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The Last of Us

The Last of Us soundtrack coming to limited vinyl collection


Nice art for nice music from a nice game
Jul 21
// Joe Parlock
Mondo has announced it will be a selling a limited edition, 4-vinyl collection of The Last of Us original soundtrack, with artwork by artists Olly Moss and Jay Shaw. The collection will include the music from both The Last o...
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Guitar Hero Live

Guitar Hero Live adds 10 more songs I don't know


Hot acts like Marilyn Manson
May 19
// Steven Hansen
I have willfully ignored Guitar Hero Live until now. I will go back to that after I finish informing you of the 10 songs newly confirmed for the game (?), none of which I recognize by name, but a few of which I have assuredly...
Guitar Hero Live photo
Guitar Hero Live

Guitar Hero Live adds tracks from Alt-J, Judas Priest, and more


Ctrl-Q
May 12
// Mike Cosimano
The first 24 tracks in the Guitar Hero Live soundtrack have been announced, and we must face a dark truth: the latest entry in Activision's venerable rockstar simulation franchise sure does have a lot of tracks without h...
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Guitar Hero Live

Guitar Hero Live confirmed, will debut this fall


PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U
Apr 14
// Laura Kate Dale
[Update: A trailer is up, and it looks like a live-action take on Guitar Hero. FMV games are back! The game seems to retail for $99 and will debut on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and even Wii U. More info can be found here....
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Bloodborne

Official Bloodborne Soundtrack available to pre-order, releases April 21


"Rom only knows what I'd be without you..."
Apr 08
// Stephen Turner
I'm terrible at Dark Souls, and I'm too broken to play Bloodborne, but at least I can always appreciate the amazing score as the phrase "You Died, Ya' Feckin' Ejit!" seeps into view for the trillionth time. Thankfully, for mu...
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Ori and the Blind Forest

Ori and the Blind Forest is great, experience one of the best parts now


Let it hit your ears, then your brain, then your heart
Mar 12
// Brett Makedonski
There's not a lot of negative criticism that can be levied against Ori and the Blind Forest. It just does everything so well. Tight platforming, unique mechanics, a gorgeous aesthetic -- everything melds together to make an a...
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Super Smash Bros.

PSA: Today is the last day to register for the free Super Smash Bros. soundtracks


Go to Club Nintendo
Jan 14
// Darren Nakamura
If you are anything like me, you put off registering products on Club Nintendo until months (or years) later, when they aren't worth as much. If you bought both the 3DS and the Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. and you have...
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Promoted blog

Mega Man 2's OST spiced up with Castlevania III's audio chip


Some tasty music news promoted from our Community Blogs!
Dec 09
// Tony Ponce
[Dtoid alumn megaStryke likes Mega Man more than anyone else in the world. Shh, don't tell Chris Carter! --Mr Andy Dixon] Come back in time with me for a minute! Almost two years ago to the day, I shared a fan arrange album ...
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Free

Adam Freeman's Berzerk-influenced Hazard is pretty snazzy, also completely free


A sharp-looking minimalist FPS coupled with an exceptional OST by Wolfgun
Sep 11
// Rob Morrow
What if Berzerk were reborn as a first-person shooter using the DarkPlaces engine? What if the soundtrack were crafted by electronic music producer Wolfgun? What if you could be playing this game, right now, fo...
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Wonderful 101

Wonderful 101's wonderful soundtrack is getting a digital release


127 tracks
Sep 09
// Chris Carter
Good news, Wonderful 101 fans -- Platinum Games is releasing the full soundtrack of 127 tunes to a digital provider near you. The collection is split into two volumes at $9.99 each, which translates to five CDs total. So...
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Rockman

You can pre-order the Rockman Sound Box on Amazon Japan


Just get an account
Sep 05
// Chris Carter
There have been a lot of Mega Man soundtrack sets over the years, but most of them will break the bank. If you want to opt for something a little cheaper, the Rockman Sound Box is available for pre-order on Amazon.jp. It...
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Bayonetta

