The Best Video Game Rock Music Soundtracks
Rock music and video games have long been happy partners; since the eighties, video gamers have heard the riffs of some of the most famous bands while enjoying their hobby. Journey was the first band to have one of their most iconic tracks digitized for the gaming audience, as ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ could be heard as the intro track to the Atari 2600 game Journey Escape. Aerosmith was another massive band to have their own game, released in 1994. Revolution X featured their music catalog heavily and had little stings from Steven Tyler and the crew, who encouraged the player through manic gameplay. Since then, the music used in video gaming has come a long way, not only in terms of how it’s used but also in the quality of the tracks that can be heard. Games like Guitar Hero made by Harmonix, popularized music in gaming further with some of the most iconic brands of the industry being the stars of the show rather than supplementing the action. This is something that continues on the most modern of gaming platforms too. There is also a music-themed title amongst the online slots from Foxy Games, namely Mild Rockers, which draws from rock music imagery. Plenty of other mobile games play on the same themes, including Rock Band Mobile, all highlighting how important both entertainment industries are to each other. While some games get the crossover right, using the music as a critical element to build the perfect game atmosphere, others fail miserably. But we’re here to talk about the hits, so we’ve compiled a list of the best examples which all strike the right chord.
Madden NFL 04
EA Sports who make the Madden series have become something of a standout when it comes to soundtracks in games. They feature some of the most well-known musicians and bands in music on their titles, however, it’s the 2004 version of their game that stands out. Tracks from blink-182, Alien Ant Farm, Jet and Avenged Sevenfold offer the perfect accompaniment to the thumping action on the field.
Call of Duty
Avenged Sevenfold are fans of adding their music to video gaming, and it seems the Madden franchise wasn’t big enough, so they had to get their tracks into the third best-selling video game in the world, Call of Duty. It indeed says a lot about their love of gaming. Avenged Sevenfold also had their music video produced in the game engine, which was initially only revealed to players after completing the game’s campaign mode.
Tony Hawks Pro Skater
This game was the perfect genre for a rock soundtrack and Activision got things spot on. From the upbeat sounds of Superman by Goldfinger to Police Truck by Dead Kennedys, players could shred to the guitar solos while shredding on their virtual deck. But the top tracks didn’t stop in the first instalment of the title endorsed by the world’s most famous skateboarder. Anthrax, Papa Roach, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were amongst the massive bands who laid down their tracks in later editions of the game too.
When people think of the music in this epic Xbox shooter, they would usually think of an intro that has music more akin to that heard in a place of worship but, Steve Vai provided the backing guitars to that opening track. Scratch the surface a little further, and there’s even more fantastic music, like the above from Breaking Benjamin too. We hope you enjoyed our look at some of the best rock soundtracks in video games; for exclusive interviews and more, stay with us here at Rock Music Star.