Video games have touched the hearts of gamers all over the world, some with their amazing graphics, others with their deep storyline. But nothing quite beats hearing that familiar game music again. Great video game music and theme songs not only build an atmosphere within these video games but it pulls those emotional strings and pulls you straight back into the game. Doesn’t get much better than that, unless we consider virtual reality of course.
Worlds of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
This video game soundtrack was composed by the lead composer and senior audio director of Blizzard Entertainment, Russell Brower, who is known for his compositions on other popular Blizzard titles. Wrath of the Lich King’s video game theme song begins with a tone of innocence but soon climaxes in a sudden outburst of power and might, telling the tale of the Lich King’s rising.
Witcher 3 – Steel for Humans
Steel for Humans, composed by Percival and Marcin Przybylowciz, is a soundtrack which plays whenever a player encounters battles with non-monster enemies such as human bandits or wolves. Despite this being played during fights between normal enemies, this song creates the perfect atmosphere for combat.
Phoenix Wright – Objection
Composed by Masakazu Sugimori, the original Objection soundtrack from Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney creates a feel of mystery and has mental momentum. This video game music usually plays during a court session when Phoenix arrives at very plausible explanations to defend his clients, making players feel a certain momentum and a strike of confidence.
Bonus: Aside from its Objection soundtrack, Phoenix Wright also has another amazing compositions titled Cornered. This video game song matches the Objection soundtrack, giving players the same feel. Only this time, faster in pace and more intense.
Hyper Street Fighter 2 – Guile’s Theme Song
Guile’s soundtrack has become a popular meme around the internet, showing videos with any kind of footage being paired up with this soundtrack. Coincidentally, this theme song seems to go well with any video paired to with it.
Final Fantasy 7 – One Winged Angel by Nobuo Uematsu
Inspired by the musical styles of a Russian composer and rock musician, Uematsu created this piece while thinking of Sephiroth’s character. This video game soundtrack became so popular with Final Fantasy fans around the world. Notably, One Winged Angel has two official covers, one in Kingdom Hearts, and another in Advent Children.
Tomb Raider – Main Theme Song composed by Jason Graves
Tomb Raider’s main theme song is all about pacing. The song starts off slowly and subtle, but it steadily builds up to a strong chorus. Then things calm down, giving the feeling of isolation which gradually turns into hope. This theme song surely knows how to tell the story of how Lara, the once scared explorer, grows into a strong survivor. Surely this needs to be one of the best video game soundtracks out there.
Resident Evil 2 – The Front Hall of Raccoon Police Department
Although very simple at first, this game music creates the perfect gaming atmosphere for Resident Evil 2 fans. The Front Hall of R.P.D. gives players a message that evil is around them, even in the places where they thought they could find hope and safety. This theme song is powerful even in its simplest ways.