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Submitted by bbretterson 1844d ago | opinion piece

Why game music matters

Chas Koeneke writes: I'd also like to comment on Totilo’s reasons for turning down Red Dead Redemption when he did. Totilo's article makes it pretty clear that he had played for a decent amount of time before trying this new, quieter method. He’d probably already gotten a feel for the ambient Wild West soundtrack Red Dead Redemption offers.

On a long trip across the countryside -- which he could’ve skipped if he'd wanted to -- he may not have been interested in giving the game his full attention. He wasn’t in the middle of a mission, wacthing out for important dialogue, or seeing anything particularly new on his horse ride. Why not listen to a podcast or two?

I’m guilty of the same thing: When I'm messing in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit or chasing down flags in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, I'll put on an episode of the Giant Bombcast and tune out a little. But what I think Totilo fails to realize is that moments like these don't demand the player's undivided attention. (Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Nintendo DS, PC, PS3, Red Dead Redemption, Super Scribblenauts, Xbox 360)

BLACKBOIJONES  +   1844d ago
IMO God of war games has the best music ever.
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the_best_player  +   1844d ago
Tekken 6
cochise313  +   1844d ago
I love the casino stage's music.
presto717  +   1844d ago
I love Storm's theme song from Marvel Vs Street Fighter. Brings back all the memories. Also love Fallout 3's main menu theme. I would just idle and let it play through. Unreal Tournament and God of War also have awesome music.

EDIT: Oh yeah and Megaman 9!!
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the_best_player  +   1844d ago
Also Half Life 2, Killing Floor and GTA Vice City
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ALFAxD_CENTAURO  +   1844d ago
Metal Gear Solid 4.

Dramatic, Symphonic and Epic.
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jarrod1981  +   1844d ago
IMO oblivion had the best video game music ever.
BLACKBOIJONES  +   1844d ago
IMO God of war games has the best music ever.
BLACKBOIJONES  +   1844d ago
IMO God of war games has the best music ever.

EDIT:-- Triple post. Mistake...My lap top crashed
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cochise313  +   1844d ago
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night had the greatest music score in any video game. Music matters a lot.
VenomProject  +   1844d ago
Yes! Symphony of the Night wins hands down for me.

I have the entire OST on my iPod. Wandering Ghosts is one of my personal favorites.

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Vesemir  +   1844d ago
A game without good BGM is a half game. The Witcher have the best sound track in the world. Adam Skorupa rules.
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Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1844d ago
I love the music in video games. Uematsu and Shimomura are great.
christian hour  +   1844d ago
Ditto. Final Fantasy hasn't been FF without Uematsu :( (or sakaguchi.) Think thats why I loved Lost Odyssy so much. The music! (and the world map and airship) Yoko is also amazing! LOOOVE the kingdom hearts music! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Dont quite love all the spin off games I'll never play though... I'd much rather just have KH 1 and 2 and an announcement on 3 :)
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1844d ago
Yea thats also the reason I want the Last Story over in the US soooo much. Also Versus will have a great soundtrack. It looks like Nomura and Simomura is the next Sakaguchi and Uematsu (even though the last couple is still around doing very fine work).
christian hour  +   1844d ago
dude, I think you're my soul mate!
Elvfam511  +   1844d ago
From the days of Mario to now music will always matter....

Always love mgs and halo music....
cochise313  +   1844d ago
I always loved the Halo title screen music, and MGS is classic music too.
christian hour  +   1844d ago
I freaking LOVE Harry Gregson Williams! His work on the last 3 main MGS titles has really brought the game to amazing levels! Not to say the music in MGS1 wasn't good, that was also brilliant :D doo doo da doo doo! DOO DOO DOO! SNAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKE! A shame they cant use that theme music anymore cos of its similarities with another :(
pr0digyZA  +   1844d ago
There really is some great music for games out there. Music helps bring across emotion and can make an ordinary scene become extra ordinary. Some games like Nier,prey,Final fantasy,lost odysey,red dead etc... all are enhanced by it.
Lavalamp  +   1844d ago
Anyone who's played Nier can tell you that its music was essential to the experience. It helped convey emotions when words in the exposition just weren't enough.
CrescentFang  +   1844d ago
A lot of great VG music are from the JRPGs, well the well known ones. (I hope I spell these correctly) Yasunori Mitsuda, Yoko Shimomura, Kenji Ito, Falcom JDK, Nobuo Uematsu, Motoi Sakuraba, Go Shiina, Masashi Hamauzu, Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata (aren't they usually together, like all the time?), Yoshitaka Hirota, Yuzo Koshiro (Ys, ActRaiser, Streets of Rage, 7th Dragon) Michiru Yamane and Shoji Meguro. These are just the JRPGs too. I'm forgetting classics like from Chris Huelsbeck, Rockman composers, Gust composers and that one guy who does nippon ichi music and a lot of western games... (since I don't play them too much, but it seems God of War seems to be one of those poster's favorite)
Any recommendations anyone? Fire away!
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Saryk  +   1844d ago
There are very few games that I have played, where I didn't shut off the music in less that 5 minutes. 99% of the time, music is off.
Quagmire  +   1844d ago
Assassins Creed. The. BEST. MUSIC. EVAR.
Urameshi  +   1844d ago
Donkey Kong Country trilogy anyone?
Music has always been rather important to me in video games; a lot of the time it can be half the experience. I think along with being an amazing game in itself, a large part of the enjoyment I get from every playthrough of Super Metroid is from the music, as it really sets the atmosphere for every area and situation. Nowadays it seems as though the importance of music in video games is most often overlooked, but as rare as they are there are a few gems here and there.
Arnagrim  +   1844d ago
There are a ton of great games with amazing music.
Though amazing music is sort of wasted if used in the wrong mood.
Metal Gear Solid games are an example of using your soundtrack correctly. That last fight with Liquid at the end of MGS4 where all the past tracks kick in at different portions of the fight was AMAZING.
I just hate when music gets used to denote mood. Square Enix games do this all the time where, "Oh this is a sad part let's play this track" to the point where you know something is going to happen just because the repetition of the music.
There are exceptions though of course, Chrono Cross was epic as all hell.
Another thing I find annoying is where there are tons of variations of one song in one game, Persona games do this a lot, same with Halo where a lot of the music is just a variation of the main theme...and I swear to god everything I heard in Final Fantasy XIII was a variation of Serah's Song.

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