I consider myself a simple man, as I do not need much to be happy. Give me some videogames, good music, and a football game on Saturday and I am content. EA Sports understands this, and knows that the perfect compliment to a quality videogame is a solid soundtrack. Madden NFL 09 marks the twentieth iteration of the best selling sports franchise in the history of videogames, and EA Sports is taking this landmark to discuss the importance of music in their games.
“Madden NFL is the foundation of what we do and sets the standard for every soundtrack we create,” states EA’s Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing, Steve Schnur. “Not only have we changed the gaming culture forever, we continue to move the needle musically for millions of people around the world. Madden NFL will always be recognized as the game that made the music matter in videogames.” Now, say what you will about how EA has handled the NFL license, they have been responsible for putting decent soundtracks in sports games outside of Tony Hawk, and I don’t think you’ll be too disappointed in what they’re offering this year.
The first detail that jumps out at me is the couple of genre-mashing tracks Madden 09 will feature, including collaborations between Busta Rhymes and Linkin Park, and Young Dre The Truth and Good Charlotte. The soudntrack also features some new faces such as The Fashion, Izza Kizza, and Mindless Self Indulgence. Finally, the same single from From First To Last that is in FaceBreaker, “Worlds Away”, will also be featured in Madden 09. As a side note, we here at That VideoGame Blog are interviewing From First To Last soon, and are looking for your questions in exchange for copies of the game as well as signed albums, so definitely check for more details about that here.
The full 26-song roster is as follows.
ARTIST – SONG
Airbourne – Stand Up For Rock ‘N Roll
Busta Rhymes feat. Linkin Park – We Made It
Disturbed – Inside The Fire
Franz Ferdinand – Lucid Dreams
From First To Last – Worlds Away
Gym Class Heroes – I’m Home
Hollywood Undead – Undead
In Flames – The Mirror’s Truth
Innerpartysystem – Don’t Stop
Izza Kizza – Millionaire
K’NAAN – ABC’s
Kardinal Offishall feat. Lindo P – Burnt
Kidz In The Hall – Blackout
KOVAS – Wax On, Wax Off
Mindless Self Indulgence – Never Wanted To Dance
Rev Theory – Hey Yeah
Senses Fail – Wolves At The Door
Shinedown – Devour
The All-American Rejects – The Real World (Demo)
The Fashion – Like Knives
The Offspring – Hammerhead
Trivium – Into The Mouth Of…We March
Tyga – Diamond Life
Underoath – Desperate Times, Desperate Measures
Wale feat. Southeast Slim – Breakdown
Young Dre The Truth feat. Good Charlotte – Workin’