Overlooked Music Mix: Max Payne 2, Rome: Total War, GTA
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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.
|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!|
|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.|
|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…|