30-Day Video Game Music Challenge – Day 6
Day 6 – Music That Makes You Feel Relaxed
Unreal / Dusk Horizon
Composer: Alexander Brandon
Note: The soundtrack in Unreal was dynamic in that it could transition between non-combat and combat variations of a particular track, which is evident in the embedded video. Obviously I’m talking about the serene non-combat version of this track, though the combat variation is a bop too.
There’s just something about the module tracker music Epic Games used in a lot of their earlier titles. Some of my favorite video game music of all time came from games made using the first iteration of the Unreal Engine (now ubiquitous within the video game industry). Unreal, Unreal Tournament, and Deus Ex — to name a few — all had amazing soundtracks that I still think about and listen to even now.
When you start a new game of Unreal, there is no music. It’s just you, waking up in a prison cell inside of an alien ship, alone with your thoughts. Then the explosions come, and with it an alarming sense of “I gotta get out of here”. So you make your escape. Again, no music; just creepy sound effects and the occasional scream from another prisoner getting ripped to shreds by an enemy unknown. Eventually, you make it out of the ship and find yourself on a strange alien planet. It is that moment of you walking out of the ship where this song plays. It’s such a fitting song for that moment, and it’s something that still sticks with me to this day.