I like games. I like music.
I like game music.
Game scores have been a huge sub-genre featuring some of the best pieces of music till date. Game music has a unique aura surrounding it that not only composes a crucial aspect of the video game experience but also offer a heavenly pleasure to listen to independently.
In this post I will be listing the top ten game soundtracks since the inception of video games. This will be a list influenced by my personal preferences as well as popular opinion.
I’ll be honest. I haven’t played the game. And even though I do not usually prefer game music with vocals, this certainly checks the boxes for a unique and complete experience. Transistor’s scores feature modern and electronic music.
While I personally wouldn’t put it at ‘one-of-the-best’, popular opinion tells me otherwise.
Final Fantasy VII:
Nobuo Uematsu has done justice to this iconic combat game. Final Fantasy VII conveys a strong environmental setting, one that suits this game perfectly. The heavy use of synths in this music is clear; sometimes it thrills, otherwise it calms.
Journey’s music instantly teleports you to that lonely desert, where you find yourself so closely attached to a complete stranger, somebody you have never met before, yet somebody many have been closer to than their own friends. As you make your way to that light. When you communicated without spoken words.
No doubt it got nominated for a grammy.
Red Dead Redemption:
Red Dead Redemption’s music’s striking accuracy at stimulating imagery to the wild west is stunningly beautiful. Red Dead isn’t only one of the best games of its time, but also had such beautiful music.
One doesn’t have to do much to appreciate its beauty. Just listening to it will be enough.
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
AC Black Flag.
This is one game I have spent way too much time on. Much more than the play time indicated by the developers. When you thought everything was done, simply roaming the seas and hijacking the royal navy was enough.
The thrill of exploring the Caribbean on Jackdaw was well accompanied by that soothingly adventurous tunes of the cello. This tune is so well-embedded in my memory.
One has to listen to this before one dies.
Anybody who has played Minecraft wouldn’t be surprised. Those slow chord progression, along with the sound of your buddy dog and an occasional annoying skeleton rides one down memory lane to those endless hours spent doing whatever you wanted in a blocky seemingly-endless world.
There is a special and unique soothing effect that Minecraft’s music carries.
But one cannot fully appreciate the beauty of this music without playing the game(which most of us have).
Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of time
I wasn’t one if the fortunate people alive at the time of this game. But listening to its music is enough for me to understand why this game is regarded with such high regards.
A perfect symphony of strings and the piano to create a nostalgic reminiscence.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Perhaps the game of the decade. Skyrim’s mark in the development of open world games is unexplainably important. Skyrim’s energetic music does justice to this masterpiece of a video game.
Listen to it and change my mind.
Assassin’s Creed II:
That monotonous recurrent symphony resonates through your body as it teleports you to the Monteriggioni villa. Assassin’s Creed II was regarded as one of the best games of its time. There is so much of emotion stimulated on listening to this soundtrack that cannot be expressed through meagre words.
The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind:
“Ahh yes, we’ve been expecting you. You’ll have to be recorded before you’re officially released. There are a few ways we can do this, and the choice is yours.”
Once we get into some of the best of music, it’s inexplicably difficult to convey one’s thought through words.
Skyrim might be the game of the decade. But Morrowind’s nostalgic memory can only be understood by those who played the game.
Not me. I was born 3 months after.
But I plan to get my hands on a copy once I’m done with high school.
There will definitely be some music that totally deserved a spot on the list. Let me know your favorite soundtrack of all time through the comments below.