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Metal Gear Solid 4 Soundtrack Review: True Sounds of Liberty

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323w ago - The Metal Gear Solid series has consistently delivered some of the best original soundtrack material in games, due in large part to the orchestrations of Harry Gregson-Willams.

Those smart enough to have picked up the Limited Edition Bundle of MGS4 were treated to a bonus CD featuring 16 tracks from Gregson-Williams' killer score for the game.

For those not in the know, Harry Gregson-Williams is one of the most prolific composers of the past decade or so, with film credits ranging from "The Rock" to the upcoming "Wolverine" movie. Gregson-Williams is also unique since he is a film composer, who was sought out to lend his style to video games, starting with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and continuing through this latest game. In fact, the only other game soundtrack to feature his music so far is Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

Now granted this is merely a sampler of the music from MGS4 and the Japanese got a full on two disc soundtrack release (nudge, nudge Konami), but the tracks here give you a "greatest hits" type feeling. The disc also features the game's "Love Theme" by Nobuko Toda with lyrics by Hideo Kojima and a cover of Ennio Morricone's "Here's to You" (originally from the 1971 film Sacco & Vanzetti) but the majority of the music is Harry...
 

In-game XMB, Trophies, In-Game Soundtrack coming in June

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326w ago - Update: Videogaming247 has obtained some new information as follows:

- Sony's currently going through PS3's library to check whether or not in-game XMB's full compatible. While it's expected that the the new menu system, in-game messaging, and so forth, will work with virtually all games, for a minority of titles the current black menu screen will be retained. It's not known yet which games, if any, won't be able to use in-game XMB.

- The user-music functionality is only included in the new development tools, which have now gone out to coders. This means that existing games won't support it unless they're patched. That's right: you won't be able to play GTA IV with your own music unless Rockstar updates the game, if what we've been told this morning is true.

- Same for Trophies. They tools required to add these are only just in the hands of developers, which means it's going to be some time before you see the feature appear in a major game.

- Some aspects of the XMB, such as the photo viewer, won't be available in-game after the 2.40 Firmware update. If you select these features in-game, you'll be asked...
 

EchoChrome Soundtrack to hit Japan on May 21st!

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331w ago - It looks like EchoChrome has been a big game in Japan. And now they want more! And thanks to the game being such a big hit, Sony has been given the go-ahead to start producing a soundtrack for this game.

The soundtrack will feature 13 of the soothing tracks in EchoChrome. It will either send you into a deep sleep, or give you headaches just thinking about the mind boggling puzzles.

And now that the game has just been released in the US and in Europe, chances are it will probably be on the wish list of a lot of logical minded gamers in the US and in Europe.

The CD will retail for 2,940円 ($28.21 US). No news on it being released outside of Japan as of yet though.
 

PSW Magazine: GTA IV to get In-Game Music

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332w ago - According to PSW magazine, GTA IV is set to get custom music via the in-game mobile phone. It will play any music floating around on your PS3's HDD.

This coupled with Criterion's 'Burnout Paradise' update, shows that a way has been found to get around Microsoft's in game music patent.

How this has been achieved hasn't yet been revealed, but at least its looking up for Sony. Also announced were a few other small features of the game. When in public you can get the cops called on you if you are so much as brandishing a gun in front of them.

Mini-games will include: Bowling, Darts, Drinking games.

You can do multiple missions at once.

Different NPC pedestrians will be harder or easier depending on the type of NPC (e.g. an old lady will be easy to knock down, but mid-age men will be more likely to beat you to a pulp).

The game will feature wall piercing like COD4 with the more powerful weapons. The hospitals wont take your weapons if you choose to pay $100 for the privilege.

Some NPC's will hang on to their car as you steal it. A drink of beer will make you stagger around wildly and the screen will blur.

And finaly NPC characters will speak other languages each other.
 

GT5 Prologue exclusive soundtrack details

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335w ago - The North American Soundtrack Will Feature Weezer, Mars Volta, DJ Shadow and other Hot Musical Artists.. full Press Release below:

Press Release:

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the North American soundtrack for Gran Turismo(TM)5 Prologue, the fifth installment of the billion-dollar selling racing franchise developed exclusively for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) by Polyphony Digital Inc. The Official Gran Turismo 5 Prologue soundtrack is headlined by an in-game exclusive remix of Weezer's "Automatic," from the band's upcoming album and an EL-P remix of Mars Volta's "Goliath."

The soundtrack will provide North American racing fans with a High Definition (HD) audio experience to complement Gran Turismo 5 Prologue's stunning Full HD visuals, and furthers Sony Computer Entertainment's commitment to providing an intermix of entertainment, music and games.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue features an edgy soundtrack that mixes an aesthetic audio blending of indie dance rock, electronica, classic rock and brand new remixes by some of today's hottest recording artists such as Weezer, Mars Volta and DJ Shadow, among others. The Gran Turismo 5 Prologue soundtrack enhances an already comprehensive driving experience, and it builds on the historic success of past Gran Turismo...
 
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