Japan is getting a five-disc Bayonetta 2 soundtrack this year


Roughly $50
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
Sega's music label Wave Master has announced that Bayonetta 2 will be getting a five-disc mega soundtrack, which is very much inline with Platinum Games' previous releases. It'll drop on October 29, and the lead composer...
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NBA 2K15

Pharrell and his Arby's hat are picking a soundtrack for NBA 2K15


In other news: Kevin Durant dribbles a basketball
Jul 15
// Brett Makedonski
What's happening in basketball these days? That LeBron fellow went back to that city where everyone hated him for a bit and now they're all going to pretend like that didn't happen. Carmelo decided to stay in New York after o...
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Listen to the incredible Transistor soundtrack right here


Or just go buy it!
May 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Transistor is out today for the PC and PlayStation 4! The game is pretty great, and I've been enjoying my time with it so far. I'm especially loving the music, from the soundtrack itself to the fact that there's a dedicated ...
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Amplitude artists

Amplitude Kickstarter adds Anamanaguchi, Freezepop, Danny Baranowsky, and more


Jim Guthrie, George & Jonathan, C418, and Kasson Crooker are the 'more'
May 19
// Darren Nakamura
Harmonix's Amplitude Kickstarter campaign is four days away from ending, and it is only about halfway to its $775,000 goal. Some of the trepidation that potential backers have expressed has been regarding the soundtrack. Rath...
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You should check out these new Drakengard 3 music samples


Lovely stuff
May 07
// Dale North
Drakengard 3 sound director Keiichi Okabe worked with Square Enix to share pieces of the game's two-disc, 33 song soundtrack on the official website. There's plenty of samples to flip through, and they show that the sound te...
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Check out the 16-bit-ish Pixel Noir soundtrack sampler


So good.
May 01
// Dale North
Remember us telling you about the upcoming JRPG-inspired 16-bit noir detective game, named Pixel Noir? Its music was composed by SWDTech's audio lead, Kunal Majmudar, who you might know from the game music cover band, Th...
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Game Music Lullabies album Prescription for Sleep coming soon


Performances by Norihiko Hibino of the Metal Gear Solid games
Apr 23
// Dale North
Sweet slumber comes with game music, I've found. I've always had sleeping soundtracks to listen to when I'm traveling or just need to chill out. I love to sleep to orchestral JRPGs, arranged albums, and 16-bit classics, and I...
SPATE OST photo
SPATE OST

Addiction allegory Spate's soundtrack is available now


Snag one of the melodic string tracks here for free
Apr 16
// Darren Nakamura
Spate made a bit of a stir with its release last month, if not for its attempt to tackle themes more mature than shooting bullets at beefy dudes, then for its dated representation of absinthe as it exists and is understood to...
Silent Horror soundtrack photo
Silent Horror soundtrack

Silent Horror soundtrack is back from the dead and ready to download


Get the main theme for free
Apr 08
// Darren Nakamura
Back in 2005, a small team made Silent Horror, an independent film homage to survival horror, with obvious nods to the legendary Silent Hill franchise. Before he was Destructoid's Editor-in-Chief, Dale North composed the soun...
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Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV: Omnis Lacrima track available to purchase


This ain't no Mods de Chocobo
Mar 27
// Brittany Vincent
Forget fated children and anxious hearts. Final Fantasy XV is on the horizon, and for a game this big, you have to know there's going to be some equally big music to accompany it. Enter "Omnis Lacrima," a sweeping orchestral...
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Free music track

Here, have a free track from the Monarch Arrangements


It's by Dale North
Feb 28
// Darren Nakamura
Dale already told you about the soundtrack for Monarch: Heroes of a New Age by Goomin Nam. He even casually mentioned that he worked on a track for the Arrangements & Variations album. You lucky, music-loving Destructoid ...
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Monarch: Heroes of a New Age soundtrack out now


