Music in Games (Part 1)

resident evilJill valentine playing the piano in Resident Evil 5.

Games, like movies, can have grand and unique soundtracks that create important foundations and atmospheres that are essential. Since playing videogames is an interactive experience I truly believe that the music play a very important role within game culture. This is why I decided to start a game soundtrack series where I share a mix of tracks from both mainstream and indie games, some you’ve might have heard before and some might be completely new to you. Enjoy!

I don’t want to spoil anything from this beautiful game, but I will say that it’s a game that is worth your time and the soundtrack really has a personality of it’s own.

Hotline Miami is famous for it’s 80’s vibe and amazing soundtrack. Make sure you give Sun Araw’s second track on the soundtrack, Deep Cover, a listen.

Composers: Dimitri Bodiansky & Nicolas Varley.

Syberia 1 and 2 are two games very close to my heart, and they both have fantastic, classical soundtracks. There is a third game coming up and hopefully it will have an amazing soundtrack as well. 

I remember when this smooth song came on in Farenheit and it created an atmosphere that I’m not even sure any other track could have pulled off. Martina Topley-Bird is a great musician and you should really check out her other songs, like Lying and Ilya.

Composer: Mieko Ishikawa

If you have ever played YS Origin you’ve most likely heard this track a million times, as it is the track that comes on everytime you die in the game. It’s so sweet that I didn’t mind the game over screen coming on once in a while.

Do you have any favorite game soundtrack?
Don’t forget to leave a comment below!

 

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Author: Saga Grönqvist

Cultural project manager, sfx makeup entusiast, comic book collector, gamer and an adventurer at heart.

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