Tag: Music

  • Feature Best PlayStation Music of July 2019

    Bouncing back

    As the follow-up to a month that featured the fewest entries since the inception of the series, we see more of a return to normalcy, as July offered up an absolute torrent of great music. Ranging from smaller games, to larger - possibly even maligned - titles, we had a bit of everything this month. Dragon Quest Builders 2: First on...

  • News Streets of Rage 4 Will Feature Original Music from Yuzo Koshiro and Many More

    Soundtrack created by many Japanese composers

    From what little we've seen of Streets of Rage 4, it seems to be shaping up very nicely indeed. However, for fans of the classic SEGA series, a huge part of the appeal is the music. Japanese composer Yuzo Koshiro is often solely credited for creating the beloved sound the games are known for, and there's...

  • Feature Best PlayStation Music of June 2019

    The rut deepens

    While June 2019 may have the fewest entries in a given month since we started doing this series, the silver lining is that the two entries in question are really good. One is one of the best scores from one of our favourite composers in the industry and the other is something wholly different: a great score from a game this author...

  • Guide CTR Nitro-Fueled - How to Switch to Original Music Soundtrack

    How to listen to the old CTR music

    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a stunning remake of a PSone classic that updates the sounds as well as the visuals. All the music from the original CTR has been overhauled for the modern take on the game, and it sounds great. However, if you're feeling nostalgic, there's a way to listen to the original music as...

  • News Blood & Truth's Grime Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

    Scratch and shoot

    Vinyl is back in vogue, and any game with a half-decent soundtrack tends to get a record release these days. Case in point: cockney crime caper Blood & Truth is bringing its orchestral-cum-grime tunes to a turntable near you, courtesy of Black Screen Records. Available to pre-order now ahead of an August shipping date, the...

  • Feature Best PlayStation Music of May 2019

    Mid-year rut?

    The dawn of a new month brings with it a new assortment of great game music, and May of 2019 continues the trend of seeing a smattering of really great soundtracks. Just because the music in a game such as Bubsy: Paws on Fire was able to approximate insanity, that doesn’t mean the entire month was a dead zone. Quite the contrary in...

  • News Sony Creating Death Stranding Album Filled with Original Music

    All-new songs inspired by Kojima's latest

    Hideo Kojima’s been eager to spotlight underground artists like Low Roar and Apocalyptica with Death Stranding’s various trailers over the years, and it looks like he’s been given the opportunity to collaborate with both Sony Interactive Entertainment and Sonic Music Entertainment on a full-length...

  • News Sony Music Artists Will Bring Original Songs to First-Party Games

    Company also keen on PSVR crossover content

    Sony is still eager to unify its various divisions, with PlayStation Productions an example of this. The new media-focused unit is part of Sony Interactive Entertainment, but it will leverage experience from Sony Pictures to bring PlayStation properties to both the small and big screen. According to...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of April 2019

    Rollin' on

    Last month’s slate of PlayStation soundtracks was filled with some pretty notable titles, like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Devil May Cry 5, but also some really good smaller soundtracks, like the curious Beat Cop. The offering of quality music from April isn’t quite as varied, but that’s not to say there was no good music. You...

  • Interview Freaking Out with Days Gone Composer Nathan Whitehead

    This music comes for you

    Love it or hate it, Sony’s biggest new exclusive Days Gone has had a downright terrific launch, coming hot out of the gates. We recently got the chance to chat with the title’s composer Nathan Whitehead about his work, and his first time as lead composer on a video game. Push Square: One of Day’s Gone’s most...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of March 2019

    March on, march on, march on

    Another month gone brings with it a number of new releases, including some fairly highly anticipated titles, including one from a certain Japanese dev. And as usual, many of these titles brought some really great music along for the ride, so let’s dive into what those standouts are. Beat Cop: Pixel Crow’s curious...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of February 2019

    The hot steak continues

    After a hot start to year for gaming, both from a music and release standpoint, is there any hope that February can continue the trend? The answer is more or less a “yes” as it just happens. While there may have been fewer soundtrack releases of note, the ones that did come out are particularly special. So let’s hop in!...

  • News You Can Stream Days Gone's Theme Song on Spotify

    Hell or high water

    Did you enjoy the song in the new Valentine’s Day themed Days Gone trailer at all? Well, it’s now available for streaming on Spotify – or your preferred music delivery service, of course. The country rock song is called Hell or High Water, and it’s been written and performed by singer songwriter Billy Raffoul. In case you...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of January 2019

    Musical resolutions

    It’s the top of the New Year, and you know what the means! That’s right, it’s time for the first musical recap of the year. And boy was January ever a strong month. The first month has been turning itself into quite the juggernaut these past few years, and 2019 is no exception. There were some pretty monumental releases,...

