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  • SickJessi - July 28, 2010 5:18 p.m.

    Leave a Message is a far more powerful trailer, and really sticks with you. Linkin Park is just a refresher of "Wow, I totally forgot about how much I hate these guys", because the song just doesn't fit. The song should either be hard and pounding (insert metal track), or a somber a slow number generated by a orchestra of strings and maybe woodwins.
  • bengimon85 - July 28, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    GR*** Spelling mistake FTW!
  • bengimon85 - July 28, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    So GM, this company is trying to get back onto the scene wih some modern music and your bitching about it. I personally liked it, love linkin park, at least MoH is trying to aim itself at some proper gamers rather than CoD Black Ops with its fucking crap Eminem trailer which is obviously aimed at all the junkie chavs who now play it and make it so boring to play now with the noobness. GO MoH!!!!!!!!!
  • imtom2002 - July 28, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    could they possibly b tryin to do a tranformers??? linkin park explosions hmmm....
  • NanoElite666 - July 28, 2010 4:39 p.m.

    Meh. This is just like finishing Dragon Age and then suddenly finding myself confronted by 30 Seconds to Mars during the game's credits. Horribly out-of-place for a game like that.
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 28, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    @ SenatorPepper - 44 minutes 6 seconds ago Brits know what Linkin Park is... they were pretty big once remember. Also, Rage Against The Machine will always rock.
  • GREmLiN324 - July 28, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    I like linkin park, they should have used something from their older harder music. Mr Duracraft, citizen soldier is from 3 doors down *facepalm*
  • MrDuracraft - July 28, 2010 4:21 p.m.

