Music is relative. It effects us in such a personal way that we can't possibly hope to describe the extent of that effect to anyone. It's why we are so protective (and sometimes even snobby) about it. Your personal taste in music will always be better to you than anyone else. So it's best to probably just accept that.
Being gamers, we can't help but be influenced by not only the story and visuals of a game, but the music as well. Even if we didn't recognize it while we were listening to it, game music can evoke nostalgia like no other piece of a game can. It can immediately bring back memories of characters, stories, locations, and much more. I love game music and I'm guessing that you do as well, so welcome to Sound Test!
Here I will weekly (hopefully...) choose a piece of game music that I love and share it! Then talk about it. Not too complex, but I hope it's something you'll enjoy!
Sound Test: Chrono Cross-Time's Scar (Opening)
The first time I heard this song was probably in 2000 or 2001 when I first played the game. I was in 8th grade and my friend had just gotten me into RPGs. In fact, the only ones I had really played were Final Fantasy IX and Legend of Dragoon. So on a Friday night, I rented Chrono Cross.
I was laying on the guest room bed at my grandma's house with my two brothers. I had never played Chrono Trigger so I wasn't expecting the second coming of Christ like most were. I just knew that I thought the chick on front was hot and the main character had a weird weapon... Then I saw the intro video.
While it started up a bit slow, the music swelled and grew into a tropical/celtic epic that definitely got my blood pumping. I was sold on this game. Sure the graphics were pretty but MAN that music was awesome! I had no idea what was even going on in the video, I just knew that the music got me excited for whatever it was. My little brother just said "Coooool!" and we fell asleep playing Chrono Cross that night...
I came into gaming late and RPGs even later than that, but this is one of the 3 or 4 games that I credit with getting me excited about RPGs, which are now my favorite genre.
Chrono Cross isn't the best game ever and I'm not even saying it's a worthy sequel to Chrono Trigger, but it's a good game. A great game in fact. However, the music is spectacular. I could fall asleep (and do) to how relaxing the majority of it is and the other half gets my blood pumping so much that I could be excited about buttered toast. The music in this game pulls you in and forces you to care about whatever is happening, which is exactly what a great soundtrack should do. I'm sure I'll be making another one of these about this game's amazing music at some point.