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EW reviews the latest in videogame soundtracks

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EW reviews the latest in videogame soundtracks

THE URBZ: SIMS IN THE CITY?SPECIAL EDITION EP (A&M)

WHAT’S THE SCORE?
This four-song EP, available on iTunes, features three exclusive Black Eyed Peas tunes — including a previously unreleased song in English and two tracks in the made-up language of Simlish. For example, their hit ”Let’s Get It Started” becomes ”Ga Ra Ta Da.” GOOD BYTES
BEP’s family-friendly rap is a perfect fit for the cartoonish bohemianism of The Urbz, where suburban tweens can be artists and slum it, albeit from the safety of a suburban family room. BAD BYTES
Out of context, Simlish rap is about as fun as…memorizing Klingon. C+

GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS (Rockstar/Interscope)

WHAT’S THE SCORE?
A mix of ’90s gangsta rap (2Pac), new jack swing (Bell Biv Devoe), nihilistic hard rock (Rage Against the Machine), and other tunes designed to accompany you on a gang-banging, police-evading rampage (available in a two-or eight-CD set). GOOD BYTES
It’s a near-perfect soundtrack for (virtual) pimpin’and skull-crackin’. BAD BYTES
Real West Coast gangstas would want some more of the G-funk; where’s Dr. Dre, homie? A-

HALO 2: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK VOLUME ONE (Sumthing Else)

WHAT’S THE SCORE?
Produced by disco legend Nile Rodgers, this CD veers between orchestral rock bombast (think Gregorian chants with metal riffs), techno cheese, and originals from Incubus, Breaking Benjamin, and Hoobastank. GOOD BYTES
Incubus’four-part song suite is 27-plus minutes of geeky prog riffage (paging Kilroy!), while the grand instrumental music makes you feel like a hero — even if you’re just button-mashing in your boxers. BAD BYTES
The pompous score makes Wagner seem understated, while the metal tunes go limp without the sci-fi visuals. B-

KATAMARI FORTISSIMO DAMACY (Columbia)

WHAT’S THE SCORE?
This odd Japanese game has you collecting everything from thumb-tacks to cows on a sticky rolling ball. The soundtrack of bubbly J-pop beats is quirky and appealing, though it’s only available on a pricey import (play-asia.com). GOOD BYTES
The insanely hummable tunes — all seemingly created on an ’80s Casio keyboard — perfectly match the trippy absurdity of the game. BAD BYTES
The second half descends into twee Teletubby territory; how many singing children can one CD hold? A-

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