My Top 10 Racing Tracks

Playing the new Need for Speed game has made me realise exactly how important music is in a racing game. Unfortunately Most Wanted just doesn’t cut it for me in terms of soundtrack. There’s a few good ones in there, but there aren’t any that get me really pumped up for a race. Hot Pursuit had a long list of songs that got me pumped up. This also ties in, I suppose, with the article I have written about video game music on Megabits of Gaming.

Before i start this, I will point out that this is not a list of tracks already used in racing games. If any I list are already used, then I simply did not know, or they’re just that great that I wanted to include them. Anyway, these are my favourite tracks to race and drift along to, in a virtual space of course;

The Prodigy – Voodoo People (Pendulum Mix);

A classic to any Prodigy fan, this remix is fantastic and I’ve done many a drift along to this track.

Hadouken! – Driving Nowhere;

I only got into Hadouken! after listening to Bombshock on the Hot Pursuit soundtrack, and the rest of the stuff is actually really good driving music. This is a bit slower than the rest, but it’s nice to cruise around to.

Akanishi Jin Ft Jason Derulo – Test Drive;

I cannot stand Jason Derulo in this, but my God I love Akanishi Jin. This song is more of a Fast & Furious track, but it works well in racing games too.

REDALICE – Come Come Power;

Japanese Doujin-Trance is one of the most insane genres I listen to, but REDALICE is simply fantastic. A perfect blend of dance and trance, with a fantastic bass line under it, I dare you not to get excited listening to this.

Noizenecio – VIP Star;

Another Doujin-Trance track, by an artist I don’t really know, but it still gets the blood pumping during a high speed chase.

Pendulum – Show Down;

I’m not a big Pendulum fan, but when this came on my iPod on one of my many travels to and from London my adrenaline shot through the roof. Just imagine driting round a long corner to this.

Nine Inch Nails – Starfuckers Inc;

It was a toss up between NIN or Combichrist, but Starfuckers Inc (Or Starsuckers as the censored version is below) is just  perfect for racing.

My Chemical Romance – Destroya;

Yes, I’m a My Chemical Romance fan. Trust me on this, Destroya is a fantastic song and deserves every inch of credit it gets. It’s fast, it’s heavy and my God does it have a good beat to it.

Mindless Self Indulgence – Never Wanted to Dance;

Mindless Self Indulgence are the kind of band you either love or hate. I love them. They’re rude, they’re crude, and their songs are so catchy it’s insane.

lynch. – Adore;

I had to put some Jrock in here somewhere. This song gets my adrenaline pumping regardless of where I am, so it’s the perfect song for driving or travelling. A bit of screeching and growling never goes amiss anyway.

What would you put in a racing game to get you pumped up for a race?

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Grinding and Music

I started thinking about this when I saw a forum topic discussing the task of grinding. Grinding can apply to any game where levels and skills are used, but there are those who enjoy grinding, and those who really can’t stand the mere thought of it. Personally? I love grinding. There are few things I enjoy more than spending hours on a rainy day beefing up my favourite characters for an epic battle. I know, it’s really sad, but I’ve always loved it.

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