Between my Pokemon playtime, I have also sent my weekend dabbling in another game I have had my sights on for a while, and has been on my backlog list for this month, BIT.TRIP Presents… Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm.
I have said before that indie games, because of passion or a limited amount of funding, their creators tend to focus on one aspect of a game and then polish that on part to the point of perfection. Super Meat Boy had amazing platforming controls and levels, Limbo focused on atmosphere and Mark of the Ninja chose to focus on third person perspective stealth gameplay.
If I were to say the one gaming aspect that BTR 2 polishes to a shine is the sound of the game. The stage starts off with a terrific soundtrack, completing every obstacle rewards you with a chine or musical note, getting the power ups upgrades the stage soundtrack with more depth, background music notes and -lack of a better word- more oomph in the soundtrack. And if you play through the entire stage correctly completing the stage rewards you with a wonderful fast paced musical track. It really makes the game.
In my childhood I used to play my gameboy with the sound turned off, it was a combination of one part consideration to my family members around the house, one part because I was multitasking with other activities (read as: watching TV), and one part because I did not like the limited 8 bit soundtrack. Now that I am older I can understand the workings of a game and can buy set of quality headphones for my own I have come to appreciate what a good soundtrack can do for a game.
I was reading a History book on videogames and back in the Famicom/NES days Nintendo would spend an unusual amount of time to focus on their Mario soundtracks, making sure that they got every use of their limited sound effects, and looking back it really shows and I’m glad Nintendo continued to provide the same level of excellence after so many gaming generations.
Great gaming soundtracks have always been in games but it takes an amazing soundtracks to make you stop and actually listen to it. I want to pass this question on to you, I talked about BTR2, Batman Arkham City, and SM3W that had amazing soundtracks that left me in awe but what are your’s? What’s one game’s soundtrack that was so good it made you stop and appreciate the game’s music more than usual?
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