Shameless promotion
Feb 20
// Dale North
Korean fantasy MMORPG Monarch: Heroes of a New Age features beautiful orchestral music by composer Goomin "Nauts" Nam. Nam's previous works include the drink mixing sim series (no, really!), Bar Oasis, currentl...
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Chrono Trigger Symphony

Chrono Trigger Symphony Volume 3 is out now


Have some free samples
Feb 04
// Darren Nakamura
Last year, Blake Robinson announced that he would be working on a three-part tribute to the legendary Square role-playing game, Chrono Trigger. Volume One of the Chrono Trigger Symphony released in August and Volum...
Dragon Fantasy OST photo
Dragon Fantasy OST

Download a free track from the Dragon Fantasy Book II OST


Courtesy of our very own Dale North
Jan 05
// Darren Nakamura
Dragon Fantasy Book II released last year for PS3 and Vita, improving on Dragon Fantasy Book I with 16-bit graphics and a more fully realized soundtrack. What you may not know is that the soundtrack was composed by ...

Top ten game music tracks to get you pumped for the gym

Dec 30 // Jayson Napolitano
10. "Db 606" - de Blob (Wii) [embed]265845:51406:0[/embed] Let's start with something energetic and fun! While you can probably guess that this list will be dominated by battle themes, this track, from the amazing soundtrack to de Blob, brings live instruments to the mix with a jubilant disco track. In the game, the tracks are named by mood, and this one is aptly called "Euphoric." Pretty fitting, and it will certainly put a smile on your face as you're torturing your body at the gym! 9. "Boss Battle" - Final Fantasy XII (PS2) [embed]265845:51408:0[/embed] I have so much Hitoshi Sakimoto on my exercise playlist, it's not even funny. Kind of odd when you consider his orchestral style, but this track in particular has some epic buildups in the chorus section that will really get your blood pumping. You may also want to check out some of his themes from Valkyria Chronicles as they're surprisingly good for a workout. 8. "Geometric City" - Raystorm (PS1) [embed]265845:51409:0[/embed] Raystorm has several tracks I'd like to include, but I love the smooth soundscape of this track. It's not too intense, and gently eases you into a workout, or gives you a much needed break towards the end of a tough session. You can also check out the NEU TANZ MIX remix album for more Raystorm goodness for the gym. 7. "Maze of Death" - Mega Man 9 (Wii / PS3 / 360) [embed]265845:51410:0[/embed] There are so many Mega Man tracks to consider, but I had to pick this one. The track title, the pumping basslines, and the fast-paced notes make for such a great motivation for that workout. There's also an arrange album for this game which has a great version of "Maze of Death," and several other themes from Mega Man 9 and of course the entire franchise are great for the gym (check out our top ten underrated Mega Man tracks here). 6. "Sealed Time" - Ys III: Wanderers From Ys (PC) [embed]265845:51411:0[/embed] This is one of my favorite songs of all time, period. So it goes without saying that I also love to take it with me for exercise sessions. It's a powerful '80s rock adventure, as is the rest of this amazing soundtrack, and all of it could be included on this list. Man, that melody is just so awesome! 5. "Dispossessed Eidolons ~Minudes~" - FFIV: The After Years (Wii / PSP) [embed]265845:51412:0[/embed] I bet this one is a surprise to most. The chaotic nature of this track and the pounding orchestral elements are just so awesome, I couldn't help but bring people's attention to it here. In fact, the word "explosive" comes to mind with this track... it will really work you up into a frenzy at the gym. 4. "Awakening" - Xenogears (PS1) [embed]265845:51413:0[/embed] This is one of my favorite final boss themes out there, and it always comes to mind when people ask me about my favorite battle themes, or heaviest game music tracks. Mitsuda really outdid himself with the orchestral elements and choir, bringing in a memorable melody and a perfect ending to such a powerful game. 3. "Glory Days" - Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 4 (Arcade) [embed]265845:51414:0[/embed] The Wangan Midnight franchise features music by Yuzo Koshiro, and this track in particular brings in the pumping electronics for which the series is known and combines it with a mean sax performance by Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino (the two often collaborate on the Etrian Odyssey series, so this track is a trip to hear after hearing the style of music they create for those games). It makes me think of the "Glory Days" when I weighed a lot less, which gets me into gear! 2. "Worlds Collide" - Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3) [embed]265845:51415:0[/embed] I absolutely love the Final Fantasy XIII-2 soundtrack, and this track and "Paradigm Shift" are absolute musts on your exercise playlist. This is one of the first songs featured in the early demos of Final Fantasy XIII-2, and it blew me away with its heavy electronics-infused hip-hop sound, and I think if you really give it a chance, it will grow on you and become one of your favorites as well. 1. "Argon Refinery" - Shatter (PS3) [embed]265845:51416:0[/embed] The entire Shatter soundtrack is a gym playlist in itself. It's absolutely stunning, and "Argon Refinery" in particular with its 8:23 length will keep you going for a while. There's a part towards the middle where some killer electric guitar makes an entrance and will really get you in the mood to kick some ass. Go download this whole soundtrack now, in fact! BONUS! "To Far Away Times" - Love SQ [embed]265845:51417:0[/embed] I wanted to throw in a bonus, and this one is an arrangement of the ending theme from Chrono Trigger. This track has a special meaning to me in my life, and always managed to bring a tear to my eye, but this version is just so energetic and positive that I love when it pops up during a workout.I also present this arrangement here for another special occasion. I know the articles I write on Destructoid are long, but I know there are those out there that read every word, and for those of you reading this now, I have this message: this is my last post on Destructoid. I'm not one to write a big going away post for the front page, so I wanted to say goodbye here, to those of you that have read this far, in the best way I know how: with the most fitting piece of music I could think of.Thanks to everyone running Destructoid for giving me the opportunity to share my passion for game music with all of you, and most of all, thank you, dear readers, for your ear in more ways than one. I will continue sharing my passion for game music with others as I delve into providing public relations services for composers around the globe as well as releasing albums as a part of a new record label I'm launching. You can bet that the good folks here at Destructoid will be keeping you informed about these projects in the future. And I'll hopefully see many of you at MAGFest.Until that time, I beg you all to keep an open ear, listen to as much game music as possible, and share the love with your friends! Thanks for everything! 
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Sound Card 014: Get ready to kick some ass!
Like our last issue of The Sound Card, which focused on music to sleep to, this has also been on my back burner for some time. I have over 300 tracks on my exercise playlist in iTunes, and a lot of that is game music. I thoug...

