When it comes to games, most people think about the gameplay, the graphics, the characters/ narrative but what about the music? When it comes to games, their soundtrack is often overlooked and under-appreciated amongst gamers when the soundtracks should be celebrated more for what they add to the game.
As a gamer myself, I find that the soundtrack is just as important as all the other components that makes a game because of the feelings the music evokes and how it adds an extra layer to the game. The music in a game can heighten the tension of a tense cutscene or during action-packed moment where you are fighting to survive. The music can also end up making you laugh or cry during the game’s heartfelt moments or tragic moments. Overall, the soundtracks in games have the power to make or break the game and these are some of the games I believe the soundtracks help make the game as good as it is:
KINGDOM HEARTS SERIES:
Those who are regular readers of Student Life know I regularly write about Kingdom Hearts and the series of games within the franchise and this time is no different.
When it comes to games and their soundtracks, Kingdom Hearts knocks it out of the park. Each main character, Disney and non-Disney world, fight sequences, opening and closing sequences have their own unique soundtracks that as soon as you hear it you know its Kingdom Hearts. This game series rely on the importance of music and their soundtracks and is perfectly crafted to evoke the emotions you should be feeling at particular times and makes these moments more powerful and memorable for gamers. I find that each collection of soundtracks for the worlds you visit during the series are perfectly matched and if any other soundtrack in the franchise was used for a particular world it just wouldn’t fit and feel out of place. The same goes for the soundtracks surrounding particular characters such as Sora, Kairi, Roxas and Naminé. These soundtracks also perfectly match the characters within the series, highlighting through the song the type of character they are and how each soundtrack, in a way, reveals the journey each character will go on throughout the series. When it comes to appreciating what music has to offer for games, then the Kingdom Hearts series is a perfect example of how music in games can completely transform them from something good to something amazing.
This game also highlights just how music can transform a good game into a great one. Before you even start the game itself, the music at the start screen immediately gets you excited to play the game because as soon as you hear it you think of Spider-Man. On top of this, it is so powerful and moving that it sounds like it would belong in any Spider- Man or Marvel movie let alone within this game; indicating just how much time and attention that went into the soundtrack for this game. Even the soundtrack playing in the background whilst you are swinging around New York as Spider-Man once again just seemingly fits into the game as if it’s just always meant to be there and the soundtrack during fight sequences also just seem to fit and makes the fight sequences more exciting (as does Spider-Man’s jokes whilst he’s fighting). Once again, this game was made even greater because of the soundtrack and adds an extra layer to the game.
So, what to take from all of this? Well, I think the answer is simple. Soundtracks in gaming have the power to transform a game into something that is much more immersive, emotional, and generally much more fun to play. Soundtracks in gaming, in my opinion, are just as important as everything else found in a game and feel it needs to be appreciated more.