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Sensory Indulgence: The Power of a Great Video Game Soundtrack

  • CasualExileCasualExile1,669,287
    Posted on 03 March 18 at 22:41, Edited on 03 March 18 at 23:45 by CasualExile
    For me, the definitive soundtrack will always be Dark Souls and The Witcher 3. There's no feeling quite like slaying beasts while epic ballads play in the background.

    If it comes down to music that I can listen to while on an achievement grind or a road trip, Life is Strange would be my choice since I've taken a strange liking to indie music.
    Posted on 03 March 18 at 23:14
    For me, a video game without music is not a video game. The video game is an art and like any art, the objective is to take the spectator on a trip.

    Whether through a space adventure or a medieval tale, music is the means for the viewer to wander and discover the world around this adventure. We do not play a game to do the classic pattern of "going from point A to point B". We play to be entertained, to escape from the daily pattern of "work, eat and sleep", to see something other than what surrounds us.

    As the author has said, the arrival on the Citadel in Mass Effect is good music that makes us understand that this space station is huge, like our galaxy. We are impressed by his magestuosity and we realize that we are nothing on the galactic scale. And it makes us want to exploring the unknown, of finding the edge of the map, and then discovering what lies beyond, as Alec Ryder says so well in Andromeda.

    In Dragon Age Inquisition, another Bioware game, I love the music "Adamant Fortress". The first time I heard it was during the fight against the dragon, in the Western Approach zone. Epic music for an epic fight. Now, I listen to it very often.

    The music evolves at the same pace as the graphics of a game and what I find sad is that we focus on the image rather than the sound. An adventure is not limited to what we see. What we hear counts a lot too. Maybe even more.

    An example of a game I played recently, Brothers-A tale of two sons. Usually, I'm not too fan of this kind of game. I played it mostly for free achievement. Yet, I loved the adventure through music. The end made me shed a tear because of the music. And this is where music is more important than the image. The music conveys the emotion of the characters, of the situation, of the story.

    I hope people will focus more on sound than on the image in the future. Because here we have stupid comparisons between playstation graphics and xbox graphics. For my part, if the game does not have the soundtrack that will make me travel, the graphics can be amazing, the game will not be good for me.

    PS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz34O13pgsc . If you don't know Adamant Fortress
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  • Posted on 03 March 18 at 23:25
    One game that always stuck with me was FEZ from the 360. As well as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
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  • Posted on 03 March 18 at 23:31
    For me, it begins and ends with the Final Fantasy series. Nobou Uematsu is a music God.
  • Johnny Fl3xJohnny Fl3x708,179
    Posted on 03 March 18 at 23:47
    Zelda will always be at the top of my list when it comes to music in video games.
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  • Posted on 03 March 18 at 23:58
    Earthbound's 'A Flash of Memory' or the hospital music... these tunes are indescribable. It's probably mostly nostalgia, but wow.
  • Posted on 04 March 18 at 00:30
    For such important and entertaining topic I find this article way dull and boring. Sad.
  • Posted on 04 March 18 at 00:33
    I love video game soundtracks and have several dozen in my collection.

    I'd say my overall favorites are Chrono Trigger, Undertale, and Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker.
  • ElyohElyoh914,003
    Posted on 04 March 18 at 00:35
    I love music, so a good game soundtrack is important to me. Some games that come to the top of my head when thinking of my favourite soundtracks are Mass Effect, Ocarina of Time, Kingdom Hearts, quite a bit of Halo.

    I always think it as a waste of opportunity to not create a great soundtrack to accompany your game. I noticed it in The Division quite a bit for some reason.
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  • Posted on 04 March 18 at 01:16
    Mass Effect went full Blade Runner with their soundtrack and I loved it. It established listed a sci-fi noir feel to most of it. A great soundtrack can make you forgive flaws of a game.

    The opposite end of the spectrum is true as well. Sometimes I through enjoy games that have no soundtrack music and is silent but for atmospheric sounds (Max Payne or The Darkness).
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  • Drachen77Drachen77287,691
    Posted on 04 March 18 at 01:21
    For me, no discussion about video game music can be had without discussing the Halo series; especially the first 3, Reach, and ODST. The music sets the mood throughout the series, whether it be a battle against a Scarab or going through the depths of High Charity. Every note seems to hit perfect and is seared into the mind. The music of the series fits it perfectly and is hard to imagine the games with different music.
  • Posted on 04 March 18 at 01:35
    Rising didn't get mentioned even once. I hate TA so much.
  • matdanmatdan797,045
    Posted on 04 March 18 at 02:14, Edited on 06 March 18 at 15:54 by matdan
    Would be interesting to hear what people's favourite soundtracks are.

