Jet Set Radio Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Jet Set Radio RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Extreme Sports Games We Want Remastered After Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/ro6np/extreme-sports-games-we-want-remastered-after-tony-hawks-pro-skater-1-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/ro6np/extreme-sports-games-we-want-remastered-after-tony-hawks-pro-skater-1-2 Fri, 22 May 2020 12:43:18 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

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Tony Hawk's Underground

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We'll finish with the best game in the Tony Hawk series. Not only does Tony Hawk's Underground feature rock-solid globe-trotting gameplay, but it also features the series' best story mode, with one of the greatest villains in video game history: Eric Sparrow.

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It's hard to understand now, but at the time, structuring an extreme sports game like a role-playing game was a huge risk.

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This isn't a game designed for quick, course-based play. Instead, this is a gigantic game complete with character development, trick customization, and a surprisingly deep story. We'd love to experience it again.

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Be sure to snag your copy of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 ahead of the collection's September 4 release date. Head over to our preorder guide to see what's in each edition! 

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Jet Moto 1 + 2

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The Jet Moto games don't get as much love as, say, the WipeOut series, or the F-Zero franchise, but its brand of futuristic hover jet-ski racing is incredibly engaging.

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The game's track and character design is stunning, and the Nightmare track still gives us vertigo. It'd be great to see the game get another day in the sun, in all its Mountain Dew-branded glory.

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Jet Set Radio + Jet Set Radio Future

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Do we really need to say any more? These games are the two most stylish pieces of video game media ever made, with two of the best soundtracks in video gaming history. The combination of graffiti, rollerblading, racing, stunts, and platforming is perfect.

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The only thing that could make the games better would be upgraded graphics, and a camera that doesn't have a frustrating tendency to get stuck in walls. Now, more than ever before, we need these games.

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Cool Boarders 2

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The Cool Boarders games weren't the first snowboard games ever made, but they are unquestionably responsible for inspiring the genre as we know it today, paving the way for games like 1080 Snowboarding and SSX.

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Sure, the games haven't aged particularly well in terms of visuals, but there is a lot to love about the series, especially Cool Boarders 2. Its half-pipe mode, in particular, is a highlight, and a visual upgrade would get rid of most of the problems it has.

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Skate 2

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To be completely honest, we'd take any game in the Skate series, but for us, Skate 2 is where the series peaked, which makes it especially galling that Skate 2 is the only game in the series not included in the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program.

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Anyway...

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The Skate series is the answer to the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater school of extreme sports, pushing against over-the-top tricks and aesthetics for a more down-to-earth approach inspired by actual skating culture. And it really, really works.

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Judging by the folks who tweet "SKATE 4 WHEN???!?" during every EA press conference, a remake or remaster would be openly embraced, to say the least. 

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Snowboard Kids 1+2

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The Snowboard Kids games are arcade kart games in extreme sports clothing, and they remain two of the most unique games ever created because of that.

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Both games in the series task players with performing stunts to earn money, with which they can buy Mario Kart-style powerups that derail opponents as they traverse wildly unique courses.

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Tracks are varied, and range from haunted houses to underwater oases to a course where you get Honey, I Shrunk The Kids-ed and board through a house while mini-sized.

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Both games in the series are perfect competitive couch titles, and we'd love to see them re-introduced with a higher polygon count.

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NBA Street Vol. 1-3

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The NBA Street series is better than the NBA Jam series, and I will be hearing no argument to the contrary. All of EA's Street sports games are quality arcade sports titles, but the NBA Street series eclipses each.

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The games are much more daring and innovative than more straight-laced, iterative sports titles, with sequels adding innovations like the ability to create custom crossover combos and dunks, and each of the games features a story mode that still stands up today when compared with story modes in modern sports games.

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It might be a bit of a misnomer to call games in this series "extreme sports" titles, but NBA Street's reliance on stunts and over-the-top action qualifies it for the category in our minds. After all, the games were published by EA Big, the publisher's extreme sports division.

