It's time for round three of video game music, a series in which I pretend I have something to say about my favorite soundtracks.
Simcity 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I86TfGM2OIA
This song starts off strong then drops into a rhythmic thrum. Like most Simcity music it evokes movement and progress. I can almost hear high-tech industry developing in my simulated city when this song plays.
Tales From the Borderlands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRxFlQuSHbw
This is the menu music for Tales From the Borderlands, a story-driven game mostly about making choices in a sort of sci-fi Wild West. The adventurous, sweeping melody sets the tone well for what the game has in store.
Mass Effect 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTsD2FjmLsw
This is probably the most famous part of the Mass Effect soundtrack. The determined and hopeful theme that rises here is really what Mass Effect is all about.
Cave Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlYHQDsA13U
Cave Story is an indie platformer that I didn't really enjoy except for the music that plays at the menu. I started up the game many times just to listen to it for a while before quitting and doing something else.
This is the music that plays in the old starting town of the Runescape world and is one of the most recognizable parts of the soundtrack. It's not the most high-quality song, but an example of doing a lot using just a few instruments and repeating loops