Hey HMF, I’m gonna do one last forum post before I log off for a good while. A game’s soundtrack is something that some people see as one of the essentials in making a game good and overall making the players first experience memorable. The concept of this post came up after beating Saint’s Row 3 on The Nintendo Switch. To provide clarity no this is not my first time playing SR3 I played it originally on the Xbox 360 when it first released back in 2011. I’m choosing SR3 for an example since they arguably use their Soundtrack (both original and licensed) in a strategic way in order to bring out our emotions. I will be using two examples from two late-game missions and with that being said if you haven’t played a game that is almost 10 years old what are you doing?
The first mission I’m gonna bring up is titled Murderbrawl XXXl. The Boss (The Player) participates in this year’s Murderbrawl and you go up against Kill Bane and his Luchadors. Your companion goes up against Kill Bane and you fight off the onslaught of Luchadors. During this time Joe Esposito’s Hit from the 1980’s classic The Karate Kid “You’re The Best Around” plays as you chainsaw your way through what seems a never-ending horde of enemies. During this moment as the song plays you feel energized and badass and overall feel good as you hack your way through enemies. How could Volition top this moment? Well, the mission ends with Kill Bane (canonically) being demasked and escaping in a fit of rage and you truly feel the best around.
The next mission is, of course, the final mission before one of the two epilogues. The mission titled Three Way has you travel to three locations of the city that is in mass chaos and you diminish the horde of enemies. After you finish those objectives it is revealed Kill Bane is fleeing the City and that the Para-Military Group S.T.A.G plans on blowing up a monument and blaming it on The Saints because they captured Shaundi and Viola. The only problem is you only have time to do one. What follows is what I consider one of my favorite moment in a game in general which is Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero” playing in the background as you make your choice. The song encompasses the situation perfectly. Anyone can become a hero if they try. If the player follows the canon route they will save S.T.A.G.S terroristic attack upon the monument and you truly become a hero because the girls are saved and you get the happy ending.
Music and Video games are bread and butter. For a lack of a better phrase “it just works”. I share with you one of my favourite musical moments from a game I very much enjoy every couple of years. I hope you share your experiences with the rest of the HMF and with that being said I’ma go log off now and I’ll see you guy’s for the next IOI stream!