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The depressing video game music awards!!!

Post by Crossroads Inc. » 2016-09-15 01:23pm

So....
Many video games are known for their music.
mostly for great inspirational or uplifting pieces.
Dragon Warrior.
Chrono Trigger.
Final Fantasy.
Undertale...

But, What on the oppiside side?
Those music pieces from video games, that upon hearing, just feel like they crush your soul?
This isn;t about "bad" music, but just video game pieces that have a chilling mood enhancing knife to the heart type feelings.
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Re: The depressing video game music awards!!!

Post by OmegaChief » 2016-09-15 02:13pm

I don't know if it counts as game music, but the Adagio of Strings used in Homeworld stands out for me.

Though it's use first mission manages to be hopeful and optimistic, it then dips into horrible depression on your return and then maybe back up to hope for the final mission
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Re: The depressing video game music awards!!!

Post by TheFeniX » 2016-09-15 04:13pm

Your list of games easily qualifies in both areas. Uematsu is pretty hard to beat. Lost Odessy had a couple moments that almost wrecked me. I think the one thing holding me back was Cooke's VA being the same one who does one of the Orphans from Futurama (also, other things). But the music was stellar all throughout that game.

Parting Forever
A Sign of Hope - More bittersweet than actually depressing. But I think it's a better song.

You going to mention Chrono Trigger, might as well do it right:


But yea, Uematsu. I want to punch that guy sometimes for being so good.


Name a Final Fantasy and it's got some song in there that's just depressing as Hell. Even some of the stuff from outlier games:


Also, two songs that are great in their similarities and differences.

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Re: The depressing video game music awards!!!

Post by Eternal_Freedom » 2016-09-15 04:58pm

OmegaChief wrote:I don't know if it counts as game music, but the Adagio of Strings used in Homeworld stands out for me.

Though it's use first mission manages to be hopeful and optimistic, it then dips into horrible depression on your return and then maybe back up to hope for the final mission
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Re: The depressing video game music awards!!!

Post by Lord Revan » 2016-09-16 02:18am

A lot of soul crushing or depressing music in games depends on the moment the music is played. For 2 WoW examples the later part of the Wrathgate cinematic not the bombastic piece when you march to the gate but the part that plays when the dragons swoop in and torch the Place, also the music that plays at end of the Broken Shore event when alliance/horde ship is leaving both convey the sense of "utter failure and loss of hope" well.
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Post by Bernkastel » 2016-09-19 07:49am

Here are a couple of sad pieces of music from the Zero Escape series.

Morphogenetic Sorrow
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Re: The depressing video game music awards!!!

Post by Iroscato » 2016-09-19 08:08am

Having recently completed the Mass Effect trilogy and subsequently trying desperately to find something to fill the void it left in my soul after I was finished, these two cut me particularly deeply in the feels.

Say what you will about ME3 and its ending (which I personally did not mind), the music was taken to a new level of extraordinary...



The feeling of losing a fight before it's already begun, watching your home burn and your people suffer, and knowing it'll be a long damn time before you can do anything to even slow it down, let alone stop it. And the way the title "MASS EFFECT 3" dropped right on the last note...spine-chilling stuff.



Similar to Leaving Earth but with a more bittersweet edge. Left me feeling relieved at finally ending the war, but devastated at what it had taken to get this far.
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Re: The depressing video game music awards!!!

Post by Dragon Angel » 2016-09-19 03:01pm



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Re: The depressing video game music awards!!!

Post by Gaidin » 2016-09-20 12:28pm

TheFeniX wrote: You going to mention Chrono Trigger, might as well do it right:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KntnrMLDLA[youtube]
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