I thought it would be awesome to share with you some of my favorite vidya soundtracks. As a lot of you know, I’ve been a guitarist for nearly 20 years and a gamer for even longer, so anytime I play a game I want to learn about the composers, arrange/learn songs. It’s a huge element in gaming that’s really significant to me and I thought it would be a great opportunity to not only share some amazing music with you but for some of you to get a little more of an idea of who I am, for what it’s worth. Plus, it’s a questions I’m often asked. These games aren’t in any particular order.
Listen to Missing Translation Soundtrack Demo HERE
Missing Translation is this addicting indie puzzle game that I started to play about a year or two ago. The music is so simple, optimistic and mellow, I sometimes leave the game on just to hear the music in the background while I work or help my kids with their studies. I couldn’t find a big list link for it’s music but what I provided is a sample and not even my favorite piece of music from the game.
Listen to Mass Effect 3 Original Soundtrack HERE
Mass Effect 3 Soundtrack is pretty significant to me due to feelings provoked while playing this game, queue Leaving Earth feels, and mood setting that can apply to your own feelings while trying to decompress. I listen to Mass Effect 3 music when I want to focus on my writing work, or when I’m reflecting on major life choices. It has this almost antiquated video game music element to it that I can’t help but like despite it being a pretty modern game. When I took my first trip overseas a few weeks ago I had this soundtrack on repeat while I watched the sunrise over the vast ocean. It was a really surreal moment for me due to making so many important decisions in my life and just made me feel really at peace and sad all at once.
Listen to Skyrim Original Soundtrack HERE
Skyrim is one of my favorite games of all times, and my favorite within the Elder Scrolls series. The soundtrack is absolutely dynamic and Jeremy Soule is a phenomenal composer. The soundtrack set the entire mood for this game and provoked strong and fearless feelings, which is something I’ve always admired about how powerful the imagination brought to life can be. It makes me think about how vulnerable people really are due to our senses and I personally enjoy every moment of allowing myself to feel free in that moment while playing games like Skyrim.
Listen to Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack HERE
I was HIGHLY anticipating the release of FF XIII and remember immediately feeling blown away by the main menu’s music. This entire game is so vast and the music composed is breathtaking. Definitely out of everything I’ve heard by Masashi Hamauzu during his years with Square Enix, this soundtrack in my opinion is his best work. I listen to this soundtrack on on loop just about every day and have been for years. It’s best to listen to late at night while I’m working on my blogs or browsing the internet.
I have only become familiar with Yoko Shimormura’s work with Final Fantasy XV because I didn’t play the MMO but I was in awe when I played the Platinum Demo a few months back. Once I was able to hear the complete soundtrack I was floored at how dynamic it was. Shimormura maintained the spirit of Final Fantasy and added incredible elements of suspense and drama to the series’ musical history. Like FF XIII, play this just about every day while I’m working or thinking. I’ve been really bad about spoilers with Final Fantasy XV, but despite not playing the game yet I already feel intense emotions when I listen to this soundtrack being already familiar with the Final Fantasy Universe and anticipating this release wholeheartedly.
Listen to The Last Of Us Original Soundtrack HERE
I had wanted to play The Last Of Us since it’s release but wasn’t able to due to a borky PS3. I finally had that opportunity this year and was immediately captivated by the minimalism of this soundtrack. It also introduced me to the world of composer, Gustavo Santaolalla. I was wholeheartedly impressed with how he was able to set a semitone for an entire game with such an unornamented approach. The best way I can translate his style of arranging music is preparing an extremely simple meal and letting the ingredients in their natural state, speak for themselves. I know that’s a silly analogy but I am a cook by trade so it’s the best I can come up with! I listen to this soundtrack when I feel a bit bleak or uncertain about my current circumstances.
Listen to To The Moon Soundtrack HERE
The best way I can describe the To The Moon soundtrack is innocent and emotionally curious. The main theme is powerful enough to emphasize whatever mood you wish to be in if you’re happy or sad that it could be played at both your wedding and your funeral. I loved indie game so much but I also hated it because it’s extremely sad. I love listening to it when I’m working on projects or pumpkin baking bread at 3 a.m.
Listen to Life is Strange Soundtrack HERE
Life is Strange is one of my favorite story games, and the soundtrack has a lot of personal meaning to me because I started to play this game when I met someone very special, so it inflicts a lot of positive memories for me during a really difficult time in my life. I know the game and music has a bit of a hipster vibe to it, but I honestly appreciate it a lot and have many times listened to the main menu credits on loop while falling asleep. I will always love this game’s soundtrack for personal reasons. It definitely sets the tone of facing major challenges in life while maintaining a calm composer.
I hope you guys enjoyed my list. It’s so amazing to me at how powerful and influential gaming can have on your life and mood. It’s more than a hobby to many of us, but a lifestyle. I want to inspire others to really appreciate what game developers and composers are capable of doing for us. Artistic expression is transparent; you know when a composer or game developer is sharing a part of their spirit with you and that takes a lot of courage to express yourself and allow the entire world to critique you for it. No matter if it’s simple or complex in skill, translating your heart is what makes for an amazing game opposed to pumping out content for a quick profit.