One of my favorite skateboarding video games I loved playing was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Tony Hawk Pro Skater is where you control one of many famous skaters to perform tricks and collect objects along the way. The list of characters included Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist, Geoff Rowley, Bucky Lasek, Chad Muska, and many others. It was a concept mirrored by none other than skateboarding legend Tony Hawk himself.
My childhood became even MORE amazing with the release of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 had lots of familiar elements from the previous game and more. There was nothing better than pulling off special tricks at the bullring while blasting Powerman 5000’s ‘When Worlds Collide’ repeatedly. Both of the games hit it big among audiences when I got them for the N64.
And as of this year, Tony Hawk’s pro skating experience has just gotten even better. After twenty years of popularity, both Tony Hawk Pro Skater AND Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 are being rebooted into an incredible fusion known as… Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is a remastered version of the games Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2. The game comes with all of the best parts – the same characters, special tricks, objectives, soundtrack and even the beautifully nostalgic levels. And yes, ‘When Worlds Collide’ by Powerman 5000 is even one of the songs in the soundtracks. You can expect to be skating your way through the school again when Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 drops on September 4th.
2020 really seems to be the year of remakes for various video games. First Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal dropped on late March. Then we got a remastered version of Final Fantasy: VII with Final Fantasy VII Remake. Now we have two of the most classic skateboarding games being remade into a nostalgic mix known as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2.
We will all get back to skating at the Warehouse when Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 releases this Fall.
Welcome back readers! It’s time to kick off the week with the SIXTH installment of the MSNW video game music playlist. Five new video games have been selected for their unique and incredible soundtracks.
Here is the list for today:
There have been lots of Pokémon games that came out for the handheld system (Shield/Sword, X/Y), but nothing compares to the original game Pokémon Red/Blue. Pokémon Red/Blue will take you back to the good old days of venturing through the field to collect Pokémon. Many of the battle music will make your assignments feel like a wave of bosses to defeat (and possibly capture a few Pokémon along the way!).
Final Fantasy VII
The Final Fantasy series has been coming back, thanks to the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake. Even decades later, the soundtrack for Final Fantasy VII is just as good as ever. One of the best tracks is ‘One-Winged Angel’, which is the theme for Sephiroth.
You were a real 90s kid if you remember playing Goldeneye 007 with your friends (and possibly fighting over who got to be Oddjob during the match). Goldeneye 007 comes with such a great soundtrack for an N64 game. Interesting thing is that Grant Kirkhope, who did the music for Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, also worked on the music for this game as well.
Only the original Metroid for the NES had the most original soundtrack. It a 13-minute journey that will have you feeling lost and confused. From Brinstar to Norfair, each track from Metroid will send you to quite a journey.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
There are many great albums of the Castlevania series, but Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was the one that made it to the list. The mix of techno, bizarre metal, and classic elements all blend together to make one magnificent album.
Today its time for the FIFTH MakeSandcastlesNotWar video game music playlist. Five more OSTs have been selected for amazing music for working from home. This week we have a combination of genres featuring rap, orchestra, big band, and others.
Parappa the Rapper
Parappa the Rapper comes with some sweet moves as well as some tasty rap lyrics. Hum and dance along to some tracks like ‘You Guys Sit in the Back (Instructor Mooselini’s RAP)’ and ‘Introduction (Chop Chop Master Onion’s RAP)’.
Shadow of the Colossus
Considered one of the greatest video games of all times, Shadow of the Colossus comes with a colossal soundtrack. The extensive orchestra soundtrack makes your work seem like quite a legendary task. Wipe out all of your tasks for the day with the music of Shadow of the Colossus.
Grim Fandango contains an original soundtrack that combines bebop, jazz, swing, South American folk music, and big band music. It has an incredible score that will transport you to a much more entertaining world. If you really enjoy the soundtrack, then you can get the Grim Fandango soundtrack on vinyl!
Yasunori Mitsuda, the same composer for Chono Trigger, also composed for Chrono Cross. The music features timeless pieces that transports you into the different worlds within the game. It’s quite a long soundtrack, but that makes for a longer period to be immersed in this blissful experience.
Your mind will feel like its at high speed with F-Zero. Tracks like ‘Big Blue’ will have you traveling at thousands of miles per hour in a futuristic race course. Keep racing to the top because the finish line is almost there.
These days I have been watching a LOT of stuff on Netflix. Even with lots of places being temporarily closed, there are still other options for entertainment. Now is a better time than ever to catch up with the latest shows and movies.
There was one particular series that caught my eye last week that I simply had to binge-watch it. It’s a animated series that combined trippy scenes and mind-blowing philosophy. This is The Midnight Gospel.
The Midnight Gospel is set in this dimension known as ‘The Chromatic Ribbon’ where spacecaster Clancy owns a forbidden multiverse simulator. Clancy travels through worlds that are about to have their own apocalypse where he interviews characters for his show. It was created by Pendleton Ward (creator of Adventure Time) and comedian Duncan Trussell.
Interestingly enough, the interviews are based on real interviews from Trussell’s podcast The Duncan Trussell Family Hour. Some of the voice actors include Dr. Drew Pinsky, Maria Bamford, Joey ‘Coco’ Diaz, Pauly Shore, and many others.
This show was definitely worth the binge-watch. The Midnight Gospel felt like a mix of Rick and Morty with The Joe Rogan Experience. It was a show that featured many elements packed into each episode.
With that, The Midnight Gospel is definitely a trippy animated series worth binge-watching on Netflix.
Happy Monday folks! We are kicking off the week with the 4th installment of the MakeSandcastlesNotWar Video Game playlist. Five more video game OSTs were selected for some good tunes to listen to while getting work done. Working from home doesn’t have to be a drag, especially when you have these amazing (and nostalgic!) OSTs at hand.
Here are the latest OSTs this week:
The mystical soundtrack of Dune II will send you into a far away time and place. A futurist world that is gloomy and treacherous. This soundtrack really hits it well to paint the scene of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune.
You’ll feel like being the pilot of an aircraft in the middle of a battle with the soundtrack of Star Fox. Familiar tracks like ‘Sector X’ and ‘Corneria’ will make the work that much more fun. For a SNES game, Star Fox has a OST like no other.
Chip tune music is still a popular option for video game music these days. A great example of this is Fez. Fez transports you to into the 8-bit world that is chock full of mystery. It’s truly a serene and nostalgic experience.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past takes place in the Dark World, so it’s a fairly obvious reason that the music is really grim. The 16-bit themes work amazing with this soundtrack. Listening to this is a like a nostalgic adventure through the golden days of gaming.
Doom has made a major comeback these days with the release of Doom Eternal. The OST of Doom is just as amazing as it was decades ago. Its powerful metal riffs will have you headbanging instead of banging your head on the wall over frustrating assignments. Move over, Dragonforce – Doom is still slaying it hard in the video game world.