Game Music

Welcome to Game Music Daily! Our regular rotation of soundtrack showcase kicking off the new year by looking at the 30+ years of great music! We prod the staff for their personal picks and savory songs of what they consider special / interesting / important to them below. It could be anything; epitomizing events, significance of the song, music matching moments, or simply a darn, good listen!

Week two, jeez, here’s the week where we shake off the initial rust and work a few kinks in the system. Thankfully the lovely folks at FTG managed to whip up a few entries and become weekly fixtures supplying some things short of amazing and atypical. This week we invariably saw a few entries that have little to do like your typical soundtrack. Namely Bayonetta‘s energetic cover of the classic “Fly Me to the Moon,” Metroid Metal’s shredding medley of various 2D Samus adventures, Incubus’s adoption of Halo 2’s theme with “Follow,” and Ni No Kuni’s incredibly accomplished composer of many Miyazaki films of Joe Hisaishi. So yeah, videogame music. For a more standard list of our Game Music inanities, check out last week’s (the first!) Game Music Daily post.

8. Bayonetta’s “Fly Me to the Moon”

“I love the classical song from the ending, but the gameplay sequence is addictive. Every time I hear this song I immediately associate it with Bayonetta and it reignites my desire to replay the game. I’ve bought the entire soundtrack.”

Paul Neafsey, Comicbook Content Wrangler

9. Metroid Metal’s “Lower Norfair” (Varia Suite)

“This song holds a special place in my heart for a number of reasons. One: it’s an incredible rendition of one of the best Metroid tracks out there. Two: it was the opening for PCN-Gen for many, many months (so sentimental value). And three: it’s just such a rocking track with ups-and-downs, and despite that slow start, when the real fun kicks in, it never lightens up. Metroid Metal are too good to simply list only one song, and I’m sure to be sharing more of over the coming weeks, but Lower Norfair is just the top of my ‘go-to’ list!”

-Curtis Stone, Freelancer at Large

10. Spelunky’s “The Caves” (Eirik Suhrke)

“You’ll be hearing these tunes a lot as you keep dying, but the songs here never lose their luster. They inspire feelings of jovial adventuring and occasionally mystery, which can be the antithesis of Spelunky.”

-Dylan Tierney, Features Editor, Freelancer at Large

11. Portal 2′s “Science is Fun” (Mike Morasky)

“Forget that dumb GladOS song at the end of Portal 2 that isn’t ‘Still Alive’, this is the tune that really stuck with me from the game’s soundtrack. Let this one roll in your head to make everything seem a little more epic.”

-Morgan Park, Staff Writer

12. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal’s Obani Draco (David Bergeaud)

“Flipping incredible. Ratchet & Clank’s Super Mario Galaxy-esque moon traversal levels hold a special piece in my heart. Specifically their backing tracks are what get me. Goodness gracious, the synth bassline and percussion to Obani Draco clocks in that insatiable longing to groove. No abrasive mutter of “UNCE” or throbbing bass kicking your ears in, just intricate pulsating music to power through anything. Really, most of Bergeaud’s work on R&C plays in the same electronic realm with some sense of platformer wonder, but Obani Draco sets the bar to how frantic and insane it can get.”

-Robert Beach, News Editor and Community Manager

13. Halo 2’s Follow (Incubus)

“Rock band, Incubus, took the organum intro from Halo 2 and expanded it into something that both is beautiful and rocks hard, too. Imagine battling it out with your warthog across Reach guns ablaze with this tune blaring through your speakers full blast.”

-Brandon Parker, Staff Writer

14. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’s “Main Theme” (Joe Hisaishi)

“Composed by long-time Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisashi along with Rei Kondoh, the entire Ni No Kuni soundtrack is pure joy. The Main Theme does an amazing job of summing up the entire game using only music. Opening with its bombastic orchestra before transitioning to a more somber tone for a bit. Finally the sound shifts to an adventurous theme that compels you on your journey to fight the White Witch and become a true wizard.”

-Kyle Hanson, Staff Writer