10 Downright Exceptional Songs in Gaming
Music has been known to affect us in many different ways. It causes the brain to go haywire, affecting our mood and current mind-state. There has definitely been moment while watching a movie or playing a game that resulted in you beginning to smile. Not just because of what is currently happening on-screen, but due to the music that is interwoven to cause all types of joyous emotions.
Music can be used to create or enhance a certain type of atmosphere, and help the game or movie to achieve a certain type of aesthetic or feel that could induce goosebumps all over the body.
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Imagine all the types of awesome happenings with Hans Zimmer’s score playing. To be fair, you don’t have to imagine, just watch Inception, The Dark Knight or Sherlock Holmes. He also scored for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
If you look at Dead Space, the music is almost certainly something you wouldn’t want to listen by itself. Add it to the game and the amount of tension is without a doubt increased, hundredfold. Role-playing games that utilize great orchestral music encourages us to explore while listening to a beautiful soundtrack.
I’d love to include complete soundtracks here, but I want to bring forth just one song out of each of the following games, that made me, and hopefully a lot of gamers happy with rainbows foaming out of our convivial mouths.
Candidates, are you ready?
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
You don’t have to be a fan of the original game(s) to appreciate this game’s expertly composed soundtrack. It’s one of the best soundtracks of games released last year, according to me, that is. It blends with the whole fictional dystopian civilization perfectly and made for some great firefights and / or sneakiness. If I had to choose one track within the game; it would most certainly be the “Icarus” track.
I’ve used Darksiders as a feature entry quite a few times now, and this is the perfect time to use it yet again. The music makes for some great encounters, with the added ambiance when exploring for relics. I remember when getting this game, I was incomparably excited and the first music I heard had me hooked already. Sure, the game has some great music while playing, but the main theme is superb.
Portal 2 utilizes some rather odd noises as its soundtrack and do believe me, it accommodates the game very well. It passes with flying colours. The following songs grace our gaming ears when we finish the game and it’s too awesome for words to even describe. I do encourage you to finish the game before listening to this. It won’t give anything away, but the effect it had on me was undeniably spectacular, due to me not expecting anything like it, at all. Therefore, I urge you to listen to the “Turret Orchestra”.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The RPG that made everyone bat-shit crazy last year, enters our list for having an overall beautiful soundtrack. From heavy orchestral music that elevates the battles and dragon encounters to the surreal music while we explore and travel. And from what I’ve heard, this is my favorite.
One of my favorite arcade games, without a doubt, is Trine 2. Although it’s a physics-based puzzle game, both combat and solving puzzles have great background music. The one track that truly stands out for me is the final boss encounter. Again, I urge you to listen to it, but rather when you’ve finished the game. While battling this monumentally large foe, this track will encourage you to continue fighting.
Suda 51 is off his rocker, and this game is all sorts of crazy. The boss characters are insane. Their music tracks are composed by Little Jimmy Urine. Not a name I would pick for myself, but who am I to judge? Once again, play the game before listening to this, you don’t want the last encounter to be spoiled. It’s crazy and this music makes it all the more awesome.
The Witcher 2
My favorite RPG makes our list with a beautifully created soundtrack offering the player lots of folksy music when visiting the towns and ambient music while exploring the forests. My favorite track being this one. It’s great battling a bunch of forest creatures that want to end your existence while this is playing.
Lots of indie games are capturing the attention of gamers. One prime example being Bastion. It’s filled with all types of pretty, and not just visual pretty either. The statuesque soundtrack may be one of the things I like most about the game. There’s lots of songs I want to include here, but I think for now, this one will do the trick.
Ah, yes. My great puzzler of all puzzlers returns to make me all jubilant. Beside the fantastic puzzles and awesome visuals, the one thing that really made this game for me was the expansive soundtrack. Waiting for nightmare stages to load while this is tickling your eardrums, you’ll be excited and nervous simultaneously.
Max Payne 3
Shooting bad guys in the cranium in slow motion while flying sideways through the air is awesome, don’t you agree? It’s even more awesome when you shoot nasty people in an airport while the following song plays in unison with your bad-ass-ness. Nothing more needs to be said to motivate you. Listen to this.