Submitted by BadCircuit 1901d ago | article

Gaming's Most Original Soundtracks Of The Decade


"We're only a few days into the second decade of the new millenium. To celebrate what has arguably seen gaming take over as the dominant entertainment medium, I thought it appropriate to honour one of the most overlooked elements of games that has seen tremendous growth in recent year: its soundtrack.

Specifically, games with original soundtracks (that is, not licensed music) composed around the gameplay and events. These are often later released as full albums.

While there have been many amazing soundscapes created for games both big and small, I'll be covering some of the most noteworthy in various game genres including what is my pick of the best this decade has produced." (Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 2, Culture, Eternal Sonata, GameCube, Lair, Nintendo DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, World of Goo, Xbox, Xbox 360)
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BadCircuit  +   1901d ago
I don't really pay attention to soundtracks unless they are really good. The games listed are some of the ones that I do notice.
gaminoz  +   1901d ago
I think soundtrack is very important for setting mood. I thought the World At War one stood out for me.
XboxOZ360  +   1901d ago
Great article, but I bet some will slant it one way.
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Lou-Cipher  +   1901d ago
Game Soundtrack Are Getting Better & Better
I have bought

Infamous Soundtrack
Halo Trilogy Soundtrack
Metal Gear Solid 4 Soundtrack
Mass Effect Soundtrack

Now if we could get all the game developers to use 7.1 True HD Audio in all their games, I would be a much happier gamer.

Just cause you put HD visuals in your game, that does not mean you have an HD game. You need HD Sound & Visuals to be able to claim an HD game.
Xi  +   1901d ago
the metal gear soundtrack is fail imo.
Mainly because it's best song, the main theme, is a blatent ripoff of the winter road by russian composer georgy vasilevich sviridov.
WildArmed  +   1901d ago
lol I own those 4 too. (and MGS trilogy OST)
Along with a few others here and there.
Braid was pretty kewl too
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ifhd  +   1901d ago
Metal Gear Solid Soundtrack
Gunandthewink  +   1901d ago
Personally Ive never bought a soundtrack- but it is undeniable that the great sound tracks stand out.
gaminoz  +   1901d ago
I sometimes get them with the Collector's Editions. Alone in the Dark was a crap game but had a great soundtrack imo. Tomb Raider Legend had a pretty good soundtrack too (I know it's old, but I remember the motorbike sequence...)

Bioshock also fit the setting. I agree that AC2 was good and Uncharted 2 also fit the game.

It all adds to the whole package.
REALgamer  +   1901d ago
I love Halo's soundtrack
So many memorable themes, and it knows when to be epic and when to use something more subtle.

I also like the Final Fantasy series soundtracks, but they're starting to all get a bit too similar. Hoping FFXIII has one to remember.
Lou-Cipher  +   1901d ago
I'm not a big fan of the next gen Halo franchises, but I do really enjoy the Halo soundtracks.

An impressive game Soundtrack can really elevate the quality of certain games. Especially story driven games.
WildArmed  +   1901d ago
ODST's sound track was pretty awesome too.
I do remember and love the FF6/8/10 soundtracks. (lol yeah i know FF6 >.<)
The rest haven't really caught on to me.
XboxOZ360  +   1901d ago
One of the best soundtracks I've personally heard, and enjoyed is the one used in the Xbox game, BLACK.

It is very mood orientated, and changes according to what is happening within the game, not just a series of scores to playe in loop for a segment. Many are extremely long and often have the ability to do that "goosebump' thing that good pieces can do.

It was performed by the NY Philharmonic Orchestra and that's a buck load of money to spend right when the hardware companies were shifting into "This-Gen". For those who have not played the game, do so, you'll be doing yourself a huge favour by doing so.
Hell yes, Black had amazing music. It gave the gameplay experience a very cinematic feel, I don't know how else to describe it. It reminded me a lot of soundtracks to big budget films or something. Black wins my Soundtrack of the decade. Halo has a distinct theme song, but aside from that, it didn't really grab me like Black did.

If we go back even further, I'd have to give it to Quake 2.
WildArmed  +   1901d ago
I'll take your world for it and try it out.
Seems very interesting
XboxOZ360  +   1901d ago
@ skv007
Youshould, it is also avail via Xbox Originals off XboxLive now, so if you have the spacxe on your HDD, then grab it. If not, then you should be able to find a copy at any decent supplier of first-gen games.

The game had a huge interactive and destructible environment, even better than many (if not all) the first two generation of games released on the 360.

Snipping from LONG distances would create actual damage on anything you hit. Hit a window in the top right corner, and the glass would shatter in a diagonal fashion, hit it in the middle, and it would shatter outwardly, as it should.

Shot a door, damage, shoot through walls and get ppl on the other side.

Much of this sort of destruction was not available on the 360 in games until later on. The game was a hallmark for such things, and is an excellent game overall.
Immortal Kaim  +   1901d ago
I have most of the Final Fantasy soundtracks, Nobuo is a genius...
mechlord  +   1901d ago
Dragon Age Origins was very athmospheric.
gaminoz  +   1901d ago
They really should make a best of game soundtracks or such on cd or mp3. Unless there is such a thing?
XboxOZ360  +   1901d ago
If you do a google for Mp3 Game soundtracks, you'll find several sites selling albums (legal) with full soundtracks. I came across a huge number while searching for images for this article.

Many were very cheap actually, I even thought about getting some myself.
GrathiusXR  +   1901d ago
All the Halo OST are phenomenal!! I cannot wait for Halo: Reach to have it's OST..

Lost Odyssey had a few great songs as well Mass Effect was pretty good for a tehcno ish style hehe..

Gears 2 was quite meh to be honest and wonder what MW2 OST will sound like.
Godem  +   1901d ago
FF7,8,9 and 10 soundtracks take the cake as the best soundtracks imo
Belgavion  +   1901d ago
Metroid Prime
Although the Halo soundtracks have all been cinematic and wonderful, I don't think Metroid Prime can be beaten.

It's a incredibly experimental mix of spacey drones mixed with Autechre-like blips and beeps, yet it still retains that Metroid 'feel' that dates back to the original NES title.

It's the only game I've ever turned on and just sat at the main menu screen listening to the music.
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