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Amazing. It's another classic gaming moment, courtesy of Rockstar

I'm a bit behind playing Red Dead Redemption. I'm a busy man. But my most recent session with the game had my spine-all-a-shivering. It was a proper moment. The kind of moment that just doesn't happen in games very often. Which makes it feel extraordinarily special. Something worth writing about.

The moment struck me with a case of the soul-chills after arriving in Mexico for the first time. I jumped my man John Marston on a horse and started riding a dusty canyon track. Nothing particularly special was happening. And then this incredibly beautiful song sparks into life and the entire scene changes in an instant.

From just another bit in Red Dead sat in the saddle, the music lifts it to a perfect moment. A moment to slow down and soak it all in. To reflect on how awe-inspiring video games can be. Truly epic.

The song is called 'Far Away' and it's by a guy called Jose Gonzalez. Have a listen:



It's beautiful on its own, but when it's wrapped up in Red Dead Redemption it sounds even sweeter.

And this is just the most recent example of Rockstar stunning me with its ability to engineer the indelible by selecting the perfect tune to conjure the perfect moment.

I'll always remember jumping in a car for the first time in Vice City and the radio greeting me with Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'. Or in San Andreas after burning a field of marijuana and heading to San Fierro in a camper van with America's 'Horse with no name' playing on the stereo. Unforgettable.

When it comes to crafting memorable moments in games, Rockstar is the best in the business.

Do you fine folks share my admiration for Rockstar? Have you had a classic moment courtesy of Rockstar? Or perhaps another game moment made extra special by some expertly placed music?

July 5, 2010

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  • AIDSWIDGET - July 8, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    So epic reminded me of 2005's 'The Proposition' (Awesome Film if you haven't seen it) when Charlie is riding and that peaceful song is palying in the background and then it gets all heavy for a few seconds and then its peaceful again
  • philipshaw - July 6, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    This was the same feelinf for me, this is what took the game from being great to amazing for me
  • BBarthel - July 6, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    I loved when this song played for me because it started playing in the first 30 seconds of when I got into Mexico and it was night and raining and I had to travel somewhere far away and it was just amazing.
  • zombiekiller13 - July 6, 2010 4:34 p.m.

    I got to this point while my wife was sitting next to me, reading a book. She lifted her head and asked "is that music coming from your game?" I confirmed it was, and she said something along the lines of "that is an amazing song." Her interest was lost after I decided to shoot a bird flying overhead.
  • anytime - July 6, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    that song never played when i got to mexico, i would have remembered. how crap for me.
  • OriginalJonty - July 6, 2010 10:30 a.m.

    This probably had to be the best gaming moment I've ever experienced. It'll have to be something special to knock RDR off the top of my list.
  • Spybreak8 - July 6, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    Yeah old news but still good. I enjoyed the moment as well. The biggest thing that it made it stand out was it was the first track with lyrics.
  • michaelmcc827 - July 5, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    Ha, wait until you get to the ending credits.
  • JADENkOTOR - July 5, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    This happened to me when Shepard becomes a Spectre in Mass Effect... This ones good too i like it
  • MailMan - July 5, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    i loved this moment, and wanting to soak it in i got of my horse. unfortunatly, this cut the song dead, ruined the moment, and as i was getting on and off my horse to try and restart it, i was brutally accosted and murdered by banditos :'(
  • oryandymackie - July 5, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    Burning innocent partygoers in a nightclub with a flamethrower, courtesy of Saints Row 2 - Ganzer's "Nahtriheccunde Gahinneverahtunin Zehgessurklack Zunnus" is playing in the background. Ahh.
  • Dorito72 - July 5, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    oh man, this was one of my favorite moments in any game ever. it was daytime when i got there, at around sunset, and then it started raining. epic.
  • aniq16 - July 5, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    The exact same thing happened to me,the moment that song started was the moment i realized just how awesome it really was.
  • Vitoruss1 - July 5, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    I must admit, this was pretty great...
  • BearKiller - July 5, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    I love this song.
  • TheWebSwinger - July 5, 2010 5:40 p.m.

    Spoiler alert :\ But it is a very pretty song.
  • SweatyCrease - July 5, 2010 5:20 p.m.

    Loved it to bits. Moments like those lift games to levels that no other form of entertainment can match.
  • boxmeizter - July 5, 2010 4:56 p.m.

    just wait..near the end there is another epic moment just like this. beautiful.
  • Wolverine08 - July 5, 2010 3:16 p.m.

    oh, so so poetic, just proves once and for all that games are art.
  • ZedoMann - July 5, 2010 2:59 p.m.

    I remember in Chinatown Wars, I was replaying the second Xin Mission and the sort of sadder song came on Prairie Cartel as I drove the guy in peace to where he wanted to go.

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