*PLEASE NOTE - I understand that opinions may differ and its cool with me, so if a song that you think its worth checking out let me know, I love orchestration and cla$sical, but please do not flame on opinions, I appreciate everyones choice :)
So with Al Gore telling us what we already knew, that gaming is becomming a big deal... I think its good to look at possibly one of the more crucial elements to immerse you into the game, the musical score, the score can help amplify emotions and further immerse you into the experience, and over the generations there have been some fine examples of Music being used to full effect in video games, here are a few that I believe do it just right!
Resident Evil 2
I still describe this as one of the finest games ever produced, the atmosphere and the tension throughout is rock solid, and it is perfectly captured in the music. The music even has fun with you, placing crashes of cymbals etc randomly, peppering the already unbearable suspense with even more to worry about, if the zombies dont give you a heart attack, the music just might.
Police station: the second floor
Police station: the first floor
Final Fantasy 7
Possibly one of the first games that made me wonder what the future of gaming can hold, because at the time it really did not get any better than this, heck even just thinking about it makes me want to go dust off the game in the attic and play it, also the music had a lasting impression on me, using midi's exceptionally well to portray every emotion required throughout the extensive game, from one winged angel when fighting sephiroth, to Aeris theme, this game incorporated music to such a level that was well before it's time, check out the opening music and get that adrenaline rush all over again as you race to the first reactor to blow it up!
Super Mario World
What kind of look back would this be without featuring the glorious 8-bit days? Super Mario world is another game which annoying makes me whistle its various catchy tunes randomly in my day, upbeat, and almost using the same jingle throughout with various tweaks and change in pace, it was a pretty cool thing in its day, and can still be found in some Mario games even on the wii!
Mario world: Castle
Mario world: Overworld
Metal Gear Saga
Possibly the game that takes its music as serious as the game itself, hiring action movie score proffessional Harry Gregson-Williams to make the main theme of Metal Gear Solid 2 and it becomming the trend throughout the remainder of the saga, suppose something needs to help you through the insanely long cut scenes at times, and luckily enough the music does a terrific job of complementing the action on screen, deftly blending with the emotional rollercoaster that is this saga, and yes.... I do have Metal Gear Saga as my ringtone sadly enough!
Metal gear Saga
My frontrunner for my game of the year so far (really not kidding, loved it) and already think its one best music from a video game this year, because I honestly think the music beats the game! Hans Zimmer, yet another composer who cut his teeth on movie scores was hired for the main themes in this game, and wow what a job he did, Epilogue is epic and captures just about every emotion you experience in this game within its 3 minutes of awesomeness! I think it should now be a law that if you want your game to be just that 20% more awesome, hire Hans Zimmer to make some music, its well worth it!
A series that gets just about everything right in the artistic stakes fittingly also has a great score, Bioshock uses brilliantly liscensed music such as "Beyond the Sea" and "Danny Boy" to freakish effect, but also has its own musical score of worthy note, using violins to great effect to create a sense of paranoia throughout your experience under the sea, but also managing to tug brilliantly on the heart strings with songs such as Eleanor's Lullaby, perfectly blended in with a heartfelt scene, it complimented Bioshock 2's ending perfectly (well, if like me, you was a good big daddy)
Ten years later
Well.. with so many games out there I could be here all night including them all, so this is just a starter course into a very mixed look into the world of gamings finest musical scores, we will also have some you may know, and some you have never heard of, so please comment below and let me know what your favourites are! :)