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Submitted by chrispseuphoria 530d ago | opinion piece

The Best Video Game Soundtracks of This PlayStation Generation

PlayStation Euphoria: Throughout the past generation, we have heard many great soundtracks from video games which rival the film industry. From Persona 4 Golden’s rocking sound track to Journey’s melodic music, PlayStation has been home to many wonderfully sounding games. The music from this generation’s PlayStation platforms could make us jump for joy, tear up, or feel intense within a battle. In no particular order, here are “The Best Video Game Soundtracks of This PlayStation Generation.” (Gravity Rush, Heavy Rain , Journey, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Nier, Persona 4 Golden, PS Vita, PS3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception)

Donnieboi  +   530d ago
Good albums in the article. Although it's not as well known as other games in this article, "Rainbow Moon", "Scott Pilgrim vs The World", and "Flower" soundtracks were pretty good too (probably not as well known since they are digital-only games).
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Kanzes  +   530d ago
Demon's Souls and MGS4 soundtrack are the best in this generation imo. Although Uncharted's and God of War main theme is catchy too

Skyrim's Dragonborn is epic too! it gives me a chill when first I heard it
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Abash  +   530d ago
Killzone 3 has terrific soundtrack, very cinematic and just epic. I also love how sad the main menu's theme is, it's soundtrack is just one of the few war games that really had an impact on me
Blastoise  +   530d ago
@Abash

This one? Yeah, it's really awesome. Quite an underrated tune

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Donnieboi  +   530d ago
@ Abash and Blastois: If u guys like that Killzone 3 song so much , u should check out the OST for "Rule of Rose". It has some awesome and "sad" violin music.
Black-Helghast  +   530d ago
Far Cry 3 main theme anyone? No? :Okay:
Colzer01  +   530d ago
Bioshock Infinite. One of the best soundtrack ever
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

and this one too
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
remanutd55  +   530d ago
Motorstorm Pacific Rift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SegaSaturn669  +   530d ago
Nier. Best RPG music of this gen.
Bluepowerzz  +   530d ago
the current gen noobies wont know about it though
Blastoise  +   530d ago
Journey and Persona 4 Golden for sure.

Journey's soundtrack is simply immense

I think The Last Of Us deserves a shout out, it's got some good tunes

Edit: Demon's Souls! Yeaaaahh. Tower Knight theme and Maiden Astraea themes ftw
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Donnieboi  +   530d ago
Maiden Astraea blows my mind!

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
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majiebeast  +   530d ago
There were some good soundtracks this gen.

Playstation
Hotline Miami-Hydrogen: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Shatter-Boss music: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Uncharted1,2,3-Main theme: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Lastofus-Main theme: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Rayman Origins-Tricky treasure: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Metal Gear Solid 4-Medly at the final battle(spoiler) http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Nintendo
LOZ Skyward sword-Ballad of the goddes:
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Xenoblade chronicles-One who gets in our way: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Super Mario Galaxy-Battle against Bowser: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Super Smash Bros Brawl-Final destination: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Donkey Kong Country Returns:Fear factory returns: http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Just some that stood out to me and i probably missed fan favourites like Portal1,2 and others.
OrangePowerz  +   530d ago
I miss MGS4, AC2, TLoU, Red Dead Redemption among others on the list.
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   530d ago
The link isn't working for me, but I think FF13 had one of the best this gen. Say what you will about it but the soundtrack was very good.

Gravity Rush stood out in the game.
I also liked the Deus Ex theme Icarus.
Donnieboi  +   530d ago
Hamouzu made the music for FF 13. He is a genius! He is the japanese-German composer who made the soundtrack for SaGa Frontier 2. It was so well received, that he quickly climbed the ranks as Squares top composer. The man mixes African Percussion with Salsa, classical piano music, house music, and so much more.

You should check out his album on youtube, called "Vielen Dank by Masashi Hamouzu"
rlacorne  +   530d ago
I would have added Catherine, nice use of classical themes that tie into the narrative (Biset's L'Arlésienne comes to mind, and Baba-Yaga too).

And something tells me Dragon's Crown soundtrack is gonna be epic, judging from the trailers.
Donnieboi  +   530d ago
Yes, Atlus's amazing composer (shoji meguro) has made the soundtracks for many of their best games, such as Catherine, Persona series, SMT series, Trauma Center, etc.

Truly a very gifted composer. He can go from classical, to hip hop, to pop, to 80's synths, to rock all in one song. Truly a brilliant composer and talented artist.

If u like him, check out his influences "T-Square" and "Casiopea" bands from Japan (can find on youtube). also he does A LOT of collaborations with "LotusJuice" (the guy u hear rapping in the Persona 3 and 4 songs).

Man, the only thing I love more than games, is music!
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rlacorne  +   530d ago
I do agree with that. Persona 3-4 soundtracks are some of the best of the ps2 era, can't wait to see what he comes up with for Persona 5.

Oh and I'm gonna go check those bands you named. :) Thanks for the info!
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Inception  +   530d ago
Dragon's Crown composer is Hitoshi Sakimoto, the man behind the music for Vagrant Story, FF Tactics, FF XII, Tactics Ogre, Valkyria Chronicles series, Crimson Shroud, Odin Sphere, Muramasa, etc. So i think Dragon's Crown music will definitely epic :D
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Inception  +   530d ago
I agree with most tittle in the list. But some games & composer deserve a shout if we're talking about 'the best video game soundtrack in Playstation generation'. Here's some of my favorite:

- Xenogears, composed by Yasunori Mitsuda

- Chrono Cross, composed by Yasunori Mitsuda

- FF IX, composed by Nobuo Uematsu

- Parasite Eve, composed by Yoko Shimomura

- Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2, composed by Yoko Shimomura

- Vagrant Story, composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto

- Valkyria Chronicles, composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto

- Persona 3 / 4, composed by Shoji Meguro

- Ar Tonelico 1-3, composed by Gust Sound Team (Akira Tsuchiya, Ken Nakagawa, Daisuke Achiwa).

- Shadow of the Collossus, composed by Kow Otani

- Silent Hill 2 / 3, composed by Akira Yamaoka

- MGS series
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Donnieboi  +   530d ago
Excellent list. I totally forgot to add Silent Hill.

Remember this very awesome song?

http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Inception  +   530d ago
I forgot that song cause i've only play a bit of Origins. But i knew the vocal is Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. She had georgeous voice and Silent Hill without her voices and Akira Yamaoka music isn't the same anymore...

Btw, that Origins song really awesome :3
lair, if there was nothing else it did right, atleast it had a great soundtrack
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Hicken  +   530d ago
I dunno if I would say the whole soundtrack, but Killzone 2's opening is the pinnacle of epic.
SynestheticRoar  +   530d ago
Flower, Journey, Far Cry 3, Killzone 3, All of the Uncharted's and the best recent is TLOU.
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Y_5150  +   530d ago
I'm really the only person here that loves the inFAMOUS 2 soundtrack!? That is my favorite soundtrack this generation. Uncharted is my second then Gravity Rush.
Bluepowerzz  +   530d ago
this gen was a dissapointment only few sony exlusives managed to go to ps2 ps1 gen quallity kingdom hearts and the ff in ps2 destroys everythig in terms of soundtrack
Dipso  +   529d ago
Great list, I think Siren Blood Curse and El Shaddai deserve a mention too. Japanese composers rarely fail to step outside the box.

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