In the on-going battle between the competing baseball titles, MLB 2K12
has announced its full soundtrack lineup. Most of the bands are groups that your average listener will not recognize, which is generally a good thing since mainstream music seemed to get hammered for just about anything that it is included in. I have to give credit to 2K Sports
for including two of my favorite bands The Vaccines and Telekinesis.
Soundtracks almost always take a good game and move it to the next level if it is an amazing set of songs, but in sports games, especially baseball, all the music is used is for menu filler. Most players nowadays seem to include their own songs on their hard drives instead of a soundtrack included, which begs the question as to whether or not many bands are willing to sign on for these very reasons.
2K Sports partners with SPIN for Major League Baseball® 2K12 Soundtrack
New York, NY – February 16, 2012 – 2K Sports today announced that they have partnered with SPIN Media, the premier resource for music discovery, to create a 13-song soundtrack for the upcomingMajor League Baseball® 2K12, the eagerly anticipated next iteration of the popular MLB 2K series, which hits stores nationwide on March 6, 2012.
The release of MLB 2K12 marks the first time that SPIN has collaborated on a video game soundtrack and the first time 2K Sports has worked with a music media company. The baseball-loving team behind SPIN jumped at the chance to curate the game and enlisted a hard-hitting team to select the songs.
The resulting playlist covers all bases with a wide range of musical genres from hip-hop and electronic, to rock and pop, and includes both established and emerging artists, reflecting the true diversity of baseball fans. Earning themselves the unofficial title of “most valuable players,” Alabama rap duo and SPIN breaking-out artists, G-Side, recorded an exclusive original track called “Put Me in the Game” – hitting a home run with the fresh, futuristic, synth-heavy beat.
G-Side’s exclusive track, which is inspired by “defying odds to achieve something greater in life,” can be downloaded for free at SPIN.com/mlb2k12 starting February 21. The rest of the soundtrack will also be available to stream.
"When the match is right, music and sports can complement each other in a profound way, so curating SPIN’s first video game soundtrack was an exciting challenge. We were thrilled to be asked by 2K Sports, and took seriously the responsibility of sharing some of our favorite tracks with MLB fans,” said Charles Aaron, SPIN Editorial Director. “Many special thanks, of course, go to G-Side for providing an awesome new track."
MLB 2K12 features AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander on the cover along with a robust list of features and game modes, improved gameplay, and the return of the $1 Million Perfect Game Challenge, which will award one MLB 2K12 gamer the coveted grand prize. SPIN’s hand-picked soundtrack bolsters an immersive baseball experience.
“This year’s soundtrack is easily the best yet thanks to SPIN,” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing, 2K Sports. “They are experts in the music industry and our fans are really going to enjoy the playlist they selected when playing MLB 2K12. Music is a key element in our sports titles, so when we’re working hard to create the best, most authentic experience for fans we expect the soundtrack to follow the same beat.”
The complete track listing for the MLB 2K12 soundtrack includes:
Featuring exclusive original track from G-Side – free to download on SPIN.com;
Plus artists Bass Drum of Death, Grouplove, Skrillex, The Vaccines, and more
MLB 2K12 is rated E for everyone by the ESRB and will be available March 6, 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, Wii™ system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DS™ and Windows PC.
For more information about MLB 2K12, please visit facebook.com/mlb2k.
2K Sports is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).
Bass Drum of Death, "Get Found"
Explosions in the Sky, "Trembling Hands"
The Cool Kids, "Boomin'"
The Vaccines, "If You Wanna"
G-Side, "Put Me in the Game"
JEFF the Brotherhood, "Shredder"
My Morning Jacket, "Holdin On to Black Metal"
Skrillex, "Nice Sprites & Scary Monsters"
Telekinesis, "Please Ask for Help"
The Joy Formidable, "Austere"
Atmosphere, "Just for Show"
Pretty Lights, "Hot Like Dimes"