By MajorMitch 0 Comments
Strategy games probably don’t come to mind too often when you think of awesome video game music, but a handful of them have some great stuff. StarCraft is one such example, the theme affectionately known as Terran 1 being the stand out track.
I’ll never forget my first experience with StarCraft, and this theme goes right along with it. The opening missions of the game (where you play as Terran) have a grand sense of mystery- both you and the characters you’re following are in unfamiliar territory, which is simultaneously terrifying and exciting. I even remember the first time I saw a zergling run at my marines in the opening mission. I had no idea what that creature was, and it was kind of shocking. Not only was the StarCraft universe new and exciting, but its gameplay was also like nothing I had seen before. I had played some strategy games such as Age of Empires, but this was very clearly a different beast. The sheer variety and diversity of the units in StarCraft was simply a sight to behold, and imparted an additional sense of wonder upon the entire thing.
All of these features made StarCraft a singular experience that started out being a big mystery for me, which is represented perfectly by Terran 1. The opening 30 seconds or so are cautious, unsure of what lies ahead- this is your first step out into a bold new world. But new things are also very exciting, and the song fairly quickly becomes very action oriented. It feels like it’s eager to get out there and explore, ready to charge headfirst into the unknown. It then more or less bounces back and forth between being cautious and excited about what’s out there, which is pretty emblematic of how I felt playing StarCraft for the first time. I love it that a theme like Terran 1 can kindle that nostalgia, and even listening to it today brings back those explicit memories. Video games, at their best, offer something completely new and exciting. Terran 1 embodies those very traits, and is a fantastic song for it.
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