A neighborhood weblog by BRAVO F1VE
[2021 was another year of fine video games with equally fine soundtracks. In this community blog, Destructoid user BRAVO F1VE reflects on some of the great themes and tunes that blessed our ears this year. – Moyse]
Typically, probably the most memorable moments from a online game usually are not set items or mechanics, however soundtracks. As we finish 2021, I needed to make an inventory of the highest music tracks from video games that I’ve performed this 12 months. Whereas there could also be some omissions because of my earthly limitations (I can’t play all the things), this record ought to function a celebration of online game music accomplished proper.
Listed here are 20 of my favorites from this 12 months.
Demise’s Door – Gravedigger’s Coronary heart
Demise’s Door is a couple of reaper searching for out misplaced souls which have grown too previous for this world and have to be dropped at the afterlife – forcibly. This leads to some significantly intense boss battles, however as soon as they’re slain, the sport takes just a few moments to memorialize your fallen foe. This music is a somber reflection in your obligation as a reaper and the humanity of your adversaries.
Sable – The Ewer
I feel most individuals that play Sable will in all probability say their favourite track is “Glider” which performs when you obtain your hoverbike and the world opens up for actual. Sadly, my bike hilariously glitched out throughout that second, breaking many of the immersion. Even nonetheless, Sable’s soundtrack is atmospheric and total simply brings a chill vibe, and the track that performs simply out of Ibex Camp is my favourite.
Griftlands – Rook’s Boss Theme
Griftlands‘ soundtrack is best than it has any proper to be. Every track shifts relying on how the battle goes, escalating into a number of phases that enhance rigidity as every encounter reaches its tipping level. Rook’s theme is an ideal match for the dusty veteran, and the important phases particularly are a terrific encapsulation of a person utterly bodily and mentally exhausted, however with the desire to maintain going.
Persona 5 Strikers – Anti Hero
Persona 5 had an incredible soundtrack, and Strikers, its sequel/spin-off adopted swimsuit in delivering some nice tunes. Anti Hero units the backdrop of a cyberpunk dungeon, by which the Phantom Thieves should defeat a person with a god complicated, who thinks he’s the savior of humanity. Just about all of Persona 5 Strikers’ tracks are good, however this one is definitely a standout.
Far Cry 6 – Yara Para Todos
Far Cry 6 isn’t a sport I had an opportunity to play this 12 months, however given the fictional island of Yara is closely impressed by Cuba, there are many Latin beats which are a pleasure to take heed to. “Yara para todo” is a chill tune that caught out to me throughout informal listens to this soundtrack. I could by no means get round to the huge open world that’s Far Cry 6, however I can at the least admire the musical artistry right here.
Chicory – Most likely Historical Evil
One other one I haven’t had the prospect to play, however definitely one I’m excited to take a look at in 2022. This closely artificial beat is each distinctive and invigorating, and in contrast to what you come to count on from most online game boss themes.
Resident Evil 8 – The Duke’s Emporium
The Duke is a larger-than-life man who serves as a wandering service provider all through Resident Evil 8. This theme supplies a way of thriller, and was at all times a welcome sound, as if nothing else his presence was a respite from the risks of the village.
Metroid Dread – Decrease Brinstar
It’s Metroid. I by no means felt like Metroid video games had been actually recognized for his or her soundtrack outdoors of a few choose tracks, however this piece does nicely in setting the tone for a pivotal story second midway by the sport.
Monster Hunter Rise – Title Display screen
The title theme in Monster Hunter Rise is subdued however nonetheless very transferring, and its ok to take heed to whereas simply idly ready on the menu display screen.
Tales of Come up – Area Theme
Tales of Come up is a large sport, with a bombastic soundtrack to go together with it. This piece performs whereas exploring the fields of Calaglia, and evokes the identical emotions of listening to Skyrim’s soundtrack whereas exploring that large sport again in 2011. Tales is probably not a big open-world sport, however the soundtrack nonetheless matches the size of such and carries a lot of the overworld exploration.
Forza Horizon 5 – Important Theme
This breezy theme immediately transports gamers to sunny Mexico, the setting of Forza Horizon 5. The flamenco guitar does many of the heavy lifting right here, however listening to this whereas previewing the assorted attractive locales you’ll expertise was a deal with.
Halo Infinite – Reverie
One of many songs that performs throughout Halo Infinite’s menus, the theme “Reverie” supplies a way of marvel as to what could lie in wait upon the brand new Halo that Grasp Chief is making ready to discover. Halo soundtracks are at all times nice, and Halo Infinite‘s is not any exception.
It Takes Two – The Chessboard is Alive
It Takes Two always modifications its gameplay method on gamers, and one of many strongest segments is a piece the place gameplay shifts right into a top-down dungeon crawler, throughout which performs should combat chess items come to life, with this tune heightening the already enjoyable set piece.
Crusader Kings III: Northern Lords Enlargement – The Drakkars
I needed I bought round to enjoying extra Crusader Kings 3 this 12 months, because it not solely is certainly one of my favourite collection ever, but in addition has an extremely underrated soundtrack. Its latest enlargement, The Northern Lords, is a function pack that fleshes out Nordic cultures, and every of the Norse conflict chants does nicely in making you’re feeling just a bit bit just like the Viking warlord chances are you’ll be roleplaying as.
Little Nightmares II – Togetherness 1
I nonetheless want to complete Little Nightmares II, however from what I’ve performed it’s positively a powerful contender for the perfect horror sport in current reminiscence. This eerie music field tune calls again on the Six’s theme from the primary sport but in addition serves as a connecting piece between our two fundamental characters, Six and Mono.
Narita Boy – Arrival In Blue
Narita Boy is a sport I could have been barely laborious on in my assessment. Whereas it stumbles in some gameplay areas, it has a artistic artwork path with some environments that mix attention-grabbing geography with the spiritual iconography of the worshipers of Narita One. Certainly one of my favourite environments was the Blue Home, a stormy seaside area, and this rating does an exquisite job setting the temper upon your entrance.
Persona 5 Strikers – Tenting Journey
Persona 5: Strikers takes Joker and Co. on a highway journey throughout Japan, having fun with their summer time trip whereas balancing their duties as Phantom Thieves. This carefree monitor performs throughout certainly one of their stops at an RV campsite, and was one which caught with me out of all of the places the workforce visits.
Pokemon Good Diamond & Shining Pearl – Route 209
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl had a number of the greatest tracks in all the collection, and the reimagining of Route 209 elevates an already stellar monitor to new heights. With remasters, composers typically run the chance of fixing what isn’t broke, however they did an exquisite job right here.
Griftlands – Smith’s battle theme
One other nice theme from the Griftlands soundtrack, Smith’s theme captures his rambunctious but carefree persona splendidly. Griftlands manages to masterfully match every monitor to every of the three playable characters so nicely, and it’s a giant cause it was certainly one of my favourite video games this 12 months.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits – Befriending Spirits
Kena is an artistically placing sport, with attractive graphics and an exquisite soundtrack. This monitor completely captures the essence of Kena’s job as a spirit information, evoking each the mystique of the departed souls in addition to the whimsy of her companion rot creatures. General, a unbelievable track from a powerful soundtrack.
These are my picks from 2021. What was your favourite music monitor from a sport this 12 months? Be at liberty to share within the feedback under and luxuriate in the brand new 12 months!