    Some I still listen to (About 500+ soundtracks, I wouldn't list all):
    Bioshock 2 "Pairbond" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV9kg-M1RJw
    Mafia II "Main Theme" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqaAxICZHFg
    Grand Theft Auto IV "Main Theme" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqE8M2ZnFL8
    CoD W@W "Red Army Theme (Guitar)" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9LymBGVix8
    Wolfenstein The New Order "Adrift" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySqxIToP5wE
    Gears of War 2 "Heroic Assault" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oFgg5ZdBY0
    Ghost Recon Future Soldier "Nemesis" (Bodark Theme) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FWW6XTeHjc
    Far Cry 3 "I'm Sorry" Brian Tyler - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC-kTC473gQ
    Crysis 3 "New York Memories" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF4GS6BJNpk
    Syndicate "Wakeup Call" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOw7VDj3-R4
    Battlefield 3 "Solomon's Theme" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3j_Wph6fSY
    Battlefield 4 "A Theme for Kjell" (A theme dedicated to a person who died on the dev team) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeKF-60uq_M
    Metro 2033 "Hope" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lQFbFETToo&
    Medal of Honor Frontlines "Main Theme" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOyFGuGELN0
    Medal of Honor 2010 "Heroes Aboard" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G34h4Sk9II&

    Safe to say that gaming would be nowhere near as awesome without their soundtracks, long after a game has been finished it is the music that continues the memory. Really needs to be a bigger effort in the public to recognise games as art.

    Bioshock, Metro and Mass Effect all create these universes that come alive with the music, without it they would not be nearly as memorable. It helps sell the idea of the world to the gamer when they first lay their eyes on Rapture or as they travel through the Mass Effect Relays or as they wander down long forgetten railway tunnels.

    Without gaming soundtracks I would never spent countless hours on MoH Frontlines, Ace Combat 5 or any number of other games.

    planting42 said:
    Not what you'd expect from a Air Combat game but Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Achievements really uses music to its advantage to set the stage for battles. The most epic one is the Liberation of Gracemaria as it really gets you in the mood to take back what's yours!
    You should listen to the rest of the series:

    I could easily list a tonne more.
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  • RiverRaiserRiverRaiser655,847
    Posted on 04 March 18 at 02:34
    Far cry blood dragon has a great soundtrack, especially if you love 80s action movies😊
  • Evil KenivlEvil Kenivl738,986
    Posted on 04 March 18 at 04:32
    My favourite games in relation to their Music/Soundtracks...

    1. Sonic the Hedgehog 2
    2. Rock N Roll Racing
    3. Super Mario Land 2 - Gameboy
    4. Sega Rally Championship - Sega Saturn

    Followed by the complete Fable > Gears of War > Forza Horizon Series...

    I also like the Fallout 3 and Bulletstorm Main theme song...
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  • Turbo PlopTurbo Plop322,180
    Posted on 04 March 18 at 04:35
    I loved the soundtrack to Nier. More recently, I really liked the music in Celeste.
  • Removed Gamer

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    Posted on 04 March 18 at 05:40
    The title theme from Mass Effect 1 always makes me so reflective, the love theme is good too in that game. Anything by Jesper Kyd is an instant classic, just listen to the soundtracks of the older Hitman games, or Ezio's Family from ACII, or anything from Vermintide. The Bully OST is outstanding as well. Can't forget Mega Man either.
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  • NoApologies1988NoApologies19881,513,494
    Posted on 04 March 18 at 05:54
    One of the greatest ones i've heard in the past few years is the soundtrack to Bastion and Valiant Hearts.
  • D1SCOD1SCO497,383
    Posted on 04 March 18 at 07:03
    What is this "gym" of which you speak?
  • Posted on 04 March 18 at 07:38
    Ori and the blind forest is an amazing OST, very powerfull
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