Gaming Music

I'm not sure whether it was in Need for Speed: Underground or one of the Burnout games, but there was a track called "Stay in Shadow" by a band named Finger Eleven. It always stuck with me, and when it came on the satellite music channel I listen, I was all "hey! I know that one!" The satellite channel played another of their tracks, and also the track "Good Times" (very good, btw) appears on the latest SSX game, SSX On Tour.

What's the point? I bought the CD recently. Music in games can be an excellent sales tool for bands. I've heard quite a few great tracks.

Of course, on the Xbox 360, you can toss out whatever background music comes with the game and use your own playlists. A nice thing, but don't forget to listen to the bundled music... you might find something new and interesting!


yeah yeah yeah said...

your'e right!
if you listen to the tracks on the tony hawks games then you will find loads of great tracks, half my mp3 player is filled with songs that i heard on my ps2 games.

Greg Stein said...

Definitely. Thanks for pointing that out!

The Tony Hawk games have got great soundtracks. Driving games have 'em, as I mentioned (jammin' music as you spin laps). All games have music in some form, but only a few genres have pulled many bands together.

I'm not into sports games (such as football, soccer, etc). Do those have good soundtracks?

Manuel Ribbeck said...

I haven't bought the game yet, but I'm even more excited about getting it if the soundtrack is as cool as you say it is.

Nick said...

I really enjoy some of the soundtracks included with games. EA usually pulls together a good mix of tunes for their driving games alond with some of the sports games aswell.

I'm just worried because people are able to use their own soundtracks on the 360 that companies might be cutting some of the music budgets because it isn't as important to include those tracks.

Edward Ott said...

thats what xm radio needs, a gaming music channel.


Sitora Nekto said...

I didn't listen to this track and didn't play in this game)) it will be necessary to listen somehow later! I think it will be amazing .)

Anonymous said...

NFL Street 2 had some good music...
A Band - Sum 41

A Song - Cant Nobody Stop Me

Rhys Mog said...

Here's a playlist I made for gaming. Mostly heavy stuff for the more intense FPS games, but there's some other stuff thrown in too for when you're messing around with friends:

Bodies - Drowning Pool
Prayer of the Refugee - Rise Against
Spokesman - Goldfinger
Six - All That Remains
Papercut - Linkin Park
Last Resort - Papa Roach
Blow Me Away - Breaking Benjamin
We Still Kill the Old Way - Lostprophets
Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
Still Frame - Trapt
You'll Be Under My Wheels - The Prodigy
Canon Rock - funtwo
Move Your Body - Blessed By a Broken Heart
Different World - Iron Maiden
Breathe - The Prodigy
Ace of Spades - Motörhead
Get Ready 2 Rokk - Freezepop
Fury of the Storm - Dragonforce
Dying in Your Arms - Trivium
Plug in Baby - Muse
Blood & Thunder - Mastodon
Wish - Linkin Park
Down With the Sickness - Disturbed
M+M's - Blink 182
Control - Puddle of Mudd
Going Under - Evanescence
Electric Pulse - Static X
Hit the Floor - Bullet for my Valentine
I Just Wanna Live - Good Charlotte
I'm a Fake - The Used
Gay Bar - Electric Six
Hatebreeder - Children of Bodom
Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
Decadence - Disturbed
Before I Forget - Slipknot
Lips Like Morphine - Kill Hannah
Scream Aim Fire - Bullet for my Valentine
Lose Yourself - Eminem
Remember the Name - Fort Minor
Master of Puppets - Metallica

Greg Stein said...

Rhys Mog: any playlist that starts with Bodies is awesome, in my book!! Thanks for the list :-)