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    Who Says Main Menu Music Can’t Be Awesome?

    by Menashe (with suggestions from the staff)


    Have you ever turned on a game and instead of pushing the start button, you just sat and listened to the Title Screen music for a while?

    One of the coolest thing about video games is that there is a separate music track for every single part of the game. And that includes the Title Screen/Main Menu. In a way, video game music is similar to movie scores in that they must use music that fits the scene. But, a Title Screen or Main Menu isn’t actually a scenario in the game itself, it’s more of an appetizer of what’s to come. It sets the tone and whets your appetite, getting you into the mood as you are about to embark on a new adventure. Sometimes the pre-game menu has you creating or customizing a new character, shaping what your avatar will look like over the next 30 hours or so. Other times, the menu tries to push you into the game as quickly as possible.

    Whatever the nature of the main menu, we often forget about its place in the game because it is such a transient place to be. But that doesn’t mean the Title Screen of Main Menu music isn’t awesome. So often, we are treated to epic soundtracks that are really inviting, catchy, or stirring, depending on the nature of the game. In this article we will look back over some really great Main Menu music. I think you’ll agree with me that many of them stir up some nostalgia as you recognize them and bring back many pleasant memories.

    Since the Enthusiast sites are split up into two, Gaming Enthusiast and Nintendo Enthusiast, we have a Nintendo-specific version of this article on our other site. Click here to read (and listen) to that article when you’re done.

    Enjoy! (And feel free to add your own favorites in the comments below.)

    Kingdom Hearts

    Tomb Raider

    Dragon’s Dogma

    Metal Gear Solid 2

    Halo

    Uncharted

    Angry Birds

    Deus Ex Human Revolution

    Assassin’s Creed Revelations

    The Witcher

    Portal 2

    Bit Trip

    Final Fantasy

    Final Fantasy 8

    (Title Screen Trailer)

    Final Fantasy X

    Ico

    Mirror’s Edge

    Mega Man X

    (Password Screen music)

    Mega Man

    Lost Odyssey

    Infinite Undiscovery

    Chu Chu Rocket

    Heavenly Sword

    Quake

    Dark Souls

    The Last Remnant

    Katamari Damacy

    Bully

    Paul Younger
    Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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