Seeing as quite a few of you have asked, and we did a similar rundown for the original game, here’s the full track listing of music featured in Kinect Sports: Season Two. It can also be found in the game credits, overlaid by Peter Dickson’s bonus thoughts of the day. Consider this your decluttered at-a-glance reference guide. Even more decluttered as we’ve split it into licensed tracks (celebratory musical stings) and original compositions (mainly featured on menus and in Quick Play). Boom!
* Ain’t Nobody – Rufus & Chaka Khan
* Alright – Supergrass
* A-Punk – Vampire Weekend
* Barbra Streisand – Duck Sauce
* Best Of My Love – The Emotions
* Bonkers – Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden
* Born This Way – Lady Gaga
* Check It Out – will.i.am featuring Nicki Minaj
* Estudaintina Waltz-Wurlitzer – The Wurlitzer 157 Band Organ
* Faith – George Michael
* Fancy Footwork – Chromeo
* Fascination – Alphabeat
* Get Down On It – Kool & The Gang
* Get The Party Started – P!nk
* Gold – Spandau Ballet
* Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives
* Heaven’s Artillery – The Wurlitzer 157 Band Organ
* Hey Ya! – Outkast
* Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler
* I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
* I’m Still Standing – Elton John
* Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
* Jimmy – M.I.A.
* Jump Around – House Of Pain
* Le Freak – Chic
* Let’s Dance – David Bowie
* Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
* Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna
* Over And Over – Hot Chip
* Parklife – Blur
* Riverside (Let’s Go!) – Sidney Samson featuring Wizard Sleeve
* Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
* Skeleton Boy – Friendly Fires
* Stop It! – The Wurlitzer 157 Band Organ
* Superstar – Jamelia
* Take On Me – a-ha
* The Final Countdown – Europe
* Theme from “A Summer Place” – by Max Steiner and Mack Discant
* The One And Only – Chesney Hawkes
* The Twist – Chubby Checker
* Trouble – Shampoo
* Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
* Walk Like A Man – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
* You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Dead or Alive
You may have noticed that we introduced a host of new Rare software vacancies to the Careers section this week. We’re itching to fill these roles with some perilously talented people, so we’ve invited Bjorn, our Studio Software Manager, to provide some background to the new positions, our engineering environment and Rare in general. Take it away, fella.
Fresh from shipping Awesome Pack #1, the technical wizards of Rare are looking to expand their ranks in readiness for the future. Obviously we can’t tell you what they’ll be working on, but it would be fair to say that the words ‘exciting’, ‘challenging’, ‘far-reaching’ and ‘visionary’ describe their future adequately.
The five jobs announced this week cover most of the engineering palette: servers, tools, workflow, rendering and user interfaces. I know we have some of the best engineers in the industry, but I also know there are deep technical experts in other companies who are looking to execute on a grand scale. This week’s announcement is the first step in opening a conversation with some of the fantastic talent elsewhere.
Working at Rare is not like working at most studios. We have a tight connection with the wider organisation of Microsoft and we influence and shape the direction of ecosystems, hardware and platforms. Engineering at Rare is the tip of the spear; working with our first-party partners and the teams of the Xbox organisation, we often create the beach head for others to land on. What we’re really looking for are deep technical experts. Engineers who have shipped great titles, with lots of wisdom about what works and what doesn’t.
It’s no longer Kinect Sports: Season Two launch week, so here’s a round-up of some of the best review comments so far. And to spice it up, we’ve thrown in a few photos from the Rare on-site launch party/comedy awards ceremony last Friday, with Voice of The X Factor/Kinect Sports and all-round top bloke Peter Dickson hosting. There he is, look! Second picture! We’re not lying! He came to our late-night bash in Birmingham too, but you’re not seeing any pictures from that.
“As much as we loved the original, there was a feeling that it would take another year before we really got the Kinect Sports game we all hoped for. Thankfully, that gut instinct has proven to be entirely correct; Kinect Sports: Season Two is bigger, bolder and even more enjoyable than its illustrious forerunner, making it arguably the title of choice for Kinect players this holiday season.” – Kinectaku
“We’d go as far to say Kinect Sports: Season Two is the defining party sports game for the Xbox 360. Said it. It’s out there. Can’t take it back.” – DIY
“Let your guard down long enough and you’ll soon find you’ve lost hours flailing away to the game’s genuine charms.” – Tech Digest