  • News Fortnite Hosted a Marshmello Concert and 10 Million People Turned Up

    Don't go look at me with that look in your eye

    Need a reminder of your mortality? Electronic musician Marshmello played a concert in Fortnite over the weekend, and over 10 million people rocked up to experience it. As you can imagine, there were plenty of floss emotes being triggered, as fans all over the globe danced the night away to the ten...

  • News Sony Wants Music, Gaming, and Movies to Collaborate

    From consumer electronics to creative company

    What kind of company is Sony? Historically, there was no debate over this question: the Japanese giant made consumer electronics. These days, with 47 per cent of its revenue driven by entertainment products, the answer is less obvious. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, chief...

  • News Skyrim Composer Jeremy Soule 'Currently Not Involved' with The Elder Scrolls VI

    From past to present

    Jeremy Soule has been making the music for Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series since Morrowind, and his soundtrack for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is very highly regarded. It features some of the last generation's best music, and is a perfect score for the huge, and still popular, RPG. However, when it comes to The Elder Scrolls VI,...

  • Game of the Year 2018 The 10 Best PlayStation Soundtracks

    Life’s a happy song

    2018 was absolutely loaded with great games, and equally great music. The quality started all the way back in January and didn’t let up, offering top-notch content throughout the year. But, as with most lists of this nature, some truly incredible music had to be left off, including the likes of Dead Cells, Hollow Knight,...

  • Guide Spyro: Reignited Trilogy - How to Switch to the Original Soundtrack

    How do you listen to the original Spyro music?

    How do you change the music in Spyro: Reignited Trilogy? Where do you go to switch to the original soundtrack? Everyone's favourite purple dragon is back in Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, and as well as looking sharp, the collection is sounding great too. Stewart Copeland's original soundtrack is a big part...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of November 2018

    Heavy hitters

    For the final monthly music highlight before we discuss the best soundtracks of the year, we have one more month to work through, and boy what a month it was. This might have been the single strongest month of the year from a musical standpoint, and at least a couple of these are going to be appearing on the Top 10 list that’ll make...

  • Interview Swan-Diving into the Music of Assassin's Creed Odyssey with Composers, The Flight

    A musical odyssey

    We recently had the chance to sit down and chat with the composer for the newest title in Ubisoft's long-running juggernaut of a series, Assassin's Creed. Joe Henson and Alexis Smith, known as The Flight, have lent their talents to many titles prior to this, including Horizon: Zero Dawn, Alien: Isolation, and even previous...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of October 2018

    The piano knows something I don’t know

    The big guns came out swinging this month, as the most noteworthy games for October include multiple blockbusters, including (obviously) one of the most anticipated games in arguably the history of the medium. And these titles of course brought with them some absolutely incredible music. So without further...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of September 2018

    Music, muzak, music

    August was absolutely packed to the brim with good PlayStation music to treat your ears to, so it’s not terribly surprising that there are fewer highlights for September. Fewer highlights however doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about, as the stand-outs from this past month are some pretty special releases. Destiny...

  • News Naughty Dog Releases The Last of Us: Part II's First Music

    Gustavo Santaolalla's back

    The Last of Us’ celebratory Outbreak Day is over, and our faces are still very much intact. Naughty Dog has, however, released Gustavo Santaolalla’s performance of the series’ iconic theme song, which will be used in The Last of Us: Part II: To be brutally honest, we don’t like this recording as much as the...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of August 2018

    When it rains it pours

    While the music in July had us digging pretty deep to actually find more than one thing to talk about, August provided us with nothing short of an absolute flood. A huge amount of exceptional music accompanied some great - and not so great - games this past month, and we’re going to tell you about them. Dead Cells: First...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of July 2018

    Down and Dirge-y

    June was a rather crowded month when it came to noteworthy soundtracks, which sees July come off as comparatively sparse. A bit of a low-key month before all the big guns come out swinging with their amazing soundtracks. Despite this, we were able to scrounge a couple worthwhile scores anyways, so let’s hop in. Shining...

  • News Spider-Man PS4's Soundtrack Will Be Even Sweeter on Vinyl

    Pre-orders open now

    Okay, so Spider-Man’s soundtrack is probably going to sound great on your iPhone as well, but audiophiles rely on vinyl to enrich all their music with mystical “warmness”, so we’ll leave our headline intact. Regardless of whether that previous sentence triggers you or not, we can probably all agree that John Paesano's...

  • Interview Flipping Through the Yoku's Island Express Soundtrack with Jesse Harlin

    Bouncing around

    Hearing Yoku's Island Express described paints an interesting picture. It sounds like a weird game. A really weird game. Just listen to reviewer John Cal McCormick desribe the title: " Yoku's Island Express is a 2D, open world, Metroidvania, pinball game starring a dung beetle postman dragged into a battle for the fate of...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of June 2018

    Hit the high note

    There was a lot to love with May’s slate of game music, including a couple games we may well be discussing when the end of the year rolls around (Detroit!), but June was no slouch either. Another solid month of games brought with it a solid lineup of music! Unravel Two: When Unravel released in 2016, it ended up being a...

