I play video games of course but if there was one thing I couldn't live without (besides air and food) is music. Music relaxes me and lets my mind wander. So when I play video games, one of the things I look for is how well the music is. It alone can set the entire mood of the game way more than the gameplay ever can. So what are my favorites?
While being recent back last year, it is none the less powerful and sets the psychotic mood the game has. It isn't the first song you hear in Hotline Miami but when you are let loose to kill people is downright grusome ways, this is the first song played.
I dislike rap. I don't hate it but I ain't one to listen to Jay-Z or Dr. Dre but for some reason I love this song sooo much. In fact I know the lyrics by heart. Maybe it is because the song is just downright catchy. It doesn't set the mood of MadWorld like Paris did to Hotline Miami but it still works when you shove sign posts down the thoats of nameless goons.
Guilty Gear is known for some really really badass music. Honestly it was hard for me just to pick a single song out of the entire soundtrack but this is so fastpaced and so unique that it fits Guilty Gear so perfectly. This along with a ton of other songs is why I love Guilty Gear.
I have been harsh on Final Fantasy VII in the past including the soundtrack. Whenever someone talks about any Final Fantasy soundtrack they always talk about One Winged Angel and cite that as the reason Final Fantasy VII has the greatest soundtrack. I strongly disagree but if FF7 has something it can say, is that it has what I believe is the greatest song to come from the Final Fantasy franchise. The song is both relaxing and unique to both the area you were in and the game.
Frog is a badass. He talked like a badass knight from the court of King Arthur and he cuts a mountain in half and he is a frog and frogs are awesome. Because of all of that he needs a badass theme and what a theme. I could go into a medieval battle listening to this and not be scared....at least until the arrows started flying at me.
Yes I know Wily's Stage from Mega Man 2 is more popular as the entire game is more popular than 3 but this stage is so perfect. It pumps to up for the encounter with Wily while be in a way tension filled. Things are only to get harder and it is reminding you that only will it get harder but to not lose hope. You came this far, finish it!
Talk about setting the mood for a franchise let alone a game! Akira Yamaoka is my favorite composer and he soars at this. I can't think of another game song that is both relaxing and yet very very haunting. It sounds so alien for a horror game but it fits so perfectly. Almost one of a kind.
Bastion as a game is a auditory masterpeace from both the soundtrack and the narrator. Now the soundtrack is mainly known for the song "Build that Wall" and the other song "Mother I'm Here" is forgotten but this song here combines both to make a amazing song for the credits. Why isn't this song more talked about? For some songs I know why they aren't but there is no reason this song should not be left out.
Star Fox was the very first game I played and when I am thrusted into Corneria and it is to me the shining example of fast paced action. This song is what may or may not have gotten me into games. I mean the song is very similar in pace to something from the Power Rangers and I was the biggest Power Rangers fan growing up.
Now for the most part I left out boss themes because of my number 1 choice. Most final boss themes are either dreadful like Ganon's from Ocarina of Time or fast paced like King K. Rool's from Donkey Kong Country. They are Dreadful to add tension to what should be the hardest fight in the game or fast paced to get you hyped for what should be the hardest fight in the game. What I chose was neither. What I chose was....
This final boss is neither dreadful or fast paced, it is triumphant. You are the god of everything that is good and you are taking on the most deadliest evil ever. You didn't play through a amazing game just to get to the end and be scared nor do you need to be hyped. This is your fight and this is your moment. This song makes me feel that I am a god in a way.
There are a lot of songs I wish I could have added but these are my top ten. I hope you enjoyed this list like I did making it.