God of War® II Rocks Beyond PlayStation®2 With Upcoming Soundtrack Release
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced today the upcoming release of the musical soundtrack for God of War® II, available exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, further demonstrating how games continue to grow as an entertainment medium and provide fans with full emotional experiences. Available at Sony Connect, retail outlets and on iTunes for $9.99, the soundtrack features an eclectic mix of orchestral, hip-hop and hard rock music, which is accented in the game by sound effects recorded at Foley Studios on the Warner Brothers Studios lot.
Orchestral pieces scored by the original game’s composers and performed by the London Sessions Brass Players and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra String Players and Choir are featured alongside electronica and hard rock music, including tracks created specifically for God of War II by Junkie XL and Atlantic Records recording artist Shadows Fall. The soundtrack also includes music from TraGic, a.k.a. George Doman, a brand new artist and winner of the“God of Noise” original song contest, hosted on MySpace last year.
The God of War II sound design not only makes for a more intense gaming experience, it builds on the success of thesound design for the original God of War®, which received critical praise and awards for its original score and soundtrack including the coveted Outstanding Achievement: Original Music Composition, awarded by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.
"The popular response to the original God of War in-game score and soundtrack was so overwhelming, we wanted to take it one step further with the sequel by delivering more of the signature God of War II sound and in addition, give fans a solid soundtrack that features both orchestral pieces of in-game music and also bonus original tracks created exclusively for us by Junkie XL and Shadows Fall that were inspired by the score of the game,” said Chuck Doud, Director of Music, SCEA. “In addition, our God of Noise contest winner, George Doman, will be featured on the God of War II soundtrack.”
SCEA hosted the “God of Noise” original song contest housed on MySpace. The “God of Noise” contest called for musicians to upload their song to www.MySpace.com/GodofWar in order to register for the contest in which George Doman won by creating a banging hip-hop track titled “God Like.” As the contest winner, George Doman beat more than 500 other artists to be featured on the soundtrack.
To create the best possible in-game sound effects, SCEA enlisted critically-acclaimed Foley Artist John Roesch to deliver an added level of authenticity that immerses players in Kratos’ battles with the gods. Utilizing all of the tools at the Warner Brothers Foley Studio, Roesch thumped watermelons, snapped celery, clanked chains and twisted lettuce to underscore the head bashing, sword fighting and bone breaking of the game’s intense combat.
About God of War II
God of War II brings players back to the violent world of Greek mythology where they last left the vicious ex-Spartan warrior Kratos atop his godly throne as the new God of War. In God of War II, Kratos must journey to the far reaches of the earth and defeat untold horrors and alter that which no mortal, or god has ever changed, his fate.
God of War II sets an epic stage for a devastating mythological war to end all wars. Armed with the deadly blades and blistering rage, players will be aided by new breath-taking magic and new brutal combat moves. The journey will take them through vividly striking environments where they will be faced with a labyrinth of challenging puzzles and mini-games intricately woven into the story. The violence will come to life in gory detail as Kratos encounters new mythical characters, and competes in epic boss battles in his quest.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated God of War II an M for “Mature 17+.” For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
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