While original video game music is generally awesome, the regular stuff has its place in games as well – especially in trailers! A song with at least some popularity serves to amp up the viewer with instant familiarity, and helps shape his or her conception of the game. Here are just five songs I think work really great in their respective trailers – more to come!
Short but sweet, a single verse from La Roux – In for the Kill (Skream’s Lets Get Ravey Remix) paints a perfect image of what to expect from Bayonetta. I want gun-shoes.
Borderlands (first trailer)
We begin our journey into Pandora with Cage the Elephant – Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked, which helps illustrate a world where nothing’s right and everybody’s out for a buck.
Borderlands (second trailer)
The second Borderlands trailer thumps along with DJ Champion – No Heaven in the background. This trailer continues the musical imagery of a post-apocalyptic world with nothing above.
Wow. An initially mellow track, Sigur Ros – Death Song (part 1) helps create the most haunting game trailer I’ve ever seen. If you don’t have a pit in your stomach and an unexplainable feeling of dread after watching it, your brain may need some recalibration.
Gears of War
Gary Jules – Mad World is on my short-list of songs that make me want to hurl myself off the nearest bridge. It’s still a great song despite it being so depressing, and it has been put to very good use by this trailer. Few tracks are able to invoke such a hopeless, defeatist view of the world.