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AKA Targos (honestly, you should listen to this, you will not regret it)
I have played some Everhood in the last few days (weird, satisfying, fun, in that exact order), and it made me think about the close relations music has with gaming.
The soundtrack of a game can change the experience I have with the game, for better or for worse.
I can quite easily say the track above, from Icewind Dale 2, is my favorite piece of music from games of all times. It could be just simple nostalgia, who knows. For me, that chilling and deep sliver of beauty was all I needed to be fully emmersed in the cold north of the Forgotten Realms. It what had me so connected to that game, even though I never finished it.
What are your thoughts? Did you play Icewind Dale 2? Did you fall in love with the soundtrack or this track specifically?
Here are some GAs as a token of my gratitude, for spending some time reading my thoughts:
paradise-lost (LVL5) (? = fourth letter of the starting town in IWD2, lowercase)
per-aspera (LVL5, WARNING! Possible used key, please let me delete if key has issues) (? = fourth letter of the game I played in the last few days, lowercase)
And a small train for LVL1!
🚂🚃🚃🚃 (? = number of towns in Icewind Dale divided by 2 minus 1)
EDIT: Check this out, the people at beamdog are working on an enhanced edition for IWD2!
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Bump! Was also interested in EVERHOOD but that was the only game that appealed to me that month so...
Haven't played Icewindale yet but I remember spending so many hours on Baldur's gate !!
I only played the first Dale and it was good.
It also works the other way too. The game can also help enhance the enjoyment of the music, because it gets tied to a past experience. When you listen to the songs, and transport you back to the time you were enjoying that game and maybe even the specific scenario in that game.
I am kind of the opposite I think. I don't notice the music easily in games. Though there are a few games I liked the OST of.
buumpy! Oh man haven't played IWD games in a loooong time,talking about it brings back memories..
Thanks and bump ;)
Bump and thanks
Ahhh, it's satisfying to know what goes into ''?'' places, as I actually got DnD adventure book for Icewind Dale.
That being said, I have only played Icewind Dale 1. The soundtrack matched the theme, but I won't say it's outstanding. I even bet the soundtrack has no vocals. I like when games give their soundtracks vocals! Like Final Fantasy games do. My favorite is Serah's theme from FF XIII.
And of course fast paced shooter games that employ upbeat soundtrack make you feel badass. Unfortunately, not all games nail it.
Thank you :)
Thank you so much!, ThalesOwens :)
I agree that music is important in games, it can make the game incredibly immersive... or ruin the whole experience.
There are quite a few games I ended up muting the "music" noise that was completely taking me out of the gameplay.
On the other hand, there are games I probably wouldn't have played as much as I did, or wouldn't have played at all, but the music kept me going for more.
Like Company of Heroes 2. Not my genre at all. I got it from a bundle, can't remember which, and activated it because my gf likes strategy war games. I tried it and was hooked by the atmosphere in the first few minutes of gameplay, due largely to Chris Velasco"s amazing score
Wow, great stuff, thanks for the recommendation!
I had already noticed his work in other games like Borderlands and God of War but in CoH2, it's really the perfect storm. The choir, the orchestra, it really all works perfectly with the Russian front setting of the game.
Bump and thanks!
As Fluffster just says, music is important in games.
I can say that my best musical experience in a game has been in The Lord Of The Rings Online; multiple areas each one with its own soundtrack. Unavoidably there are some cheesy ones that screech in your ear; also some reused tunes, some different versions of old tunes (extended, shortened, more mellow or agressive...) but overall and given the inmense amount of quality music in it, LOTRO is my #1 in the game soundtrack world.
Bump! Thanks for the train! =)
Nice music of course, if you like music in (old) rpg games i would really recommend you to listen to Betrayal at Krondor game music, really one of my favorite soundtracks ever.
I played both parts of Icewind Dale (I-II) when they were released, so very long time ago, if i remember right i didn't finish them to the end (but intended to finish them later). I finished of course other games of dnd like Baldurs Gate's and Neverwinter Nights + dlcs, PT, all best/great games. Thanks for sharing.
Betrayal at Krondor might be the earliest pc game I played with a memorable soundtrack as well as story. Good stuff!