Expository Theme Tune / Video Games

  • God Hand qualifies, although the song itself actually plays during the ending credits. ("Lost a limb/in a fight/but don't worry babe, I'll be cool/the ultimate/power of a god/is now my secret tool")
  • Take a listen to "Still Alive", played at the end of the game Portal. This catchy, sweet-sounding, yet also slightly sinister song pretty-much sums up the plot of the game.
    • Similarly, the theme to the spoof Flash platformer You Have to Burn the Rope tells you exactly what you just did.
    • Then Portal 2 does the same thing with the song "Want You Gone". "So here we are again, it's always such a pleasure. Remember when you tried to kill me twice?"
  • As the credits role on Call of Duty 4, lead animator Mark Grigsby raps about the events of the game in character as Staff Sgt Griggs. He actually had a burgeoning rap career before joining Infinity Ward, so it doubles as The Cast Showoff.
  • The intro to ClayFighter: Sculptor's Cut is essentially a breakdown of the game's Excuse Plot in the form of a cartoony theme song.
  • At the very least, the intro song of Disgaea 3 gives you all the information about the game's setting you need.
  • Headdy the Hero in Dynamite Headdy qualifies as this.
  • The Wonderful End of the World does this with the menu music.
  • Brütal Legend shows you — via commercial — how's it's done.
  • In part, Chris Ballew's "Get Together" from Backyard Baseball 2007.
  • Final Fantasy X for the song Otherworld. "An Other-world awaits you", "and you will fight, fight, fight... fight, fight, FIGHT", "Go now, into the sand and dust in the sky, go, for it is better to do than to die".
  • Plants vs. Zombies. "There's a zombie on your lawn~"
  • Persona 4 and its theme song for battles, Reach Out to the Truth, qualify for this trope. The entire game, for instance, is about seeing through the lies that cloud the truth from one's eyes, both self-imposed and those that cloud our view of others. Within the chorus, the lyrics include gems like "Oh god let me out / can you let me out / can you set me free from this dark inner world / Save me now, last beat in the soul". The majority of the game is about venturing into dungeons full of shadows - dark, repressed inner emotions given form - to save whichever character has been kidnapped that month.
  • Alan Wake does this in the song "The Poet and the Muse," which tells basically the whole plot of the game. The song itself is even a MacGuffin!
  • Parodied in I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1. The song is about, well, some guy making a game, putting zombies in it, and charging a dollar for it.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas brings us a rap song summing up the basic story behind CJ, and some explanation about the game's defining elements.
  • The theme for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater sums up what you have to do over the course of the game while still sounding like something out of a James Bond movie.
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch features "Octodad (Nobody Suspects A Thing)", setting up almost the entire plot (except for the deranged sushi chef Big Bad).
  • The Kickstarter trailer for ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove is a catchy hip-hop tune detailing the plot of the game. It's even sung by their voice actors from their last game.
  • Rock Paper Scissors Champion, as featured in a Jim Sterling Best of Steam Greenlight video here, has one that has to be heard to be believed. And yes, the game is what you think it is.
  • "Grinder's Blues," Poets of the Fall's Rockabilly Theme Song of Sci-Fi Platformer Rochard, where the Asteroid Miner protagonist laments that he and his crew can't deliver on the quotas set forth by their boss, and he can't think of any solution.
  • Armikrog:
    The people of planet Ixen
    Are surely going to die
    Without the power of P-tonium
    On planet Spiro-5.

    Our hope's in brother astronauts
    Vognaut, Numnaut and Tommynaut.
    Two are dead, Tom's all we've got.
    This kid is green, does he stand a shot?