Video Game Soundtracks that Stand the Test of Time
Video games are one of the most immersive technologies we have. Some games are able to capture you and make you feel like you are apart of the game itself. While there are different methods to go about this, music can really set the tone for how apart of a game you feel. Here is a look at some of the absolute best gaming soundtracks you can listen to.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
This game is always going to be one of the first ones I think about when the topic of soundtracks comes up. Of course, some of these songs have been used in other Zelda’s, but here is where they really clicked for me. Saria’s Song has always been my favorite track to come from the game. It has such a peppy tone to it and makes you want to move like the head Goron, Darunia.
A truly great orchestra experience. This soundtrack (as well as the other great Halo soundtracks) help lay the field for the epic battles Master Chief will endure. When you hear those piano tones, you know the desperation to win the fight.
Super Mario Odyssey
“Jump Up, Superstar” is one of my favorite songs to come out of 2017, but that’s not the only great thing to listen to from this soundtrack. Every kingdom in the game is as diverse as the music that accompanies it. The music for your time in Cascade Kingdom sets the tone for the epic journey Mario and Cappy are about to set out on. Compare that to the darker Samurai theme of Bowser’s Kingdom as well as the other kingdoms and you have the most diverse soundtrack that will appear on this list.
How do you make a soundtrack to accompany the gory, intense gameplay of DOOM? You bring awesome metal to it! This soundtrack encompasses everything that DOOM is. A crazy, non-stop ride from start to finish. Perfect music to slay Hell’s demons to.
Life is Strange
Life is Strange’s soundtrack is filled with a bunch of indie music that I honestly could not tell you who any of it is from. That being said, it fits the game perfectly. Max is the kind of hipster that would listen to this stuff religiously and I think the developers were very smart in choosing this as their soundtrack.
Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind Forest’s soundtrack tugs right at your heart as much as the other content of the game does. It perfectly conveys the adventure Ori is going through. Will of the Wisps (the sequel of the game) is coming next year and looks to bring just as good of a soundtrack.
Child of Light
Child of Light is another smaller game like Ori and the Blind Forest that perfectly captures the mood of its game with its music. When playing through the game you feel like you are playing through a fairy tale. The piano is very relaxing and soothing.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
While I normally do not regard Assassin’s Creed games for having memorable music, this game had a great soundtrack to make you feel like you were a pirate. I do not know how much it was inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, but it gives me slight nods to that. Let’s not forget the sea shanties that also let sailing around the world bearable.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus has a great mystic feel to it. That feel is helped nailed down by the music. The battle music also has an epicness to accompany the fact that you are literally fighting titans.
If I had a nickel for every time I listened to this music I would be rich. The soothing piano tones of the main menu always have put me in a state of absolute relaxation. Simple and Clean is also one of those songs that sticks out to me as one of the most recognizable video game songs. The Kingdom Hearts team seems to always pick great songs to headline their games and watching the opening cinematic to accompany it is always one of the things I look forward to the most.
Banjo Kazooie’s soundtrack is one of the most unique, stand outs from my childhood. Grant Kirkhope during his Rare days really helped the games he worked on standout. Banjo has one of my favorite openings ever with him and Mumbo battling over instruments. This carries over into the story with all the different and unique sounds throughout the various worlds.