FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 5

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just under a month away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and gameplay updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14′s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

Also check out the great tunes in Pt. 1Pt. 2Pt. 3 and Pt. 4.

FIFA 2006 Germany World Cup

Ladytron – “Destroy Everything You Touch”

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FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 4

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just under a month away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and gameplay updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14′s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

Don’t forget to read Pt. 1, Pt. 2 and Pt. 3 if you haven’t already.

FIFA 2005

Mala Rodriguez – “Jugadoras, Jugadores”

This one was very difficult. Continuing from the impressive soundtrack of last year’s installment, FIFA 2005 boasted an impressive roster of artists with licensed and original songs. Paul Oakenfold returned with the original theme “Beautiful Goal” exclusively for the game. This year’s installment was also heavy on contributions from alt./indie rock acts and Latin alternative artists: Air,Nortec Collective, Los Amigos Invisibles, Franz Ferdinand, Morrissey, Scissor Sisters… I can’t praise this collection enough.

The award for Best Track out of this amazing lineup goes to “Jugadoras, Jugadores” by Mala Rodriguez. The song introduced the young female MC from Cadiz, Spain to the world and her music has only gotten better since then. Don’t believe me? Listen to her two latest singles, “La Rata” and “33,” and try to tell me I’m wrong.

FIFA 2006 ROAD TO FIFA WORLD CUP

DuSouto – “Ie Mae Jah”

You can’t talk about football/soccer without ever giving a nod to Brazil and the contributions of its countrymen. DuSouto hails from Natal, the capital city of Rio Grando Do Norte. “Ie Mae Jah” comes from their 2005 debut album DuSouto No Samba. The trio does play samba but they also mix it up with drum n’ bass, funk, and reggae. It’s beyond me why this group isn’t more popular than it is. Swing over to their website and download their latest album, Cretino!, free of charge.

FIFA 2006

LCD Soundsystem – “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”

It was very difficult to choose just one track as my favorite off this soundtrack especially considering how the music transported me back to my days at my rock n’ roll party palace (my apartment/neighborhood) in Hollywood at the time. Plus, there’s no shortage of great music here though that may just be my nostalgia talking.

The final vote went to LCD Soundsystem’s “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” because LCD founder James Murphy is my hipster anti-hero who wrote the soundtracks to my own personal life without ever meaning to. Hey, it just happened that way!

I do want to tip my afro to a couple of other artists whose songs tickle my nostalgia bone: Bloc PartyDamian Jr. Gong Marley, Nine Black Alps, and The Rakes.

Written by: Afroxander

FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 3

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just under a month away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and gameplay updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14′s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

Catch up on Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 first!

FIFA 2002

Gorillaz – “19/2000 (Soulchild remix)”

This one was easy! Artist Damon Albarn’s (then) new collaborative project, Gorillaz, caught us all by wonderful surprise and took control of hearts and ears. What wasn’t a surprise, then, was EA’s inclusion of one of the band’s hit singles in the game. The song was also the official theme of the game. Albarn & Co.’s track is a wonderful deviation from a soundtrack that was still plagued by techno and breakbeats.

FIFA 2003

Dax Riders – “Real Fonky Time”

Besides techno and all that Euro stuff, French House was also pretty big during the first decade of the new millennium. You’d be wrong to think that Daft Punk were the only ones bringing up the bass and funk though. Dax Riders (Oliver Dax, Cédric Azencoth, and Nicolas Berger Vachon) were also on the French House train. “Real Fonky Time” sounds like a b-side from George Clinton’s Parliament of Funk era what with the rubber band-ish bass lines and funky-robot vocoder action.

FIFA 2004

Radiohead – “Myxomatosis”

Finally! This was it! The turning point in FIFA soundtracks! The electronic music was still there but it was sprinkled alongside a great variety of music. Nestled alongside the requisite electronic tunes were rock, alternative, and dance songs and they were great ones too! I dare say this was the first true FIFA soundtrack created thanks to heavyweights such as Timo Maas and Underworld appearing alongside Cafe Tacuba, The Ravonettes, The Stone Roses, Junior Senior, not to mention the short-lived but very much loved Tribalistas.