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Ragnarok Online

Ragnarok Online Elemental Tunes delivers large music fix


Three discs of music, including arrangements by top Japanese composers
Dec 26
// Jayson Napolitano
After our look at the Ragnarok Online 10th Anniversary Package last week, I wanted to turn my attention to this year’s special release, dedicated entirely to the music of Ragnarok Online. Elemental Tunes features f...
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GOTY: Soundtrack

The winner of Destructoid's best of 2013 soundtrack


Best of 2013
Dec 24
// Darren Nakamura
A great soundtrack can help make a great game legendary, and can even make a mediocre title memorable. In recent years, more emphasis has been put into crafting a noteworthy and fitting soundtrack for a game, and more compose...
Puzzle & Dragons photo
Puzzle & Dragons

A former Square Enix composer worked on Puzzle & Dragons


A published soundtrack album comes with rockin' remixes
Dec 22
// Jayson Napolitano
So what’s the big stink about Puzzle & Dragons? I was fascinated by the title before it blew up into a huge success for Japanese publisher GungHo, mainly because of Romancing SaGa/Culdcept composer Kenji Ito’s...
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Best music

Nominees for Destructoid's best of 2013 soundtrack


Best of 2013
Dec 20
// Darren Nakamura
Though it is often de-emphasized in favor of graphics and gameplay, a great soundtrack can help elevate a game to legendary status, and is often the most fondly remembered element of a game when reminisced on years down the l...

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