Hello Lusireaders! Music is an everyday part of our lives, we hear it at the doctors office, in elevators, and even in our video games. Yes, I know, this may be a surprise to some gamers but those tunes you hear in the background of your games, if it be original or licensed, is music. Shocker! As with everything in the world, there is good and bad video game music. This week, I am focusing on the good because you know, here at Lusipurr.com we like to focus on the good things in life rather than the bad, right? So, I will start this top three list off with a game that is fairly recent.
WOW. From a portable game on the Vita this game has probably the best professionally orchestrated OST for a portable game. The music, much like the game, sweeps you off your feet and will immediately put you right into the world of Gravity Rush. The music sounds grand, feels grand, and is grand. The composer of this great soundtrack is credited to Kohei Tanaka, who is also responsible for the music in Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love and Resonance of Fate. Having only played one of the games he has composed for I am very interested to check out the previously mentioned games from a musical stand point. His music can and does stand up with the likes of the classic Final Fantasys, speaking of Final Fantasy…
Final Fantasy VI: Grand Finale
What a beautiful orchestral arrangement of an amazing OST. With the recent news of the Overclocked Remix of Final Fantasy VI I started to look into other Final Fantasy VI OST “remixes”. I stumbled across the Grand Finale arrangement, heard some samples of the tracks, and instantly downloaded it. The memorable chip tunes of FFVI turned into full on orchestral pieces translates excellently and I look forward to listening to a few of them as I play through Final Fantasy VI for the autumn playthrough. If this soundtrack is not already part of your library of music, then there is something wrong with you. With the original music composed by the legendary Nobuo Uematsu and arranged by Shiro Sagisu and Tsuneyoshi Saito, you should already know that this is going to be good. The performances on the album are by the Milan Symphony Orchestra, with vocal performances by Svetla Krasteva. Just go listen to it.
Sword and Sworcery
Out of the three on this list this one is probably the most different and interesting of them all. If you have not played Sword and Sworcery it can be best described as an indie action game with story elements that put a focus on music and sounds but, it is really the soundtrack that stands out with this game. It is a mixture of chip tunes and full on orchestral, with an indie rock spin put onto it. This odd juxtaposition is brought to you by a man named Jim Guthrie. Guthrie is a Canadian experimental musician who is also best known for his composition of “Indie Game: The Movie”. In the western world of gaming we really do not have our own great video game music composer like Japan does. I believe that Jim Guthrie has the talent to possibly be that composer.
So, readers, what are your favorite video game soundtracks to listen to? Do you have some obscure soundtrack that no one has heard of or do you take a liking to the “mainstream” music? Let me know in the comments below.