When Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon released back in 2013, it took me by surprise. What also took me by surprise was the incredible soundtrack by Power Glove. I listen to tracks from it often.
Of course, the aesthetic also greatly appeals to me, but that’s a story for another day.
When Trials of the Blood Dragon released in June of 2016, I wasn’t even sure I was going to play it. I’d never played a Trials game, and, historically, any sort of driving game tends to find me hilariously challenged. However, the Blood Dragon theme proved too much for me to resist and I dove in.
To be fair, I was not good at the game.
But that didn’t matter; the soundtrack was glorious. Power Glove topped themselves. Various tracks have found their way into my monthly playlists even now.
Because of my prolonged infatuation with the music, I started to seek out other sounds in a similar vein.
Allow me to digress here for a moment. I’ve always loved John Carpenter’s music (his work for The Fog and Halloween among my top picks), and I felt like Power Glove was giving me a more rocking version of his music. I started to find various artists on YouTube and I found a whole new area of music that I adore.
I’ve certainly been blown away by video game soundtracks before (and written about some of my favorites in an early piece on my site back when I still wasn’t using caps…bless), and I track down the ones I am into as often as possible. I love that they are seemingly more widely included in certain special editions of games (most recently in Persona 5). If I see a special edition for a game I’m super interested in and it has an art book and/or a soundtrack, I’m pretty much sold.
While thinking about this topic, I found that, apparently, both Blood Dragon soundtracks were released on super bitchin’ neon pink vinyl double albums and I am sort of having lusty feelings about obtaining them.
So this got me wondering: are there any video game soundtracks that prompted you to look into new types of music you were unfamiliar with? Did it send you down a delightful new path? What are some of your favorite video game soundtracks in general? This is one of my favorite topics and I’d love to hear what people like.
Also, what will you be playing this weekend? My big plans include…well…I will just be glad to get to play anything, honestly. Here’s hoping it happens.
P.S. In looking back at my top ten soundtracks (which, incidentally, would now be a bit different) piece, I realize (now) that there were only nine listed. That is ridiculously embarrassing but it happened and I’m leaving it. Just know if you refer back to that piece, I am acutely aware of the fact that I apparently could not count to ten. But rest assured: I can count to ten now, so, that’s progress.