Video games have helped define generations of kids and young adults. From the early 1970’s with the Magnavox Odyssey, through to current day PC and PlayStation titles, video games have been a part of home entertainment for nearly 50 years. In that time, we’ve seen plenty of great titles and plenty of terrible ones. There have been a share of controversies, amazing stories and more. To say video games are not amazing is to put down the work of thousands of people globally. That’s why today, I wanted to look back at some games and get all nostalgic at their amazing soundtracks. At the end of today’s article, I’d encourage all of you to share your favourite video game songs with us.
We were asked by the lovely team over at the Later Levels if I would like to take part in doing a monthly Q&A, to open discussion about video games amongst bloggers. If you’re interested in joining in the discussion, leave us a comment below, or reach out to Later Levels. Every month here on GeekOut South-West, we’ll be sharing what the question of the month is, as well as what our answers to this question is and our justification for the answers.
What Game Has The Best Soundtrack?
The next few paragraphs will be from the GeekOut South-West team – All giving their take on the above question of the month.
For me this one was a really easy pick, I mean I’ve ranted and raved about this game and it’s music for a very long time. I even wrote a guest article back in 2015 regarding this exact subject and I still mentioned this game. It’s one of those games that has a soundtrack so good, that not only do you enjoy it, but the guy who made the soundtrack (and he’s made a lot) went on record to say it’s his favourite musical score in any of the franchise.
Final Fantasy IX – Timlah
Final Fantasy IX is a game I’m playing through on YouTube at the moment, which means that I hear it’s music a lot right now. It’s melodic, it’s simple and most importantly: It’s a fantasy score like no-other. It’s clear Nobou Uematsu went to town on this one and he enjoyed it. There’s joy in the happy moments, such as “Zidane’s Theme” which plays as he’s commandeering an airship to take to Lindblum. There’s suspense in moments, such as “You’re Not Alone”, where Zidane is fighting alone, only to be joined by his friends. It’s clever, intense and passionate music.
Heroes of Might and Magic 3 – Joel
It was a hard decision to make but of all the incredible soundtracks I know and love, I have to go with my first love, Heroes of Might and Magic 3. The incredible classical score made every faction so much more unique, give each a dramatic feel and personality, brings up the pace of combat, and slides into the background effortlessly. It was the first title to make me sit up and pay attention to the level of talent being thrown into the gaming industry, and it’s set my expectations in the years to come.
That’s it for this month’s responses to this question – What did you think of our answers? Do you have any games you’d consider “The hardest game in the universe, ever”? As always, leave a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit. If you wanna see who else has been writing, check out The Mental Attic and Later Levels today.
A while back we spoke to the wonderful team of The Dangerous Kitchen about their upcoming spicy party game, De Mambo. The Dangerous Kitchen have been hard at work since then and have released a Kickstarter Campaign!
Having had the pleasure of playing this game for myself, where The Dangerous Kitchen utterly trounced me at their own game (Which is a good thing, right..?!) I can say with certainty that the cost of the game at Kickstarter prices is entirely justified. It felt like it was a solid party game back then and I’d have happily paid more than £6.99 for it. I’ve paid more for other games which have been disappointing to date.
They’re looking for just £15,000 which is a reasonable amount to expect. As of the time of writing, there’s just 25 days remaining on this project and they’ve already raised more than £6,000. Below are some screenshots from the latest demo, which you can play for free.
I’d urge you to at least check out their campaign. They’ve got a great selection of swag and hey, you get that warm fuzzy feeling for helping out. De Mambo features:
- Fast Paced Action
- Local Multiplayer
- Supports up to 4 people.
- Potential to make Online Multiplayer too based on the Kickstarter Campaigns success.
- Single Player
- Awesome music
- More Mambo than you can shake your fist at.
Also, as a personal aside, it seems the team are either a fan of a really oft-heard of film that I really like, or are just aware of it… As they linked this video in one of their Kickstarter Campaign questions.
Do you know of any party games similar to this one? Does anything about this game interest or dissuade you from helping them reach their funding goal? Let us know in the comments below, over on Facebook or Twitter.
Music is important. I’ll not launch into a long spiel here, I’m just going to offer you an example:
If I were to ask you to put together music for a faction of necromancers, what themes would you think of? Really think about it. Death, magic, the interred dead resurrected to fight, vampires, so forth, you get the gist. Think about it for a little while, while I set up my example.
One of the first games I ever played – and certainly the one that I always call “the first game I ever played” when I’m put on the spot – was Heroes of Might and Magic 3 by New World Computing and published by 3DO in 1999 (I was a bit of a late bloomer). It was an incredible game that kick-started my habit of designing games, worlds, creatures and stories, but above all of it’s other elements, I loved the music! I’d always loved classical, and the game tied classical music with stunning visuals in a way that had never engaged me before. To this day I will happily sit and play HoMM 3 over and above it’s sequels, and will even boot up the music files if ever I’m reaching for inspiration.