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 title 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.
Final Fantasy V
One of the underdogs of the series, this title theme found in Final Fantasy V is quite the departure from the franchise norm, but not in a bad way. What I like about this one is that it immediately sets the feel for the entire game – a grandoise, but lighthearted adventure just waiting to be discovered.
Oblivion was essentially my gateway into adoring massive single-player RPGs. I missed the boat on Morrowind as I was tied up in MMORPGs at the time, but Oblivion taught me that single player experiences could be just as vast and expansive as the online ones I was so invested in at the time. Also, you can’t go wrong with Jeremy Soule at the helm.
Little Ninja Brothers
This Culture Brain series is definitely one of the more unique experiences you will find on the NES, at least here in the States. This heavily Eastern-influenced title is one I distinctly renting multiple times from Kroger as a child, and this track has stuck in mind since then as a result.
Secret of Mana
One of the most beautiful, emotional pieces from the SNES era, the opening to Secret of Mana is one that can weigh heavy on the listener. It tonally portrays a seemingly hopeless journey thats only sliver of hope is attached to the actions of three youth. Excellent work, if I do say so myself.
Final Fantasy Tactics
A title near and dear to me, the entire soundtrack of Final Fantasy Tactics is nothing short of superb. While some of its mechanics and systems are a bit antiquated in comparison to newer tactical RPGs, a remake or remaster that included some tweaks would do really well on Switch, I believe. Make it happen, Squenix!
That’s it for this list. What did you think about my selection? Stay tuned for more musical spotlights in the future!