I love video game music. I just completely connect with them, and it all stems from my childhood. Certain songs fit my mood at the time, but not just for a short duration. Sometimes, they connected long term, due to an ongoing experience at the time, which, in some cases, were more than several months–Or even a year, ya’ dig!?
I know some of y’all remember the bumbling soundtracks of the original Nintendo. Or even the stereo of Sega Genesis and Panasonic 3DO? I know; compared to our present contemporaries, its like a vanilla cup of ice cream versus a funnel cake or hot fudge sundae. Unfair!
I want to share some insight in what I believe is great music and why. Here’s my top 7 picks starting with the least to the greatest. Feel free to comment and list some of your favorite video game songs/soundtracks. I look forward to seeing them!
Here We Go!
- Star Wars “Knights of the Old Republic” ~ Bastila Shan’s theme
This one is so freaking cool, nostalgic, and down right sad. Imagine an ol’ school jazz musician from St. Louis, MO vibing with an opera singer from Italy. George Lucas of course, is directing the flow of the melody, which, to me, is bending time and causing reality to falter and stand up. The perfect unbalanced song. Thanks John Williams!
- Kid Icarus ~ “Castle Theme”
I just saw someone playing this on YouTube, and man, it was like being transported back to the parents’ house! Great memories. This song in particular, was stuck in my head for over 25 years, and I had no idea where it came from! Well, until today–crazy!
- Finial Fantasy VII ~ “Anxious Heart”
This song—this game–took me to a far away place. It was my 2nd year in college, and I played this game for an entire semester. I could not get enough of it. I personalized each character to people who were close to me at the time. The song was solid, just a floating melancholic tune that hasn’t left me at all, even at present day.
- Halo 2 ~ “Remembrance”
I wasn’t a big fan of the game and to be honest, I only played part 2. This song here is that damn song. I can see how someone who was in the military could feed off of its melody. It’s calm, yet honorable…or is it a lost of honor?
- Skyrim ~ “Far Horizons”
My first of two Elder Scroll 6 “Skyrim.” This effectively made me feel as if I was actually on the battlefield. The song is soft, yet hard. Striking, yet defensive. A duality of the mind I could say, if I want.
- Finial Fantasy VIII ~ “Drifting”
Just listen and you will see why.
AND NUMBER 1 is…
- Skyrim ~ “The Streets of Whiterun”
I remember when I walked in the township of Whiterun and this music came one–Damn. I mean, prior I barely escaping from a town that was attacked by a dragon… Then, while running to Whiterun, I was getting attacked by animals and demons! Finally, I reach safety and this music plays as the gates of the township open up. It was relaxing; settling after a narrow escape. Skyrim, with all its splendor to the visual eye, the gameplay was on another level. Now, my other adventures were of more peril, but I never forgot my entry into the township. Even when I heard the whispers of “Dragonborn.”
Thanks again for walking into the mind of me with eyes wide shut..