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Video game soundtracks are often overlooked and frequently missunderstood. For me though, they are as much a part of my gaming experience as the games themsevles.

As more and more big games have their soundtracks released as albums, I'll bring you reviews of the best of these. Along side my listening highlights we'll also be reviewing the industry figures in this burgeoning discipline. Read more about me.

Homefront's Original Soundtrack works well in the game, but taken on its own merits lacks any real form... read now

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Monster Hunter Tri's soundtrack offers a huge quantity and variety of music, but it requires some cherry-picking to follow its musical journey... read now

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Heavy Rain's BAFTA-winning soundtrack (Best Original Score, Videogame, 2011) exerts an excellence common among film scores but which is quite rare among games. It is traditional, but packs an emotional and musical punch setting it apart from its peers... read now

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Hadouken prove themselves more than a videogame gimmick band. For The Masses is an album that brings back 90s swirling euphoria a little before we are ready. But enthusiasm and energy make this hard not to love... read now

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Alan Wake's original score outshines both the game and contemporary soundtrack. Once Alanko's classical work is free from the confines of the 360 it becomes layered and intriguing... read now

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DJ Hero 2 refines this hidden gem of a music game. If there is any justice in the world, its two player battles, mainstream club aesthetic and smile inducing cheeky mix-ups will find a wider audience this time round... read now

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Halo Reach's soundtrack finds a human voice in the defeat and fragility of Team Noble's plight. While still not lingering long enough to discover just how deep it runs, there is enough substance here to warrant repeat listens... read now

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Halo 3's CD soundtrack, although deep and moving, struggles to sustain human emotion or prolonged motifs. Instead, it's the game's chronology rather than listener that is best served... read now

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Replicating the epic majesty of the Kratos' swan-song, the God of War 3 soundtrack is full of drama. However, matching the operatics of the game doesn't translate as well into something purely for listening. The orchestral noise level and the lack of diversity makes this oddly understated... read now

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The InFamous soundtrack struggles to rise above its loud atmospheric nature and is initially a harsh listen. But push past the brash beats and random percussion and you'll find a pulsating work of impressive hues. This is a unique and ultimately rewarding soundtrack... read now

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