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Soundtrack Spotlight – “The Soundtrack to My Life [Main Menu Theme]” (Max Payne 3)

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I don’t quite understand why people dislike Max Payne 3. The internal monologue is nihilistic almost to a fault, but the lines are delivered well, and with just enough panache to make it amusing without losing the character at the heart of the dialogue. Plus, it’s got a fantastic menu theme.

For those unfamiliar with the Max Payne series, this melody is essentially the franchise’s theme. A depressing Superman, if you will. The first game’s theme is this song’s closest relative, with an emphasis on piano you don’t see in the following themes. But when you open Max Payne 3 for the very first time, you aren’t treated to Health’s remix of Max Payne 2‘s theme. It’s just a simple piano, with some mesmerizingly slow violins backing it up. This one song tells new players – of which there were assuredly many – everything they need to know about this game’s tone.

The world depicted in this game is bleak, as is befitting a game in this franchise. Max himself is one of the most depressing protagonists ever depicted in a videogame; a man known for his low points at the lowest he’s ever been. So, as a song that needs to convey those ideas from the word ‘go’, it’s perfect.

(Also, it’s not really called ‘The Soundtrack to My Life’. It’s not called anything, for that matter. I just got creative)

Mike Cosimano resides in the coldest part of an area known for its already frigid temperatures, where he complains that every game isn't just Spider-Man 2 again. He also enjoys podcasting and being confused by PC gaming in his spare time. You can talk to him if you want to hear about his Fast and Furious crossover fan fiction.

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Troy Baker Discusses His Return as Joel in The Last of Us Part II

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The Last of Us Part II Joel Ellie screenshot

Troy Baker has spoken about his return to the role of Joel in Naughty Dog’s upcoming title The Last of Us Part II.

During an exclusive interview with OnlySP at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming, Baker was asked how he felt to return to the role alongside Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in the sequel to the acclaimed 2013 title.

“The first day we were on set was when we shot [the PSX reveal] trailer,” Baker revealed. “We go through rehearsals and stuff, and we walk through it, and things get real serious all of a sudden, when we heard both of our voices. When you put everything together, that’s when Ashley goes away and Troy goes away, and you’re left with Ellie and Joel.”

Baker noted that the first time creative director Neil Druckmann spoke to him about the potential of a sequel was during the British Academy Video Game Awards in March 2014.

Check out a clip from our exclusive interview with Troy Baker and Nolan North—including the revelation of North’s return as David and the significant musical numbers featured in the game—above, and stay tuned for the full interview.

Druckmann recently revealed that Baker and Johnson had completed their main work on the game, describing it as “the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done.” Before that, he stated that the final scene of The Last of Us Part II has been shot, with Laura Bailey recently completing her performance capture for the title. Druckmann also revealed that the rapper Logic and actor Travis Willingham will also be appearing in the game.

Earlier this month, a screen of the game’s weapon upgrade system was leaked in a promotional video, with some noting that weapon variation may be present in the game’s revision of combat.

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