There is something wonderful about listening to a game soundtracks, they have the great ability to trigger our memories
- maybe taking you back to a game you have recently completed
- maybe a game that you played in your youth
- maybe it reminds you of a certain area or dungeon from a MMO
- maybe they just trigger other memories from different periods of your life.
So for this post I thought I’d share some of my favourite game music.
Planetside was one of my main MMO’s, the music was larger than life with a heavily military undertones. While playing the music was allocated to regions, but would also change as a fighting increased, ultimately blending into music that indicated victory or defeat.
Streets of Rage
The Streets of Rage music was great, the Yuzo Koshiro chip-tune tracks are instantly recognisable and have stuck with me for years.
Given the games had limited space for music, and the music had a limited note range, the soundtracks never felt as if they were repetitive to the point of annoyance, which if you listen to many game tracks from the same era they would likely force you to switch the game off for some respite.
The Chronicles of Spellborn
A unique game setting, with a unique combat system and artwork style.
The Chronicles of Spellborn was a game that I felt didn’t shy away from darker world elements, this also tied into the artwork style that blended the fantasy setting into something more rugged.
Command and Conquer
The C&C soundtrack was a wonderful experience, I always enjoyed the fact the game had the two paths each feeling different and the music through-out the series cemented the different tone of each.
The Secret World
The Secret World needed a theme that would allude to the cloaked underworld that exists just beneath the surface of our world, the power that was hided from everyday life.
For me the title theme managed to nail that vision rather nicely in my opinion and even though the game has relaunched as The Secret World Legends it is still one of my favourite MMO intro/main pieces.
If you enjoy MMO soundtracks then I strongly advise you to check out the Battle Bards Postcast https://twitter.com/battlebardscast it’s the world’s only podcast that is centered around MMO music.
Each episode the trio of hosts take you on a journey through different MMO soundscapes.