OILD: Skyrim

Yep, it’s day 9 of Obligatory Ice Level Day! This is a goofy, fake holiday meant to build hype for The Speed Gamers’ Zelda marathon, which starts December 12th! We’re raising money for Mercy Corps, so I hope you all help us out by promoting and donating! Sometimes in these things, you got to go big. As in huge. Huge stories, huge worlds, and huge drraaaagooonnnnnsss. That’s why today’s ice level is an entire game’s world! It’s Skyrim, from well… The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim!


Skyrim, the dragon-shoutin’est game ever. In the game, you play as a character who’s about to be executed. However, your execution is interrupted by a random dragon attack. That’s because Skyrim is hassled by dragons roughly all of the time, which is especially problematic since the whole place is in the middle of a civil war. And that’s even more problematic, since that civil war heralds the arrival of a giant dragon that will destroy the world. Luckily, you happen to have a dragon soul (because video games) and thus you can use the dragons’ powers against them. Skyrim itself has a very Norse feel to it, and while not every part of the region is snowy, enough of it is that you could basically call the whole place an ice level.



Sorry for such a short post, but I got to prepare for the marathon! To make up for it, here’s a TON of music! Ice Cap Zone Act 1 and Ice Cap Zone Act 2 are from Sonic the Hedgehog 3! Which of course leads us to…


IceCapped by McVaffe is a very gentle remix, with a lot of harp and flute sounds in it. It’s one of the first Ice Cap remixes I ever downloaded and I still love it. IceCap Zone (Frozen Knuckles Mix), by Rayza, starts off with a decidedly bizarre speaking part, but quickly moves into a great mix that stays close to the source material. Ice Attack is by Trance-Canada and is a really nice trance interpretation of the song. Hot Ice is by DarkeSword and is a calmer version with a nice beat, and it also mixes in music from Lava Reef Zone. Snow Motion, by SkyHigh, is a slow version that nevertheless doesn’t drag and is great fun to listen to. Memories Frozen in Time is by DCT and Just Us, and is a rap version about the struggle of following a dream. Eastern Ice Field is by Big Giant Circles and is a uniquely eastern take on the song. Breaking the Ice, by DigiE, is a great electronica version that has a lot of cool synth sounds. Snowboardin’ Sonic is by Willrock and is a lively mix with some fun solos in it. Thinking Cap is a peppy remix by Platonist! And of course we can’t forget the Smooth McGroove mix of Ice Cap Zone!

There, maybe if you keep listening to those Ice Cap tunes, you won’t suspect the s–oh, nevermind…

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