“Aeris’s (Aerith’s) Theme” – Final Fantasy VII (Advent Children)
One of the saddest songs and one of the most heartbreaking moments in the history of video games (don’t think you need a spoiler alert for this one).
This lovely piano version is from the Advent Children game, which takes place two years after the events of Final Fantasy VII.
“Room of Angel” – Silent Hill
One of the few songs on the list with lyrics (most video games themes are instrumental), “Room of Angel” is a great example of the amazing score of the Silent Hill games.
Composed by Akira Yamaoka, with lyrics written by Joe Romersa and series writer Hiroyuki Owaku, and sung by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, this song from the fantastic Silent Hill 4: The Room plays during the start-menu sequence when the screen is left idle (the game’s trailer), during the opening credits (with no lyrics), and during a particular death scene.
“Time Travel” – Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
Professor Layton is a gentleman, and we’d never seen him flirt with anyone until we got to see a bit of his past in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future.
This lovely song (instrumental version but there’s also one with Japanese lyrics) is Hershel and Claire’s theme. The game’s ending made lots of hardcore (and not so hardcore) fans shed a tear!