In the end, it came down to Radiohead for the simple fact a group like them and sports don’t typically mix. Imagine Radiohead appearing on a Madden soundtrack…yeah, not gonna happen but it happened here!

Written by: Afroxander

FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 2

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just under a month away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and gameplay updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14’s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

Don’t dive in without reading Pt. 1 though!

UEFA EURO 2000

Paul Van Dyk – “Out There And Back”

Information on this game was difficult to come by. One source claimed that half the tracks on the Euro 2000 compilation album were on the game while another claimed that DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold was the sole artist for the game. I’m going to go with the former because, well, it’s just so terrible and hilariously cheesy!

This installment of the series made the leap from breakbeat hardcore to trance and techno. It makes sense, really, considering it’s made specifically for our friends across the Atlantic and what we Yankees once called “Euro Trance” was all the rage back then.

There’s a lot of cheesy stuff in here such as Nagano All Stars’ “Push It To The Limit” and E Type’s “Campione.” Paul Van Dyk’s track, thankfully, is anything but.

FIFA 2000

Elite Force – “Call It Brisco”

With FIFA 2K, Electronic Arts began adding music from other genres. Reel Big Fish and Gay Dad (yes, that’s a real band name) shared the bill with the usual gang of bassheads. Sadly, there isn’t one standout track in this soundtrack. The whole thing seems like a list of “top hits” thrown together at the last minute because the company needed something to play during the menu screens.

Elite Force’s “Call It Brisco” is a nice one though and it reminds me of Propellerheads (they had a nice hit with “History Repeating”) from around the same era.

FIFA 2001

Curve – “Chinese Burn (Lunatic Calm remix)”

This is a two-in-one. The original track is by Curve, a electronic/alternative rock duo from London. Big Beat duo Lunatic Calm (AKA Simon “Shack” Shackleton and Howard “Howie” Saunders) got their hands on it and turned it into a lengthy EDM track straight out of The Matrix.

The soundtrack also included “Bodyrock” by Moby who has easily had the longest-lasting career out of anyone on this soundtrack.

Written by: Afroxander

FIFA 14 Soundtrack Countdown Pt. 1

The next installment of EA’s popular soccer franchise FIFA is just under a month away and anyone who’s watched any of the previews has re-adjusted their jaw from the floor numerous times already. 3D fans in the stadiums? COUNT ME IN!

Besides the annual graphical and game-play updates, FIFA fans also have a new soundtrack to look forward to. EA has yet to release the complete list of songs that will appear in this year’s game so, in anticipation of FIFA 14’s soundtrack, we present our favorite tracks from previous installments.

ROAD TO WORLD CUP ’98

The Crystal Method – “Busy Child”

The 90s were defined by two particular items: flannel shirts (re: grunge rock) and keyboards (re: breakbeat hardcore, drum & bass, other electronic styles). One of the best and most defining artists of that era is The Crystal Method – AKA Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland. The duo was at the forefront of an electronic music explosion, filled with keyboards, samplers, and beats, alongside The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, and others.

“Busy Child” is off their most popular and best-selling album Vegas named after their hometown. Give it a spin. It still holds up great today. In fact, I’ll take this over Doctor P or Cookie Monsta any day of the week!

WORLD CUP ’98

Wizard Of Oh – “Terminal Intensity”

This installment contained enough songs to be counted on one hand but it’s this break-beat hardcore track by Wizard Of Oh (Omar Santana) that stands out. Fluke’s “Absurd” and Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping” are obvious products of their time that just don’t hold up on any playlist other than a 90s party nostalgia bender while Boymerang’s “Soul Beat Runna” just sort of exists.

“Terminal Intensity” is also an obvious product of its time (test it out by playing this to any techno fanatic and they’ll probably guess the year it was released) but a damn good product nonetheless.

FIFA ’99

Lionrock – “Rude Boy Rock”

FIFA ’99 had many classic tracks by some great artists. Fatboy Slim was in there along with Danmass, Dylan Rhymes, God Within, and Gearwhore. My ears and heart, however, belong to big beat group Lionrock’s “Rude Boy Rock.” It stands out for the fact that it sounds nothing at all like big beat/breakbeat hardcore but is instead an old-school ska/dancehall jam. The group released two albums before calling it quits.

