The power of good music in a video game can make an otherwise poor game into something decent, and it can make a quality video game an unforgettable interactive experience. Some video game soundtracks are so enjoyable that they even sound good when the game is not on. These games offer a wholly interactive auditory experience in the form of great music and awesome production in their soundtracks.
Rule of Rose
One of those creepy survival-horror games that leaves you gripping the controller in fear even after the console is turned off, Rule of Rose has a soundtrack that is different from the usual. It features a sort of off string quartet that hardly plays together and generally sounds broken and creepy. Although the game can be sometimes painfully slow, the soundtrack was always interesting, ever changing and never irritating with the repetitiveness that can pervade video game soundtracks.
The music production is crisp and clear and the sounds sound organic and of good quality. The game itself is hard to play while still having fun, but the soundtrack is worth a listen even if you can’t stomach the slow impending paranoia the game imposes on the player during play. Rule of Rose was released in 2006 for the Playstation 2 platform.
Created by Tim Schaefer, who also created the ever-awesome (and nicely soundtracked) Psychonauts, Grim Fandango is a video game set in the afterlife. However, the afterlife looks like an action-packed gambling town with a Casablanca feel, so the soundtrack gives the listener a sort of slow lounge jazz that really gives a good groove to the game. The Grim Fandango soundtrack is a listenable set, even offline, and the offbeat game gives a low-stress game feel that is appropriate for most kids, unless they are creeped out by a comic version of the Grim Reaper.
The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time
Though the high-pitched electronic sound of the digital ocarina in the soundtrack can get grating in this game, some parts of the soundtrack are so sweet that it makes the entire game sound worth it just to play. The Ocarina in Time is also a quality game, with a number of little sub-games that break up any monotony the player might experience while completing the game quests. The game is centered around the ocarina, so it is playing all the time, but for video game soundtrack buffs, The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time is a good pick for a good auditory experience.
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy is a franchise known for its high music production quality and great cut-scene images in the game. In the field of high-quality music put out by Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy VII does not stand particularly high above the rest, but it is a favorite among fans of the Final Fantasy series. While there are some exceptions to the high quality generally put into sound production in Final Fantasy games, for instance, Final Fantasy X-2, most of the games in this series will please music-loving gamers looking for a good video game soundtrack.