gamer culture

PlayStation UK Celebrates 20th Anniversary With An Eight-Minute Medley Of Game Music Covers

by Jason Dafnis on Dec 03, 2014 at 08:59 AM

PlayStation Access, a UK arm of the PlayStation brand, paired up with YouTube musician SquidPhysics and his friends to put together a musical salute to some of the most-loved games ever played on a PlayStation console. If you’ve played any one of these games, it’s time for another nostalgia trip.

Most of the covers sound remarkably close to their in-game originals, but a few arrangements have been given artistic flair. Even when modified, every cut is still immediately recognizable from the first few notes, which is a testament to the creative power of video game music composers.

Along with his bandmates for this video (some of which are members of the PlayStation UK team), SquidPhysics (Ben Morfitt) utilizes violin, guitar, mandolin, synthesizer, drums, cello, bass, French horn, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, flute, banjo, xylophone, marimba, and his own voice to breathe (and strum and pluck) new life into each theme with a remarkable adeptness on each instrument.

Tribute is paid to Crash Bandicoot, Gran Turismo, LittleBigPlanet, The Last of Us, Tearaway, and more over the course of the eight-minute medley. Which ones in the video caught your ear?