This list is all about my favorite video game soundtracks. I love music, I tend to be more of a metal-head but I like all genre’s of music from classical to jazz and everything in between. It’s easier to just say the genre’s of music I don’t like which are rap, R&B, and country to be honest. That being said, I tend to find video game soundtracks to be just as important as other aspects of the game like gameplay and story. A good soundtrack in a video game can set the mood while a bad soundtrack can kill it. Below is a list of my six favorite video game soundtracks by individual game. I couldn’t find a way to order them so they are in particular order, enjoy!
God Of War 3
The God of War series in general has a great soundtrack, but I picked the third game because that is the one I felt it most in. Kratos is on a war path in God of War 3 and the music really sets the mood for that. The God of War games all take place in a mythological ancient Greece and the soundtrack really reflects that setting as well as embodies the power of the situations and of Kratos’ rage. The song above is a great representation of God of War 3’s soundtrack, it’s very lively and inspiring. The game’s theme song is also a work of art.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Ocarina of Time is arguably one of the best Legend of Zelda games in existence, and it’s soundtrack does not fail to represent its greatness. The music of the game is very simple yet it really captures the feeling of the surrounding area. All of the locations in the game have a different song to go with them, to tell you the truth these songs are all stuck in my head non-stop. They are very memorable, like the above song that serves as the theme for Gerudo Valley in the game. My personal favorite theme would have to be the one from the Lost Woods. It was my cell phone ringtone for about 2 years and I love it!
Like God of War, the Uncharted series in general features a fantastic soundtrack. I chose Uncharted 3 in particular because I felt like it was more refined in the game. While the theme is still the same, I felt more emotion from it in the third game. Drake’s Theme is an amazing song full rich emotion, and it happens to be my current cell phone ringtone. While Drake’s Theme is the most recognizable song from the game, Uncharted 3 also features plenty of other great songs including Small Beginnings and The Setup. Overall the series has three fantastic game soundtracks, with Uncharted 3 taking the lead.
This is again another series of great soundtracks, but I must say that the Bioshock Infinite soundtrack blew me away. While I loved the period music of the first two Bioshock games, Bioshock Infinite took it a step further with one of the most brilliant soundtracks of any game out there. The above them titled “Elizabeth” is one of the most stunning songs I have ever heard, but the game also features other amazing songs. One of the more popular being Beast of America, which was used in commercials and trailers for the game. There is also Will the Circle Be Unbroken sung by Courtnee Draper and played by Troy Baker (the voices of Elizabeth and Booker respectively) which is absolutely amazing. I mean how often do you get to see two voice actors play and sing a song in a game? There are also some awesome period style covers of songs like “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” found in the game.
DmC: Devil May Cry
This one is so much fun for me on so many levels. As I said above, I am a metal-head so listening to a soundtrack made up of Combichrist and Noisia was awe-worthy. On top of that my favorite band is Rammstein so Combichrist in general kind of comes naturally. The soundtrack for this game was basically composed by two amazing musical groups and it really fits right in with the game. Playing this game with the volume all the way up is the only way to play. The above song is one of my favorites in the entire game, but I also like Never Surrender and other battle themes in the game. DmC has one the best game soundtracks, hands down (to me). I really love the mixture of metal, techno, and even some hints of dubstep which is odd since I tend to dislike dubstep. It’s a great compilation and it makes the game that much more awesome.
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII featured some fantastic and memorable songs. For it’s time, the music in the game was top-notch. I still find myself humming tunes from the game like the theme song above and Aeris’ Theme. I felt like FF7’s soundtrack went really well with the dark themes of the game. I still consider FF7 to be my personal favorite Final Fantasy game and a lot of that is related to the music and how it paired so well with what was going on the game. A lot of the memorable songs from Final Fantasy VII have also been remastered, reworked, and orchestrated such as Aeris’ Theme and others. It truly is a beautiful soundtrack, remastered or not.
Mass Effect 3
Come on, you saw this coming. Honestly though, fangirlism and bias aside, the Mass Effect series has featured a set of amazing soundtracks that only got better as time went on which is why I chose Mass Effect 3 as my favorite. No other soundtrack has made be burst into tears and feel like a badass at all the right moments. The song above for instance has an uncanny ability to make me tear up, listening to it while writing this is tough for that reason. There are a plethora of other great songs in the game that don’t make me cry though, like the theme for Club Purgatory and I Was Lost Without You. Ok, so I Was Lost Without You makes me tear up a little, but in a happier way. An emotion provoking game such as Mass Effect 3 needed and equally emotion provoking soundtrack and it definitely has one.
A fun game like LittleBigPlanet 2 needed an equally fun soundtrack, and that is precisely what it got. Not only is the original music fun and creative, but the game also brought in a lot of outside music such as “Ghosts” by Ladytron and “Whoever Brings The Night” by Nightwish. It makes the game very fun and appealing to everyone which makes it pair really well with the gameplay. For a game that focuses a lot on user creation and individuality it features a very apropos soundtrack.
That concludes my top video game soundtracks post and I feel obligated to say that there are plenty more out there deserving of praise, but I just can’t fit them all into one post. Maybe I’ll do a part two at some point, who knows. What are some of your favorite video game soundtracks? Be sure to share them in the comment box below!