George Buzinkai, Michael Guy Bowman
Although it has since been surpassed in scope many times, [S] WV: Ascend was the first flash that really showed just how grand the story was going to be, and Explore plays a big part in setting the mood. The chiptune melody with instrumental backing mirrors the interconnection of the Incipisphere and the “real world”, and the whole thing has a very bittersweet tone to it. While the planet may be desolate, there’s still a note of hope for the future. Sort of like emerging into the overworld for the first time in Terranigma (which is a good game that everyone should try at least once).