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Wave Race: Blue Storm

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In many ways, Wave Race: Blue Storm operated as a tech demo for the Nintendo GameCube's launch. What better way to show off your fancy new console than to release a game that is reliant on water physics?

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Sure, the graphics look dated now, but you know what's not dated? The gameplay. Jetskis bounce realistically and unpredictably, and catching an eddy at just the right spot to get a speed boost is still incredibly satisfying.

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With updated graphics and a fine-tuned physics engine, a remake of Wave Race: Blue Storm (or, indeed, another game in the series) would be a smash hit.

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SSX Collection (Tricky, SSX 3, On Tour)

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What Tony Hawk: Pro Skater was for skateboarding, the SSX series was for snowboarding.

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Following the first game in the series, a relatively laced-up snowboard simulator in the style of 1080 Snowboarding, the series made a huge splash with SSX Tricky, an unapologetically over-the-top snowboard game that features impossible tricks and beautiful, flashy courses.

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SSX 3 iterates on that formula by adding more characters and more tricks. It also happens to take place on a single mountain that players can traverse from top-to-bottom. It is, pretty much, an open-world snowboard game.

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SSX On Tour wasn't received quite as warmly as the previous two games, but its addition of skis is welcome, and its Napoleon Dynamite-esque visual style holds up even today. 

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Though the series did get a reboot back in 2012, that title failed to recapture the magic of the games before it, eschewing over-the-top aesthetics for more brutal realism and adventuring. The time is right to revive the silliness.

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Mario Strikers: Charged

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There's a reason why the Wii's Mario Strikers: Charged has a cult following: it's legitimately one of the best competitive sports games ever made. It combines soccer and hockey to great effect, creating a hyper-fast, high-stakes arcade sports experience.

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The game is chock-full of strategy as well. Passing the ball gives your shots a much higher chance of going in, Megastrikes give you the chance to score multiple goals at once, and power-ups create a tense risk-reward scenario in every possession.

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A fresh coat of paint is really all this game needs. The underpowered Wii wasn't able to render the game's character models in as much detail as they deserve, and a Switch remaster would make this an instant competitive classic.

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We're all incredibly excited for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Remastered. They're both legendary games that set the standard for extreme sports gaming with their combination of rock-solid controls and hilariously over-the-top stunts.

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The games weren't just special, they were formative for many of us; they served as a drop-in point between gaming culture and extreme sports culture that largely didn't exist before. 

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That said, we can't help but think about a few other extreme sports games we'd like to see get a fresh coat of paint, too. 

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Fire Up Your Spotify, SEGA Soundtracks Are Available https://www.gameskinny.com/4p9kk/fire-up-your-spotify-sega-soundtracks-are-available https://www.gameskinny.com/4p9kk/fire-up-your-spotify-sega-soundtracks-are-available Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:20:02 -0500 Jeffrey Rousseau

Yesterday, it was revealed that SEGA now has a playlist for their video game soundtracks. The music included is from titles they've released over the years. 

The listing features some favorite games among fans and critics. You will find music from the Sega Dreamcast such as Jet Grind Radio. There are also official soundtracks from the Xbox era, like Jet Set Radio Future.

Much more recognized series such as Sonic have multiple albums to enjoy. Sonic offers one of the most prominent selections. His titles have been multi-platform including Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & so forth.

 Some listed soundtracks include the following:

  • Sonic Rush
  • Galaxy Force II and Thunderblade
  • Golden Axe
  • Alex Kidd
  • Power Drift
  • Samurai Bloodshow
  • Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure
  • Virtua Fighter 5
  • Shinobi
  • Skies of Arcadia
  • Out Run
  • NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams

The full SEGA soundtrack offering can be found on the Spotify app now.

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Top 11 Xbox Games We Want on Mobile Devices Right Now https://www.gameskinny.com/dbg94/top-11-xbox-games-we-want-on-mobile-devices-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/dbg94/top-11-xbox-games-we-want-on-mobile-devices-right-now Wed, 21 Dec 2016 03:00:02 -0500 Unclepulky

While many decry the Xbox 360 and Xbox One as the worst consoles of their respective generations, it's impossible to deny the impact that the impact that the original Xbox had.

