Video games are a gateway to many fantastic tales that have powerful stories. Alongside these stories, there’s the music and soundtrack that further helps the narrative of the game and engrosses the player even more. So here’s a Top 10 List of Video Game Soundtracks that are my favourites and are a must-listen. Do keep in mind that this list is based on my opinion which is bound to differ from yours, and I’ve only kept OSTs of games that are more recent, so don’t expect Chrono Trigger here.
This soundtrack is perfection. It is thrilling, exhilarating, heart pumping, demon killing, head ripping ecstasy. This is my go to soundtrack whenever I need to get pumped up or need to listen to something badass, but that’s not all about this soundtrack. Mick Gordon, the genius that he is, created the soundtrack in such a way that it reflected the player’s action with the ever changing music. It is pure brilliance that was only brought to my attention by a Youtuber Raycevick who made a phenomenal video as to why this soundtrack is so good which I highly recommend for you to watch. My personal favourite song in this OST has to be BFG Division but it was really hard for me to come to that decision.
The tale of Red, a singer who loses her voice during an event that shakes her whole life and her quest to find out what happened, why and to get revenge on those responsible for the events that had transpired that night. The soundtrack perfectly manages to capture the futuristic vibe of the story mixed with the sorrow and pain that Red is going through. In a way, the game allows Red to speak to the player through the music. Almost every song on the soundtrack has a version that has Red hum it that in a way really humanizes her and makes the player truly feel for her. From this OST, Blank Canvas transitioning into Paper Boats is my favourite part of the soundtrack.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Dovahkiin, The Dragonborn, the hero of Skyrim has returned to save Skyrim and its people from the Evil Dragons and the Civil War. Throughout the tale of the Dragonborn, you are accompanied by the fantastic music composed by Jeremy Soule that really gives the game its Soul(hehe). From the powerful Dragonborn Theme to the choir of Sovngarde that captures what it must feel like entering the Hall of Valor, I can’t get enough of this soundtrack.
Now, Undertale has a bad rep amongst gamers because of the fanbase and how weirdly obsessed it is. But don’t let that deter your from the wondrous game that Undertale is and it’s equally amazing soundtrack that perfectly captures the spirit of the game. It’s fun, it’s wacky but it also has that dark and sad layer to it. Throughout my playthrough of the game I kept writing down parts of the game so I could later find the song and listen to it. My personal favourite being Ghost Fight because it reminds me of a song that I can’t remember for the life of me. Please, help. Oh, did I mention it was all written and created by just one guy? Namely, Toby Fox, the developer of the game. Pretty impressive if you ask me.
Assassin’s Creed 2
One of my favourite Assassin’s Creed game also has one of my favourite Video Game OST’s from recent times. The soundtrack is so beautifully crafted by Jesper Kyd and hits you right in the feels from the beginning of the game. The scene with Ezio and his brother standing on the rooftop talking while the game’s logo comes up is one of my favourite intros to a game. This game also features the song Ezio’s Family which has somewhat become the theme song for the Assassin’s Creed series, with various renditions of the theme being included in every subsequent game’s theme.
Mass Effect Trilogy
I couldn’t pick a single game from the trilogy, it was just too damn hard. It’s almost been a whole year since I last played any of the games from the Original Trilogy but the soundtrack is still fresh in my head, as fresh as the flowers blooming in Spring. From the first time you open up the Navigation Map and Uncharted World plays, to the Suicide Mission‘s tense music, and then the heartbreaking moment you leave Earth when the Reapers arrive, to when I Was Lost Without You plays during a moment that never fails to bring a tear to my eye and finally, An End Once And For All. This game is packed with phenomenal music and I highly recommend that you play this trilogy to experience its fantastic story and characters alongside the aforementioned OST. Here’s the rest of the songs of the OST.
Silent Hill 2
One of the best horror games out there. Even after all these years, this game manages to stand tall. Partly due to the story, partly due to the gameplay and partly due to the soundtrack. The OST starts with Laura’s theme that doesn’t seem to fit a horror game at all. Yet as you continue listening to the OST, you can feel the change in the atmosphere, just like in the game. It’s not horror that is simply shoved in your face. It is psychological, it plays with your mind by manifesting your fears through your own thoughts, revealing your darker side. It’s creepy, it’s melancholic and quite honestly, is a masterpiece. Go play Silent Hills 2 if you want a horror game that doesn’t solely rely on jump scares and cheap tricks to scare you.
Another Supergiant game on this list and another OST composed by Darren Korb. These guys really know how to make a soundtrack and tie it in with the gameplay. It’s powerful and strong, but then there are moments where it transitions to something melancholic, that makes various scenes in the game so damn powerful with its simplicity. There is something about the game’s hand painted art style and OST that just screams how much of the developers’ soul is in this. You can even hear tracks that sound similar to songs in Transistor because this where they were inspired from. Mother I’m Here (Zulf’s Theme) is one of my favourites from this OST and also Build That Wall (Zia’s Theme) because of Ashley Barrett’s voice who later went on to become the voice of Red in Transistor.
One of the most iconic themes got one of the most awesome remixes. A sequel to a legendary title that is also quite legendary. It built on everything Halo 1 laid out and did so fantastically. From the narrative, visuals, gameplay to the soundtrack that is still quoted by fans to be one of their favourite soundtracks ever. The absolute sick Mjolnir Remix of the main theme to Peril in the ruins and while I’m at it, I can’t forget the Unforgotten. This game took the series to a whole new level and every aspect of the game makes it very clear as to why that happened.
The Witcher 2 and 3
The Butcher of Blaviken. The White Wolf. Geralt of Rivia. This man’s tales are legendary, tales that we all have been a part of. I started my Witcher journey with The Witcher 2 during which a friend of mine kept telling me to play until I heard the “sick” song because I felt the game was somewhat boring. And then I heard it, The Path of The Kingslayer, while I butchered a bunch of men. That was the moment I fell in love with the music of this series and it only grew from there. Once I was done with The Witcher 2, I started playing The Witcher 3 and was greeted by the Blood and Wine song in the main menu that instantly sent chills down my spine, having remembered it from one of the CG Trailers of the game. Songs like Geralt of Rivia, The Fields of Ard Skellig, Silver for Monsters and Steel for Humans are just a few of the fantastic tracks found in this legendary game about a legendary man.
Hotline Miami 1 and 2
I’m a big fan of Synthwave and the whole Outrun culture in general and Hotline Miami kicks it up a notch, featuring artists like Carpenter Brut, Pertubator and Mega Drive, the game’s music is basically on coke. High octane fast paced music to match the brutal mass murdering while also perfectly fitting the the 80s theme of the game, these games did it masterfully. I never felt burned out because of dying over and over while playing because the music continually managed to keep me hyped and pumped, which made it even more satisfying when I beat a level.
That wraps up my list of favourite Video Games OSTs that have come out in recent times, most of which I’ve been listening to a lot lately. I know there’s a bunch of games that did not make the list so let me know what Video Game’s OST is your favourite and why by commenting. While you’re at it, why not register with us for the best in gaming, and join us for video game discussions on our forums.