Music in video games have come a long way. We have gone from 8 bit bleeps and bloops to full blown orchestras. This music peeks our interest, alerts us to danger, and most importantly keeps our attention on the game. When a game decides to ignore the music accompanying the game it usually is a bad omen. When a game does it right, it makes a memorable experience for everyone. Ask my dad, he could hear the Zelda theme song right now and instantly get pissed off. Not that its a bad song, its just he heard it CONSTANTLY in our house. Poor fella, but he remembers it! So here is my Top 5 List of Video Game Soundtracks.
#5 The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword on the Nintendo Wii
The music to this game was near perfect. Not only was it recorded by an actual orchestra, but it flowed seamlessly with the game. In typical Zelda fashion each area had its own musical style, and of course the musical nods to the old games didn’t hurt. Nintendo did a fine job with making the music blend into the environment. Perfect example: All of the forest levels utilized hollow percussion and wood wind instruments that felt organic to the location.
#4 Street Fighter II on the Super Nintendo / Sega Genesis / Arcade
Less is more in this selection. Each location / character had their own music. No bells and whistles, no over the top musical ensembles, just good repetitive uptempo music. If you are like me, when you hear a Street Fighter characters name you automatically have the theme going in your mind. I’m not sure if that was the intention, but it was definitely the result. Side Note: You are a liar if you say you didn’t hear the Guile theme in your head when you saw Street Fighter II written on the list. Side Side Note: I can destroy Moonbase10 at any time as long as I have Ryu! Calling you out! It’s been too long.
#3 Any and All 8 Bit Mega Man Games on the Nintendo Entertainment System
These 8 bit wonders are forever drilled into my head. So much so that I often have the new weapon music bumping in my head when I acquire new upgrades. By upgrades I mean lawn equipment at Home Depot. Even certain color combinations make a song pop in my head. I have driven past a McDonald’s on many occasions only to have the Heat Man music bore it’s way into my skull.
#2 Streets of Rage 2 on the Sega Genesis
Hachi Machi this game had some crazy music. I am of the belief that E.D.M. got it’s start in this game. You could play this game over a loud speaker at Burning Man and not one person would miss a beat. The music definitely kept your alert and ready to keep playing. Even if you did get tired, you could just eat a whole turkey and continue to bash punks with a pipe. Disclaimer: GBR in no way advocates eating a whole turkey and/or aggravated battery with a pipe. GBR is not responsible for turkey bones stuck in wind pipes and does not condone violence of any kind.
#1 Chrono Cross on the Playstation
Not only is this one of my favorite RPGs ever, but it has some of the best music in or out of a game. The soundtrack perfectly captures the mood of the game at all times. The game is an emotional one to begin with, but the music just added another layer on top of it. For lack of a better term, it really hits you in the feels, bro. Even if I had to make a list of just my top ten songs across all genres. Three of those would be from this game.
So what’s your favorite video game soundtrack. Be sure and post your comments quickly. As friends of our podcast already know Batman knows what your going to pick anyway, so post it before he does.