Music is an integral part of any game. While pieces that truly compliment their environment are often capable of stirring emotions and conveying a story without the use of words, dull, uninspiring themes can go completely under the radar.
The list below is a compilation of some of my own personal favorite character creation themes in RPGs. I have attempted to provide an eclectic mix of tracks from all sorts of RPGs throughout the years, but I’m sure that I have missed many amazing pieces as a result. But that’s where you come in – be sure to leave your own personal favorites down in the comments below.
Warriors of the Eternal Sun
My first real taste of a DnD-like experience in video game form, Warriors of the Eternal Sun stands amongst my favorite titles from the Sega Genesis. If you have experienced enough music from the platform, you’ll know that many pieces can come across as a bit “grating” due to the output of certain instruments – this tune is definitely one of the nicer ones though.
Yasumi Matsuno’s Ogre Battle franchise is one that I discovered way back on the SNES with its debut title, Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen. As a nine year old, I did not understand this game very much but it did lay the groundwork for my eventual adoration of Final Fantasy Tactics, another tactical RPG from the mind of the same creator.
Final Fantasy XI
Likely among the most detailed character creation compilations out there, Final Fantasy XI is notable for having not one, but numerous character creation tracks based on the gender AND race of your character. There are too many to list here, so I’ve only attached my favorite of the bunch – the hume male.
I imagine that most people could close their eyes and listen to this and know exactly where it came from. Stardew Valley has great music across the board, so it’s no surprise that it nails the “creating a country bumpkin” feeling quite nicely.
Dragon Age: Origins
The creation theme found within the first Dragon Age: Origins is one that immediately sets the tone for the game moving forward. Listening to this alone foreshadows the dark and dreary tale of the very real threat – the Blight – while suggesting that someone still has to do the job, no matter how grim of a task it might be.
That’s it for this list. What did you think about my selection? Stay tuned for more musical spotlights in the future!