Released on the 7 of November, 2011, the London Philharmonic Orchestra tackles some of gaming’s greatest themes from the iconic Super Mario Bros. theme, to the more obscure Angry Birds theme in this amazing album, The Greatest Video Game Music.
Listening to the album is one of the greatest musical collections that I have had the pleasure of experienced in recent years. Along with magnificent arrangement of every gamers favourite tunes, the songs themselves bring back memories of the games they originate from. Whenever the Zelda Suite came on, images of the lush greenery of Hyrule Field sprung to the forefront of my mind, bringing back memories of the time Link first left the forest and embarked on his amazing journey with everyone playing along, all those years ago.
Some of the standout tracks on the album include the hauntingly beautiful theme from Bioshock (The Ocean On His Shoulders), and the dramatic, heart-pounding action theme from Metal Gear Solid: Sons Of Liberty. Although I have never played either of these games enough to have any fond memories (albeit the first time you are exposed to the enormous underwater city of Rapture) these songs bring together the experiences of the games into one, tight package, able to be enjoyed at a moments notice. While not as good as actually having the game in your pocket, this is definitely a worthy substitute.
This album serves as a soundtrack to many gamers lives, with classic, retro songs from a simpler time cropping up in between the newer, more dramatic pieces from the past 4 or 5 years. A prime example of this is the appearance of both the famous Tetris theme song (The Russian folk song of Korobeiniki) and the much more recent Splinter Cell: Conviction theme. There is a definite sampling here for all gamers, old or young, and surely everyone will find a song that fits their tastes, and brings back memories of a dramatic cut-scene, or a tormenting boss battle. This album is an amazing collection of some of gamings greatest melodies, and a worthy addition to your own collection This album is an amazing collection of some of gamings greatest melodies, and a worthy addition to your own collection and I heartily recommend this album to any and all fans of either classical music, or video game music in general.
- Advent Rising: Muse
- Legend Of Zelda: Suite
- Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2: Theme
- Angry Birds: Main Theme
- Final Fantasy VIII: Liberi Fatali
- Super Mario Bros.: Theme
- Unchartered – Drake’s Fortune: Nate’s Theme
- Grand Theft Auto 4: Soviet Connection
- World Of Warcraft: Seasons Of War
- Metal Gear Solid: Sons Of Liberty Theme
- Tetris Theme: Korobeiniki
- Battlefield 2: Theme
- Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
- Call Of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare: Main Menu Theme
- Mass Effect: Suicide Mission
- Splinter Cell: Conviction
- Final Fantasy: Main Theme
- Bioshock: The Ocean On His Shoulders
- Halo 3: One Final Effort
- Fallout 3: Theme
- Super Mario Galaxy: Gusty Garden Galaxy
- (Bonus Track On Amazon) – Dead Space: Welcome Aboard The U.S.G Ishimura
- (Bonus Track On iTunes) – Final Fantasy XIII: Hanging Edge