While many praise it simply for introducing Xbox Live and the Halo series, the truth is that the first Microsoft console brought in many gamers who'd stopping playing games after their childhood ended. And one way it did that was with an assortment of fantastic games.

While several of the console's best games, such as Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic have already gotten Mobile ports, there are tons of games that still need one.

These are the Top 11 Xbox Games We Want on Mobile Devices Right Now.

11. MechAssault

One of the first games to utilize Xbox Live, MechAssault is actually a licensed game set in the BattleTech universe.

While most people usually dismiss licensed games as lazy cash-ins, this one clearly had a lot of time and care put into it. The lore from the dozens of books is integrated into the story, acting as a great environment to surround the player as they blow stuff up in their giant robot. 

With the ease that now comes with downloading books, I could very well see the game giving Mobile players the ability to download certain books based on what parts of the game's lore interest them.

MechAssault is a fantastic game... even if it isn't the best licensed game on this list.

10. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge

Another game famous for its utilization of Xbox Live, the biggest reason this game should be ported to Mobile devices is just how unique it would be.

As far as arcade style flight games go, Crimson Skies is very fun. However, rather than being set in modern times, this game is set in the 1930's, a setting usually ignored by game devs.

With pick up and play controls, an abundance of customization for your planes and weapons, and enjoyable single player and multiplayer modes, Crimson Skies would make a great addition to the Mobile market.

9. Shenmue II

The Shenmue series is beloved by many, and with Shenmue III finally becoming a reality, now is the perfect time to add the Shenmue games to the Mobile scene.

These games are cinematic adventures, with stories which resemble the classic genre of the "Revenge Epic," which is especially popular in Chinese culture.

Something I've noticed that people ignore when talking about Shenmue is the gameplay itself. And having recently played the games for myself I can see why. There are no other games like them.

And while it may be hard to describe, millions of others and I, can assure you that the series provides a good time.

8. Panzer Dragoon Orta

 The fourth and final game in what should have been a long running series, Panzer Dragoon Otra deserves another shot.

Despite the high quality of every Panzer Dragoon game, the series was thrown into anonymity by the fact that the first three games were released on the Sega Saturn. For those unaware, the Sega Saturn was absolutely destroyed in sales by both the Nintendo 64 and the original Playstation.

However, the series's swan song was released on the Xbox. While it didn't do much better in sales, Panzer Dragoon Otra was one of the best rail-shooters of all time.

Although unlikely, a Mobile port of the game could result in a revival of the series.

7. Phantasy Star Online, Episodes 1 & 2

Full Discretion: I've never played this game.

However, the sheer popularity and impact of this game cannot be ignored, and as such, its been placed on the list.

The history of the Phantasy Star series is a long and great one, going all the way back to 1987. However, at the turn of the century, the series went "Online" and the games under this label are some of the most popular things Sega has ever produced.

The plots are complicated, are on a massive scale, and if you're a fan of other JRPG stories, you'll likely enjoy these as well. Unlike other action RPGs, it is NOT an action game with RPG elements. Despite its real time, hack 'n' slash gameplay, this is most definitely a full RPG.

People love this game so much, that private servers were created, and lasted long after Sega shut the main servers down. I think it's safe to say that fans would love a new way to experience this adventure.

6.Jet Set Radio: Future

Yes, this game is just a re-imagining of the Dreamcast classic. And yes, there is already a very cheap and accessible port of this game on Steam. Do you know why I don't care?

Because Jet Set Radio: Future rocks!

The gameplay is simple but addictive, as you skate around levels, performing tricks and tagging areas with graffiti. The plot is also much grander than the original, and while I think a simple story works best for this series, it's well told.

However, the best thing about this game is the style. From the art-style to the soundtrack, everything is just so vibrant and colorful. Some have even compared the game's style to that of the 2007 DS exclusive, The World Ends with You.

And anything which reminds me of my favorite game of all time must be great.

