Video Games are one of, if not the most, diverse entertainment mediums out there. There are so many factors that go into making a game successful. There’s the physics engine, graphics, art style, writing, gameplay mechanics and sound design. With all of these factors it’s easy to forget about just how important the soundtrack is in a game.
The sound design gives a player a level of feedback for their actions that graphics can’t do on its own. In order for a game to be immersive the soundtrack needs to be almost perfect and fit with the graphics and art style or players won’t get sucked in. The top 7 soundtracks listed here isn’t just for the music but also the voice acting (if applicable), the sound effects and the ambient sounds used in making a game feel whole.
Number 7: Dark Souls
Dark Souls is a game that many people fear to play thanks to its intimidating reputation. Part of what makes Dark Souls so intimidating is the soundtrack where each boss fight has its own theme that played into the Boss’s strengths. However if it weren’t for the very last boss’s song this game would probably have been beaten by another game. Gwyn’s theme was so perfect that even though the boss itself was rather easy it gave the game an amazing ending that few could forget.
Number 6: Warcraft III
Blizzard has an amazing sound team that very rarely produces low quality tracks or voice acting. With the exception of Metzen voicing perhaps one or two many characters the overall memorability and character of the voice acting is top notch. Anyone who’s played the Warcraft III campaign will remember the voices of a large variety of characters lines.
Number 5: Halo: Combat Evolved
It’s hard to say if the Xbox division of Microsoft would have survived without the Halo series, at the very least it wouldn’t have been nearly as popular as it was. Part of what made Halo CE so great was the soundtrack. It gave an almost barren landscape an other worldly feel to it. Halo is one of the reasons why an orchestral sound track is so popular in modern games. The sound design was great as well, with the weapons giving of sounds one would expect to.
Number 4: Tetris
Tetris’s soundtrack is far from what you would call complex, but neither is the game play. Nothing in Tetris goes deeper than the surface but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t one of the best designed games of all time. Both the sound effects and the music in Tetris is so memorable that people have them stuck in their heads for weeks after playing a game of Tetris.
Number 3: Nier
Nier was one of the hidden gems of the 7th gen of consoles. The mediocre reviews and lack of marketing let it slip under many people’s radars. One thing that always comes up when Nier is mentioned is the soundtrack. Everything about Nier was rather glum and sombre and the soundtrack helped that along incredibly well.
Number 2: Super Mario Galaxy
This was the hardest choice to make in this list. Every single Mario game has an amazing soundtrack and it was hard to choose which of them was the best. Mario Galaxy’s orchestral music and cheery atmosphere made it one of the most charming games in existence. Hearing all the old Mario tracks redone with instruments was an amazing experience and gave Mario Galaxy a secure foothold in this list.
Number 1: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Chiptune music is hardly the most eloquent way to create a soundtrack but with the Nintendo 64′s cartridge space there weren’t many other options. A lot of games had very awkward or even annoying soundtracks thanks to the nature of MIDI’s limitations. One game that excelled where others failed was The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (OoT). Nintendo games in general had great MIDI sound design but OoT definitely comes up on top of the others. Thanks to the musical nature of the game the Music in OoT needed to be almost perfect and Nintendo definitely pulled it off. The music is incredibly memorable and most people who beat OoT remember both how to play most of the songs and can also hum them if prompted.