The Art of The OST
Video games are a powerful form of expression. Arguments are made for and against this
form of expression as to the idea as it's place as art. I personally think this is doing
gaming a disservice. To me, video games are a combination of mastery of
art, engineering, music and design. It can be a form that when combined with inspired,
motivated, creative people surpass what film, music, and art can do alone. That said
each individual form adds to the collective. It helps create a world in and of itself to step
into. I'd like to focus on one single form as it relates to gaming, music.
Music helps create atmosphere, tension.....drama. I'd like to focus on a few of my favorite
games and some of the tracks that, for me, helped make these games memorable.
These are just a short collection of tracks that, for one reason of another, stuck with me. I'm
not expecting everyone to agree with my picks. I'm hoping that people will share theirs in
the comment section.
This is a track from Halo 4 composed by Neil Davidge call "Awakening".
This Second track is from The Halo 4 Start Screen.
The first track has a slow build up but has moments of intensity that I like. The 2nd track
to me seems to sum up Halo 4 storyline in it's entirety if you have played through
the campaign. If not, I will not spoil anything. I do feel Marty O' Donnell might have fit my
idea of what a Halo 4 soundtrack "should" sound like. That said I do like Neil's take and
direction on the music in the franchise. It's different and I'm a fan of different.
Where do I begin. First off, if you've never played this Trilogy, shame. Shame on you lol.
This is some of the best gaming, gaming has ever offered. For a good copy right now
you'll spend $100 on eBay or Amazon & rightfully so. Even to this day it'll still hold up
against the best despite it's age. Even with beyond that, the aural assault you
receive......I mean just listen.
I'm a big believer that......the first track, the start screen track can tell you a bit
about what you're about to experience. But my god this track does. For those
of you that have played the Primes, you'll know that this is the track that meets
you at the Start Screen.
This second track is called "Tallon Overworld".
This track, much like many in this excellent game oozes atmosphere. For
those who have already played it, I'm quite sure, you've already had a few
flashes of Tallon IV take place in your mind. If by some chance you haven't,
you probably haven't played it yet. There is one more track I'd like to offer
from this game before I move on to the next.
This 3rd track form Metroid Prime is called "Phendrana Drifts".
Again, if you've played the game ,and if not go get it, had one of the
best soundtracks I've ever heard to this day. Everything about this
game was atmosphere. And the art style, level design......everything
made better by an amazingly put together soundtrack. I mean really,
who doesn't remember the 1st time they stepped foot in Phendrina
Drifts. I literally looked around....jaw on the floor.
Legend Of Zelda : Twilight Princess
There are actually two reasons this track sticks out in my mind. One
is obviously because of the game itself. The other is it's association
of one of my favorite stages on Smash Bros Brawl - The Great Bridge.
The Legend Of Zelda : Skyward Sword
Personally I'm hoping that there is a few stages from Skyward Sword on the
Wii U version of Smash Bros. However I digress, I don't think there ever was
a Zelda with a poor soundtrack.
Sam Hulick and Jack wall, two of my favorites. Again, an example of a
Start Screen track that the moment I heard it, I knew it would be great.
The are too many tracks from this series to pick so I'll stick with one from
As for Mass Effect 2....
I doubt this track needs much explanation. But I think this
track, and the man it's named after, wields significant influence over
the 2nd game.
As for Mass Effect 3.....
An End Once And for All.
I'll admit I had orginally picked "We Face Our Enemy Together". But having gone
through the game a few times and really thinking about it.....I felt this one really
reflected the game as a whole. But again, Sam Hulick, love what he does.
I was going to just put the song up here but I thought this video about the many
voices in Skyrim was just as interesting.
This second track, one I'm sure many of us are familiar with : Far Horizons.
This track is fantastic to me because it, single handed has probably tripled the
amount of hours one could pour into this game. It somehow has the ability to
make you want to scour every inch of Skyrim. Every detail, every cave,
mountaintop and I never get tired of it.
Well those are just a small sampling of what I wanted to share but please feel
encouraged to share some of you favorite tracks from some of your favorite
games. Especially those lesser known tracks. For example....
Skies Of Arcadia
Kingdom of Ixa'Taxa From Skies of Arcadia for Sega Dreamcast. One
of my favorite games of all time. Didn't get nearly the recognition it
deserved. If you feel like there's a good one we haven't played. Share.