Feature: Video Game Music That Didn’t Need To Go That Hard

It had no right!

There is a lot of video game music out there that goes hard. By “goes hard” we mean it slaps. By “it slaps” we mean it’s a bop. By “it’s a bop” we mea— forget it. These are tracks that are really good.

In the vast majority of these instances, the tracks match the situation pretty perfectly. A high-stakes moment in the game might be met by tense strings and an ever-rising pitch; action set-pieces might opt for a big brass statement of the main theme to emphasise your heroic movements; chilled-out hubs might provide some lighter tracks on the keys, bringing your pulse down if it’s generally an intense game or letting you fully relax into the world à la Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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