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The soundtrack to Rockstar’s Max Payne 3 is one of my favorite albums of the year. Composed and performed by the New York art rock band Health, it’s eerie synthesizers and highly processed drums stand in contrast to the clichéd music we hear in most big-budget action games.
I’ve been listening to it regularly since the game released, and it’s a continually rewarding listen. It was certainly a risk for Rockstar to hand the reins to a large portion of the audio of a triple-A game to some guys that look like this. Frankly, Health is a band that’s sold albums in the hundreds and thousands, not the millions. It’s not the type of partnership that’s a selling point for most of the gamers that will buy Max Payne 3. However, both listening to the soundtrack alone and while playing the game, it’s clear that the score is crucial to the game's artistic vision.
Max Payne 3 doesn’t reinvent the series so much as bring a new level of polish and cinematic vibe to the proceedings. I instantly fell in love with the colorful, lurid Brazilian setting. However, it’s the music that really makes it feel special – adding a dreamlike, unsettling atmosphere to both the cutscenes and action sequences.
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Cool jams, bro.
I like Bastions songs. Also, anyone else love the Red Orchestra 2 theme?
When Tears played during the airport sequence, I got so hyped up. That song is awesome. Infamous, Assassin's Creed, and Mass Effect all have some pretty awesome soundtracks as well.
I see a typo too. Tee hee
I think it's one of my favorite soundtracks of the year that's for sure. I'd maybe have to put it a little bit below Mass Effect 3's.
that soundtrack WAS really good.
Oh God, I love that soundtrack.
I agree!!! The music was so on track with the game it wouldn't have been the same without it!!!!!
I agree, its a fantastic soundtrack and very much in contrast to the constant dubstep we see in game trailers and uninspired background music in other titles.
HEALTH is from L.A. not New York.
100% agree though, great soundtrack for the game. Unexpected but fitting.