You might think I’m being a bit dramatic here, but gaming is, by and large, more of an experience than a pastime. There’s so much that goes into making a game brilliant. While a title certainly has to have enjoyable gameplay in order to avoid being a flop, there’s so much more that goes into it. The writers pen compelling plots and craft interesting characters, the artists draw beautiful backdrops and breathe life into the characters, and the composers who set the mood with the perfect harmony.
I’m sure plenty of you will agree when I say that, by and large, one of the most memorable things about a game is the soundtrack. There’s something about a good piece that keeps us wanting more, and something about well-designed music that sets the mood perfectly, whatever the situation may be. It’s time we took a moment to appreciate some of the greatest musicians the games industry has to offer, those fine people who put some of our fondest childhood memories to song.
You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t get too descriptive or technical – I’m not particularly well versed in musical terminology.
If you’ve played any of the modern Elder Scrolls games (or Guild Wars), then you’ve both heard and appreciated Soule’s work. When I first heard “Auriel’s Ascension” in Oblivion, my jaw quite literally dropped, and you’re probably lying if you say Skyrim’s main theme didn’t at least give you goosebumps. Soule’s got a thing for operatic pieces that feel heroic, and he knows just how to set the stage for an epic.
There’s not much else to say – the man has demonstrated his mastery of sound time and again, and he’s got years of experience under his belt, to boot.
Adam Skorupa/Krysztof Wierzynkiewicz:
Koji Kondo(Mario, Legend of Zelda):
This list by no means comprises all of the greatest, most brilliant composers in the games industry. There are, in truth, far too many to commemorate. I’ve just chosen a few of my personal favorites, truthfully. If you’ve a favorite composer who didn’t show up on the list, that doesn’t mean they aren’t brilliant. For all you know, I may well have forgotten to include them.
I’m a touch forgetful, sometimes. Feel free to let me know who I’ve missed!
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