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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 Network - Vita)

KickBeat (PlayStation Network - 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...

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

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

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

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...