Sunday, 15 July 2018

My Favourite Video Game Songs - Part 1

A few days ago, I decided to share a picture on Twitter, which prompted people to drop a like on the tweet, and in exchange, I'd share my favourite video game songs for each like. 

I've done a few music lists in the past that focused on game series such as The Legend of Zelda, but I've never done a list of songs I love from gaming in general.

So, keep reading, and check them no particular order!

Dragon Roost Island - The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Like all Zelda games, Wind Waker has a fantastic soundtrack! 'Dragon Roost Island' is by far my favourite in the game. I love that sense of adventure you get just by listening to it.

Lullaby Set - Braid

One of my favourite game soundtracks, Braid's music really fits with the emotional feeling the game portrays. 'Lullaby Set' is my favourite from the game - that piano, giving way to violins is so pretty sounding!

Neverending Journey - Lost Odyssey

One of my favourite games, which makes it pretty high up in my list of RPGs, Lost Odyssey is an underrated gem of a game, with a fantastic Nobuo Uematsu composed soundtrack. There's a bunch from this soundtrack that I could've chosen, but 'Neverending Journey' is by far my favourite. I love the folky beginning, which gives way to a pretty awesome guitar section.

Marcus Memorial - Fable II

Another game that's high up in my 'favourite games of all time' list, Russell Shaw leant his hand to composing a a hell of a lot of music for the Fable series, but Fable II's soundtrack is his strongest point, in my opinion. Check out the rather calming 'Marcus Memorial'.

Delfino Plaza - Super Mario Sunshine

I loved Super Mario Sunshine! This was by far one of my favourite games I owned on the Nintendo Gamecube. Bright, cheery, and oh-so-much fun, Sunshine benefited from an equally breezy soundtrack, too. How can you not smile when listening to 'Delfino Plaza'? 

Stickerbrush Symphony - Donkey Kong Country 2

One of the games I have the most fond memories of playing with my family when I was a kid, Donkey Kong Country 2 successfully manages to improve on it's predecessor, by adding in a wider variety of levels, as well as a fantastic soundtrack. For me, 'Stickerbrush Symphony' was one of the strongest!

Tal Tal Heights - The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening 

The first Zelda game I ever played, Links Awakening was pretty weird, but a great play. Marooned on a dream island, Link's task was to wake up the Wind Fish from his slumber, so that the world can escape his nightmare. 'Tal Tal Heights' plays upon Link's ascent to the top of the mountain where the Wind Fish is sleeping.

Build Mode - The Sims

The Sims has always had catchy music in its loading screens, buy and build modes, but they never quite beat the tunes on offer in the original. Such as 'Build Mode'. Give it a listen!
A Friend Since Gone - Tomb Raider 

Big Tomb Raider fan right here! The original games were littered with brief musical interludes, composed by Nathan McCree. Kicking in after certain areas were triggered, it was a pleasure to kick around and listen to the whole piece before moving on. 'A Friend Since Gone', from Tomb Raider I, is by far one of my favourites!

Nascence - Journey

Devoid of any real narrative and dialogue, Journey is a beautiful and emotional game, that has an equally emotional soundtrack from Austin Wintory to boot. Give Nascence a's lovely. 

Take Us Back - The Walking Dead (Season 1, Episode 5)

Playing in the end credits after *sniff* Lee's death, I was blubbering away when the credits fell and Alela Diane's track was playing. Now whenever I listen to it, I can't help but picture that end scene between Lee and Clem...

Overworld - Dragon Quest series

I was first introduced to the Dragon Quest series when my parents bought me 'Dragon Warrior Monsters' for the Gameboy. It quickly became one of my favourite games, and even to this day, I still have so many fond memories of it. The Overworld music pops up in multiple iterations in the series.

Silent Hill - Silent Hill Downpour

I'll admit I've never been able to venture far into the Silent Hill series, mainly because they terrified me. But...the music has been pretty good! I'm a Korn fan, so Jonathan Davies' contribution to the Silent Hill Downpour soundtrack was a welcome one. Shame the game wasn't supposed to be great, though!

One Step Ahead - Aladdin

It's probably pretty obvious if you follow me on social media, that I'm a bit of a Disney fangirl. Aladdin was one of my favourites as a kid ( still is), and I was thrilled to get a copy of Capcom's SNES version of the film. 

I've included a link to this whole soundtrack because I feel that you should go on a bit of a nostalgia trip, but the one that seems to stick in my head the most was 'One Step Ahead'.   

As I have so many songs that I love from video games, I felt it was best to divide this up, rather than pop everything into one huge blog. So, keep an eye out for part 2 (and potentially, subsequent parts after this) at some point! In the meantime, happy listening.

What are your favourite video game songs? Let me know in the comments!

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