The Sound Of Awesome

The Sound Of Awesome

Apr 24, 2010

It has been 12 long years since the Protoss, the Zerg and the Terans met each other in deadly embrace. 12 years since Terran bullets first struck Zerg Chitin and still the war continues. Starcraft 2 is now in its closed beta and from what I can tell, it’s starting to look like a complete game. The latest patch at time of writing has added the achievements, player profile images and the unlockable decals that signify the icing on a particularly sweet looking cake. A cake made from bullets and mandables and energy weapons and power armour and… and… PAIN.

The article I’m writing for you now was supposed to burst at the digital seams with eyeball watering images of the Starcraft 2 Beta. You would no doubt have wept during a video of my futile attempts to best even an average RTS player in an epic battle that would have been chiselled into the very stone foundations of Battlenet as a prime example of how NOT to play the game online.

Sadly, (fortunately) I couldn’t bring that video to you today because, after installing the beta client, downloading the obligatory 8 million patches from Blizzard, upgrading the necessary drivers on my lacklustre gaming rig and ensuring that booze, pizza and cigarettes were all within an easy reach of my comfy chair I started the game and It didn’t fucking work.

I sat expectantly at the Battlenet login screen for 10 minutes per-attempt trying to connect but to no avail. So no SC2 Beta for me… yet. However, if you took part in my cunningly interactive article, you’ll now be listening to the SC2 music in player embedded at the top of the page and you’ll no doubt be coming to the same realization as me – The Starcraft 2 music is wickedly awesome! You’ll probably be about 2 minutes into it now, so take a bit of time to turn it up, stride purposefully about the room… maybe stare out of a nearby window in furious contemplation or shake your clenched fist at your cat and swear vengeance on your enemies. Then come back, because it takes ages to write one of these articles and I’m not finished yet.

As developers like Lionhead, Blizzard, Interplay, Firaxis and Psygnosis know all too well, Music is as just key to a videogame as the storyline, artistic direction or Nolan North. Even on the 8 and 16 bit dinosaur titles from years gone by, music and sound effects were gaining them immortality while their graphics were still being dragged muggily from the primordial ooze. For me it is Tristam Village, from Diablo.

For others it’s the choral intro to Mechwarrior 2 or Out Runs Magical Sound Shower. Whatever. I guess the point behind this post is this: Music has been awesome for a long time. you may or may not have realised it at the time, but the music that accompanies your most loved or most loathed videogames can trigger fond memories of time well wasted. Post your favourite or your most hated game music of all time. You can embed in the comments now too so Do It!!!

  • http://WeAreArcade Adam

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHLGg-GS5Fc

    Guitaroo Man – Legendary Theme

    • http://www.wearearcade.com Daniel

      Guitaroo man! I used to watch my brother play this insane game. Made Parappa the rapper look like a piece of cake, too.

  • http://WeAreArcade Adam
  • http://www.wearearcade.com Elz

    Half-Minute Hero / Yuusha 30 OST – Main Theme Yuusha 30

    What an awesome theme.

  • http://WeAreArcade Adam

    That is damn good, yeah! Reminds me of dragonforce or something!
    on the flipside, someone linked me this – could it be the worst must EVER?

    • http://www.wearearcade.com Daniel

      I never understood the love for Wonder Boy. Too hard, too random and awful, awful music.

  • http://www.wearearcade.com Daniel

    Panzer Dragoon Saga – Sona mi Areru ec Sancitu (Ending theme)

    No love for the absolutely beautiful score in Panzer Dragoon Saga? Shame on you guys!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGf2b1H91JA The Cavalry

    Metal Gear Solid 4 OST – Love Theme
    Deffinitely the Metal Gear Solid theme :3

  • Daniel Roffey

    Legend of Dragoon – Dart's Theme

    This right here is awesome music so great I had to set it as my ring tone, Tell me hearing this are you not psyched up and ready to kick ass? cause I am.

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  • http://www.WeAreArcade.com Elz

    My new favourite piece of VG music ever is from Yakuza 3 (specifically the demo, but the game is on it's way to me RIGHT NOW).

