Music In Gaming

Image result for super mario musicMusic is very important when it comes to creating an effective game. The soundscape of the game will determine how effective it is at inciting emotions within the player. If a game has a weak soundtrack then it will potentially ruin the entire gaming experience for the player. Therefore music is perhaps the most important aspect of game after the game play itself. Even graphics are of secondary importance.

One common practice is to use licensed music rather than composing it from scratch. This allows the game developer to not have to focus so much time on the creation of the game sounds. Instead it can be used to focus on creating cutting edge game play. However, this can backfire.

Rockstar Games are well known for their choices in music. The radio stations in the GTA series are full of popular tracks that have been licensed. This has caused an issue in recent months. The song contracts are running out and the company is now removing these tracks from their older games. This does not however effect offline games.

Another route is to hire a composer and orchestra to create an entirely new score for the game. This has proven popular with games that have a higher budget. Red Dead Redemption springs to mind as one of the greatest original scores of any modern game.

The Best Classic Original Scores In Games

  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
  • DuckTales
  • Tetris
  • F-Zero
  • The Secret of Monkey Island
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Street Fighter II
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Secret of Mana
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound

Best Modern Original Scores In Games

  • Portal
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Bastion
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Journey
  • The Last of Us
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt