The full-length version of “Face My Fears,” the opening theme song to Kingdom Hearts 3, is now available to stream — and it does a great job of further whetting our appetite for the game. Japanese mega-star Utada Hikaru returns to perform, and she’s joined by American mega-star Skrillex this time for the fitting saga-capper. Say what you will about the pairing, but Skrillex has actually been the man behind some other Very Good Songs. We’re not here to talk about (or pass judgment on) Justin Bieber’s life choices, but his Skrillex collab “What Do You Mean?” is undeniably earworm-y pop. So it’s not actually a surprise that Skrillex would do the same for Utada, who has been attached to the Kingdom Hearts series since day one. Kingdom Hearts theme “Simple and Clean,” this is not; it doesn’t have the same grandiosity of KH2’s “Sanctuary,” either. But Kingdom Hearts launched in 2002, and Kingdom Hearts … [Read more...] about Kingdom Hearts 3’s theme song, ‘Face My Fears,’ is a total bop
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Like most people, I discovered Acai when one of his videos popped into my YouTube recommended feed. It made me double-take: here was some 21-year old with a smear of black hair sitting in his messy bedroom with a Guitar Hero axe on his knee. I don't think I've played, much less watched someone play, Activision's cremated rhythm game franchise since I was in high school. So I was initially struck by the audacity of the algorithm telling me that I should journey back to my teenage years to watch this guy shred.But the suspicion wore off almost immediately as I witnessed Acai tear his way through an utterly astonishing note chart. A note chart that seemed to sunder the physical limits of human dexterity. A note chart that dwarfed everything I ever accomplished in my peak Guitar Hero days.The song is called "Soulless 4." It's over 10 minutes long, and has never been released commercially in any capacity. Instead, it was created by a diehard member of the Guitar Hero community and plays out … [Read more...] about Meet the streamer making Guitar Hero cool again, one insanely hard song at a time
PCG Q&ACheck out past editions of the PCG Q&A:What's the most disappointed you've been by a game's ending?When was the exact moment you fell out of love with a game?What's the first game you really loved?Earlier this week, we asked you to tell us the last physical copy of a PC game you bought, while sharing our own choices. Today, as a kind of sequel to that question, we ask, what was the first downloadable game you bought on PC? In the PC Gamer Q&A, we ask the global PC Gamer team for their thoughts on a particular subject, then invite you to add your thoughts in the comments below. We'll also feature a few answers from the PC Gamer Club Discord, accessible to anyone who's a part of our membership program.You'll find our answers below, and we'd love to hear what your first paid downloadable game was too. Jarred Walton: Half-Life 2I'll take the easy route on this one, because it's also true: Half-Life 2 was the first downloadable game I bought. I also played … [Read more...] about What was the first downloadable game you bought on PC?
By Matt Martin, Friday, 27 April 2018 10:24 GMT Rockstar Games has swung the axe at the GTA 4 soundtrack, chopping down 30-plus songs as licenses expire.slaps, son. But still, a stack of songs that can only be described as 100 percent BANGERZ have been shit-canned because someone didn’t want to give Papoose his royalties. So out go metal pioneers Black Sabbath, angry thrash-punks Cro-Mags, the sublime ELO, Terror Squad founder and star of Scary Movie 3 Fat Joe and Five-Percenters Brand Nubian, among others. There’s no justice. We decided to make a quick playlist of the songs that have been sacked off, because we care, and it’s Friday so any distraction is welcome. Here it is, or at least the one’s we could find on Spotify. Uzis, banana clips, what what? I gots some: Songs removed from the GTA IV soundtrack RUSLANA – Wild Dances MARAKESH – Jdat BLACK SABBATH – Heaven And Hell BRAND NUBIAN – All For One DOLPHIN – RAP MTUME … [Read more...] about Black Sabbath, ELO, Bowie and Fat Joe: here’s a playlist of all the songs removed from the GTA 4 soundtrack
The first time Taylor Kurosaki and Bob Rafei saw a running PlayStation, they were in a Las Vegas hotel room. It was the 1995 Consumer Electronics Show. They, along with the company they worked for, Naughty Dog, were being given a behind-closed-doors look at Sony's first foray into the game console industry. When they describe the event now, they use words like "inspiring" and "enthralled" and phrases like "blown away." They didn't know it at the time, but the members of Naughty Dog in that room — Kurosaki, Rafei and co-founders Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin — were looking at the system that would host the team's next game: Crash Bandicoot. They were seeing the console their company would eventually create the unofficial mascot for — the console they would develop Naughty Dog's first smash hit for. It was Kurosaki and Rafei's second day with the company. Naughty Dog released Crash Bandicoot for Sony's original PlayStation in September 1996. In it, the team took an old … [Read more...] about Crash Bandicoot: An oral history