The pure wonderment that pulsed through my body the first time I trekked through the beautiful Journey was only improved by the fantastic score that ushered my scarved character throughout the landscapes that ensued inspired emotions mixed with greatness and fascination. As memorable as Journey was, it was enhanced even more by its strong accompaniment.
Catherine was an amazing game, particularly on the gameplay front. Catherine follows the story of Vincent (played by Troy Baker), happily and unhappily in a relationship with Katherine. He meets a cute and flirty girl one night at the bar he hangs out at with his buddies, and it turns his entire world upside down and inside out. Every night, Vincent suffers from terrible nightmares where he must climb endless towers to freedom. Each fever dream was inspired by and contained renditions of some of the most well known classical compositions. Ever wanted to hear Mozart and rock? Catherine is the game for you.
4. PaRappa the Rapper
Kick! Punch! It’s all in the incredibly catchy tunes that graced both PaRappa the Rapper and its sequel. This musically inspired game made the most mundane of tasks (learning how to drive, making a burger, etc.) into memorable songs. And while I still don’t exactly understand how the game considers scores, I do know that I had a blast playing through the games. Anyone who grew up in the 90s would’ve played this gem on, at the least, a PlayStation One demo disc and probably had Dojo Master Onion’s rap permanently stuck in their heads.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Perhaps the greatest Zelda game of all time – many people believe it to be such – the Ocarina of Time features classic Zelda gameplay with a musical twist. Link utilizes his little ocarina to solve many puzzles (a feature that began with Ocarina of Time and made its way to the numerous Zelda games thereafter). As the first Zelda game to grace the beloved N64, Ocarina of Time deserves its spot on this list as much as any other game; it’s that influential.
2. Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy
When I think of music in games, my mind always wanders to Final Fantasy. I’m such a big fan of the compositions in Square-Enix’s long running franchise that I’ve traveled out of state to see the songs performed (and I’ll be seeing them in Cleveland this summer). Theatrhythm takes the popularity of Nobuo Uematsu (the main composer on a good majority of the soundtracks) and the other composers’ music and puts them into a rhythm game (similar to Guitar Hero) for the 3DS. The result is a magical journey through Final Fantasy, as you choose chibi-ish heroes to battle enemies to the music of Final Fantasy. It’s a treasure for fans, and it even exists as an arcade game in Japan and at Round 1 Arcade in the U.S.