The Biggest Beast in Video Game Music: Bear McCreary Explained

When you’re playing a game scored by Bear McCreary, you know it. You can feel it in every emotionally charged, epic chord and mind-blowing, savory riff. McCreary is one of the best and most prolific composers currently working on video game music and it is a fact that modern games would not be what they are without his talent. Let’s take a look at the man, the myth, the legend.

Nobody tells a story like McCreary. The word “epic” hardly does justice to the fast-paced tracks he creates. It’s no wonder the games he scores feel so impactful cinematically, McCreary got his start composing for film and television. He got his first big break from it on a little show you may have heard of called Battlestar Galactica. After the original composer decided not to work on the series beyond the pilot, McCreary stepped in and became the main composer for the fan-favorite show.

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He also composed the soundtrack for the mega-hits Outlander and Agents of SHIELD. But he built up some nerd cred when he penned Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem in 2013. And even more nerd cred the following year when he penned Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, based on the YouTube phenomenon.

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But most gamers know and love him more for his innovative Olympus-worthy score in God of War. He and the game racked up a ton of awards and launched him into the pantheon of all-time great game composers. Good news for fans: it’s just getting started. McCreary returns to the sonic stage this year as God of War Ragnarok drops. (Unless, of course, the game is delayed…) He is also responsible for the music for the highly anticipated game Forspoken, which has already been delayed and will be released in October.

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If you’re looking for a place to start listening to this guy who looks and makes music like a wizard, jump over to the God of War soundtrack. It’s one of those soundtracks that’s so staggeringly powerful that it’ll make you realize you should probably mute the music in whatever game you’re playing and put some Bear McCreary instead.

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