Memorable Music in Gaming #1

I thought I would kick out a different kind of post for this site, and maybe just talk about a favorite aspect of mine - music in video games. There are all kinds of things I have enjoyed about video games over the years. Graphics, box art, a mechanic that simply 'hooks' me - and perhaps all of these will also get their own series of posts over time. But for today? I wanted to kick off with five of my favorite video game songs. Some of these might be painfully obvious and popular down the road, such as the Hyrule theme music from The Legend of Zelda, which even today is burned into my memory and immediately invokes images of adventuring as Link.


I got this idea last night after fiddling around with Sonic's Genesis Collection. I loaded up Streets of Rage and immediately was surprised at how that song thumping in the background immediately brought about a wave of nostalgia for me, having played through that game more times than I can count. As such, it seemed fitting that I kick this batch off with a link to the music from Stage 1:


Most of the time when I hear music that really sticks with me, it is tied to some event in the game I am playing that helps reinforce what I am seeing or doing. There was a great deal of music I enjoyed during my many (many, many, many) hours of World of Warcraft, but none of them resonated as well with me as the music upon entering Stormwind:


Going for something a bit more recent, Danganronpa was a title I thoroughly enjoyed if you read my review recently. The music was an interesting blend of upbeat and at times, melancholy. There were several songs that appealed to me, but probably none more so than Beautiful Dead:


King's Bounty is a series of turn-based strategy games that have been out on the PC for several years now. There is a grand feeling to the music, with horns and fanfare during battles that reminds me of some of The Elder Scrolls games (among my favorite gaming soundtracks as well). Probably none of these songs stood out to me more than King's Bounty - The Legend and Warlord Horn:


Last, but hardly least - To the Moon was a game that caught me completely by surprise. It told a carefully crafted story that tugged at me in a variety of ways. All of this was underscored by a brilliant soundtrack. Among those, Uncharted Realms had this dreamy, haunting quality that really stuck with me.


What about you? Love any of these songs? Hate them? Want to see more posts like this in the future? Let me know and I hope you enjoyed the new type of content, and if so - let me know if other similar types would be of interest to you or not!
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5 comments :

  1. I think Streets of Rage 2 had better music then one. Love To The Moon's soundtrack!

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  2. I definitely agree that Streets of Rage 2 had a better sounding score of music (really, it had a better everything, I think) - but something about that intro stage and the number of times I have played it just sprang to mind when I loaded it up and heard it again the other night. :)

    To the Moon was a beautiful game, no?

    Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. yeah every thing in To the Moon was Beautiful!

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  4. I appreciate music in games, all aspects of it really, sound effects, the tracks, etc.


    Music is definitely a huge part in setting the "tone" for certain games, or not. I remember one of the reasons I enjoyed GoldenEye 007 on the N64, was the music. They had licensed the music from the movie series, and even though I wasn't super familiar with all the movies, I knew the main theme for sure.


    Firing up the game, and hearing it, was great.


    Can't say that I hate/love any of the songs here, but I did appreciate the Stormwind one a bit. Probably depends on which day of the week it is though, and how much coffee I've had!

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  5. Definitely understandable - and yup! I remember the GoldenEye music well! We played those maps so many times... along with Mario Kart on the 64... those sound tracks are probably burned into the back of my brain now. :)

    Thanks for dropping by!

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