From Kondo to Uematsu, music in video games is so much more than just a background rumbling you half-listen to while playing your favourite game. Even for those who aren’t avid gamers, when the first notes of Tetris A kicks in it’s likely to bring up memories.
It goes without saying that asking an office of gamers this question would throw open a debate or two. Here’s ten our all-time favourite game soundtracks:
Shadow of the Colossus
Ethereal and eerily beautiful. The main theme of this game is loneliness, but when the player isn’t playing to the sound of silence, they’re accompanied by this emotional soundtrack.
The Legend of Zelda
Because how can you have a list of the best game soundtracks without mentioning Zelda? It’s a three way battle royale between the quintessential sounds of Ocarina of Time, vs. the darker tones of Majora’s Mask vs. the evocative track listing of The Wind Waker for which will take the crown.
Of course the remake of FFVII has reignited fans love for both the original soundtrack and the nostalgia driven way the remake incorporates it into the new game. When it comes to Final Fantasy, the OST for any game Umatsu took his hands to has its own iconic charm.
Halo 2 and 3
The Halo franchise never disappoints with it’s soundtrack, however in the SockMonkey office it’s between the iconic Halo 2 and the extensive Halo 3, both of which have had an impact outside the gaming world, for which one is the best.
Fun and easy listening, who hasn’t spent an hour or a hundred running around with Banjo and Kazooie to the catchy tunes of these games?
Beautiful throughout and with a heart-wrenching conclusion, Nier Automata’s meloncholic melodies are a powerful addition to how players experience the game.
Even a 90 year old Amish person who has been living under a rock for fifty years would likely know the Tetris theme, which interestingly pre-dates the game itself as it actually originated from a popular Russian folk-song.
Beyond Good and Evil
This versatile OST offers a range of musical styles, from laid-back reggae tunes to hip-hop beats and everything in-between.
Animal Crossing: Wild World
There might be a new Animal Crossing game out, but the soundtrack which beats out the others for a spot on SockMonkey’s top video game soundtracks is the one for Animal Crossing: Wild World. Being the first game in the series I played for a prolonged amount of time (as in constantly, non-stop, what is sleep?) as soon as the opening theme starts I can’t stop smiling ear-to-ear.
Drowning in nostalgia, click here for a special blog post dedicated to one SockMonkey’s love for the first arcade game that let you pick your own music.
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