Great Video Game Soundtrack – The Second Installment

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I know I said this was going to be weekly, but higher powers have forced me to release this earlier, and only have 3 installments of this subject. So here are 8 great soundtracks for you to have a listen to:

(Just a quick note; I learned of a way to directly upload YouTube videos to this, but I am not too sure if it works, so just disregard any errors if there are any)

(UPDATE: It didn’t work, I have no idea how any of this works, oh jolly!)

FTL : Faster Than Light

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K21YroGo1k&list=PLsOZ7JgTLnTFfaFUo7aiRzDdmTUG3f7jx

Another fantastic indie game with a fantastic soundtrack. Like Mass Effect 1’s score, exploration, discovery and mystery come to mind when listening to this exquisite soundtrack. A game also which I thoroughly recommend.

Deus Ex : Human Revolution

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAljZX-9HMI

Probably one of my favourite soundtracks to date. Michael McCann has created a very special soundtrack for a very special game. In fact Deus Ex : HR was one of my favourites last gen (behind Portal 2 obviously). I really hope the future sounds like this.

Far Cry 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rR-rGLoJKw

Oh how I wished this game was good. When I started playing this I was rather excited, Africa, in a FPS? I felt it would be a nice change of scenery from the Middle East and the such. Instead we got a boring, bland, brown bastard of a game. Oh well, at least the title theme is good.

Assassins’ Creed 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE0Y5VmkILQ

Another good theme/soundtrack from a game I disliked. In fact, AC3 had my favourite soundtrack from the series, even though it was my least favourite, hmmm…

The Witcher 2 : Assassins of Kings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBM4fTmISW0

My user-namesake. The Witcher 2 was an unexpected beauty. One of the best RPGs of all time (opinion). It compiles both the best from two of my favourite fantasy worlds – Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings) and Westeros (A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones). This specific track I have chosen isn’t my top pick, but it’s one I feel sums up The Witcher 2 fantastically.

Red Dead Redemption

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpXXfCzSmJQ

Who doesn’t like cowboys!? Red Dead Redemption is a spaghetti western game at it’s finest, and its soundtrack does it justice. In the build of the track above, I get a sort of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly vibe from it, but that may just be me.

Shadow of the Colossus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWB8P4jbsAA

I’ve only played this game once, for at most 20 minutes. It’s magnificent, outstanding just… it makes me feel sad that I never got a PS3. Thankfully, I can imagine myself playing it by listening to it’s soundtrack.

Mass Effect 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2z28mutY1E

I have mixed opinions about ME2 – some which I will state in a post some time next week. However, even though I prefer ME1 as a game to 2, the soundtrack for 2 is better than one (in my opinion). ME3’s OST will not appear in this list because I see no need in repeating myself. However ME3 does have another great soundtrack *restrains self for whining about ME3*.

Honourable Mention

Grand Theft Auto : Vice City

GTA: Vice City objectively had the best song selection of all the GTAs – I do realise that that was actually an opinion. Vice City was really just Scarface : The video game, but that’s not a bad thing. It had all of the classics of the 70s, and right now I find it hard to actually find one song I want to show off. Decisions, decisions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQbiNvZqaY

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2 Comments

  1. Good of you to draw attention to the fantastic soundtrack of Red Dead Redemption (2010). I teach a college-level class on the Western genre and my students actually study the game and its use of music. I write about the genre at http://westernsreboot.com/ and if interested, have this post about the combination of location and music in the game:
    http://westernsreboot.com/2012/07/10/mood-pieces-music-location-in-rockstars-red-dead-redemption/

    All the best,
    Chad

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