Awesome Video Game Music: Quickies 2

Okay, so I might have lied a little last time (unintentionally). After sitting down and actually listing out some songs I’d like to do, I think I’m going to shoot for an additional five entries past what I said last time. In other words, ten more total, including this one. Of course, that’s always subject to change, but I feel pretty confident that this will be the final number. Anyway, on to today’s selection of songs!

Gears of War: Locust Battle

Locust Battle really stood out to me when playing Gears of War, and I think that’s primarily due to the opening beats of the song. They’re forceful and direct, as if to say “The time is now, win this fight!” I love the instrumentation used too; those heavy beats make great use of drums and horns, and sound just as chunky as everything in the game looks. The rest of the song turns into a pretty solid action theme, but it’s those opening beats that make this song memorable to me.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: The Great Sea

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’s soundtrack stands toe-to-toe with the best in the series, and songs like The Great Sea are a big reason why; this overworld theme just reeks of pure adventure. The steady drum beats keep the song constantly moving forward, and the various horns have that sweeping, grandiose, larger than life feel. The tempo and chords used seem to perfectly simulate life on the high seas, and makes sailing around Wind Waker’s gorgeous world constantly exciting. The Great Sea is just a wonderful theme to travel the world to, and easily one of my favorite overworld themes out there.

Chrono Trigger: Main Theme

Chrono Trigger has a special energy and enthusiasm to it that is super endearing, and perhaps nowhere is that trait more pronounced than in its soundtrack. The Main Theme is as good as any as channeling that vibe, as it’s incredibly upbeat from start to finish. It’s the kind of exciting, triumphant theme that you want to pump your fist to, which speaks a lot to the nature of Chrono Trigger on the whole. It’s a game that sends you on an epic adventure across many time periods, and sees you perform some awesome feats. The Main Theme punctuates that feeling perfectly.

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