Do you ever feel as though you have a soundtrack to your life? You associate songs with certain memories or moments. While playing a game, music paints the same picture. Music makes everything a little more realistic in video games and its incorporation is the epitome of melodramatic.
It makes the death of Axel in Kingdom Hearts 2 more heartbreaking than that time when you found out your dog “ran away”. It also gives you that adrenaline rush when you are being chased by homicidal patients in Outlast. Composers have meticulously corresponded the intensity of music with the exact gameplay. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Next time you’re playing Assassins Creed listen to the way a soft and steady violin plays as you approach a guard from behind. Once you get close enough that violin will play a note higher to add to the suspense of not getting caught.
Music in video games is as important as the soundtrack to the next big franchise film. The appreciation for video game soundtracks is growing rapidly. It has developed into an industry of its own caliber.