5. Ninja Gaiden Black

I'm proud to say that along with other notoriously challenging games such as Battletoads and Mega Man, I have beaten the original NES Ninja Gaiden.

What I have NOT beaten is the 2004 reboot of the series, specifically the game's remake Ninja Gaiden Black.

Like the original, this game follows the ninja Ryu Hayabusa as he goes on a quest, this time to recover a stolen sword, and avenge his slaughtered clan. While the original was a tough as nails platformer, this game is an even tougher hack 'n' slash.

However, despite the difficulty, it's still a boat load of fun, and the satisfaction you get from finally conquering a level is a real high. With the rebooted series still going, Ninja Gaiden Black has a rather strong chance of getting a Mobile port, at least compared to the other games on the list.

 

4. The Simpsons: Hit & Run

While many praise the arcade game based off The Simpsons, and for good reason, this is what I believe to be the greatest game ever made with the Simpsons label on it.

While essentially a kid friendly Grand Theft Auto clone with a Simpsons paint job, that's far from a bad thing. With the ability to play as Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and, for reasons only known to the creators, Apu, to drive around in an abundance of vehicles seen in the TV show, and to explore all of Springfield, this game has both solid gameplay and TONS of fan service.

Most importantly, this game is funny. If you're like me and you think the TV show hasn't been good since season nine, you'll be delighted to find that this game provides humor reminiscent of those early seasons. 

If any licensed game from the Xbox were to get a Mobile port, I'd want it to be this one.

3. Psychonauts

 Like Jet Set Radio: Future, this game is very cheap and accessible on Steam. However, also like JSR: F, I don't care because the idea of being able to play Psychonauts on the go is a very pleasant one.

From Grim Fandango to Brutal Legend, Tim Schafer's games are all masterpieces, and Psychonauts is no exception.

While the gameplay alone provides a fun experience, the setting, characters, and challenges you face are all unmatched in weirdness and imagination. And those who've read my articles before know my love for the strange and surreal.

Psychonauts 2 is coming in 2018, and it'd be great to see a Mobile port of the original before that happens. 

2. Beyond Good and Evil

Ah, Beyond Good and Evil.

Much like Psychonauts, this game is a cult classic from the early 2000's which is only now getting a continuation thanks to fan demand. Also like the previously discussed game, Beyond Good and Evil is a masterpiece.

This action-adventure title follows photographer and orphanage owner Jade, and her "uncle," a pig/human hybrid named Pey'j.

The story is fantastic, to the point of warranting critical analysis from some, and the focus on investigation in the gameplay over combat provides a very interesting experience.

1. Soul Calibur II

The greatest fighting game of all time!

Super Smash Bros? Please. Street Fighter? Literally a dimension away from being of this game's level. Tekken? Ha!

Clearly, these are the opinions of a journalist with a professional mindset, and not someone who played Soul Calibur II competitively for several years, beating people all across New York as Talim and Cassandra, and can't accept that his time has past.

In all seriousness, Soul Calibur II really is a marvel of the 3D fighting genre. Many fans still even think of this as the peak of the Soul Calibur series' greatness.

While it's original gameplay may not translate well to Mobile, at least for players who want to perform combos, Mobile versions of games such as Injustice: Gods Among Us and Mortal Kombat X have shown alternate ways for fighting games to appear on portable devices.

These have been my Top 11 Xbox Games We Want on Mobile Devices Right Now. Do you agree with this list? What classic Xbox games do you want on Mobile devices? And most importantly, who's your main in Soul Calibur II? Let me know in the comments!

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Gotta go fast: The ultimate workout playlist for gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/va14a/gotta-go-fast-the-ultimate-workout-playlist-for-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/va14a/gotta-go-fast-the-ultimate-workout-playlist-for-gamers Tue, 05 Jul 2016 06:30:01 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

The sun is shining, the air is rich with the smell of cut grass, and birds are chirping all around. Summer is upon us, which means that it's time for us gamers to catch up on our fitness regimen. But before you boot up your couch-to-5k app, let us give you a powerup: a gamer's workout playlist composed exclusively of video game music and their remixes.

