Maximus Stephens – Video Game Music (part 1)

For this week’s blog post we are delving into the mysterious work of video games! Surprisingly, they have amazing soundtracks which are great to get lost in and help your wellbeing. Below are just a handful of some amazing examples, so if you don’t find anything you like get onto YouTube and search for some of your favourite games, ask your children for some games to start with if you need inspiration!

Skyrim

Photo Credit – Nintendo

Up first is a video game classic. Released in 2011, Skyrim is the 5th game installment in the Elderscrolls game franchise. In this game you design your own character and roam across a mysterious world of adventure, danger and opportunity. The examples below are from the official game soundtrack by Jeremy Soule.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–RU438cUM0&list=PL8CB7943AB56938F8&index=2 – Awake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5sTI_zBg40&list=PL8CB7943AB56938F8&index=3 – From Past to Present

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRAlNeOHI-g&list=PL8CB7943AB56938F8&index=6 – The City Gates

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPWVfCtnGyg&list=PL8CB7943AB56938F8&index=24 – Far Horizons

Minecraft

Photo Credit – The Verge

Next up is a game I presume many people have heard of, Minecraft! This game was actually created back in 2009 and still is one of the most played games in the world! Minecrfat is a sandbox type building game, where you can build basically anything you want! The soundtrack for this game (Volume Alpha) is by a mysteriously named composer, C418 – enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laZusNy8QiY&list=PL3817D41C7D841E23 – Haggstrom

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq-RGFyaq0U&list=PL3817D41C7D841E23&index=16 – Minecraft

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhWjWdlnmEw&list=PL3817D41C7D841E23&index=22 – Clark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCvARLz0rjI&list=PL3817D41C7D841E23&index=24 – Door

The Last of Us

Photo Credit – Wallpaper Cave

The next game on our list for today is The Last of Us. This game was released in 2013 and is based around a post-apocalyptic world. You played the main character Joel, who is tasked with escorting a teenage girl Ellie across the United States. I won’t spoil the rest of the plot, so if you are intrigued I would definitely recommend playing it or watch some of the many YouTubers play it to experience the amazing story writing! The examples below are from the official soundtrack by Gustavo Santaolalla.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p2DjSwt4_g&list=PL8ewBDH5ZkrUqmzDJvyIPoUcM8qLsJ2bZ&index=3 – The Last of Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2-tlEOMgzU&list=PL8ewBDH5ZkrUqmzDJvyIPoUcM8qLsJ2bZ&index=11 – The Choice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoQO3p8PxvA&list=PL8ewBDH5ZkrUqmzDJvyIPoUcM8qLsJ2bZ&index=16 – Home

https://youtube.com/watch?v=wILHyuxinlg&list=PL8ewBDH5ZkrUqmzDJvyIPoUcM8qLsJ2bZ&index=27  – The Last of Us (You and Me)

Battlefield 1

Photo Credit – GodisaGeek

Last on our list is potentially my favourite ever video game soundtrack, Battlefield 1. Battlefield 1, confusingly, is a game from the popular battlefield franchise centred around the first world war. It was released in 2016 and the soundtrack was composed by Johan Soderqvist and Patrik Andren.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7nVjq9a-xk&list=PLbZoYkHzfDbyNyPX-yg2BZaYyuqp4OzTL – Battlefield 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blrowdcHufk&list=PLbZoYkHzfDbyNyPX-yg2BZaYyuqp4OzTL&index=6 – Nothing is Written

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUa4B-Wkm68&list=PLbZoYkHzfDbyNyPX-yg2BZaYyuqp4OzTL&index=21 – Gallipoli

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyh28QuX-OI&list=PLbZoYkHzfDbyNyPX-yg2BZaYyuqp4OzTL&index=24 – Dawn of a New Time

Thank you for taking time to read through this blog post! A new post will usually be uploaded every Wednesday and will be around the topic of music in some form. If you have any feedback or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment, or visit my website!

www.maxstephensmusic.com

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