Top 10 Best Video Game Themes

There have been lots of really memorable video game songs and themes over the years, and we all have our favourites. I would like to present a list of what I feel are the ten best pieces of music to ever come from video games. Feel free to disagree, but remember that of course this is all opinion!

Now, here’s my list.


Street Fighter IV – Main Theme/Volcanic Rim

Capcom used to play the hell out of this piece of music in every Street Fighter IV trailer to hype the game, and I don’t blame them. This theme has “resurrection” written all over it, which is what Street Fighter IV did to the series. It is also very energetic and damn, it’s loud! This is the perfect music to listen to while overly-stereotyped fighters beat the pulp out of each other. I look at this piece of music as the definitive Street Fighter theme song now, and I hope that Capcom does too. It’s just that good.


Diablo Series – Theme of Tristram

This is such a depressing piece of music, but at the same time it is just as great. I cannot think of any other gloomy, soul destroying piece of music that I actually LIKE listening to. Tristram’s theme fills you with such a strong feeling of desolation and destroys all hope you have of vanquishing Diablo. This theme slaps you in the face and tells you that you’re going to fail, and that the demons of Hell will invade and take over.


Castlevania Series – Divine Bloodlines

I believe that this theme has been in a few Castlevania games, and this is the tune that always stands out to me when I play one of these skeleton and vampire infested games. Whenever I hear Divine Bloodlines, I really feel like I am in the game and am on a quest to kill Dracula. I feel like it is MY adventure. Divine Bloodlines really gets you in the mood to kick some Count ass, and is the perfect start to some Castlevania games, such as Dracula X.


Stider Hiryu Series – Theme of Strider Hiryu
Also used in Marvel Vs Capom: Clash of Super Heroes

One of video gaming’s coolest ninjas has one of the most awesome character theme songs ever. This tune plays in the official Strider Hiryu games but is also used as his theme in Marvel Vs Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. This was an awesome theme that, in Marvel Vs Capcom, could turn the tides of battle. I found that, when fighting Strider, my mind was always on this music more than the character. I can’t say that it defines him well, but I can say that this is the best theme for a character ever in a fighting game.


World of Warcraft – Login Theme

Before Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm, we had this. From 2004 until 2006, this is what players of the colossal MMORPG heard each time they loaded up the game. Three expansions later and this theme is still the login music, though it has been butchered and remixed so many times that it has lost it’s original soul. This theme defines World of Warcraft as a whole and is the definitive tune for the MMORPG as a whole.


Mega Man 2 – Intro Theme Music

In my opinion, this is the ultimate Mega Man theme. Mega Man 3, a game that I actually don’t like at all, comes a distant second to Mega Man 2’s theme. How the piece just starts off so gentle and peaceful before slowly escalating into a really powerful and energetic piece is the best transition ever in a video game theme. I love it!


Tetris – Theme Music

This theme is the embodiment of all things Tetris, and no puzzle game has ever come close to having such a fitting theme. The Tetris theme has this aura to it that gets you into the mood to play with blocks and have a blast, but when you are faced with a possible game over situation, this theme song feels incredibly ominous to the player, pressuring them to lose and get game over. The Tetris theme does all this despite never changing even a single note. If that isn’t mind control or real power over the player, then I don’t know what is.


Final Fantasy Series – “Final Fantasy”

What started as a adventurous and energetic opening to what Squaresoft assumed to be their final game before dissolving has turned into one of the gaming industry’s ultimate game over themes. I don’t mean game over as in losing all your lives, no. I mean game over as in you completed the game. The Final Fantasy theme often plays at the end of each game during the ending sequence or credits, serving as a passionate piece of music that will make you feel glad that you adventured with Square’s latest band of misfits. The most moving piece of video game music ever, in my opinion.


Super Mario Bros. – Original Theme

Perhaps the most iconic tune in this top 10. Everyone knows the Mario theme. Even people who have never even played a Mario game know what this little jingle is! The Mario theme transcends gaming. When people who barely even know what Mario is can identify the main theme, it says a lot. In terms of being iconic, this one is certainly at the very top… So why isn’t it #1 on the list, especially considering the fact that I am a huge Mario fanatic?


The Legend of Zelda Series – Main Theme

… Because the Zelda theme, while not quite iconic as the Mario theme, is a superior composition that evokes a real sense of adventure from the player. Hearing this theme, even in the very first Legend of Zelda on the NES, can pull anyone into the mood required to play a Zelda game. It pulls you into the magical world of Hyrule, and it won’t let you go. Chances are you won’t want to let go anyway. In terms of being iconic, this theme is second only to the Mario theme, but it is a far more engrossing theme that takes hold of you and rocks you to the core.

Several of these themes are available on my MP3 Downloads page, so head on over there if you want to download some tunes.

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Has World of Warcraft’s reputation hurt the Warcraft brand?

I was just thinking about the games that I used to play when I was younger, and some games such as Warcraft 2 came to mind. Remember how crazy people were over the first two Warcrafts? And then the third game came along and it was pretty much hailed as the best RTS around and was critically acclaimed by, well, pretty much the entire planet.

Afterwards came World of Warcraft. Back in 2004, it was just a tiny MMORPG that was well received by many and was hoping to make a difference in the market. WoW seemed harmless enough back then, and playing it was actually encouraged by most gamers, as well as Warcraft fans who wanted to see the franchise reach new audiences.

It’s interesting what only a few years can do.

Despite the graphical limitations of World of Warcraft today, it continues to push the envelope and constantly redefines what MMORPGs are and how they should be played. Despite the game looking and playing better than ever before, it is no longer looked upon kindly by most people. Yes it does still have millions of active subscribers, but for every subscriber there are several people who condemn the game and say that they will never touch it. A lot of WoW players even admit to being afraid to tell others that they play WoW, because they do not want to be embarrassed by them.

I look at how beloved Warcraft used to be in the hearts of PC gamers and then at how the franchise is treated today, solely due to World of Warcraft. With so much anti-WoW hate circling the internet these days, it makes me wonder…. If Warcraft 4 ever sees the light of day, will the WoW naysayers, some who are former Warcraft fans themselves, embrace the new RTS? Or will they dismiss it solely because it has “Warcraft” in it’s name, and they do not want to associate with anything that is even vaguely similar to World of Warcraft?

In 2004 and 2005, it used to be cool to play WoW. In 2009 and 2010, it is cool to hate it. Could this hate affect how people view any future Warcraft product that does not tie into WoW, or is the general public smarter than this?

Given how influential we are as a people and how easily our opinions can be swayed due to silly reasons, I’m leaning towards believing that the Warcraft name itself has probably been permanently damaged and a Warcraft 4, even if it is the most advanced and impressive RTS game of all time, will not win back any ex-Warcraft fans easily. Some would surely come back, but how many? And how long would it take the naysayers to not lump this game in with WoW just for sake of wanting to further enhance it’s bad image?

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