Music is an integral part of the how we experience video games, often pushing the player towards feeling a certain way in a manner that’s just as important as any visual element. While what can be judged as beautiful is extremely subjective, there’s no denying the effect that it can bring.
Whether drumming up the pace of a chase, combat scene or rubbing salt in the wound after an intensely emotional scene, music – or its absence – can make or break a moment.
Therefore, selecting music for a game is an arduous process. The wrong track can lead to players being rudely thrown out of the scene, while the right piece can deepen the immersion, bringing with it more investment in the characters and the story, and therefore an overall desire to play on.
Chances are, many of your favourite video game moments have specific scores or songs attached, and whilst there are many that stand out as works of art in their own right, many elevate their games through cleverly chosen lyrics or the style and function of the game itself.