The Gamer's Workout Playlist Manual

SAFETY WARNING: The Gamer's Workout Playlist can cause inspiration, perspiration, determination, and motivation in a large percentage of listeners. If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately begin physical activity. GameSkinny Inc. is not liable for any damages caused by your increased level of strength, health, or attractiveness. Call your doctor if your motivation lasts for longer than 4 hours.

Congratulations!

You are now the owner of a custom-made workout playlist designed specifically with gamers in mind. The playlist is embedded below for your convenience, so mash the play button and we'll give you the grand tour.

The playlist begins with, appropriately enough, a song from Sonic Rush. Vela-Nova, by the incomparable Hideki Naganuma (the man behind the soundtracks to the Jet Set Radio games), is an upbeat and lighthearted track, perfect for some warm-up cardio. 

The upbeat mood will carry through, as dj-Jo's hard-pulsing remix of Cherry Blossom Color Season from the Katamari Damacy series of games carries you from your warm-up to the meat of your workout. Commit to your workout with all of the strength of a tiny prince pushing an impossibly large ball across the country.

This song is followed by another remix, the Rock Men's fast-paced and hard-rocking cover of Dr. Wily's Stage 1 music from the original Mega Man game. Following that track is an uplifting and inspirational track from Undertale, as well as another Hideki Naganuma track, this one from Jet Set Radio Future.

As we hit the meat of this gamer's workout playlist, the intensity of your workout should increase along with the intensity of the music. To ensure that this happens, we added in one of MYRONE's tracks from the upcoming racing game Drift Stage: a high-BPM eurobeat song guaranteed to keep your pace up. 

Two Capcom tracks follow this one, the first being the theme from Concrete Man's stage in Mega Man 9, and the second being Ken's montage-worthy theme from Street Fighter 2. You can't do a Shin Shoryuken without having killer quadriceps.

Cash Cash's remix of Escape from the City from Sonic Generations comes next, as we move into the latter portion of the playlist. The songs that follow after are more intense, and suited for strenuous activity

The first is Steel for Humans, a determination-filled track from The Witcher 3, followed by Nestalgica's rock cover of the training theme from Punch-Out!!!. Rounding out this three-song gauntlet is the classic Mjolnir mix of the theme from Halo.

We know you're tired. Just a bit more.

dj-Jo makes a second appearance on the playlist for the second-to-last song, a hardcore electronic cover of the Gourmet Race theme from the Kirby games. At this point in the workout playlist for gamers, if you're not completely exhausted, push harder until you are. If you don't, Dedede'll beat you to the goal.

And you don't want to lose to that fat fuck.

We close out with a triumphant track, Dj Cutman and Kevin Villecco's cover of Strike the Earth from Shovel Knight. This is your cool-down, so bask in the glory and honor you've earned through this strenuous workout

Below, you'll find the gamer's workout playlist in its entirety, calibrated and optimized for you to add to your Spotify library and by extension, your fitness regimen. So go ahead, go to the gym and start working on your STR, DEX, and CON. Oh, and if you don't have a workout in mind, allow us to suggest this one, inspired by the Pokemon games.

What is your favorite video game track to work out to? Let us know in the comments!

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10 Soundtracks That Make the Game https://www.gameskinny.com/buzn7/10-soundtracks-that-make-the-game https://www.gameskinny.com/buzn7/10-soundtracks-that-make-the-game Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:23:24 -0400 CallSignDriver

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Honorable Mention: Journey

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I'd love to speak on Journey's behalf, but I've sadly never played the game. Still, I knew from hearsay just how important music is to this game's narrative, and felt any list omitting it would be incomplete.

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If you can think of any games that would be sorely lacking without their outstanding music, please feel free to mention them in the comments below!

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Bastion

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While Bastion is one of my favorite games of all time, I wouldn't say that it's because of the gameplay. If you were to isolate the gameplay from the rest of the art, you're left with a somewhat mediocre game. Logan Cunningham's narration and Darren Korb's musical score didn't just carry Bastion, they sprinted away with it. 

