The best video game soundtracks of all time | Digital Trends Spanish
Graphics in video games have improved dramatically in recent decades, with characters and environments that are increasingly closer to reality. This can make the graphics of old games for consoles like Nintendo or PlayStation 1 look rather mediocre. However, original video game soundtracks can survive long after your games are no longer playing.
While game soundtracks have evolved to frequently use orchestras and choirs to give a more dramatic atmosphere, there are mythical classics from the 80s and 90s that are just as entertaining and catchy, and this despite having been generated with limited bits and synthesized audios.
Super Mario Bros. (1985)
When you hear the phrase “video game music” it is very likely that the opening melody of Super Mario Bros. Original started ringing in your head. Whimsical, lively and perfectly tempo to keep you moving forward, the music is perfectly suited to the sound effects produced when Mario leaps into the air, breaks blocks and deforms. When you head into dark areas, the volume lowers and the music changes to a minimalist rhythm that signals the danger ahead.
Mega Man 2 (1988)
Mega Man games are very difficult, but you don’t need to pick up a controller to claim that Mega man 2 it will be relentless just because of its soundtrack. The song of each stage is a vertiginous sprint that generates anxiety. It will be hard for you to keep up as even the slowest tunes in the game are still faster than most music in NES games.
Super Castlevania IV (1991)
The Super Nintendo was able to deliver audio with a quality far superior to what we hear on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, or even on the Sega Genesis. The Super Castlevania IV could be without a doubt, the best example of what this console could give us. Combining the strident organ sound of gothic horror with the chiptune beat Castlevania fans had come to expect, the soundtrack often overshadowed the game’s visuals, which remain just as beautiful even 25 years after the title was released.
Chrono Trigger (1995)
Square Enix’s masterpiece, Chrono Trigger, has more than stood the test of time. So much so that some consider it the best RPG ever conceived due to its complex history, perfected battle mechanics, Akira Toriyama’s signature design, and of course, Yasunori Mitsuda’s beautiful soundtrack. The home screen begins with a soft and obnoxious melody that makes us a prelude to more bombastic music. But this is not all, as, in the course of Chrono’s adventure, we listen to a wide variety of music. “The frog theme” for example, is as stoic as the protagonist of the game, but at the same time with a tragic background.
Star Fox 64 (1997)
The work that was born from the union between the great underrated Hajime Wakai (Pikmin, Wind Waker, F-Zero X) and the legendary Koji Kondo, is the OST of Star fox 64. It is an operatic and spatial soundtrack that is both bombastic and dramatic. And is that this piece adds drama to what could have been a simple arcade game starring talking animals. Considering that each play is only one hour long, the catchy music makes replaying the game a pleasure.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been considered on numerous occasions as one of the best video games ever created. While that award comes largely from its fantastic design and time-travel story, it would be a crime to dismiss composer Koji Kondo’s contribution to the success of the title. From the moment Link wakes up as a child and starts walking through the Kokiri Forest, soft, soothing music sets the mood.
To the beat of an ocarina, the game brings some of the series’ most iconic themes to life: the themes of Zelda, Epona and Saria not only stand the test of time, but also play important roles in the game as you You advance through the dungeons or navigate the Lost Woods. The Ganondorf theme also perfectly portrays the menacing danger of the villain who reappears in several sequels.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (1999)
Punk rock and skate grew together and thanks to this game musical styles such as punk or ska gained a new audience and popularity. With tunes from acclaimed bands like Suicide Machines, Dead Kennedys or The Vandals, the game had the perfect soundtrack to listen to for hours while you tried to master your “McTwist” or replicate the 900 you saw Mr. Hawk on television. Specifically, a song has come to represent the cultural footprint of the franchise THPS more than any other: ska goldfinger’s band track, Superman This track is so upbeat and catchy that it’s practically impossible to get angry when you’re listening to it. The other games in the franchise feature strong soundtracks, but without Superman it seems that everyone is missing something.
Halo 2 (2004)
Original Halo introduced us to the signature theme of the franchise, but the third game ended with an emotional piano number that gave us what we believe is the definitive closure to the Master Chief story. However, neither of them can compare to the electric guitar in Halo 2. Early in the game we meet again the deadly Hunters of the Covenant, who often strike fear into our hearts the moment they burst onto the scene. But with Steve Vai’s guitar solo ringing in our ears, we got the courage to charge them with our weapons. When we change our perspective and take control of the Inquisitor, the music takes on a tone of terror punctuated with tragic and dark moments that remind us of the impossible mission we must complete.