A great game consists of graphics, gameplay, story and of course, the soundtracks. As games have evolved, soundtracks and in-game music have improved as well. With great music, video games feel like a new experience every time you play them.
A video game soundtrack is a crucial part of the experience of playing a video game. If you’re not enjoying the music, then it’s likely you’ll quickly get bored and/or lose interest, and therefore may not even finish the game. Various musicians and artists from around the globe have also contributed to the gaming industry with their contents.
What’s the best music to play in a new game you may ask? Well, we have searched through every game and picked out the best tracks for your listening enjoyment. Read below to find out the best soundtracks and music from video games till 2021.
The Best Game Soundtracks, Songs and Music
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Intro Music (Hans Zammer)
Released in 2009, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is one of the greatest COD games in the whole series until today and millions of gamers still play this game Co-op or single player. Hans Zammer’s contribution for the ‘ ‘Opening Titles’ ‘ gave this game a wild intro and immediately drew the attention of the players. The original soundtrack was also kept intact in the remastered version of the game.
Halo 2: Main Theme
Halo 2 is loved by everyone for its gameplay, story and of course, Master Chief. But what really makes this game great are those deep and soothing soundtracks throughout the game. Halo 2: Main Theme was composed by Marty O’Donnell, who also composed the music for Halo 1. The music of Halo has been critically acclaimed ever since its first appearance in 2001. O’Donnell was quoted saying that he hoped the second Halo game would be as successful as the first. O’Donnell’s score for Halo 2: Main Theme is 40 minutes long and has a total of 37 sections.
Bioshock: Welcome to the Rapture
In our list of the best soundtracks and music from the Bioshock game series, Bioshock – Welcome to the Rapture is one of those underrated songs that needs a little more attention from the music and gaming community. It’s an excellent example of Bioshock sound design that fits perfectly with the gameplay it has to offer. Bioshock Infinite later adopted a few ideas of the original soundtracks from Welcome to the Rapture.
Metal Gear Solid 5 – The Phantom Pain: Sins of the Father (Donna Burke)
Remember that feeling when a video game that you spent 100’s of hours on is coming towards the end of its story? Yes! The one that brings little tears in your eyes and joy in your heart at the same time. Sins of the Father by Donna Burke plays in the final episode of “Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain” and those “the sinssss of the father” and “woohh” part can really hit hard to anyone who is playing the game.
Final Fantasy VII: One-Winged Angel
“One-Winged Angel” is one of the two opening songs in Final Fantasy VII (FFVII) and is heard at the beginning of Disc 1. It is an instrumental track that plays in the game’s battle scenes. The song is also included as one of the themes in the various FFVII soundtracks. It is an electric guitar-driven rock song that has a distinctive sound that is hard to describe.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Main Theme
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is able to shine with its main theme, which is a very good song that has a great combination of orchestra, strings, piano and percussion. The theme is able to keep the players’ attention and to draw them into the land of Skyrim. This music is so touching, powerful, and beautiful, it can be used as a mood setter in almost any game, and even in movie trailers.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt OST – The Fields of Ard Skellig
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was considered game of the year (GOTY) for its gameplay, graphics, story and not to mention, the intense soundtracks and battle hymns. The Fields of Ard Skellig is one of those mind-blowing songs from the game that will just make you just stop, hear the OST while riding Roach (in-game horse) when you enter the skellige islands.
NieR Automata: Forest Kingdom
You might not understand the lyrics of this song as it is created with a made-up language. Many other soundtracks from Nier Automata were created like this except a few. Some claim it is the Chaos language which is the mix of all languages to create a new one. This song is ghost inspired, fear drawing, and something that makes you explore the deathly hallows. Most gamers pretty much shed a tear when they heard this soundtrack.
Shadow of the Colossus – Complete Soundtrack
If you’re a fan of video games, you’ve likely heard of Shadow of the Colossus. Initially released in 2005, the game is now remastered for the Wii, PS4 and Xbox One. Recently, the original PS1 audio track was finally released on a CD for fans to enjoy and you’ve got to hear the complete soundtrack of this epic fantasy game. The game in itself is an art and this orchestral soundtrack makes it even more intense.
Dragon Age: Origins – Leliana’s Song
Leliana’s Song from Dragon Age: Origins was composed by award-winning Inon Zu and sung by Aubrey Ashburn. Leliana’s song was a part of the prequel DLC that explores Leliana’s back-story in detail. The song is around 2-hour in length and will take you through the comprehensive quest in the game. If you are a fan of RPGs, we highly recommend Dragon Age: Origins and Leliana’s song is not to be missed.
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