Game music of the day: Extreme G

Game: Extreme G

Song: Track 1

Composer: Unknown

Above: Track 1 from Extreme G

There's not a lot to say about Extreme G. It was a so-so racing series that had a slight moment in the spotlight during the N64 years, then became even less remarkable during the PS2/GameCube era. Even when it was "popular," whatever clout it had as a sleek futuristic racer was immediately gobbled up by F-Zero X just a year later - so why bother mentioning it at all? Because it had trippy ass trance music that was perfect for 300mph races.

Even though the game has aged rather poorly, Extreme G's electronic tunes are as listenable today as they were in 1997. The above track is probably the most well known, as it played over one of the game's earliest courses. Even if you're not big on this dance-heavy club stuff, you can't deny it's tailor made for Extreme G's twisty, corkscrewy courses. I'm not even saying it's particularly amazing - just good fun to listen to.

Above: Another track from the game. How '90s can you get?

Above: You know shit's getting serious when the MIDI guitar kicks in

I'm a sucker for this type of music, and it's definitely the primary source of my nostalgia for Extreme G. Nintendo 64 was never known as a system with particularly strong audio, so hearing some reasonably well done techno tunes blasting out of the TV speakers was a welcome change from the usual tinny stuff that accounted for most of the N64's library. Granted, Extreme G is using electronic beats instead of attempting to sample real instruments, so it's a case of Acclaim and Probe playing to the system's strengths.

Playing Extreme G today, I can barely bother to finish a race or two, let alone play it again and again like it was 1997. But the music... man it's been on various computers and MP3 players for more than a decade. Just so easy to put on and forget about. And I mean that in the best possible way.


Game music of the day: GTA Liberty City Stories
A Dark March by Danger Mouse



Game music of the day: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
No Cigar by Millencolin



Game music of the day: PlayStation launch demo disc
Two day-one PSX tracks from Tommy Tallarico


Game music


  • BilboTeaBaggins - December 3, 2010 8:55 a.m.

    awesome stuff
  • juicenpancakes - December 2, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    Yes! Yes! Finally! Oh man, I want to be at a rave where Extreme G music plays.
  • Chewrocka - December 2, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    I loved this game back when I was younger; I have the music on my ipod and it makes me smile every time it come on shuffle. Good choice Brett.
  • philipshaw - December 2, 2010 2:27 p.m.

    I remember me and my cousin played this game a lot, forgot how awesome the music was
  • dragonblade1214 - December 2, 2010 7:47 a.m.

    Oh my god, I finally get to see the day where Extreme G's music get's some mention. That's so hardcore nostalgia right there. And I can't say I agree with the fact that Extreme G was a so-so racer. I definitely loved it back when it was on the N64. Multiplayer was a BLAST.
  • Spybreak8 - December 2, 2010 3:49 a.m.

    "I was a big fan of the game back in the day." This and we need a remake in HD sooo mucH!
  • sycomycole - December 2, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    I remember playing a SHIT TON of this game. The biggest reason was that my bro and I loved the music!
  • goochbiscuit - December 2, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    I actually bought this game the day it came out. I was probably one of the few people who were looking forward to it and bought it. Oh, and cool music, too! Loved it.
  • Tenfey - December 2, 2010 1:52 a.m.

    This is one of those games I remember reading about in Nintendo Power 600 years ago but have never seen in motion.
  • toastile - December 2, 2010 1:29 a.m.

    This music is exciting. Nice.
  • n00b - December 2, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    i played this for a bit on the n64 don't remember the music though thanks for the reminder
  • kduff51 - December 2, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    I was a big fan of the game back in the day
  • Embolado - December 1, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    This music makes me happy :)
  • batmanboy11 - December 1, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    Never played the game before, but I love the music. Great choice, Brett.

Showing 1-14 of 14 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000