Songs define the way a game marks itself in our consciousness. Take for instance Final Fantasy VII; some people remember the game not so much for the gameplay, but because of the song. When you hear the songs here, even in MIDI, you can distinguish that it was written for a role-playing game just like this. Now shift your attention to Skyrim, and so on. These games have a trend, and that they pay attention to the soundtrack that they have on their games.
Now, in the case of Fallout: New Vegas, the songs are classic?classic in the sense that most of them were songs from an age before the nuclear scare of the 50s. Even the design of the game over-all seems to reflect that belief, that the world seems to have been left in a bizzare 50s montage that evolved until the first nuclear bomb fell. Now, these songs are classic and, by all means, well-penned.
But suppose you have to travel through the wasteland, and you hear the same song looped over and over again. What do you get? You get doldrums that?re enough to drive you mad?even driving you as far as to contemplate ending it all at the end of your gun. Still, if you?re a stickler for reality, then you really should believe that these music are all that?s left of humanity?s legacy.
But you shouldn?t fret. First off, here?s a mod for you to consider:
- Extended New Vegas Radio Generator
Remember the radios in the New Vegas environment? They play these endlessly looping 50s music, as if music never evolved past that. Well, with this radio mod, you can replace or add to the radio stations with ones of your own. You can make playlists that further enhance your experience as you play through the desert, avoiding pools of radioactive water and killing mutated creatures who want to wear your skin for a macabre human sweater.
Now that you?ve got your radio player, it?s time for a few songs, right? Well, here are five to jumpstart your journey:
- Muse ? Apocalypse Please
I can think of a song no more fitting than this one. If it?s not for the lyrics, it?s for the melodies. If you listen to the beginning of the song, the beat imitates the marching of an army to battle. And then, as the droning piano sequence begins to enter the song, picture nuclear bombs going off in the distance. All thundering to a chorus that bravely screams, ?this is the end?.
- ?Portishead ? Gloomy Sunday
If you?re going to listen to the original version of this song, don?t say that we didn?t warn you. There?s a kind of melancholy accompanying the song that fits the game?s objective of letting you question your existence as you walk through the wastelands of the nuclear landscape. The song, in itself, is also said?to have inspired suicides whenever it is played. Coincidence or not, figure out for yourself, but it is a fitting song for walking through a desolate wasteland.
- Drowning Pool ? Bodies
It would?ve been nice to think that in preparation for the coming apocalypse, someone should?ve saved a copy of this song. Imagine being surrounded by enemies in the wasteland, alone with your trusty gun at your side. Then this song comes on the radio. You know that you?re about to throw down something serious if you?re listening to this song.
- Frank Sinatra ? Fly Me To The Moon
Ol? Blue Eyes shouldn?t be missing in the discussion for songs of the wasteland. If you?re looking for a song to listen to while traveling a seeming vast, featureless landscape in which there seems to be no hope for life, this is a weird accompanying song. Yet, it does tend to lift up the spirits, reminding you that somewhere out there is a person listening to the same song, surviving, maybe even feeling light and bubbly.
- Israel Kamakawiwo?ole ? Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Think about it?in a game that features the desolation of war and the foolishness of man?s devices, wouldn?t this song provide a fitting reminder of the other side? It would also be a good song for the protagonist to remember life as he knew it before the bombs dropped, or at least, the life taught to him by the elders at the bunkers: green trees, the blue sea, the warm ocean breeze?sadly, not evident. But at least the protagonist can feel good listening to the song.