Overlooked Music Mix: Max Payne 2, Rome: Total War, GTA

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Note from racketboy: This new bi-weekly feature is written by racketboy.com contributer, Mozgus. If you would like to know more about our plans for this series, please join in on this forum thread.

Video game music has traditionally been thought of as nothing but clusters of nonsensical beeps and bloops. While this statement no longer holds merit in today’s gaming world, the general public still avoids or remains oblivious to this genre, often assuming that there lies nothing worth hearing within. I truly believe that there are countless gaming tracks out there that deserve a place amongst your more mainstream “normal” MP3s. With that being said, each installment of this series will sample just three inconspicuous songs which, in my opinion, are worth your time. They may be retro or modern, official or produced by fans. Regardless, please give them a listen.

  • How about a theme this week? Lets go with “Vocal Tracks from PC Games” for 300, Alex.

Max Payne 2 – Late Goodbye

I really don’t know how in the world the lyrics are supposed to work, but this song seems so appropriate at the end of Max Payne 2. What a great closing. After all the devastation and tragic loss, that acoustic guitar applies like a band-aid. The song is performed by the band “Poets of the Fall“, which I was surprised to find I had an additional track by them on my machine titled “Overboard”. Remedy, you guys better get on to Max Payne 3 after Alan Wake is out…if it comes out at all. A continuance was promised in MP2’s end credits, remember? Chop chop!

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Rome: Total War – Forever

I’ll say this right now. I played this game for maybe 15 minutes and uninstalled it. Real-Time Strategy games just rub me the wrong way. They make me too nervous, I suppose. I think I prefer watching the professionals tackle these games. But that didn’t stop me from ripping the tunage. Most of the tracks would have worked just fine in the Gladiator OST. Jeff van Dyck provided the score, and his wife actually sung the lyrics for this piece. They seem to make a great duo. Check out his site for a ton of free tracks, including this one.

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Grand Theft Auto – Gangster Friday

Isn’t it funny how so many GTA3 fans have never tried the prior titles? Some of them don’t even realize they exist, as if that big roman numeral 3 on the cover of GTA3 wasn’t already a clear hint. I’m of the minority that actually prefers the old games. I found them to be a little bit classier, strategic, and easier to play. And they didn’t try to rely so much on shock value. Back on topic, I’m not going to say this track is all that great, but it’s worth having given that it’s a rap song in a game, and such a combination is pretty rare, especially in the mid-90’s. Or you could say I stretched myself a little thin coming up with entries for the theme today…

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6 Comments

  1. jjj says:

    Hi Mozgus,

    Thanks for the Rome: Total War track. Really nice. Beautiful.

    In the same vein of ‘RTS-I-couldn’t-care-less-about-but-has-great-music’, I propose Age of Mythology for your consideration.

    One of my most favorite and treasured game soundtracks.. The ethnic instrumentation and melodies by Kevin McMullan and Stephen Rippy are just as impressive now as they were when I first listened in 2004.

    Anyway, highly recommended.

  2. Jonic says:

    Hey Mozgus, congrats on your first RB article!

    That GTA track brings back memories! I haven’t heard that in years! I might have to download the game now (seeing as though it’s free these days)…

    Game music is a topic that isn’t covered nearly enough, so I’m looking forward to reading more 🙂

    (Any chance of a Sonic music special? Think of the puns!)

  3. Duce says:

    I wish that Sam Lake would write, and Remedy, of course, would produce another Max Payne.

    I enjoyed the second game, and while I can say that the first and second games don’t have too much replay value(other than playing them at more difficult levels) the story should have more of an ending.

    Oh well…