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The video that I've provided is my favorite example of Darren Korb's musical and lyrical prowess. The first song is "Build That Wall," a folksy piece sung by the character "Zia." The second is "Mother, I'm Here," a lonely tune by the character "Zulf," which is utilized powerfully in the game's third act. The third is a mash-up of the two, played during the game's credits.

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I wasn't particularly attached to either of these characters, but these songs did make me cry--a moment I owe entirely to Darren Korb.

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Fez

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Rich Vreeland
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Fez could have very easily featured an upbeat, poppy chiptune soundtrack akin to something out of an eight-bit Mario game, but it instead goes down a different path--one that I believe arrives at a better conclusion. The music in Fez is crisp and grainy to complement the game's visual style, but bears more resemblance to the eerie tunes of Shadow of The Colossus than it does to its platforming counterparts.

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What I mean to say is that Fez does what it can to make you feel alone in a mysterious world, which to me seems appropriate. Given the power to explore the hidden dimensions of a flat existence, you're essentially exploring the untouched corners of a world hiding right in front of you. Every sophisticated, complex, yet un-peopled structure is indicative of some long lost civilization, and whatever calamity took them. This is not a story that is explicitly told to you, but one that the game's atmosphere creates in the silence of your mind.

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Shadow of The Colossus

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Kow Otani
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Ok, let's be real here: Shadow of The Colossus is my favorite video game of all time. As it turns out, my favorite anime of all time is Outlaw Star, which I didn't learn until recently shares the same musical composer--a man named Kow Otani. Both works share a key Otani quality--the use of brass and strings to transition suspenseful moments into triumphant ones.

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In Shadow of The Colossus particularly, Otani is able to craft beautifully eerie melodies that perfectly supplement the empty loneliness of the Forbidden Lands--melodies that transition gloriously when the player discovers one of the lumbering Colossi. It's a score that tells a beautiful story, even on its own.

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Hotline Miami

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Coconuts
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Hotline Miami is a game that I almost didn't finish, largely due to its difficulty. It wasn't until I replayed the game on PlayStation Vita with my headphones on that I was able to press on and complete it. Like the game's protagonist, once I put that speaker to my ear, I was hypnotized.

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The Hotline Miami soundtrack is fifty shades of suspenseful, charged with adrenaline, mystery, and dread. While the tunes are repetitive at times, the repetition is just enough to drive home the game's sense of madness.

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Jet Set Radio

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Hideki Naganuma
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Jet Set Radio (called Jet Grind Radio in the west) is a game about Japanese punk music, rollerblading, and graffiti, all set in the fictional setting of "Tokyo-To" (it's like Tokyo, but slightly in the future). You play as one of the "GG's," a gang of rollerblading "rudies" who tag up the town to the rallying sound of the game's eponymous radio station.

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It's hard not to move your body when playing Jet Set Radio; even the game's characters can't help but constantly groove to the beat. Playing the game feels rollerblading through episode of FLCL, and that's all thanks to the game's excellent soundtrack.

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Afro Samurai

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Howard Drossin & RZA
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The Afro Samurai video game is flawed in a lot of ways. The combat can be clunky and awkward at times, and the platforming sections can be downright infuriating, but it's the music that gives this game the tenacity and spirit it needs to push forward, excelling in spite of its own shortcomings.

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While the Afro Samurai anime is cool in its own right, the Afro Samurai video game is one of my favorite games of all time, adapting the story in such a way that makes it far better than the original experience. This is an artistic feat that was made possible thanks to innovative swordplay mechanics, gorgeous visuals, and the same musical professionals who partnered with RZA to create music for the anime. I don't know why hip hop goes so well with feudal samurai action, but it does. Just ask any fan of Samurai Champloo.

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Earthbound

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Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka
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Earthbound, like Ocarina of Time, is a game about collecting melodies. Unlike Ocarina, where each song has its own unique purpose, Earthbound's Eight Melodies combine together to form a single song--one that is meant to save the world.

