Our Summer Video Game Music Festival has largely, if not entirely covered the wonderful world of soundtracks, which you could probably have guessed from the name. But what about all the things that aren’t quite music? Aren’t noises worth love too?
YES. So, here you go: our favorite sounds in video games. Tell us yours in the comments!
Tom Whitehead, Deputy Editor
I love Metroid Prime Trilogy, with all three games being a notable achievement (if they announce a re-release in HD, I may spontaneously get burned). With any iconic series of all time, you need it all to come together: gameplay, visual and artistic design, soundtrack, and of course, sound effects.
The sound is brilliant in these games, perfectly capturing the franchise’s sci-fi vibes. Finding items and upgrades is always exciting in Metroid games, and Prime Tickets absolutely nailed the sound trigger for those cool moments.
Kate Gray, Staff Writer
For me, the best noise in games might be Yoshi’s noise from Super Mario World and Super Mario 64, which is impossible to describe and replicate. In fact, my partner and I often make ourselves laugh by trying, “BWEEM-bwoom!” “B’weep-pew!” “hweemb-hwoo?”
It’s just never pretty Right, and you sound like an idiot trying. My theory is that if you slow it down and launch it path below, you’ll find out it’s Yoshi’s voice actor saying “Hi, it’s me, Yoshi. Thank you for choosing me as your trusty steed, Mario. Okay?”
One more time: BWEP-BOO.
Ryan Craddock, News Editor
I can guarantee that as soon as this article is published, I will remember something else and wish I had chosen that instead, but one of the first sounds that comes to mind is the fantastic murmur that comes from the mouth of any Pianta.
I find it impossible to play Super Mario Sunshine without audibly responding to Pianta’s “Huhhh hmmmuhh uh mmmm” with my own “Hmmuhh mmm huuuhhuuummm”, and kicking fruits around Delfino Island and jumping on their heads while yelling all kinds of profanity. . one of my favorite childhood memories.
As for the best noise a Pianta makes? Skip to the 28-second mark of the video. “MAKAMA MUUH HUH-MUH-MUH”.
Austin Voigt, ContributorImagine this is purple – Ed.
For me, gaming is one of the most nostalgic activities that I engage in, so when I was asked what my favorite video game sound effect was, my mind immediately went to the first game I remember playing: Zelda.
Originally, I had chosen the “secret” sound (* ahem * … “BEE-dum-dee-doh-Doo-dee-dee-DOO“), but was unfortunately informed by our dear Kate that the multi-note nature of said sound classifies it as a” jingle “rather than a sound effect, and was therefore disqualified. Rude.
So, I proceeded to choose my next favorite sound effect, the PING-y sound from the Rupee (Rupy) acquisition, and from there, I selected the sub-category corresponding to the most impressive color, purple. Yes, the colors sound different in my brain. Purple is the best. This is how I came up with my favorite video game sound effect. Thanks.
Gavin Lane, editor
One of my favorite sound effects has always been the ‘WoKUPP!’ what Sonic does when he inhales an air bubble underwater. The frog tone always amused me, although it probably burned my brain through its connection with the blessed relief of ending it. Oh shit, I’m drowning, I’m drowning music. The bubbly countdown is in progress, you are frantically searching for a ‘mound’ of bubbles and running around (like that does anything!), the music becomes incredibly stressful, and … ‘WoKUPP!’
Jon Cartwright, video chapter
Resident Evil 4 has a masterful sound design. Each weapon has an iconic ring and the distant movement of a chainsaw is enough to get your blood pumping. However, even at its most bombastic moments there is a certain sound that makes you feel safe and calm – that’s the pause sound.
It’s a bit like “Shoooooooooommm…. “
Even if you’re in a lab with the chilling breath of the Regenerators echoing from the corner, this pause sound lets you know it’s okay to open your case and start turning things around like a deadly version of Tetris. I like to think of all the enemies sitting politely while you do this.
Alex olney, video chapter
When I first played Metroid Fusion, I wasn’t as aware of Ridley. I had seen his corpse before in the game and was a little worried, in my childish way, that I would have to fight a bone dragon. When I passed him and he collapsed, I think I may have breathed a sigh of relief, shocked but genuine; imagine my reaction when a few rooms later I not only came face to face with things that were not a bone dragon, but with this gigantic boss fully alive and extremely angry thing, but also to come up with frankly the scariest sound I think a GBA is capable of producing. And he kept doing it.
Needless to say, it was etched in my memory, and the frantic combat demanded of the match only helps to galvanize that fact. The GBA may not have had a dedicated sound chip, but I’d bet that hidden somewhere there is a dedicated Ridley scream chip.
But enough of our best noises, what are yours? Let us know in the comments below.