Grifflon’s Top 10 video game tracks!
I set the task this week for the DLCD crew to compose a list of their top ten favourite musical scores and songs from any and all video games. I have to say this is not a simple task to do. It involves a lot of soul searching. Throughout your gaming experiences what songs have remained glued to your memory? What inspired you to push the buttons a little harder and quicker? What levels would you replay over and over just to hear that fantastic music forever indented in your mind?
These are mine.
10. POKEMON MYSTERY DUNGEON EXPLORERS OF THE SKY –
I am quite a fan of the Pokémon franchise and have followed it since the early stages of Pokémon Yellow Special Edition, right up to the recent Black and White 2 games. Spin offs are usually terrible, but in my eyes the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series is actually pretty good. Unlike the main games where the protagonist catches Pokémon and trains them to fight others you actually are a Pokémon. What type of Pokémon is left up to a personality test that at times seems to just spurt random nonsense. What these games have is emotion. Never in the main series has there been such attachment and an emotional plot line than the Mystery Dungeon games. You and your partner grow together, battling and becoming successful Pokémon Explorers, all while uncovering a deeper plot that involves the fate of the entire Pokémon World!
The music in this game captures that atmosphere and emotion portrayed by the always adorable Pokémon. None more so than “Memories Returned” from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon; Explorers of the Sky.
Somehow I always end up being Pikachu…
9. FLYFF – ”FLYING MUSIC”
Yes I’ll admit it. I enjoy the occasional MMORPG. Who doesn’t? One that I enjoyed a lot when I was younger was a fantasy element massive multiplayer online role playing game named ‘Flyff’. It was cute, it was fantasy and most of all it was fun. There was a well thought out party system, engaging storylines and excellent character designs. Something I will always remember from my experience with Flyff was the music. It was just fantastic. Honestly the best music I have ever heard in a MMORPG comes from GPotato’s Flyff.
If I have to choose a favourite it has to be the bubbly, free-flowing flying music. Brings back memories of finally hitting level 20 and being able to fly for the first time across the world of Madrigal.
Support classes FTW!
8. KINGDOM HEARTS; BIRTH BY SLEEP – “VENTUS’S THEME”
It’s never an easy choice when it comes to choosing my favourite score from Kingdom Hearts, there are just so many fantastic choices. This one stood out for me because of how it is used. “Ventus’s Theme” is used very subtly throughout Birth by Sleep as an emphasis to cut scenes, giving the scene its overall atmosphere and emotion. It’s hard to put into words just how important and beautiful this score is so I have an example scene from Birth by Sleep here:
DDD NO WATCHING! SPOILERS!
7. BANJO KAZOOIE – “SPIRAL MOUNTAIN”
I may only be new to the game but this catchy tune has been stuck in my head for weeks. You may have read my Gaming Diaries on Banjo Kazooie and know that I am critical of the game but I should point out that I love the music. I’m sure there are better scores later in the game but for me this is just the perfect song to sum up what Banjo Kazooie is; FUN.
Gotta get dem Jiggys.
6. FALLOUT 3 – “I Don’t Want To set the World on Fire”
There’s something about a game that can make you both nostalgic and a fan of music that comes forty years before you’re born. Fallout 3 allows you to explore endless wasteland with the mellow musical styles of the 50’s. As game soundtracks go it certainly is unique, emphasising the emptiness of the world that once was.
The song styles might be a bit old but it gives the game character. Character is rare to find in games lately with nothing but Call of Duties and Battle Field being copied over and over. If a game has character it is well worth the time and money, with the sheer amount of content available Fallout 3 is even worth several play throughs. You’ll be surprised what you can find.
With the player able to control what they listen to via their Pip-Boy 3000’s I found myself tuning into the best hits of the 50’s. Whether it be killing Radscorpians or exploring a Vault the companionship of my Pip-Boy 3000 radio and Dogmeat was all I needed.
With the deep vocal styling and mellow mood “I don’t want to set the world on Fire” is my favourite of the songs. I am always a little amused by the line “I don’t want to set the world on fire” in a nuclear wasteland…
I don’t want to set the wooooooooorld onnnnnnnn fireeeeeeeeeee.
5. BIOSHOCK INFINITE – “ELIZABETH”
One of the top candidates for game of the year of course has a place on this list. Up far above the clouds is a utopia of religion, a paradise on the surface. If you scratch away the surface you’ll find a bird, a girl and a religious tyrant. That’s where the mystery begins.
Being one of the best escort mission games I have ever played with an ingenious story line that only the creators at Irrational Games could dream up. Unlike Bioshock 2 the new release Bioshock Infinite does not rely on its predecessors at all, it is a standout on its own but also gives seasoned Bioshock fans everything they could want.
The world that existed above the clouds and above the lighthouse is a dreamlike fantasy that enriches the player’s imagination and inspires artists everywhere. In honour of the spectacle that is Bioshock Infinite and in honour of the girl who wanted to see Paris, Elizabeth my choice of scores from this game has to be “Elizabeth”.
We could have just flown away…
4. JOURNEY – “ROAD OF TRIALS”
I’ve spoken about Journey before and covered the masterpiece that it is here. If I have anything more to add it would be that I think this game changed me a little. Journey has given me the confidence to start this site and go on a journey. I might not be chasing spirits or climbing the mountain to the heavens but I am always inspired and moved by this game. Both artistically and entrepreneurially. The Journey soundtrack is much like the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, breath taking and motivational.
This track always stands out a little bit more than the others. It brings back the memories of the beautiful scene at sunset in the Sunken City.
Feel like writing an essay and doing a jig now.
3. PORTAL 2 – “TURRENT OPERA”
I think this is a moment that all gamers share. Something only Valve could create.
It’s that moment when we are all recovering from a fantastic ending to a game, GLADoS having a heart and letting us go, when we encounter this. This moment in gaming history stands for itself.
We all thought we would die for a moment there didn’t we?
2. THE BASTION – “SETTING SAIL, COMING HOME”
I admit I am a massive Bastion fan. The highlight of my life so far is the artist from the Bastion liking my Bastion fan art of the Squirt on my DeviantArt page. The art is just phenomenal and the music is no different.
I’ve chosen “Setting sail, Coming home” because in my recent play though of the game again the significance of the words finally hit me. While Zulf sings of coming home to his kind below, hoping to be accepted even with the knowledge of the calamity, Zia is singing the history of the two people. Zia’s song really hit me as I looked at the aftermath of an attempted genocide. Singing of home is no longer really possible.
I’ve annoyed the DLCD authors by singing this a lot over Skype.
1. THE LAST OF US – “THE LAST OF US”
If I had the choice then “The Last of Us” would win game of the year, but I don’t and Grand Theft Auto V is going to get that title without deserving it. A game with a new take on the zombie craze sweeping the world. A game to end all escort mission games. Never have I felt for two characters more. Never have I sat a played a game for thirteen hours straight for the plot. It had me by its talons and I was not fighting it.
Naughty Dog has outdone themselves and there is no question why this game has received 10 out of 10 across the board. It is perfect. The music is no exception. One score stands above the rest that will always be with me. No matter how many games I play, no matter how many worlds I save I will never forget the story of Ellie and Joel through this song.