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The video above includes an arranged version of those Eight Melodies. It's called Smiles and Tears, and I can't think of a better way to describe it. This song is the final punctuation on a childhood adventure, accompanied by music ranging from silly to strange, kooky to creepy, mysterious to maddening.

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And if I can make an unrelated remark: you owe it to yourself to play Earthbound in any way that you can.

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Fallout 3

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Inon Zur
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When Fallout 3 was released in 2008, I was twenty years old. My favorite musical artists were Gorillaz and Daft Punk. There is no reason that I should have fallen in love with 1940's showtunes, but I did, and to me there is no greater indicator of how well Fallout used music to establish atmosphere.

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The capital wasteland should be a bleak and terrifying place, but with my Pip-Boy tuned to Galaxy News Radio, abandoned buildings felt warm and inviting. I looted bodies to Bob Crosby. I fought the Enclave to Tex Beneke. I was a mighty, mighty man, young and in my prime, and I loved every minute of it.

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Katamari Damacy

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Yu Miyake
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I'd venture to say that without the music accompanying Katamari Damaci, the game is little more than a terrifying technicolor acid trip. Sure, it's a game where a cute little alien rolls things into a ball, but eventually those things are screaming civilians, houses, and entire cities. And don't forget that when you're finished, the ball gets turned into a star. Your goal in Katamari Damacy, essentially, is to abduct an entire population and burn it alive.

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Fortunately for us, the ringing, honking, and clamoring of the Katamari is backed by a lighthearted, J-Pop-infused score that reminds us all not to take the game too seriously. Which is good, because the game is absolutely bonkers.

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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Koji Kondo

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Ok, let's get this one out of the way. I almost didn't include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, purely out of principle. What can be said about this game that hasn't already been said? Of course Ocarina of Time has good music. What Zelda game doesn't? But is the game's music vital to your enjoyment of it? If the game's score were taken away, would the game suffer?

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As much as I hate to say it, I have to answer "yes." Not only does the game use unique songs to give each major character and location in Hyrule its own unique personality, the ocarina itself makes knowing these tunes vital to progressing the game's narrative. Music isn't just a set piece in Ocarina of Time; it's a tool.

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Music makes the game. A well-composed score written to accompany narrative and gameplay is vital to preserving the game's overall theme. The right song at the right moment can establish mood in a new setting, charge an encounter with emotion, and make the player forget where he or she is altogether. If a video game is a recipe, then the game's score is the seasoning. You may be able to enjoy a game without good music, but you can never savor it to its greatest potential. 

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The following slideshow is a collection of video games made infinitely greater by the soundtracks that accompany them. For each of these games, I've done my best to select one song to represent that game's personality. Keep in mind that this is not a ranked list, and that given the opportunity to create one, your list might be different than mine. 

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Throwback Thursday: Looking Back at Jet Grind Radio https://www.gameskinny.com/7ppcx/throwback-thursday-looking-back-at-jet-grind-radio https://www.gameskinny.com/7ppcx/throwback-thursday-looking-back-at-jet-grind-radio Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:38:56 -0400 Eric Nicolai

Jet Grind Radio is a fantastic game that revolves around a character spraying graffiti. Originally revealed at the Tokyo Game Show of 1999 this game gained massive amounts of praise initially for the revolutionary cel shaded design. 

Originally launched on the Dreamcast, Jet Grind Radio was praised as a game in general. As players skated around the digitized Tokyo they would spray paint graffiti. While doing so they would also try to speed around town in a quick manner by hitching rides with passing cars, grinding on rails, and even utilizing other environmental means. 

Jet Grind Radio had a sequel that was later launched as a downloadable title on consoles. The ability to play the game on a newer console was nice, but there is nothing quite as satisfying as playing the game on the console you remember so well. Jet Grind Radio had an amazing soundtrack to match the beautiful game and should not be missed by anyone. 

If you ever find yourself looking to boot up an old game on the Dreamcast look no farther than Jet Grind Radio. Any player that played this in early 2000's will be quick to tell you it was a game that stole their hearts.

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