - Winifred Phillips

A Composer's Guide to Game Music - Winifred Phillips

Calm and composed

Winifred Phillips is one of the best regarded composers in video games today, having contributed to an eclectic roster of titles, including PlayStation favourites such as Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, God of War, and the LittleBigPlanet series. With such vast experience in the medium, the musician has put together a book...

Interview: Conducting a Symphony with Video Game Composer Winifred Phillips

Conducting a Symphony with Video Game Composer Winifred Phillips

Sounding off

Sometimes great opportunities just fall into your lap, and that’s exactly what happened to us on this occasion. We recently had the chance to chat to game composer and author Winifred Phillips – whose notable works include Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, God of War, and the LittleBigPlanet series – about her new book, A...

News: Journey Composer Austin Wintory is Being Fined $50,000 By His Own Union

Journey Composer Austin Wintory is Being Fined $50,000 By His Own Union

Shots fired

Earlier this week, on the day of the big E3 press conferences, critically acclaimed (and personal favourite of ours) game composer Austin Wintory released a video detailing some of the troubles that he may be facing from his own union. You may have heard his name thanks to his work on the superb Journey, or flOw, or any number of his...

Feature: 2013's Most Powerful PlayStation Soundtracks

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...

Review: Just Dance 2014 (PlayStation 4)

Just Dance 2014 (PlayStation 4)

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

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...

Review: Rocksmith 2014 Edition (PlayStation 3)

Rocksmith 2014 Edition (PlayStation 3)

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 –...

Review: KickBeat (PlayStation Vita)

KickBeat (PlayStation Vita)

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...