CD Review: THE LAST OF US soundtrack

THE LAST OF US soundtrack | ©2013 Sony Music

When it comes to video game scoring, it’s often the bigger, the better. And there’s nothing wrong with that, especially when the composer is mostly trying to make an impression amidst shattering spaceships, cannon-blasting world wars, dragon-slaying sword battles and zombie holocausts. Though THE LAST OF US deals with the latter, it’s on a far more human scale that’s ennobled a strikingly stripped-down score from Gustavo Santaolalla that just might be the least amount of “music” ever done for the genre. But then, having Naughty Dog hire the Oscar winning composer of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and BABEL to do to a […]Read On »

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CD Review: COMPANY OF HEROES 2 soundtrack

COMPANY OF HEROES 2 soundtrack | ©2013 Sumthing Else Music Works

Imagine if RED DAWN‘s score was on the side of the Russkies, and you’ll get an idea of the powerful Mother Russia patriotism that fill’s Cris Velasco’s exceptional real time strategy game score campaign against the Nazi bastards on the Eastern front in COMPANY OF HEROES 2. You’d be hard pressed to think that Stalin himself didn’t commission this score from the prolific videogame composer whose excelled in the battles of GOD OF WAR 3, DARKSIDERS and WARHAMMER. Velasco’s march-or-die orders inspire a dynamite symphonic performance that salutes the valor of the snow-swept homeland, unleashing powerhouse broadsides of heroic, militaristic […]Read On »

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CD Review: DARKSIDERS II soundtrack

DARKSIDERS II soundtrack | ©2012 Thq Records

Having made a musical killing for such button-mashing slay-a-thons as ASSASSIN’S CREED, BORDERLANDS and HITMAN, Jesper Kyd gets one of his most intriguingly violent soundscapes for his first entry into DARKSIDERS, a game which now marks its second venture into post-apocalyptic territory. It’s a world wiped of humanity, where a horseman named Death battles a horde of angels and demons to bring back mortals to reap. It’s a clever conceit that straddles sci-fi, fantasy and horror, and Kyd pretty much hits every note, all while remaining remarkably light on his feet. Not nearly as cruel in its approach as the […]Read On »

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CD Review: SILENT HILL: DOWNPOUR soundtrack

SILENT HILL: DOWNPOUR soundtrack | ©2012 Milan Records

Daniel Licht certainly knows clever ways to kill people in the company of DEXTER, not to mention a gore-splattered musical past that includes HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE, THINNER and BAD MOON. It’s a set of eerie skills that suit him well for entering the video game netherworld for the first time with two entries into the SILENT HILL mythos. Up first is SILENT HILL: DOWNPOUR, which has an escaped convict being thrown into this twisted Twilight Zone after a Richard Kimble-style bus crash. Starting off DOWNPOUR with a bang is a catchy theme song by Korn’s Jonathan Davis, whose thrash makes it […]Read On »

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GAME OF THRONES Videogame, Art book and Game Guide Giveaway

GAME OF THRONES videogame package

GAME OF THRONES fans get ready for a cool little ASSIGNMENT X giveaway to promote the new GAME OF THRONES role-playing videogame that just hit the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC consoles. We have two gift packs to give away (to U.S. residents only) that include the video game (your choice of either Xbox or PS3), a limited edition GAME OF THRONES Visuals of the RPG art book and the Prima videogame guide. Super cool indeed. There are three ways to enter this giveaway for a chance to receive this gift pack  – leave a comment below on this article […]Read On »

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Livestream Tonight at 7:00 PST of VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE party

VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE

For fans of the 1980s phenomenon VOLTRON, tonight at 7:00 pm PST, a live broadcast of an event promoting the launch of the new THQ videogame VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE will be online. During this live feed, THQ will be holding contests, giveaways and more. You can watch the feed right here – a check back for more coverage of the event later in the week at ASSIGNMENT X. Watch live video from THQtv on www.twitch.tv;   LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – COMMENT BELOW Follow us on Twitter at ASSIGNMENT X Fan us on Facebook at ASSIGNMENTX Article Source: Assignment X  […]Read On »

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CD review: GEARS OF WAR 3 soundtrack

GEARS OF WAR 3 soundtrack | ©2011 Sumthing Else Music Works

After doing an impressive tour of musical duty for Delta Squad, Steve Jablonsky suits up again for the COG squad’s ultimate battle against the seemingly unstoppable Locust horde for the GEARS OF WAR 3 soundtrack. As this brotherhood of war lays waste to the non-human residents of the planet Sera, Jablonsky blasts out huge kill zones of furious percussion to catch every drop of GEARS’ testosterone overload. It’s a rough, raw sound that’s different from the sleeker action workout Jablonsky gave to the bigscreen Autobots this summer, a more rugged symphonic and sampled excitement that’s in synch with flesh and […]Read On »

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CD Review: SOCOM 4 soundtrack (2,000 limited edition)

SOCOM 4 soundtrack | ©2011 La La Land Records

The percussion-filled musical worlds of TV’s revamped BATTLESTAR GALACTICA might have flown into the sun, but the thrumming echoes that made Bear McCreary’s scores so distinctive can be heard very loud and clear in his videogame soundtrack to SOCOM 4. For his second entry into console music after the impressive orchestral rocketeering of DARK VOID, McCreary takes on the more down-to-earth (if still more than a bit superhuman) adventures a U.S. Navy Seal team, this time blasting away for the flag in Korean territory. Having brilliantly brought incongruous bagpipes and Asian gamelans to outer space, McCreary’s shown he knows how […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: RED FACTION: ORIGINS actor Brian J. Smith on his new Syfy tour of duty

Brian J. Smith in RED FACTION: ORIGINS | ©2011 Syfy

Syfy’s new telefilm RED FACTION: ORIGINS, premiering Saturday at 9 PM, is a live-action film produced in partnership with videogame company THQ. It is  set in the universe of THQ’s RED FACTION videogame franchise. The original game involved a group of miners on Mars rebelling against the oppressive government on Earth. ORIGINS takes place between the games RED FACTION: GUERILLA and RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON, picking up twenty years after the original rebellion. Red Faction leader Alec Mason, played in the telefilm by Robert Patrick, has become seriously disillusioned with how things have worked out now that Mars is governing itself. However, […]Read On »

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Breaking News: The scoop on RED FACTION: ORIGINS Syfy movie set between the games RED FACTION: GUERRILLA and RED: FACTION: ARMAGEDDON

RED FACTION: GUERRILLA | ©THQ

The incredibly popular THQ game RED FACTION is getting the Syfy TV Movie treatment with RED FACTION: ORGINS following the adventures of hero Jake Mason (STARGATE: UNIVERSE’s Brian J. Smith), the child of RED FACTION rebel hero Alec Mason (Robert Patrick). “The movie takes place in between the third game GUERRILLA and [the forthcoming game] RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON,” says THQ’s Lenny Brown. “What’s cool about this TV piece, you can get deeper and get to know the character through the movie and that’s been exciting for us at THQ.” RED FACTION: ORIGINS debuts June 4 which is less than a […]Read On »

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