I probably haven’t played enough games to definitely say which video game soundtracks are the best of all time, so I’m going to pick a few that I really like and then hand the microphone to you, dear readers.
Note: This is not my “top five” list, or in any way meant to represent the “top five” soundtracks of all time. These are simply five soundtracks that I really like. I’m going to do a follow-up post with the most recommended soundtracks readers here, on Facebook, and on Twitter suggested.
1. The Witcher 2
Many things about The Witcher 2 make it one of the most lovely games I’ve ever played, and it’s soundtrack is no exception. Every bit as catchy and evocative as some of the best film soundtracks I’ve heard, the music in this game is orchestral and haunting, full of pipes and flutes and deep strings.
The score was composed by Adam Skorupa and Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz. Better yet, it comes with the game so you can listen to it whenever you like.
2. Shadow of the Colossus
This soundtrack must be an inspiration for a number of games. A moody orchestral score, full of deep chanting and classical strings, the game’s music is infrequent but quite beautiful. Similar to the game’s story in many ways.
The score was composed by Kow Otani.
3. Super Mario Bros.
It may be annoying as hell now, and hardly a staggering work of orchestral genius, but it’s also quite possibly the most well-known, distinct soundtrack from any game. You hum somebody the tune of Super Mario Bros and they’re almost certain to know what it is. Though I suppose this may be something generational.
Kids these days.
The soundtrack was composed by Koji Kondo, who also composed the nearly-as-iconic score for Legend of Zelda.
Indie darling, Braid, licensed music from various indie artists and it’s all terrific. I liked this one in particular, by Shira Kammen.
Very few games have such iconic soundtracks. Halo’s moody Gregorian chants juxtaposed against rock-opera-style strings help draw you in to the space-age adventure.
The score was composed by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori.
There were many games I wanted to include but didn’t have space for – like the original Castlevania and, as mentioned, Zelda, not to mention Dark Soulsand a plethora of games I’ve likely forgotten all about.
So what do you think? What are the greatest soundtracks of all time?