|02-13-2018, 07:42 AM||#227 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: In the Void
Final Fantasy VII.
First game of the series I played, and what really turned me on to video game soundtracks. Nobuo Uematsu is a genius of a composer. I was actually so in love with the soundtrack and that it opened up a new world for me musically that two or three years later when I started playing bass, I started making transpositions of some of the melodies throughout the game and so on, so that was actually an early influence to me as a musician. I followed the series all the way up through X, and stopped caring when XII came out. X-2 and Dirge of Cerberus was just fan service that I wasn't a big fan of.
As a kid, I was completely obsessed with Norse Mythology. Motoi Sakuraba really brought out a colorful soundtrack that fit the anime-styled J-RPG based on Norse Mythology. It really adds to the emotion of the experience of the game, making it one of the best J-RPG's I've ever played.
God Of War.
The original game. Had an absolutely epic soundtrack to it. Full symphony orchestra, really brought out the feel of Greece. Probably the first time I remember hearing that much punch in scale progressions with an orchestra in a game.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The soundtrack to the game made it feel real, and had a wisp of mysticism and wonder to the sound and feel of it. The soundtrack alone was 50% of the immersion experience for me. I would play it with headphones on just to experience it even more intensely.
Between the graphics of the game at the time, which were pretty highly done graphics, and the soundtrack, while walking around the Capital Wasteland in the game while playing I suddenly stopped, and put my controller down, and actually started crying. And my ex-girlfriend at the time asked me why I was crying, and I told her: "Because THIS is what the world looks, and feels like to me all the time." A few years later, they closed the boardwalk downtown by the beach, over 44 stores lost their business. We were walking around about midnight after bar-hopping, and I noticed that all the stores, the lights were still on inside with a lot of them, you could see the clutter, the torn carpets, insulation, paint buckets, and whatnot. But the strangest part about it that made it creepy, is that the outdoor intercoms of the boardwalk had been left on the Golden Oldies station, where they played a lot of the types of music that you hear in Fallout 3. Had I not played the game before hand and experienced that soundtrack, that probably would've creeped me out way more than it did. Instead it just ended up as being one of my most depressing experiences in my life, and blew the doors wide open for my already building interest in dystopia.