The best video game song ever

Posted by Dom

Our new gaming columnist’s piece on how Half-Life revolutionised the computer game industry reminded me of another contribution its creators, Valve, have made to popular culture.

Much has been written about Portal already – a title which took everyone by surprise last year and wowed punters with its brilliant gameplay and incredibly witty script (a computer game that’s actually genuinely funny – unbelievable). The game picked up numerous industry awards and is still being talked about on plenty of forums and message boards.

For me, though, what Portal will be ultimately remembered for is the amazing song that plays after you finish Level 19. Put simply, it has to be the best ending of any computer game ever. It’s catchy, poignant, emotional, original, funny and intelligent… just so much better, on so many levels, than the half-hearted musical pap which dominates so many games these days.

If you haven’t heard it yet, here it is in all its glory (mild spoiler alert – if you haven’t finished Portal yet, you may want to wait until you do before clicking). Add a comment below if you agree with me or alternatively believe there’s been a better use of a song in a computer game.  

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21 Responses to The best video game song ever

  1. Rosalind says:

    I agree – not only was Portal one of the best games I\’ve ever played, but the song at the end was a fantastic way to finish it off. I\’ve since downloaded it and play it on my iPod as a stand alone track!

  2. Unknown says:

    Portal as a whole has a fantastic feel of quality to it.  While Half-Life 2 episodes are feeling a bit samey with a little twist in the plot each time, Portal managed to bring a new level of interest to the Half-Life universe.  Jonathan Coulton\’s brilliant song is just the icing on the cake.
     
    Portal is a masterpiece all the way through.

  3. maverick says:

    you will still have to go a long long way to beat the soundtracks to the final fantasy games. 7 and 8 especially. i have not played the portal game yet but after listening to the song i was less than moved

  4. Neil says:

    maverick…The song relates to the.  You won\’t fully appreciate it until playing/completing the game.  You\’ll then realise how great the song is!Portal… best game I\’ve played in a long time.  Valve keep making gold class games.  The vision, inspirationa nd genius they have shines through in every game!

  5. Jane says:

    *sniff* GLaDOS! I\’m sorry!

  6. Unknown says:

    If every manufacturer was as good as valve then, we would without doubt be driving cars that could go a thousand miles to the gallon and the world would be powered by fusion, keep at it valve

  7. John says:

    Valve have out done themselves yet again. The song is the perfect ending to the game and sticks in your head, all you got to do is say \’I am still alive\’ and the song starts playing in your head.Remember \’the cake is a lie\’

  8. Sam says:

    erm… i take it you have to play the game to understand how good this is then? To me (having never played) its shite!

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  10. andrew says:

    my son is an avid gamer, i took him to the beach today. we walked across unfamiliar landscapes and discovered species of creatures and plant life we had no idea existed, we talked to eachother without the use of headsets and replenished our health status by eating donuts and drinking apple juice …the soundtrack that accompanied our adventure was the caw of seagulls and the crashing of waves. we didn\’t kill anyone, we didn\’t blow anything up and all it cost us was the price of our bus tickets (you can travel to a beach or open space from anywhere in the uk for less than the price of any of the games mentioned) maybe y\’all want to try it sometime, …it\’s called real life… and it\’s fun! (no, you can\’t download it to your i pod)

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