Meteor strike. Nuclear war. Global warming. Disease. Zombies. The world ends in many ways in video game media, and the remaining humans have to find innovative ways to survive the resulting hostile landscape. Today, inspired by the latest climate-change news, Ed and Emily are presenting a selection of fantastic music from post-apocalyptic video games and examining the very different worlds they were written for. It’s not all doom and gloom, though! Hunker down in your nuclear vault and get ready for an extra-long, extra-entertaining discussion on all things apocalypse, along with some tips on how you can make some changes at home to help subvert the end of our own world.
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1 – “Jawbreakers” from Mad Max (PC, PS4, XB1, 2015) Composed by Mats Lundgren
2 – “Blown” from Motorstorm: Apocalypse (PS3, 2011) Composed by Noisia
3 – “Catastophe Never Ends” from Attack on Titan (PS3, PS4, PC, XB1, Vita, 2016) Composed by Shinichiro Nakamura, Yugen Umemura, and Junya Ishiguro
4 – “Combat 6” from Hard Reset (PC, PS4, XB1, 2011) Composed by Wojciech Blazejczyk
5 – “Game Over” from Waterworld (Mega Drive Unreleased, 1995) Composed by Jonathan Dunn
6 – “Detached” from Jupiter & Mars (PS4, 2019) Composed by Jon Atkinson
7 – “Gameplay 2” from Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now (GBC, 2000) Composed by Will Davis
8 – “Nobody Cooled It” from Death Road to Canada (iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Switch, PS4, XB1, 2016) Composed by Joey Grady
9 – “Rubble of the Forgotten” from Fallout: New Vegas (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, 2010) Composed by Inon Zur
10 – “End of the Road” from Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (PC, PS4, XB1, 2018) Composed by Robert Lundgren
11 – “Hope with Doubt” from House of the Dead 4 (Arcade, PS3, 2005) Composed by Susumu Tsukagoshi and Makito Nomiya
12 – “Road Freak” from Double Kick Heroes (PC, Mac, 2018) Composed by Frederick Motte
13 – “Still Alive” from Portal (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Android, 2007) Composed by Jonathan Coulton and Ellen Mclain