They say that music is the only true international language and I fully believe it. There’s something about music that is unlike anything else, some undeniable quality that everyone across the globe can identify with. No matter what style of music you’re listening to, there are commonalities between them that allow anyone to be able to find some merit within, even if you don’t particularly like the style. I know many people who can’t stand rap music but have to admit the bass is usually pretty awesome, and that is only one example.
Because of this, I’m kind of surprised that the games industry hasn’t leapt at the opportunity to utilize music in their games in new and innovative ways. Sure, we’ve had games like inFamous that used their game as an excuse to hire experimental artist Amon Tobin to do their soundtrack, or games like Dead Space that advanced the way ambient sound was used by utilizing AI-directed sound to provide audio stabs at scary points of the game. Even Rock Band has its fair share of innovation, even if it only uses music as a way to achieve points.
But none of these examples are what I’m talking about. I long for a game that utilizes music as a core component, using it in different and interesting ways to have a direct impact on the game. Luckily for me, we have games like Beat Hazard Ultra.