Music and sound effects are the unsung heroes of video games. It’s all too easy to fall into a gaming session, racking up points, defeating bosses and sorting out quests before you stop for a minute to listen to how well the developers have used music and sound to underscore what you’re doing. But here at my blog, I aim to fix that oversight.
“Shadow of the Colossus”
The soundtrack for “Shadow of the Colossus” was composed by Kow Otani, who has previously worked on many soundtracks including “Metal Gear Solid” and “Silent Hill”. The music of this game is mostly ambient and orchestral, used to enhance the mood of the game.
The classic theme song heard during gameplay can be described as a slow tempo piano piece that builds quickly into an intense symphonic masterpiece. This is one of my favorite video game songs because it can fit in with any genre or setting; whether it’s being played in a dramatic scene like a final boss battle or something more lighthearted like exploring an open field, it always fits perfectly!
Cuphead is a run and gun indie video game developed and published by StudioMDHR. It was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One in September 2017, and for macOS in March 2018. Cuphead is a boss-rush game inspired by 1930s cartoons, where players control Cuphead or Mugman (the titular character’s brother) as they fight through multi-stage battles against various bosses to repay their debt to the devil. The player can collect coins during each level to unlock gameplay modifiers such as “play as a dinosaur”, “shoot fireballs”, or “increase your speed”.
The game’s soundtrack was composed by Kristofer Maddigan, Kaitlyn Steele, Andy Bayle, Richard “Scranno” Vreeland (a former member of Tiny Toon Adventures), Sam Powell Smith (another former member of Tiny Toons), Kenny Segal (who also worked on Markiplier’s Youtube channel), Dan Garcia, Preston Stahlberg, Gavin Greenaway and Nick Brice
“Ratchet & Clank”
Ratchet & Clank is a 3D platformer developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game was released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2, but more recently it has been remastered and re-released for the PS4 on April 12th, 2016.
The gameplay is fantastic as you take control of Ratchet as he travels around different planets to collect new tools, weapons and armor that will help him defeat his enemies. The story follows Ratchet as he meets Clank (a robot) who becomes his sidekick throughout their adventures together. Together they must stop Drek from destroying the galaxy because… well… why not? They have some crazy adventures along the way but all in all its just a fun game that anyone can enjoy!
“Super Mario 64”
- “Super Mario 64” has a soundtrack that is so memorable and catchy, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve played the game. The music changes depending on what level you’re playing. For example, when you’re in Bob-omb Battlefield, it plays an upbeat melody that makes you want to dance along with your character as he runs from goombas and koopa troopas. However, when you are in Bowser’s Castle or Whomp’s Fortress, it sounds more like an orchestra of doom with heavy drums and basses playing at the same time! The music helps set the mood for each level and make them feel unique without distracting from gameplay.
“Red Dead Redemption 2”
Music is a big part of “Red Dead Redemption 2,” and it serves many purposes. In the game, music is used to set the mood, enhance the story and gameplay, convey emotions, enhance setting and more.
One of the ways that music is used in “Red Dead Redemption 2″ is as an enhancer for setting. The soundtracks are fantastic in this regard because they not only feature different kinds of music (country/folk/blues), but also brings forth some really incredible moments that wouldn’t be possible without it. One example would be having a peaceful moment out at sea while you’re fishing and suddenly hearing gunshots start up in the distance—the music instantly picks up on this change in environment and amps up accordingly! This gives players a chance to experience something exciting without having any control over what happens next; if a player doesn’t like how things went down (i.e., their character died), then they might want to replay it later with better results thanks to what they learned from their previous playthroughs.”
Sound is just as important to a game as anything else!
Sound is just as important to a game as anything else. It can be used to create immersion, make the game more enjoyable and even more challenging. Soundtracks are commonly picked up by gamers when they purchase games with good sound design, which means that sound designers are doing something right!
In order to better understand why this is so important and what goes into making great video game scores we’re going to look at 5 video games with some of the coolest soundtracks out there today.
No matter what type of game you like to play, there is always a soundtrack that matches the style. Not only that, but it also adds another dimension to the gameplay experience by making it immersive and engaging. Soundtracks are one of those things people don’t often think about when they’re playing their favorite games but without them we might as well just be watching an old silent movie!
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