Even though we haven’t been able to celebrate world music day this year thanks to the pandemic, there’s no need for a festival to appreciate music - we can do it from the confines of our homes! From blood pumping metal, to chill ambient tunes and catchy pop tunes, music is often the most overlooked aspect of a video game (unless it is music-focused). Since there are so many different games out there and not enough time to listen to all of them, we decided to round up some of our favourite video game soundtracks for you to check out and hopefully enjoy!
Lifeformed - Cider Time, 9-Bit Expedition
Fun fact - I fell in love with the game before I played it for the first time thanks to its soundtrack. When I discovered the soundtrack, I had not been exposed to similar music before and it opened my ears to a whole new world of chill, electronic music. In turn, it led me down the path of enjoying indie games. If it wasn’t for the Dustforce OST, I wouldn’t be this deep into the hobby.
M|O|O|N - Hydrogen, Magic Sword - The Way Home, Vestron Vulture - New Wave Hookers, Mitch Murder - Hollywood Heights
It’s hard to pick a favourite track from here (they are all so good), but Hotline Miami is how I got into synthwave and the outrun genre. Young me would have not been able to appreciate such synth-heavy music, but because it perfectly complemented the fast and frantic gameplay of Hotline Miami (you die and repeat the same stages, over and over again), they were burnt into my head and I felt myself playing according to the rhythm of the songs.
Toby Fox - Once Upon a Time, MEGALOVIA
My jaw dropped when I learnt that this game was almost completely made by one person (Toby Fox) and all the music was composed by him. Probably one of the most-loved indie games of all time, Undertale’s soundtrack is simply amazing. From the harmonious overture (Once Upon a Time) to the adrenaline-inducing Sans fight music (MEGALOVIA) - Undertale’s soundtrack is perfect for the kind of game it is. Seeing how the game’s music has been used, remixed and covered by the countless number of people till today is a testament to its brilliance. In fact, some of you might have even heard its music before without knowing the game!
Christopher Tin featuring Ron Ragin and Stanford Talisman - Baba Yetu
I enjoy this because the composition is beautiful, "epic" in an uplifting manner. Combined with the choir in Swahili, the song evokes a sense that the world is larger, more mysterious and more beautiful than it seems. (Fun fact: "Baba Yetu", was the first piece of video game music to win a Grammy Award.)
2WEI and Edda Hayes - Warriors
I like how 2WEI slowed down the tempo compared to Imagine Dragon's original, giving it a contemplative and sombre feel without losing it's bite and fight. Edda Hayes' ethereal-like voice gives the song a slightly eerie and otherworldly vibe. The music video is also well animated!
Shoji Meguro, Rike Schmalz and Lyn Inaizumi - Beneath The Mask
This is the coolest, most relaxing song I've ever heard in a video game - it's the perfect song to listen to while drinking hot tea, sitting next to the window as rain pours on a cold night. I never realised how suave video games could be until Persona 5, and their acid jazz soundtrack fully encapsulates the tone of P5.
Nobuo Uematsu - Liberi Fatali
This was the first video game song I heard when I first played the original PlayStation, and what a fantastic introduction it was! The eerie choir opening, followed by sweeping orchestral sounds that jumped between intense and wondrous emotions are truly breathtaking. The overall FF8 soundtrack is just sublime - Nobuo Uematsu (regular Final Fantasy composer) rarely disappoints.
I’ll Keep Coming - Low Roar
One of the weirdest songs used in video game trailers, which makes it perfect for the then-mysterious Death Stranding. The opening may not be everyone’s cup of tea (it can be a bit unnerving), but it’s impossible not to nod (tongue twister) your head to the music when it builds up to its crescendo. Special mentions to Easy Way Out and Silent Poets’ Asylums For The Feeling (also Death Stranding songs) as my favourites too.
Mick Gordon - Rip & Tear
I don’t have any specific favourites for Doom (2016), but oh my, does its heavy metal soundtrack really get me in the mood to bash many demons’ heads. Only a few would be able to enjoy it just by listening to the soundtrack, but once you start playing Doom, you’ll welcome the crazy violence in your ears whilst engaging in gory carnage, thanks to Mick Gordon (Doom composer).
Saki, Riona, Kiryu - Like A Butterfly
Yakuza is one of the few games that makes me wanna listen to the soundtrack. I must say, I absolutely adore it. I'm in love with that kind of hard-rock-metal-electro music, so this track is one of my favourite songs that get me going when it comes to fighting bad guys and breaking items in the Yakuza games.
m.o.v.e - Rage your dream
Initial D's OST does its job well, but it heightens the experience in a much deeper way. It transports the viewer back to an era that no longer exists. The import tuner craze, street racing, JDM; this era of the 90's really isn't around anymore.
These are just some of the video game songs that we enjoy listening to - let us know if you enjoyed our recommendations and if there are any other soundtracks to check out. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more gaming content!