It’s not all about game play… Well it is massively important as it is what brings all the boys to the yard but the atmosphere and sound in a game is also vital. I am one of those annoying people who harp on about a game’s soundtrack. No matter what game I play I find myself paused taking in each little note and rhythm of the game I have delved into for that afternoon.
So why are game soundtracks so important?
Sound sets the tone, atmosphere and the rhythm to which you play your game. Soundtracks also gets them nostalgia senses tingling, words cannot describe how great it is hearing the Zelda Ocarina of time theme. It’s little thing like that when you know a soundtrack has done their job right.
Below are some of my top 5 gaming soundtracks.
Final fantasy IX
This is my personal favourite if you read previous pieces you’ll know that Final Fantasy IX is my favourite game so it’s no shock that it sneaked into my top five. The theme to this game is soaked in nostalgia for me. It’s composer known for so many of the franchises music has really hit the nail in the head with FFIX
There is no soundtrack that is as epic as Skyrim’s, from the first few seconds of the title screen you know you are in for an adventure. If you look through YouTube you will find countless covers of Skyrim songs, the music in this game really took the cyber world by storm. The team at Bethesda really know their stuff when it comes to setting the tone, Fallout 3 is another game where the environment and soundtrack are lined together flawlessly.
This soundtrack is very unique during my first play through I remember being mesmerized by the wood wind instruments. I never really heard anything like it. Excluding high school music class when we had to pretend to play imaginary recorders because there wasn’t enough to go around, however even our imaginary flute solos couldn’t match up to the atmosphere this soundtrack laid down for this fantastic Role Playing Game.
You’ll notice how most of my list contains epic fantasy orchestral music well mass effect is going to tear us away from that and throw us right into the middle of the coolest SCI-FI soundtrack. Roaming from place to place you find yourself nodding to almost techno sound. The song that really got me was the ending theme from Mass effect one. When I seen the closing credits for the first time I never wanted them to stop, I needed to listen to this song as long as possible.
The legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
This one is probably no shock to you either, as previously mentioned this theme just sets my nostalgia senses on fire. The music here instantly transports me to when I first booted up this game on the Nintendo 64. I was in love From the Deku tree to the dreaded water temple, I was completely in love with this game and the music they had on offer. This is a perfect example of how music is the key to sucking you into a world and never wanting to let go.
So what are your favourite video game soundtracks? Hit me up in the comments or on twitter.
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