Happy Friday, folks. I trust you’re enjoying the day, and if you’re not, well that’s just too damn bad.
What I have for you a bit of a change-up. . .not really, as it still pertains to music, just in a different scheme of things. What am I talking about? Well, I am glad you asked me telepathically! I am talking about the music in video games.
Count them up; how many video games have you played your entire lifespan thus far, and of those played, has the music been so everlasting, so wonderful, that it’s been deeply rooted into your brain? Music already takes root in our minds and is memorable, but if its catchy enough, you can be thinking about it without even noticing it.
What follows are some of the many, many, many games I’ve played. . .and absolutely love. For many it’s going to be a trip down nostalgia, while to others it may be a learning experience. Either way, it’s going to great. I hope you enjoy it!
Note: The order posted, or rather, listed is what was listed before clicking “shuffle.” Curse the fat end that is my cursor and its shenanigans.
I remember when I played a demo of Silent Hill on the Playstation a long, long time ago. I mean, I love survivor horror games anyway, and this was a pretty fubar story / setting, and had phenomenal music. Sometimes, I like to play the music. . .relieve some of the nostalgia in my mind; not only for the game play, but for the injections of the creepy, weird, and horror to stir within. Great stuff.
Metal Gear Solid [Metal Gear Solid 2]
For clarification. . .this is the theme from MGS2. I mean, I like the theme used in MGS, but I like this one a little more. Don’t get me wrong, I love Metal Gear Solid as much as the next guy/gal that’s grown up with the series. . .screw it, I’ll add the “all themes used video.”
Whether you’re sneaking around Walmart, creeping up on unsuspecting co-workers (that shared your enthusiasm), or playing with friends on The Division, running late for work and you crank this up and tell your supervisor, “Kept you waiting, huh?” It’s just an epic score. It swells you with some pretty raw emotions. You have to love orchestrated music. I am looking at you too, John Williams.
Keith Courage in Alpha Zones
Hang on. . .
Just wait. . .
Alright, alright, fine.
There is a huge amount of nostalgia here with this song / game for me. I am reminded of hours upon hours I’d play to beat this game when I was a fledgling. . .and dammit. . .it was awesome. The game itself had its flaws (what one doesn’t?) but Keith Courage was memorable to me for the trips in Alpha Zones aka the underworld where you’d fight the real baddies and roam around in your nova suit. When you’d want to have an epic drawn out fight you could throw this on and just go to town. Now if you’ll excuse me. . .
Final Fantasy VI
Ah. . .Final Fantasy. I could go on with a tangent about how I loved Squaresoft and was a die-hard FF fan. . .until Enix and Squaresoft became SquEnix. . .and I have felt since then, the passion has since left. . .but I won’t. Oh dear, I did a bit, didn’t I? Oh well!
Anyway, you’re about to see the spam of Final Fantasy titles filling up your screen, because I loved them. . . I loved the series prior to Final Fantasy XI: Online, but meh. Again. Long rant and stuff. If anything, I feel it’s justice to just have you play the songs themselves and enjoy them as they are. Hang on. Onion ninjas are striking.
Final Fantasy IX
The shit is hitting the fan. That’s the message you’re getting when you start this track off. It’s a fight of all fights, it’s time to save the world (again) from the big bad baddie (again) but that’s OK! Why? Because we’re doing it in style, and to a badass song.
You know, I have this game. . .and Keith Courage in Alpha Zones (NEC cards), and as I said with Keith. . .nostalgia. I’d play this game to no end with my family, and it was good times to no bounds. Fortunately, you can get it on the Wii game shop, or use an emulator, so you can relive the game play, and all the fun with it. This level though, it’s so damn rooted in my mind it’s not even funny. No complaints though.
Final Fantasy X
. . .aka the game that everyone called Final Fantasy X. . .as in the letter. . .not the roman numeral that the series has been using since forever.
Also the song that everyone mistook of it being done by Rammstein. . . [The Black Mages]
Also one of the most heated fights in FFX.
Also Auron was a badass. . .and my most favorite character to use.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Song featuring the title. . .it’s a serious song. I mean, some day you will have to feast on a tree frog. Whether it’s for kicks or whatever reason, it’s a good song to play.
Snake eater. . .
Final Fantasy VII
Ah, one of my most favorite Final Fantasy titles. 7 gets a lot of flack, and yes, I am totally going to play the remake. . .and yes, I am approaching it with caution. Still, it will be played. . .for obvious reasons.
The fight with JENOVA was probably one of my most enjoyable encounters I did (with Ruby Weapon being a tryhard. . .when I didn’t have final attack or phoenix materia). Seriously, encounter fight songs are awesome to play when you wanna write an encounter, or boss fight.
Twisted Metal 4
Again, another fine song that was featured on a video game. I played the hell out of this song on the Playstation / CD player, and this stage.
Fun fact: a lot of the songs on Playstation you could play on a CD player, or extract them via CDROM drive. Hang on, I am getting my power ups. . .
Final Fantasy VIII
I think Laguna was pretty underrated in Final Fantasy VII. I’ll avoid that long mountain / iceberg / probable moon-sized text though. There was a size-able amount of fantastic songs in Final Fantasy VII, as such, in any FF game. . .and this was my choice for this playlist.
Suikoden II is probably one of my all-time favorite games I’ve ever got to play (even now) hands down. I loved the story, the characters, the villains, the bosses, the combat system, everything. One of those villains. . .Neclord. . .was one of the most badass, and had this banging song to back him up. I’d do the fight, and just let the music play while I’d draw or do something else. Nowadays, we’re fortunate enough to have Youtube, mp3 files, and streaming (etc). You want to do an epic fight? You want to envision what it’s going to be like fighting the most powerful vampire versus your party of six? Here you go.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
This one is in the form of a lengthy video. . .but it’s worth it. I loved this game when I first got it, and I loved it when I played it on an emulator some years back. To me it was the perfect game to experience, and plus you got to have Bowser. . .but mostly because of Geno. Geno was a badass. Speaking of which. . .
Super Mario World
I always loved the music in the Mario Bros. games, however, I explicitly loved the underwater theme songs. I dunno. It’s just pleasing to me. When I’d like to write in a relaxing area, or even do a watery section. . .yep. . .we’re going there.
What better way to end than with Lavos? Whether you’re a fan of Chrono Cross, or Trigger, or both. . . Oh and Dragon ball, because you know. If you don’t know then here’s the obvious—the characters were designed by Akira Toriyama. That name should ring a big bell for you.
I used to take a lot of the boss fight music from assorted games, back in Burning Crusade (in World of Warcraft) with the addon called Soundtrack, and play them randomly. Good times.
That about wraps it up for this go around of Musical Inspiration. I hope you all had a good time! What are some of your favorite video game tunes? List them in the comments!
Until next time!
Bonus: because I feel like it. . .
Super Mario World
Everyone loves themselves some Boos.