Written by: Afroxander

Favorite E3 2013 Video Game Trailers

Like many others out there, I spent the past few days flailing over various announcements at the E3 conference. For those not in the know, E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo; it’s a yearly event that showcases upcoming video games and video game consoles.

Here are a few of the standout (and my personal favorite) gameplay trailers/demos to come out of this year’s conference so far:

Kingdom Hearts III

Pinch me, because I must be dreaming. What’s that, you say? This is no dream? After years and years of waiting desperately for the third Kingdom Hearts game, we’re finally getting it?

You best believe I’m pre-ordering. I’m gonna be first in line at my local GameStop to pick this one up. I might even camp out in front of the store and then spend the next three days in an energy drink-fueled haze trying to soak up as much of this game as humanly possible. Because Kingdom freaking Hearts.

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Final Fantasy XV

I grew up on Final Fantasy games, so I’ve always had a soft spot for anything remotely Final Fantasy related. I can even find something nice to say about that mediocre Spirits Within movie (it… uh… it was very pretty. There, see? A nice thing.)

Based on the various gameplay trailers and info now coming out about FFXV, this looks to be a big departure from what fans might be used to – and that, in my opinion, is a very welcome thing. The setting is much more modern and realistic, and though the graphics look as gorgeous as expected, what really interests me is the action-RPG gameplay showcased  in the above trailer. Apparently, main character Noctis is able to teleport across areas and around enemies in order to wreak havoc. I’m definitely interested.

Watch_Dogs

I’ve been madly in love with Watch_Dogs ever since the first trailer came out oh-so long ago. At E3 we were given a bigger glimpse into what’s in store for gamers: you get to aggressively throw a guy’s cell phone to the ground, and drive cars and boats.

Okay, in all seriousness, this trailer is totally keeping me pumped for the actual game. I’ve always wanted to use my non-existent hacking skills in order to take nefarious individuals down. Here, I get to hack into stuff and shoot people! Wicked.

Super Smash Bros.

I have a lot of fond memories of stomping my favorite friends and family members to bits and pieces while playing Super Smash Bros. I like being a winner in all walks of life, and if the next walk of life requires me to stomp those same friends and family members to bits and pieces on Wii U, then so be it. My chosen character shall be the Villager from Animal Crossing, because he looks like a sadistic little fucker.

Also, I’m 99.999% sure this isn’t going to be an actual thing, but can you imagine if Kanye West were a playable character in this game? Seriously, pause for a second and just imagine that gloriousness.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

Everything about this looks fantastic, I can barely find the words to express my excitement. I spent the majority of my first watch of this trailer in absolute silence with my mouth wide open. The rest of the time, I was saying “holy shit” in varying degrees of loudness – especially when, at the end of the trailer, one of the guys says, “whoa whoa whoa, there’s another group of players, brace for PVP.” A post-apocalyptic open world online shooter RPG with player versus player? Be still my beating heart.

Project Spark

I will freely admit that I’m a Playstation girl at heart. My (only semi-blind) loyalty, coupled with a $399 asking price for the PS4 compared to the XBone’s – sorry, XBox One – price of $499, adds up to me definitely siding with the PS camp in this year’s Microsoft/Sony War.

If ever there were a game to make me reconsider that, though, it would be this one. The gameplay demo looks awfully fun, and I’ve got a mild fascination with world-building games even though I tend to lack the talent or creativity to do anything cool with them. Based on the demo, though, it looks relatively easy to create entire worlds and creatures – and you could always explore other people’s uploaded worlds. I could see this being a fun game to play with friends.

But wait, there’s more! Project Spark‘s going to be released on the PC as well, for Windows 8. Guess I don’t need to fork over five hundred bucks for an XBox after all. Score.

And with that, let me  leave you with one last note on the PS4 vs. XBox One debate:

Say it with me now, folks: Shots. Fired.

What games presented at E3 are you looking forward to the most? Hit the comments to let me know!