Top 5 Licensed Songs in Video Games
With Low Roar’s I’ll Keep Coming making a staggeringly haunting entrance at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in videogame producer Hideo Kojima’s impressive return, we look at 5 instances that licensed music has made an impressive impact on video games.
1. Low Roar- I’ll Keep Coming in Kojima’s Death Stranding Teaser at E3
Hideo Kojima’s return after his rift from Konami was a massive event at this year’s E3, and the teaser for his new project, Death Stranding featuring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, was accompanied by I’ll Keep Coming from Low Roar’s latest album ‘O’. I’ll Keep Coming shows why Low Roar made a name for themselves amongst a massive surge of Icelandic popularity, bringing a haunting atmospheric sounds into a fantastically layered structure.
2. Skrillex feat. Damian Marley- Make It Bun Dem in Far Cry 3
Damian Marley’s reggae legacy joined with popular Dubstep artist Skrillex to provide Make It Bun Dem, an exciting and balanced mix of the two genres which draws similarities to Pendulum’s Tarantula. Ironically, given Damian Marley’s influence, this song is played in Far Cry 3 during the main character’s mission to burn down marijuana fields.
3. Gary Jules- Mad World in Gear of War 3
This intensely emotional song has appeared in many pop culture mediums, including Donnie Darko (2000) and Gears of War 3. The haunting voice of Gary Jules amongst a carefully composed ensemble of piano melodies and droning string instruments makes Mad World a perfect song for making an emotional impact. This song is used during a cutscene in Gears of War 3 which shows the heroic death of a character, and the music lends itself amazingly well.
4. The Doves- Black And White Town in EA’s FIFA 06
With a huge pool of songs FIFA has featured, I pretty much had free rule to pick any of them. Doves- Black and White Town is a song that represents typical FIFA music from the indie genre. The catchy guitar riffs and motifs with a slow bridge that builds into a chorus and a short guitar solo makes Black and White Town a solid indie song that works perfectly in FIFA’s soundtrack.
5. The Brand New Heavies feat Jamalski- Jump N Move in EA’s NBA 2K9 and NBA Live 2005
If there was ever a song to represent early 90’s funk, Jump N Move is that song. A bass line that never stops its funky slap feel, and the rest of the band following suit with funky beats, riffs and rap as well. All this is tied together with the catchy “JUMP AND MOVE AND JUMP AND MOVE AND STOP.” Basketball being tied with his early 90’s funk is inevitable and its inclusion in the NBA games is undeniably relevant.