A Majestic World: The Soundtracks of Fumito Ueda

Featuring a rich choir, ominous bass line, crisp organ chords and clanging bells, [these] bring to mind the great, cavernous halls of cathedrals and, the spiritual weight of wrongs and transgressions. The very act of having entered the Forbidden Lands and the Temple feels sacrilegious. 

— IphisAria

Below are (updated) videos containing the full soundtracks of Fumito Ueda’s three games, ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian. If you wish to see a full analyzation of each score, please see pages: Melody In the Mist OST, Roar of the Earth OST, and The Last Guardian OST.

‘Shadow of the Colossus: Roar of the Earth’ original soundtrack. Japanese CD album is above, released in 2005. Composed by Kō Ōtani.

* The 2018 remake is the same score as the 2005 original, save that the audio has been remastered, additional strings and brass added, chorus re-balanced, and percussion brought forward. A new track “43 Medley: Prayer-Hope” was composed specially for this version.

‘The Last Guardian (Hitokui no Oowashi Toriko)’ original soundtrack. Composer’s Choice album below, a digital download edition. Released in 2016. Composed by Takeshi Furukawa.

‘ICO: Melody in the Mist’ original soundtrack. Japanese CD album below, released in 2001. Composed by Michiru Ōshima and Pentagon.


Hamish Black‘s look at the compositional technique behind the score of Shadow of the Colossus.

Overture‘s look at how morality is portrayed through music.

“Once you’ve weakened the Colossus, you raise your sword to deliver the killing blow. It is at this moment that we have a very clear separation between player and character.”


Header image sourced from user uploads on the ‘TeamICO FANDOM Wiki’.