Country music is a beloved genre that is as popular as ever with modern country songs such as Old Town Road breaking records on international charts. Many films such as A Star is Born and the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs have also recently introduced modern audiences to country music and demonstrated why has remained a timeless genre.
However, while country music is a well-known accompaniment for film less is written about how widely it is used in the gaming industry. Music in video games is just as important as it is in film, as it is the guide that accompanies players through their gaming experience by setting the tone for the game’s world. And while many wouldn’t associate country music with video games, it’s slowly carved out a niche for itself in the medium. Many developers have utilised country music to set the tone for their games. If you want to know more, read on for a quick list of the best uses of country music in video games!
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption is one of the most immersive gaming experiences in the history of modern gaming. It takes players and puts them smack dab in a living breathing world set in the old west. This game has become one of the most celebrated games in the industry and its attention to detail, such as period accurate music, has inspired many genres. In online gaming, the array of slots featured on Foxy Bingo includes Desperados Wild and Journey to the West, which, like Red Dead Redemption, both use art and music reminiscent of the classic Western to draw players into the period. And much like Red Dead Redemption, these online games are likely an entry point for many players listening to and enjoying country music.
Red Dead Redemption’s creators put an incredible amount of attention to everything that went into the game. This includes the music that they chose. To achieve this, Stereogum details that they enlisted Daniel Lanois, who worked with both Bob Dylan and Neil Young, to produce the music in the game. They also roped in Willie Nelson to sing one of the most prominent tracks present in Red Dead, Cruel Cruel World.
Fallout 76 is the multiplayer game set in the world of the post-apocalyptic Fallout universe. Like the other Fallout games, Fallout 76 is set in a specific state in the United States. For this iteration, Bethesda Games chose to set it in West Virginia, and this decision is evident in more than just the game’s location. Fallout 76 integrated the lore of the state of West Virginia by including creatures based on local urban legends such as the Mothman and the Beast of Grafton.
While the Fallout series is known for the music it plays on its post-apocalyptic radio stations present across multiple games, one track stands out when it comes to Fallout 76. Seeing as the game is set in West Virginia, it would be an utter disgrace to not use John Denver’s timeless hit Take Me Home, Country Roads. The game used it for its launch trailer, making it one of the most memorable and impactful launches of the year.
Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5, developed by Ubisoft, puts players in the state of Montana where a cult has taken over. You play as a newly instated deputy that is put in charge of taking the cult down. What’s great about this game is that it gives you the survivalist experience that the Far Cry series is known for, coupled with ostentatious and action-packed gameplay.
The way the game uses music is rather unique. In areas occupied by the cult, their hymns reverberate within the space. Reclaim the spaces and you’ll hear a different tune. Country music fills areas that have been deemed safe, undoubtedly due to the comforting nature of the genre.
If you want to know about how country music is continuously growing, check out our article on country music in the United Kingdom.