Tony Hawk’s soundtrack was a revelation at the time it came out. While it was not the first video game to have licensed music, it was arguably the video game with the best use of licensed music. Not only did they feature punk legends like Dead Kennedys and The Vandals, but they introduced kids all over the world to “newer” bands such as Goldfinger, Primus and more. I can’t even hear the song “Superman” without thinking of the warehouse level in the original THPS.
In an interview with Sound and Vision Magazine, Ken Overby (produce/product manager at Robomodo), revealed what songs will be featured in the remake of one of the great video game classics re-releases coming soon to the Xbox Arcade and the PSN.
“We definitely wanted to bring back some of the songs from the original soundtrack, but wanted new songs as well. The most difficulty we had was our budget, which was very small, and the scope and time frame; it was a lot of work to get it all lined up and get the songs in,
He further added:
“You have to put out a risk analysis report and you have to point out to the publisher what the biggest risks are in the development. Soundtrack, Patrick and I both agreed, was the number one. Anyone who knows the game knows the music is just as important as the gameplay.”
The new song list (with links to each song on Youtube!):
I’m bummed there are no Dead Kennedys tracks featured but having Goldfinger, Lagwagon, and Millencolin is good enough for me.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD comes out this June on both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3.