Classic Game Themes: Some of my Personal Favourites
A ten months ago, I wrote about the LOTRO soundtrack and listed some of my favourite tracks. This time round rather than just limit myself to music from one game, I thought it may be more interesting to broaden the remit. So, I have decided to upload ten of my favourite tracks and music cues from various games I have played over the last two decades. As with cinema, the soundtrack of a game plays a very important role. It can make a substantial impact on the players perceptions and enjoyment. The following tracks are examples that I feel have greatly enhanced a game. They’re also ones that I find particularly enjoyable. They are not in any order of preference.
Lord of The Rings Online. Mines of Moria: A Journey in the Dark. By Chance Thomas
This is a superb track. The blend of strings and vocals catches the enigma of Moria beautifully. I personally consider it to be the highlight of the expansions soundtrack.
Battlefield 1943: Main Theme. By Joel Eriksson
This utterly rousing track by Swedish composer Eriksson, totally embodies military action and a call to arms. Sadly, the more contemporary arrangements that have featured in more recent instalments of the franchise have less impact.
Age of Conan: The Damp Barachan Nights. By Knut Avenstroup Haugen
I was greatly surprised by the sophistication of the Age of Conan soundtrack. This acoustic piece beautifully captures the tropical nights of the Island of Tortage.
Tomb Raider: Main Theme. By Nathan McCree and Martin Iveson
An iconic theme that still holds up very well after twenty-two years.
Lord of The Rings Online. Shadows of Angmar: Stars and Glory. By Chance Thomas
This cue plays in the Lonelands at night. It was one of the first tracks from LOTRO that left a lasting impression on me.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: Estate Escape. Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer brings his "A" list Hollywood talent to this franchise. I love the Middle Eastern elements that he brings to this piece.
Warhammer - Dark Omen: Main Theme. Mark Knight
An unsettling and creepy electronic score from 1998, It suits the game perfectly.