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Best Use of Licensed Music In Car Combat?
05/06/20 at 12:05:49
 
While most including myself prefer video game soundtracks to be original and made for the game there are times when licensed music does work. Which car combat game did it best?

I figure this will be a landslide victory for Paint It Black, but I am curious to see if it is not voted for.

And feel free to post an option that I missed, since I know I am missing some examples.

Also note that Option 8 is lumping all the Carmageddon soundtracks into one option for poll convenience reasons.
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Reply #1 - 05/06/20 at 15:44:57
 
Thats a real hard choice, TMB's cover of paint it black and they way they slow it down is pretty epic on it's own path, but a lot of these hold true to their original tracks.

I do feel like in the case of  TM 3 and 4 the tacks were a bit of a shoe horn.


Agh. I have to give it to TMB, because of the original interpretation ontop of implementation. It just works with the over all theme.
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Reply #2 - 05/09/20 at 06:19:05
 
Paint It Black seems to have the most thought put into it and relates to the content. A lot of the other options feel like whatever was popular at the time.

Although, I will say that the Mighty Mighty Bosstones in the first level of Rogue Trip really sets the tone for the game.
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Reply #3 - 05/09/20 at 18:41:47
 
SynthR wrote on 05/09/20 at 06:19:05:

Although, I will say that the Mighty Mighty Bosstones in the first level of Rogue Trip really sets the tone for the game.


Agree. If it weren't for Paint it Black I might have voted for Bosstones in Rogue Trip.

Rogue Trip Vacation had an interesting soundtrack. By design the game is both post-apocalyptic and anti-apocalyptic in its themes. The game introduces the world in the year 2012 as being desolate and a true dystopia yet the focus of the game is on vacationing in America, which has become a blood sport, for the sake of money and taking snapshots of landmarks that haven't been destroyed, yet. For the soundtrack to be so cheerful and optimistic sounding is perfect - it shows how desensitized the people of the Rogue Trip universe are to the horrors of their world. They are escapists, and a song like Rascal King by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones was a perfect way to establish the mood. I also like how a live version of the song was used, as hearing live versions of songs in video games is a rare thing.
https://youtu.be/lPwmfYpmVsA

As for the topic of TMIII and TM4... I agree most of those licensed popular songs were shoe horned in. There were a few exceptions where I felt it worked;
-the North Pole/Christmas themed Rob Zombie remix of More Human Than Human (White Zombie) featuring Lance Lenhart on guitar.
-the Carnival use of White Zombie - Grease Paint and Monkey Brains
With those 2 cases I felt the music actually fit the levels thematically. I guess a case can be made with Cypress Hills being used on TM4's LA Freeway, which was the first instance of rap music in TM, but there are better Cypress Hills songs than Lightning Strikes.
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Reply #4 - 05/10/20 at 19:48:26
 
Now TM:B is my favorite of all. It only has Paint it Black. Were TM3 had more musical choices to listen to. Dragula fits so well in a TM game that would explain why it was put into TMX. Meet the Creeper is also good for a boss fight at the end.
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Reply #5 - 05/12/20 at 18:41:01
 
You've put more thought into this, Mosh, and I agree with what you're saying. I haven't played some of the titles for decades, mostly the crappy ones, so maybe when I fire them up again I can pick up on some things as an adult.
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Re: Best Use of Licensed Music In Car Combat?
Reply #6 - 06/09/20 at 13:47:50
 
Oops, looks like I forgot all about TM Head On...

TMHO used the song "Disaster Proof" by the band LeVel in the opening level of the game, with a video game version of the band playing the song on stage at the baseball stadium, with the song getting cut off once the band dies from a remote explosion.

I totally forgot about this use of licensed music, but LeVel were an obscure artist, even more than the band who did the 'Dead in the Water' soundtrack on PS1, and if you look at YouTube comments for the song "Disaster Proof" most of them are TMHO related.
Personally, I don't think a relationship breakup song is appropriate for Twisted Metal, and didn't make much sense for a baseball field battleground. It was an experimental use of an emotional rock song, and a way to manipulate the feelings of the gamer, to give them the illusion of a drama within the battle, but I found it to be an ineffective experiment, and usually found myself blowing up the band right away so I could get the alternate, more uplifting TM theme.
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