Friday, January 08, 2010

My Top Eleven Video Game Soundtracks Part 6

Here we are. The final two!

#2. King's Quest 4: The Perils of Rosella (AGI)Link

This one is a bit tricky. I've had a heck of a time finding a sample as the AGI version of the game is much rarer than the improved SGI, but this is a rare case where faced with a full orchestral version, one of the first of its kind for a computer game even, I find the blips and beeps version completely the way to go. I have only been able to find one youtube example of this version, and it sounds much clunkier than I recall it. While nostalgia may be the culprit I think I had the polished up re-release of the AGI which was supposed to smooth-out the score a bit.

Whatever version you listen to (overall for game play I recommend the SGI for better in-game sound effects and graphics), the melodies of King's Quest 4 are classic. My personal favorite being the diamond mine of the seven dwarves, I commonly find I still whistle these all the time. Utterly classic, and one of the most beloved video games of my childhood. There was no way this wasn't making the list.

#1. DOOM (PC)

Best soundtrack ever. As blips and beeps or orchestral sweeps I love every note of this game's soundtrack. From the most air guitar inducing opening to the eerie operatic epics (my personal favorite), it's video game perfection. Each song gets you into its level, building urgency, intensity or outright dread. For many, this was the first game to truly scare the crap out of you. No game since to my knowledge has created such a sense of from hell and back as Doom. It's brilliant, and the music lives on as a testament to that.

Well, that's my list! There's one more episode of honorable mentions to come but that may be a bit delayed as it will be a from scratch write up. In the mean time, feel free to leave your own top five, ten, or eleven lists below or wait for that to come out.


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