Top Tuesday: The Top Five Video Game Soundtracks

A pivotal part of any video game is the soundtrack. Whether you are enjoying the landscapes of a massive open-world map or engaged in a complicated boss battle, music has the ability to accentuate the experience.

So acknowledged is the role of music in video games that one is even able to buy video game soundtracks separately from the game if one likes.

In appreciation of the glorious soundtracks that often accompany video games, I’ve decided to make a list naming my Top Five favourite soundtracks. (In listing these soundtracks, I am not saying that they are the best ever created or whatever, rather just that they were the ones that I enjoyed the most.

Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman

Ironically, this is probably the worst Batman Arkham game (depending on how you played Arkham Knight really), however, it definitely had my favourite soundtrack. From the opening theme, I was ready to jump into the action and understood that Gotham was in some crazy danger and that Batman would have to (once, again), save it in a single night. Walking around the city, the music gave off a foreboding feeling of you not being wanted. Each major assassin (spoilers: in the storyline, eight assassins are contracted to kill you) had their own theme, which made the different dynamic and personality of each character known. It also and definitely highlighted the boss battles (one of the singular aspects that the game was praised for.) I listened to the soundtrack months after I finished the game, definitely making it one of my all-time favourite video game soundtracks.

Songs to listen to: Bane; Can’t You Just Play Along?

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Black Flag.png

Black Flag is often touted as the title that saved the Assassin’s Creed franchise. It was definitely one of my favourites in the franchise, but I’ve never really had a problem with the series so that’s not really saying much (I don’t seem to mind buying the same game 17 times). If I were to name Black Flag my favourite in the series, it would probably be due to the game’s Brian Tyler composed soundtrack. The soundtrack definitely makes me feel like I’m a pirate exploring the world in the early eighteenth century. Even when I’m not playing the game, listening to certain track makes me feel inquisitive about travelling the world (it may be just a mental association, but for the ability for simple sounds to that is amazing). If you’re looking for some good, inspiring music, give this soundtrack a listen. (It has certainly helped me get through the cleaning the dishes faster.)

Songs to listen to: The High Seas, Main Titles, The Ends of the Earth

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition, despite all of the awards it won, is actually a game that disappointed me immensely. The game is massive, I’ll give it that, but overall it was an endless stream of fetch quests interrupted by cut scenes. I really enjoyed the first two and thus feel very bitter that this was indeed the case. If there is any redeeming factor in this game, it is the soundtrack which had absolutely tracks. Starting the game up, and the opening shots coupled with the main theme just makes you think that you are in for one of the most epic adventures ever. If EA could make the next Dragon Age as epic as this soundtrack, I would be so happy…

Songs to listen to: Main Titles, Dawn Will Come

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 is probably my favourite game of all time. I mean as in ever. I just finished the DLCs and I feel as if I now have a void in my life as I’ll never be able to experience it for the first time again. This game had one of the best stories I have ever encountered in a game compounded with one of the best video game soundtracks I’ve ever heard. When Geralt enters into eerie situations, you begin to feel somewhat on edge, which in large part, is due to the soundtrack accompanying the game. When you begin a game of Gwent, an exciting ambiance is present largely due to the upbeat track that accompanies Gwent matches. When Gaunter O’ Dimm approaches you, you feel somewhat afraid due to his offsetting theme. It is all just so well done. Oh, Witcher 3, why did I have to finish you so soon?

Songs to listen to: The Fields of Ard Skellige, Geralt of Rivia, Blood and Wine

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim

It is true that I was dangerously addicted to Skyrim during one year at varsity. I started playing the game a year after it came out and then just couldn’t stop playing it. Skyrim is Skyrim, what can I really say that hasn’t been said before? It is definitely one of my favourite gaming experiences. It was the first game I ever platinumed I loved it so much. I know for a fact, however, that I would not have loved this game as much as I did without the soundtrack that accompanies it. Just the main titles track is enough for anybody to believe that they are indeed the invincible (until you kill a chicken) Dragonborn. The Witcher 3 may be my favourite game, but Skyrim definitely has my favourite video game soundtrack.

Songs to listen to: Dragonborn, Sovngarde, Skyrim Atmospheres

  1. Nice post…I totally agree!

    Like

    Reply

  2. This was a killer list! I especially enjoyed the music in Assassin’s Creed IV. The pirate songs and nautical tone to everything really made it stand out for me. I’d also have to say that I loved the oldies found in the Bioshock games. It really made me feel like I was trapped under water in a bygone era.

    Great work on putting this together!!! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

    1. Gaby Ferreira July 20, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks! I also enjoyed the Bioshock sountrack, particularly Infinte.

      Liked by 1 person

      Reply

      1. Right? Infinite was sooo good and the music just further solidified how amazing that game was 😀

        Are you currently sharing your blog on any other sites or platforms? I enjoyed reading this list ^_^

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Gaby Ferreira July 20, 2016 at 5:05 pm

        I know that was definitely an amazing experience!
        Only on Twitter so far, but do you have any recommendations on where I should share it?

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Haha, I actually might have a good platform for you. I’m a community manager over at Now Loading (https://nowloading.co/) and I’d love it if you shared your work on our site. Once you log it, it automatically takes you to our writing canvas where you can share your work with us. You own 100% of the work your share and cross posting is allowed.

    If you have any questions about it, I’d be more than happy to answer them for ya. My e-mail is paul@nowloading.co ^_^

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

    1. Gaby Ferreira July 20, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Will definitely make sure to give it a look! Thanks 🙂

      Like

      Reply

  4. […] Also, if you liked my list and would like to see more, do make sure to check out my list detailing my top five video game soundtracks here. […]

    Like

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: