Friday Top Five: Top five XBLA end game songs
Last week we took a look at the top five XBLA in-game songs that help establish a mood while you venture through five various games. But for this week let’s take a look at the top five XBLA end game songs that make the payoff for making your way through a campaign that much more sweet. These are the songs that mark an epic ending to a great adventure. The kind of song so good, it’s almost worth paying through the game a second time just to hear it again. But luckily we have YouTube for those of us who want listen over and over again. And with that said, let’s take a look at our list:
5). MC Frontalot – Final Boss (Penny Arcade Episode 1)
Penny Arcade products are known for their top of the line quality so it should be no surprise that they asked MC Frontalot to grace the game with a top notch song to play over the credits section. This game seems to be solely aimed at pleasing their core audience from every angle and “Final Boss” is the icing on the cake of a really good game. The lyrics in “Final Boss” paint a perfect picture describing what you went through in order to reach the credits screen which does a great job at capturing your attention. You’ve been there a hundred times before with many other games but for some reason, hearing the concept of the game described by MC Frontalot is very entertaining. Creating a song that can captivate a gamer to the point where they don’t want the credits to end is a rare feat. Well done MC Frontalot, well done.
4). Method Man – World Gone Sour: The Lost Kids (World Gone Sour)
World Gone Sour is a fairly underrated game. Very little attention was paid to this little gem that featured solid gameplay, great humor, quality voice work and one very epic game ending song. A day in the life of Method Man being totally disrupted by these conniving little candies. The great work here comes from the fact that these little Sour Patch Kids are doing their best to wreak havoc to the best of their ability but most disruptions they end up creating would be classified as minor annoyances. Whether it is setting off car alarms or cracking your eggs, these little guys are solely looking to cause trouble and the humor in this video goes great with the warped humor that is sprinkled throughout the game. “World Gone Sour” is a great payout for a surprisingly good game.
3). Lonny Watershed – The Splode Beneath My Splosion (Splosion Man)
Splosion Man is full of hilarious moments and Twisted Pixel probably have the best reputation on XBLA for sneaking hilarious songs in to their games. From “Donuts” in Splosion Man to “Brad’s Theme” in Comic Jumper, Twisted Pixel continues to knock it out of the park with their game music. At the top of the list of great Twisted Pixel songs has to be “The Splode Beneath My Splosion”. For a game filled with funny moments and references the whole way through, Splosion Man’s build up seemed to be over promising on what would be delivered when the dust settled. Turns out they over delivered. “The Splode Beneath My Splosion” was an absolutely classic ending to a really good game. Funny thing is that it gets better every time you watch it.
2). Laura Shigihara – Zombie on Your Lawn (Plants Vs. Zombies)
Is there a more adorable ending to a game other than the one that waits for you when you finish off the roof top levels in Plants Vs. Zombies? From the moment the spotlight hit’s the sunflower, you know that something special is about to happen. PopCap has a knack for making you smile and this addition to an already addicting game will likely live forever as one of your favorite moments in gaming.
1). Jonathan Coulton – Still Alive (Portal: Still Alive)
Forget the greatest XBLA game ending song, this is simply the greatest ending song in any game on any platform ever. The first time you complete Portal will be one of those rare gaming moments that you will never forget for as long as you live. The tone and humor of “Still Alive” perfectly matches the tone and characteristics of GLaDOS who happens to be one of the greatest game characters ever. Just when you thought you had put an end to her hilariously snarky comments, she makes her return in glorious fashion to round out the credits. “Still Alive” marks an absolutely unbelievable moment in an equally unbelievable game.
So there you have it, the top five greatest XBLA end game songs. Songs that all make the payout for completing these games well worth it. If you feel that a song you loved didn’t make the list, be sure to check out last weeks Top Five XBLA In-Game Songs list and see if it was included there. Otherwise, always feel free to drop some suggestions in the comments and share any songs from XBLA games that you hold near and dear. Have a great weekend everyone :)