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Digital Mystery Tour Episode 8: Atmospheric

It's all about the ambiance, baby!

Sometimes, amazing graphics and great gameplay just aren't enough. You need to be able to set the scene just right, and a lot of times the perfect piece of music will do just that. This week on Digital Mystery Tour, Julian brings you some songs that excel at setting the mood for the moment or level that the appear in. From ethereal trance music to something that will run a chill up your spine, these songs are all about ambiance.


00:00 Phantasy Star Online- A Song For Eternal Story

03:21 .Hack//Infection- Cultural City Carmina Gadelica

05:58 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night- Crystal Drops

08:50 Silent Hill 3- Breeze in Monochrome Night

13:20 Mass Effect- The Wards

17:13 FTL- Milky Way/Colonial

24:34 Secret of Mana- What the Forest Taught Me/A Wish




07/15/2013 at 10:44 AM

You guys are changing the way that I play my games.  I just played through Metroid Prime again, and adjusted the sound preferences so that the music was forefront.  It was an amazing experience.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

07/15/2013 at 02:15 PM

This makes me happy. Video game music has always been important to me. I used to make my own soundtracks by holding my tape recorder to the speakers of my TV or Game Boy. More recent soundtracks are less interesting to me. I couldn't pick out music from The Last of Us or BioShock, for example. But those games with very distinct music that goes along with the event or environment really stay with me.

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

07/15/2013 at 02:21 PM

Very good episode. Most "music" is procedurally generated atmospheric stuff in a lot of games now so it definitely gets washed out. When a great soundtrack stands out in a modern game, it's something special.



07/29/2013 at 11:40 AM

ty for this.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

07/29/2013 at 11:52 AM

Thanks for listening!


08/14/2013 at 02:20 PM

I've always been more of a melody guy over ambience or atmosphere but this was good stuff. I found myself particularly enjoying the two from FTL.

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