Music is the flavor of life. It can make a good day great, make your heart race, and completely wreck you when it reminds you of something sad from your past. Everyone at some point or another has imagined their own soundtrack to life, because somehow, music defines us.
This is what makes music so important in a video game. In those worlds there actually IS a soundtrack to life, and it can change absolutely everything about the way you experience it. Most of you can probably name every song from Ocarina of Time
upon hearing 5 seconds of it, from "Lost Woods"
to "Bolero of Fire"
(and of course my personal favorite "Gerudo Valley"
) and simply hearing them probably cheers you up a little bit, too.
Iíll never forget the song from the battle with Jecht in Final Aeon form
from Final Fantasy X
. To me then it was so incredibly hardcore and had so much meaning. I put it on my mp3 player in middle school and listened to it every day.
We can all probably agree that WET
wasnít a great game (even though itís Bethesda produced Ė mystery) but my god if that game didnít have an absolutely jamminí soundtrack. Like when I started youtubing it I discovered songs that I didnít even know were in the game and I immediately started adding them to my playlist. "Undead West"
, "Crazy Loco Loquito"
, "You're Dead"
- all of them are great.
Honorable mention goes to the end credits
of Killzone 2
for having a super-rad outro/credit-art combo before the normal text rolled. The point is Ė music makes the game, more than any of you may believe. It may not be the only thing, but it works behind the scenes to tie every piece of your experience together. Character developments, plot-twists, great victories Ė all are amplified tenfold by a damned appropriate spot of great music.
I recommend any of you who donít already, pay closer attention to the music in your favorite games, and in games you play in the future. See how it fits the action; imagine if it wasnít there - would it change how you feel about what youíre doing? Iím willing to bet you wouldnít feel half as badass, half as desperate, half as enthralled if it werenít for the IV adrenaline being fed through your ears as you save your planet, your girlfriend, yourself Ė or die trying.
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