For many people, music can play a large role in what kind of impression a game leaves on them. Music is one of the key aspects in setting up a game’s atmosphere, and this is especially the case in the RPG genre. The right kind of song can get a player more engaged in what’s going on; whether it’s emphasizing how grandiose the overworld is or expressing the scale of a boss’ power, a well-composed soundtrack can be a crucial part of a game’s memorability. From catchy melodies to subtle ambient tracks, the RPG genre has seen all manner of soundtracks, with some being the perfect fit for the game at hand.
The soundtrack of NieR is always the first to come to my mind when I think about which game I believe has the best music. With its mix of melancholy instrumental pieces and beautiful vocals by Emi Evans (who, incidentally, also sang the vocals for the Dark Souls and Dark Souls II soundtracks), it more than makes up for NieR‘s lackluster graphics and sets a very strong tone for the game. The fictional language that was written for the game’s soundtrack is incredibly captivating, and I found the use of sounds from various modern languages as motifs for different characters to be a very nice touch. On the other hand, JRPG soundtracks such as Final Fantasy VI and Golden Sun stand out as soundtracks that sound amazing despite the sound limitations of their respective consoles.
What makes a great RPG soundtrack for you? What’s your favorite soundtrack in the genre? Let us know in the comments below, and take a peek at what the NieR soundtrack has to offer!