Music in Games (Part 2)

ellen.jpgJodie Holmes (Ellen Page) performing Lost Cause in Beyond Two Souls.

Whether it’s a cutscene in which the music has a role of it’s own or if it’s atmospheric background music, the music always play an important role when it comes to storytelling in games. The second part of the Music in Games series I’m writing has a little bit of both. (And we get to travel in time.)

This performance is an optional part in the story of Jodie Holmes (played by Ellen Page) in the game Beyond Two Souls. Jodie is at this point homeless, trying to survive the winter, making money in any way she can. Originally this part weren’t supposed to be in the game, but changes were made after David Cage (the script writer) heard Ellen Page play it on her guitar.

Push Play were written and recorded by Cheap Talk (Joy Chun & Nate Bosley). The track appears in the game Firewatch, taking place during the 80’s, when the main character Henry, working as a fire lookout in Shoshone National Forest of Wyoming, discovers a boombox in the woods.

Leave her Johnny is one of the many sea shanties sung on the ships in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. It is in fact a real shanty that workers on ships used to sing many years ago. With that being said, finding the one who wrote it originally is pretty much impossible. I keep wondering if those who sang it many years ago could have even imagined that the very same song would come to life again through games.

Following the pirate theme – The Curse of Monkey Island’s main theme were composed by Michael Land and appears in the beginning of the game when Guybrush Threepwood, the game’s main character is drifting, lost at sea. The music is so colorful you can almost feel the sea breeze.

Journey is a game in which the faceless character you play goes on a journey through a magical landscape without ever speaking a word. It’s an epic and humble experience at the same time, and the music is a great part of the magic. The soundtrack is entirely composed by Austin Wintory.

I hope you enjoyed this second part of the series!
If you have any soundtrack favorites you would like to share feel free 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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