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  • RandomGuy

    As for me, I have many preferred music, after my long years of passionate gaming.

    These are the main songs of my personal "Best VGM evar" playlist.

    NUUUUMBA ONE! The best and almighty, but so horribly short I hate it because I'm often forced to activate the option to repeat the song.

    Some other ones(I don't post the MGS3 theme Snake Eater, he's already up there):

    -The Duke Nukem Theme. Imagine that THIS is the first video game I saw in my life.

    I can say that now, I'm addicted to metal, babes, dirty jokes 'n' big guns! 8D

    -The Deus Ex Theme. This theme is epic when the classical music begins.

    -Morrowind Main Theme. This one is sad and happy at the same time, and it makes me feel like if I were a legendary warrior coming right from the world of Morrowind.

    -Normandy Reborn. Mass Effect was f*cking great. Mass Effect 2 was even more. It was an epic game for the story, the gameplay, and for the music over all.

    Halo theme remix'd by Mjolnir. This one was in halo 2. Completely rocky and epic in some way.

    • http://www.wearearcade.com Daniel

      The Halo 2 OST was a bit hit and miss for me (System of a Down? Really?) but you're not wrong about that Mjolnir mix.

  • Sphinx

    One of my favourites is from Chrono Cross, Time's Scar.

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    Actually, most of the music in that game was very pleasant to my ears :3 Silent Hill 3's You're Not Here and the end music to Mass Effect, M4 Part 2 (Jack Wall & Faunts) also deserves a mention. Just don't watch the actual Faunts video for M4.. It's a bit like, "Err.. What?" Slightly marring otherwise what is a great song.

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  • RandomGuy

    Ow sh*t, the integration of my videos did not work.

    My preferred soundtrack is Fear of the heavens, Secret of Mana.

    How can I put the videos here? I copied the embed html on youtube but it did nothing u_u

    • http://www.wearearcade.com Daniel

      Just below the video on Youtube is an Embed button. Just click it, then copy the link it gives you and paste it in here at the comments. (Preferably the smallest size)

  • Amanda

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F15gD0dOHE8

    always thought this vid mix was great – i never did hear this song anywhere else…

    who said Morrowind above? the Elder Scrolls soundtracks are all great – makes you feel like your gaming in an orchestral hall…..

  • http://WeAreArcade Mike

    Metal Gear Solid – The Best Is Yet To Come

    More MGS for you! Closing credits from MGS1 “the best is yet to come” oh how right they were!
its also in the background on the flashback scene in MGS4 and its on my ipod!

  • http://twitter.com/darkhanman Hangman

    all great choices but i cant believe no ones mentioned shadow of the colossus yet. one of my all time fave soundtracks

    Shadow Of The Colossus – A Violent Encounter

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    • Daniel Roffey

      Hells yea, awesome game with an awesome soundtrack.

  • Sly

    The music in Galaxy Fight(SAT) still ranks top of my list for game music. Brilliant game with a great soundtrack. Some of those old saturn games have great music on so it's worth taking the time to listen to them if you still own any.

    Although theres lots of game music I love. The Grandia II soundtrack was also great. The american dreamcast version came with a seperate music disc. I was addicted to that game im my teenage years!

    Back to the subject of game music… when I was a young lad staying with our family friends up north every morning I woke up my dads friend would always have some game music playing. He got me into gaming at an early age. I treasure the memories of playing neo geo and saturn in that old house of theirs way back when!

    Ironically the music on pro evo 2010 seems to constantly be stuck in my head recently. Just general music tracks. That and the Borderlands opening song- which can be heard a lot in M&M games! ;)

    • http://www.wearearcade.com Daniel

      What can i say, i really like that song! I swear it’s not on repeat =P

  • Sly

    I keep getting the Destruction Derby main theme stuck in my head since I bought another playstation. Great game still has great playability factor!

    Although the playstation itself sometimes tends not to load anything up.

    My nephew is playing the old monster rancher game at the moment, now that brings back fond memories! The repetitive music in the background only excusable by the pure addictiveness of the game.

    Currently wanting to play guardian heroes more and more- another game with great music!