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CubeWorld developer releases a new song for the game

Most substantial update in two years
Oct 05
// Joe Parlock
Wol_lay, the developer of CubeWorld, has released a new song that’ll feature in the game. It’s not the update we’ve been waiting over two years for, but it’s something. He posted Druids of Mana to Sou...
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The Taken King is getting a soundtrack release next week

That sure is some pretty music
Sep 11
// Laura Kate Dale
Those of you who listen to the Destructoid UK podcast will likely already know I'm not a huge fan of Destiny. Don't get me wrong; it's a good game, it's just not for me. That said, the soundtrack in Destiny is something I can...
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Here's the full FIFA 16 soundtrack

Forty-two tracks
Sep 11
// Vikki Blake
EA has unveiled the full soundtrack that will accompany FIFA 16. This year's track listing features 42 artists from the likes of Bastille, Beck, Foals, and John Newman. Here's the full list:

Review: Party Hard

Aug 25 // Stephen Turner
Party Hard (PC [Reviewed], iOS) Developer: Pinokl Games Publisher: tinyBuild Games Released: August 25, 2015MSRP: $12.99  Party Hard tells the tongue-in-cheek story of the Party Hard Killer, a man who just wanted to get some sleep at 3AM and eventually went on a murder spree around the US in the early '00s. It’s all played for macabre laughs, though there are flashes of genuine subversion throughout. In the narration, one random victim's identity turns out to be a slap to the face when you're in mid-chuckle, but other twists and turns rarely pay off. Though, in its favour, Party Hard is completely self-aware of its own weaknesses. It’s not trying to be the next Hotline Miami in that regard. Despite the pulsing and rather solid electro soundtrack, Party Hard is actually a slow and methodical game. As the Party Hard Killer (and other unlockable characters), the main aim is to divide and conquer a crowd of people by any means necessary. Of course, stabbing someone in plain sight means someone’s going to call the cops, so it's up to you to manipulate and set off environmental accidents. Dotted around the map are things you can use to flatten, poison, or blow up unsuspecting victims in order to achieve your goal. It's a sandbox game to a point, with a bit of improvisation thrown in for good measure, and watching several timed accidents go off at once is a dark joy to behold. But once all the environmental tricks run out, the game suddenly turns into a fiendish stalk-and-slash. Hiding bodies and killing in secrecy become a must, since the police are relentless in their pursuit of you. You can bump off the cops, but that means the next witness will bring in the more efficient Feds, and the escape routes are eventually boarded up. Finishing off the last 10-15 victims does become a drag, especially after the initial outburst of comical violence. Party Hard lacks the kind of distractions needed to splinter off the remaining survivors, so the last half of every level degrades into a waiting game. Along with the knife, you can bust-a-move that will either get people to dance in place, spurn them away, or give you a good kicking. It’s a little random and mostly useless, considering how everyone wanders around when left to their own devices. To speed things along, there are randomised power-ups to collect; smoke/stun grenades, bottles of poison, and new disguises. Bombs can cause a massive amount of damage, but on the negative side, a fascist SWAT team show up and start attacking everyone, including you. In one particular level, calling in a fumigation crew ends with them gassing out a good third of the party. Party Hard is a genuinely humorous game, crammed as it is with an assortment of “Where’s Wally [Waldo]?” pop culture references. A lot of it is anachronistic for the period, along with the excellent soundtrack, as it self consciously distances itself from the current '80s/'90s aesthetic trend, but it’s still amusing to watch the party unfold, as potential victims get drunk, pass out, or dance with bears that wear gold chains and shades. What Party Hard lacks in complexity, it makes up for with personality. And while it does run out of steam about two thirds of the way in, Party Hard doesn’t outstay its welcome. At only 12 levels long - one being a bonus round and another being a remix - it can be finished in a single evening. Despite owing a lot to Hotline Miami in terms of sight and sound, Party Hard is almost the antithesis of its most obvious influence. On a personal note, it's actually more reminiscent of How to be a Complete Bastard, a similar (and ancient) game involving house parties and a destructive protagonist. It’s not quite a lost weekend, and it’s barely an all-nighter, but Party Hard manages to do its thing before the parents get home. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Scene is dead, but I'm still restless...
“I get wet when I know that you're dying,” sang Andrew W.K. on his debut album closer, I Get Wet. It’s actually a fine anthem for the terrible things you get away with in Party Hard, far more than the p...

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What's the 'Superman' or 'Guerrilla Radio' off the new Tony Hawk?

Helicopter and rhinoceros? Hellifiknow
Aug 14
// Brett Makedonski
I'm sad because I'm old. How do I know I'm old? Because sometimes I'm forced to listen to the radio in the car and Weezer and Green Day come on the oldies station. I'm at that dreaded stage where I don't really discover new m...
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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...
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Guitar Hero Live

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

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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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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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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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 It...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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 ...

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...
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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 ...

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