  • News Drake's New Record Has a Final Fantasy Jam on It

    Bahamut's plan

    A slow news day story to kickstart your Friday: Drake dropped his new album Scorpion overnight which includes a song named Final Fantasy and appears to sample the legendary video game franchise. Listen carefully to the first portion of the song and you’ll hear a harp, which seems to be lifted from Final Fantasy’s legendary prelude...

  • News Stream Classic Sony Soundtracks on PlayStation Music's YouTube Channel

    We're assuming it's official

    Is this an official channel? Right now, that’s the big question mark looming over this new PlayStation Music YouTube channel, because if it isn’t then it’s about to get stung by a series of copyright strikes and shut down. But if it is, then it has the potential to blossom into something very exciting indeed:...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of May 2018

    Play it again, Sam(my)

    April provided a rock solid month of music, so it's to be expectd that May would bring thigs back down to Earth a little bit. But instead game music in May was more just a continuation of the quality we've come to expect lately. The month actually had some incredible scores to pick from, including a pretty big Sony exclusive...

  • Interview Sinking Our Fangs into the Soundtrack of Vampyr with Composer Olivier Derivière

    Notes-feratu

    Recently we got the chance to have a chat with the composer of DONTNOD's promising-looking Vampyr, Olivier Derivière. We got to discuss the manner in which he approaches his compositions, the intertwining of game development alongside the music, and how his passion for video games birthed a phenomenal composer for the industry...

  • Feature Best PS4 Music of April 2018

    God of music

    Coming off March’s comparatively weak offerings for game music, April starts kicking things into overdrive. The charge is lead by a certain God that everyone can’t get off of their minds, as well as a smattering of other interesting titles. Let’s dive in! Owlboy: D-Pad studio’s long-incubating, gorgeous adventure title...

  • News God of War's Vinyl Soundtrack Is a Thing of Beauty

    Mad dog McCreary

    God of War’s drawing plaudits for practically every portion of its masterful presentation, and Bear McCreary’s dazzling soundtrack is part of that. The great thing about the music is that captures the power and angst of Kratos, but it also seamlessly segues into more emotional segments, too. It’s really quite exceptional...

  • Interview Squeaking About Moss' Soundtrack with Composer Jason Graves

    Quill-in-hand

    Recently we got the opportunity to chat with composer Jason Graves – likely best known for his work on the Dead Space series or The Order: 1886 – about his work on the recently released PlayStation VR title from Polyarc, Moss. We discussed how the game's score came to be, Graves' adulation for the player character...

  • Guide Best PS4 Music of March 2018

    Pluck the string

    The stars turn and a time presents itself. And with that comes more game music. March was a month bursting to the brim with titles from a variety of genres, from JRPGs to AAA first-person shooters to more unique titles like mandatory co-op experiences. There was a little for everyone in March. Among these titles were some really...

  • News Classic FM and PlayStation Join Forces for Live Orchestral Concert

    Music to our ears

    Classic FM, the UK's specialist classical music radio station, is teaming up with PlayStation to bring to life an orchestral concert in celebration of video game music. According to GamesIndustry.biz, the event, known as PlayStation in Concert, will feature music from across PlayStation's history, including PSone, PS2, PS3, and...

  • Guide Best PS4 Music of January & February 2018

    New year, new me, new music

    Now that the first two months of the year have passed, it’s time to start off the new round of music highlights. Officially, I waited until February had concluded so there’d be more notable game music to talk about. Unofficially, I completely forgot to do this last month. There were really only two soundtracks to talk...

  • 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...

  • Interview Discussing the Music of Call of Duty: WWII with composer Wilbert Roget II

    Answering the call of music

    Recently, we got the chance to sit down and discuss the process behind composing the soundtrack for Call of Duty: WWII’s soundtrack, with its composer Wilbert Roget II, who's no stranger to working on games. We dove deep into some of the finer points of the score, and got a glimpse behind the curtain at his process and...

  • Guide Best PS4 Music of October 2017

    Push it to the limit

    As we start getting into the holiday season, the releases of big name games are ratcheting up as they do every year, which also means some major soundtracks are going to accompany these games. October offered a lot of quality music, most of it courtesy of the big budget stuff, but on any given month, if you dig deep enough, you...

  • 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...

  • Soapbox Why Is Sound So Underappreciated in Games?

    Sammy wants you to open your ears

    It’s always about the graphics, isn’t it? Video games are, by their very nature, a visual medium – and we tend to judge technical progress by the number of polygons or pixels being displayed on screen. We analyse in deep detail the lighting, the resolution – heck, the rise of Digital Foundry means that even...