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  • CitizenWolfie - May 31, 2013 5:45 a.m.

    Spec Ops in general had some brilliant licensed tracks. As did Black Ops (I noticed CCR in the intro to the army barracks attack level). But my favourite has to be Bioshock Infinite for all the 20's style musical easter eggs (coincidentally CCR's Fortunate Son again).
  • mafyooz - May 30, 2013 2:56 a.m.

    Another good one I discovered just last night was Primal Scream's 'Kowalski' being used in Driver:San Fransisco. What could be more fitting in a series originally inspired by car chase movies like Vanishing Point, than a track directly sampling the move Vanishing point? :)
  • ZeeCaptain - May 29, 2013 11:59 p.m.

    So ugh I don't really care for pop music, and apparently neither does GR seeing how they don't seem to have a definite idea of what it is.... Godsmack, Black Sabbath, Guns N Roses, and the Rolling Stones are three separate genera and not one of them is pop. I'll just chalk this one up to GR's lack of ability to make a sensible headline.
  • Eyebrows - November 23, 2013 11:09 p.m.

    Marty Robbin's - Big Iron in New Vegas made me feel like a badass wandering the Mojave with a duster and a Stetson.. Perfectly captured the Western trappings of New Vegas.
  • ZeeCaptain - December 30, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    Shine on you crazy diamond.
  • Sinsational - May 29, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    It's been a fair amount of time since I've played the SSX reboot... maybe it's time to jump back in? I miss that crazy air.
  • SlappyDave - May 29, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    The scene in Saints Row 3 where you're driving across the town and everyone starts singing along to "What I Got" by sublime. Hearing that in Zombie voice was probably the funniest part of the game. Also, the warehouse scene in Alan Wake where you turn on the radio in time to hear the DJ announce 'War' by Poets of the Fall. As soon as the song started enemies flooded in. It's not pop but it's one of the best uses of music in games in my opinion.
  • antiAntag0nist - May 29, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    While it wasn't in the game itself, I thought the use of "War" by Sick Puppies for the Street Fighter IV ads was brilliant.
  • Fejerro - May 29, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    I know this doesn't count, but I love the use of Short Change Hero by The Heavy on the Batman: Arkham City gameplay trailer. The song fits the atmosphere of the game so perfectly, and it sucked me in. This ain't no place for a hero, indeed.
  • alecbeals - May 29, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    Would have been nice if they had linked or embedded videos of each use of music for the article
  • NioNai - May 29, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    I'm surprised they didn't mention Ace combat 5, Puddle of Mudd's Blurry. That was a fantastic trailer.
  • closer2192 - May 29, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    Definitely agree with the Crazy Taxi and Far Cry 3 entries.
  • mafyooz - May 29, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    I'm surprised there's been no mention of "God Only Knows" or "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" on Bioshock Infinite, I think they were used quite an innovative, plot relevant way rather than just as incidental music. Also, I can't pick out one specific track but the Sleeping Dogs soundtrack is pretty sweet :)
  • winner2 - May 29, 2013 5:17 a.m.

    I'd say the intro to Borderlands with "Ain't no rest for the wicked". That was one of my favorite intros of the generation.
  • mafyooz - May 29, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    Totally agree, it sets the tone of the game very nicely :)
  • GarcianSmith - May 29, 2013 4:52 a.m.

    Perhaps the best use, for me, was "Far Away " by Jose Gonzales in Red Dead Redemption. When that guitar starts as you cross over into Mexico... damn, one of the best moments in video game history.
  • zegamer - May 29, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    I agree with ya man
  • Tranquilbez34 - May 28, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    "The Night will Always Win" by Elbow in the Opening of Black Ops 2 was harrowing and really set the mood for a surprisingly great COD Campaign.
  • CitizenWolfie - May 31, 2013 5:51 a.m.

    Does the campaign get better towards the end then? I'm usually a fan of the CoD campaigns but Black Ops 2 didn't pull me in like the others. I'm only up to the part where you can play the second strike force mission (Just after completing Fallen Angel I think)
  • Swedish_Chef - May 28, 2013 9:16 p.m.

    I'm amazed that you managed to make it through this list without once mentioning the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games. Other notable tracks are Short Change hero which turned up in both Batman Arkham City and later Borderlands 2 and Ain't No Rest for the Wicked from the original Borderlands.

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