I don’t mean to march to the beat of my own drum but we’ve been harping on it constantly, like a broken record: music can really transpose a game and place it above it’s own genre into the realm of “art form”. Maybe that doesn’t ring a bell but the proper score can really toot your horn. Music can strike the right note with gamers. It’s the sharp difference between a beautiful game and one that just ends up flat. I personally prefer the orchestra, choir, brass, strings and all that jazz. It’s like music to my ears. And other musical idioms. Any more and I might run into treble.
“What is your Favorite Video Game Soundtrack?“
The Timely Mage
Chrono Cross. This amazing soundtrack has stuck with me since I first heard it in game. Yasunori Mitsuda brought together such a unique arrangement of instruments culminating in a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. While I had the original disc version, after it got scratched up by my son I scoured the internet for years trying to find an official digital version I could purchase but no luck.
The Black Humor Mage
“Crono’s Theme” is the apex of all video game soundtracks. Yasunori Mitsuda put his all into this OST, and nothing summarizes it better than this grand track.
The Rage Mage
The title screen theme from Crazy Bus is all I hear anymore. The voices tell me I like it and I tell them I’ll keep playing it until they get out.
The Green Screen Mage
Halo 2. The MJOLNIR mix of the Halo theme is fantastic and “Peril” is just about my favorite Halo song. It’s such a perfect tune for being dropped on an alien world. And come on! “Blow Me Away” playing as you drop in to take out the Prophets.
Undertale gets an honorable mention. It just invokes such an emotional reaction after playing the game.
The White Out Mage
All I can say is this track makes me happy and it’s really adorable. The whole soundtrack of Kirby’s Epic Yarn makes you feel at ease. It’s less stressful than other soundtracks. It was a toss up between this and Kirby’s Adventure, which I love so much. That 8-bit music is so energizing but Epic Yarn is so relaxing, y’know? “Rainbow Falls” sounds like it could be playing in the background of Disney Land!
The Well-Red Mage
Right now it’s probably the original soundtrack for Journey by Austin Wintory. In the past the soundtracks from Shadow of the Colossus, Mega Man II and X, Chrono Trigger (now 2nd favorite OST), Chrono Cross, Final Fantasy VII (3rd favorite) and various other RPGs have taken top place. And Katamari Damacy, which defies classification. Nobuo Uematsu is Mozart, Yasunori Mitsuda is Chopin, and Koji Kondo is Beethoven. Music has long been an important aspect of gaming for me. I taught myself how to play the piano because of Final Fantasy X’s “To Zanarkand” track. The Final Fantasy Piano Collections series was my bread and jam. If you’re a Final Fantasy fan and haven’t run into those yet, take my recommendation. But the Journey OST by Austin Wintory cannot be explained. It’s transcendentally beautiful. Especially “I Was Born For This” (the lyrics give chills) and “Apotheosis”. Honestly it feels like all the hope and joy of ascending to heaven in musical form.