The soundtrack of video games invokes certain feelings in players. It is the game music composers who possess the ability to create such feelings through their music. Some of them can even make you laugh, cry, or jump with excitement with their video game soundtracks. Over the decades, they have shaped the way players interact with the character of the games.
These composers can come up with the right soundtrack for the key moments in a video game. It can be the tension-filled moments of a battle or those pleasant moments of walking through a new world. Here are the most talented video game music composers who’ve influenced the players’ minds with their fabulous soundtracks.
1. Jeremy Soule
If you’ve spent a few hours playing Skyrim, you’ll certainly know how Jeremy Soule’s music sounds like. While traveling through mountain passes, dungeons, and temples in the game, you’ll hear his brilliant pieces of music. Soule has worked on some great projects such as Guild Wars, Harry Potter, and Icewind Dale. However, his musical score in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the most popular one.
When you need to listen to Dragonborn, you’ll certainly be all praise for his talent. The music in this game doesn’t utilize the talents of live orchestras. Instead, the same sounds have been recreated to keep the players hooked on the game.
2. Nobuo Uematsu
Every time you defeat a monster in Final Fantasy, you’ll get to hear a victory fanfare. This is one of the brilliant creations of Nobuo Uematsu. The tracks of Final Fantasy have become the most recognized and loved staples in the gaming world. Uematsu has played an important role in the creation of Final Fantasy video games for decades.
With his incredible talent, he created some memorable pieces of music in all the games in this series. In his most famous track titled One-winged Angel, he combines haunting vocals with dark classical music. As a result, the track transports players into the final battle with Sephiroth.
3. Koji Kondo
Since the mid-1980s, Koji Kondo’s music has contributed to the success of The Legend of Zelda series. His music accompanies Link in his quest to rescue Zelda after defeating the evil Ganondorf. The tracks of this video game have been a source of motivation for the players since many years. Breath of the Wild is the most recent title of the series.
For this video game, the musicians Yasuaki Iwata, Manaka Kataoka, and Hajime Wakai were brought in. Despite this, they continue the brilliant works of Kondo. His music has kept players mesmerized while being transported to the beautiful world of fantasy.
4. Harry Gregson-Williams
Many have enjoyed the intense fight between Naked Snake and The Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. It is the moving soundtrack that makes this intense fighting scene even more dramatic. The credit for this goes to Harry Gregson-Williams, who is its creator. The strong emotions that the ending evokes wouldn’t have been possible without his amazing musical talent.
This is not the only soundtrack that showcases the brilliance of Williams. He has even created magic in movies with his music. They include The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and Kingdom of Heaven.