Are we still riding the high of an awesome Star Wars weekend? Absolutely! Is it cheating to include the music of Star Wars in a blanketed way without referring to a specific game? Yes, yes it is. But for the love of Yoda, we just don’t care! Besides, if you think about it, celebrating the music of Star Wars in a broad sense is the only truly fitting way it can be done right. John Williams’ incredible and timeless score for all six movies is the bedrock of music for any Star Wars-related game, whether its the quaint MIDI versions of these tunes in early games like Dark Forces or the more sweeping and orchestral renditions from modern games like The Force Unleashed. Take a listen to this unforgettable music and remind yourself just how much you love these tunes:
This is the orchestral music of multiple generations. Past centuries may have had Bach and Beethoven, but the 20th and 21st century has John Williams’ score ingrained in our minds. You could probably go up to any person on the street and ask them to hum the Star Wars main theme or the Imperial March (you might have to call it Vader’s theme) and most people probably could. There are few modern non-pop composers that have reached that level of ubiquity in our culture.
Let’s not forget all the lesser-known composers for Star Wars games that simply use some of Williams’ cues as a jumping off point to create their own stirring pieces of music. For The Force Unleashed, Mark Griskey used a great mix of both his original compositions and music from the both the prequel and original Star Wars movies. Since the events of the game happen between the trilogies, he wanted to offer some of both in an attempt to bridge the gap between the two. Others, such as famous game composer Jeremy Soule (Company of Heroes, Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights), use this music only as a reference point to explore their own unique take on the Star Wars universe, as he did in the soundtrack for Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. For a more detailed look into Star Wars music, check out this fairly detailed Wikipedia page.
What’s your favorite piece of Star Wars music? Which Star Wars game do you think has the best music? Tell us in the comments and May the Force Be With You!