8 of the greatest gaming soundtracks EVER
Many might argue that video games wouldn't be what they are today if it wasn't for the fantastic soundtracks that have been created specifically for the games we know and love. From the days of bleak backing tracks, we saw back on the 8-bit systems in the 90s the music created for every aspect of gaming in more recent years has changed the level of immersion of our games dramatically.
With so many fantastic gaming soundtracks over the years, choosing eight of our favorites was no easy task whatsoever. Here we are, though, with our list of the eight best video game soundtracks ever.
1) The Legend of Zelda, Koji Kondo
We might be biased, giving our number one spot to a Legend of Zelda title, but great music deserves excellent rewards. Don't just take our word for it though, 'Symphony of the Goddesses' is an orchestral symphony that was developed due to how popular the music from the games has become. Working at the Mario giant since 1986, Koji Kondo is the genius behind some of the most famous Zelda music entries.
2) God of War, Bear McCreary (2018)
PS4 players eagerly awaited the release of God of War in 2018, and although the gameplay and story were fantastic, that success grew further thanks to the soundtrack from Bear McCreary. The soundtrack includes an Icelandic choir, instruments of a Nordic origin such as the hurdy-gurdy and the nyckelharpa, not forgetting the heaps of bass to give it that extra oomph.
3) Uncharted, Greg Edmonson
Composer Greg Edmonson truly delivers on 'Nate's Theme' from the Tomb Raideresque adventure series, bringing great cinematics such as roaring drums and brass chorale-type effects.
4) Kingdom Hearts, Yoko Shimomura
In addition to the lightheartedness of her music, Yoko Shimomura is often referenced as being one of a concise list of female composers for video games. The soundtrack fits well to meld the connection between the Disney universe and Squaresoft.
5) Halo, Martin O'Donnell
It suffices to say that the Halo franchise is among the most popular series in the video games industry, not just for Xbox and PC players. Much like the popularity of the series, the soundtrack from Martin O'Donnell rocks some real fame of its own, with the original soundtrack remaining one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time for video games.
6) Metal Gear Solid, Harry Gregson-Williams
Before bringing his expertise to Metal Gear Solid, Harry Gregson-Williams was better known for being a composer for TV and films such as Shrek and Enemy of the State. Gregson-Williams captures the stealthy aspects of the Metal Gear franchise by combining orchestral attributes with electronic effects.
7) Final Fantasy, Nobuo Uematsu
Dabbling in the Final Fantasy franchise for many years has created a claim to fame for composer Nobuo Uematsu, a legend in his own right thanks to his various entries across the series. Nobuo Uematsu has sold-out concerts across the globe following his constant hits through the series as players battle through enchanted and dangerous worlds across the games.
8) Tetris (The Tetris Song)
This one takes us back to the GameBoy classic from 1989, with the original soundtrack originating from the 19th century as a song called Korobeiniki, a Russian folk song. As a gamer, though, we know it more as the Tetris song. It was unfair to leave this track behind, and if you're interested, you could also check out the version from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.