"Welcome Aboard the U.S.G. Ishimura" from Dead Space on the Playstation 3, and PC (2008).
Composer: Jason Graves
Label: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Redwood Shores (aka Visceral Games)
"Welcome Aboard the U.S.G. Ishimura" is not so much a melodic song, as is often the case with scores from horror video games, but what I like about is that it kind of tells a story. From the approach of the U.S.G. Kellion to the U.S.G. Ishimura, to the wandering of the halls with the feeling that something is not quite right, to coming across the Necromorphs, to wondering if there is something else horrible waiting around the next corner, and it all concludes with the listener on edge with no real resolution as the final notes fade out.
It is the subtleties in the is song that I really like. If you are not quite paying attention during the first minute and-a-half do not necessarily sound like the score from a sci-fi horror video game. It's the slight dissonance that happens with the strings right before the harp comes in at 0:11, 0:16, 0:21, and 0:26 are the first hints that something with the next five minutes is not quite right.
And even listening again to this track (and the fact that we are in peak horror season), and the fact that EA shut down Visceral Games last week, definitely makes me want to revisit this franchise starting with the B.K. Evenson book Martyr and working my way back to this wonderfully horrific game.