    Definitely a poor choice of song. If they are going to use Linkin Park, at least use like Citizen Soldier, now that song would fit. Then again, since it is or was used in actual American Army commercials idk if it would be taken very well since it's a video game. ReCaptcha: wash other
  • Transmatrix - July 28, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    I think it fits just fine. Plus I'm now excited about both a new Linkin Park album in addition to MoH ;-)
  • Matt Cundy - July 28, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    @sixboxes It's a crappy state of affairs that marketing can have such an influence over a game's music. I'd be pretty sad if this sort of thing continued to grow in popularity, so think it's worth having a moan about. Otherwise, where would it end - Shakira in The Last Guardian?
  • oufour - July 28, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    they could have picked a worse song for the trailer. it seems to convey that the game is trying to be realistic. it may sound uplifting but this isn't a story trailer like the original trailer. i though this was just a marketing ploy, but i actually think the song isn't half bad. still, i hope they find better in game music.
  • Fiirestorm21 - July 28, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    I think you guys are overblowing this. I quite liked the "Catalyst" trailer. Granted, it wasn't nearly as good as "Leave a Message," but that says more about "Message" than it does about "Catalyst." So yeah, on a strict comparative level it's not as good, but come on, shades of jingoism? A "Modern Warfare 2 sense of who cares if you die, you'll respawn anyway?" (More directed at the comments than the article.) That's a little ridiculous. There was nothing jingoistic about the "Catalyst" trailer, it was a dramatic description of who these guys were and what there role was and still is in Afghanistan. And the MW2 comment... What? You're definitely reading too much into it. I saw something about the new trailer having Linkin Park and thus not being as good and assumed that it would be like the Dragon Age commercials with the hardcore rock. In which case, yeah, it would be completely out of place. But the music "Catalyst" struck almost the exact same tone as the music in "Message," the only difference was that one was orchestral and mostly in the background and one was by a rock band and in the forefront. But other than that, they both captured the same somber, dramatic mood. Sorry, I don't get what the fuss is about.
  • SenatorPepper - July 28, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    For the Brits: Linkin Park are the foremost remaining practitioners of Rap-Metal, a thankfully nearly-extinct genre of music. In the 1990s there were legions of privileged suburban kids (white or otherwise) aching to be as cool as Tupac and Biggie. Lacking musical and lyrical talent and even a basic understanding of hip-hop, they hedged their bets by drawing on what naturally pours out of suburban kids: whinging. Specifically, whinging loudly over a double-kick drum. These poor, misguided teens (or tweens in the case of Linkin Park) thought that equating your parents' divorce with dumping your first girlfriend showed you to be: a) messed up, which all suburban teens aspire to for some reason, and, b) sort of bad-ass because you did it while shouting semi-rhythmically instead of singing. Linkin Park was the genre's Justin Bieber: fresh-faced teeny-boppers (they were actually in their early 20s, but appeared and sounded much younger) who seemed to strive to create songs that were as annoying as they were catchy. Like most other rap-metal bands they were left high and dry when Eminem demonstrated that white Americans could produce actual rap that was good and fun to listen to. That's when they started making this type of song. While still primarily concerned with wringing every last dollar from vocalist Chester Bennington's (good Lord, the name drips blue blood) mildly uncomfortable childhood, they changed musical styles from a genre they didn't understand to another that requires no understanding: power ballads. And while the lyrics to this particular power ballad do sound roughly like a high school freshman's attempt at political commentary, I agree with Matt that the song doesn't convey the grim reality of war as well as Unreal Engine 3. Eat that, Linkin Park.
  • JoeMulvihill1 - July 28, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    why is the halo soundtrack so amazing? because it is just so epic. you have a sense of sadness but you feel things will get better when the time is right. it brings depth to the characters, story and setting. it brings a sense of hope and it releases emotion. it makes you look towards the future. it starts slow but at the end of the highest note used, it becomes fast paced. the slow bit is leading up to the fight. it makes you ready for action but it hasn't started yet. listen for a couple of seconds, take a deep breath and... it gets fast paced and you are playing hard. the 'leave a message' trailer had the same effect but the trailer with linkin park's the 'catalyst' doesn't meet these factors at all. it doesn't make you feel hope but instead gives a modern warfare 2 sense of who cares if you die, you'll respawn anyway. this shows us that the game will not be an epic one rather a all guns blazing shooter. it won't necessarily be as hardcore as modern warfare 2, but like it, it will lack depth. then again, this is just an analysis of it's soundtrack which doesn't necessarily correlate to it's gameplay.
  • Biopiate - July 28, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    I saw Linkin Park a few years ago by accident when I went with some friends to Projekt Revolution. We stayed, we watched, and we were very surprised by their performance. Not incredible, but pretty damn awesome. . . Anyway, this trailer (even by itself) and this song are shit. The two together, are something nastier than shit. The trailer is bleak, and the song sounds just like all of that other mall goth-modern rock radio friendly nu-metal garbage. But hey, this could have been worse! At least EA didn't use any music by Nickelback, Disturbed, or Godsmack. OR CREED.
  • sixboxes - July 28, 2010 3:23 p.m.

    I get it. Orchestral arrangements > major recording artist singles. Didn't this come up in another recent feature? And for that matter, doesn't this come up every time a song performed by a name that happens to show up on Billboard from time to time is used to promote a game? What I don't get is why any game journalist would bother giving this kind of thing any dedicated thought, rather than cynically dismissing it for what it is: an unapologetic marketing move, a cash in on the mixing of two pieces of popular media that happen to have some congruent demographics. ...unless that's actually what you're doing, and this article is fully having us on. In that case, good show, GR.
  • MrUnReAL136 - July 28, 2010 3:20 p.m.

    Maybe the music has been juxtaposed against the gameplay to annunciate the inhumanity of war did no-one think of this ??? also linkin park are the shizzle
  • KingArchie55 - July 28, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    I calling it: Medal of Rock Band: War Park
  • MdubG - July 28, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    i actually liked the song for the trailer but just cut out all singing no singing at all
  • Ovenman - July 28, 2010 2:57 p.m.

    It sounds promising until they started murdering cats for the vocals. ... Hang on, did it just change?

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