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Game soundtracks have become as big as those for flims and TV. They are now regularly released in their own right on CD and MP3.

Orchestral scores remind players of knife edge moments from the game, while collections of more modern music remind them of real life while playing the game.

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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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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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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Alan Wake has a soundtrack that mixes alt-rock, psychedelia and pulp-twang with Petri Alanko's haunting orchestral landscapes. Although more noticeably uneven when out of the game, the mix manages to create a pleasurable and less earnest listen... read now

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Dragon Age: Origins serves its purpose, sparkles once or twice, but its lack of defined motifs and melodies gave me a largely unremarkable experience save for two outstanding tracks. It is a fairly typical example of incidental music and vague themes without any one element tying them all together... read now

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Greg Edmonson's Uncharted 2 soundtrack offers a Lord of the Rings epic emotional feel, while serving its videogame purpose faultlessly. Rousing, intimate, stirring and moody - there is more here than we have any right to expect... read now

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Akira Yamaoka's work on the Silent Hill 2 soundtrack stands on its own merits. This is a wonderful door into the geeky world of video game soundtracks - and one that dispels the myth that they are in any way lacklustre or second rate... read now

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Video Games Live performs in-game music with a full orchestra. It's a fantastic trip down memory lane for the nostalgic gamer, and a wonderful celebration of the soundtrack composers' craft. It's also a clever way to revisit old classics without having to face how bad a game they actually were... read now

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Successfully blending a modern-sounding soundtrack with classical themes, Assassins Creed 2 is a beautiful album that enhances the Renaissance setting of the game. Even away from the console, it doesn't lose its power and stayed in my Walkman long after finishing the main experience... read now

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Mass Effect 2 has a strong brooding soundtrack that evokes characters and themes from the game. The darker themes that blend throughout and the overall quality mean this should be an album any sci-fi fan will enjoy... read now

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