5 Games with Amazing Soundtracks
Sound design is a very important part of game production and creation; and today we will look at my picks of the top five soundtracks in gaming history. I have played these games and their soundtracks remained with me even after the game was done.
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of those rare gems that appears once in a while. It is one of the best games to ever grace this world. From story to graphics, and from gameplay to the small details in the world, everything is well put together and the music is on par with the game's standard as well.
Every time there is a fight, the music begins and simply immerses you in the game's amazing story. Epic, sad, adventurous, or eerie, The Witcher 3 has it all when it comes to the soundtrack as well.
The soundtrack was composed by Marcin Przybyłowicz, Mikolai Stroinski, and Percival, and consists of 35 tracks with a total running time of approximately 81 minutes and 7 seconds.
My favorite song from this game is "Silver for Monsters" which transformed a lot of random fights into epic moments. I invite you to give it a listen below.
2. The Last of Us
The Last of Us is another gem in the gaming industry. It is a story-driven game set in a post-apocalyptic world following the story of Joel and Ellie. Although I did not have a chance to play it myself (as I do not own a PlayStation console), I did watch walkthroughs of the game multiple times on YouTube and I absolutely love this game.
The story is amazing, the characters are so well-crafted that you can actually invest your feelings in them, and the graphics, level design, and sound design are simply stellar.
The soundtrack is amazingly well done and it is present throughout the game. In cut-scenes and major moments, the soundtrack provides those instances with a lot more power and emotional charge.
My favorite song is the Main Theme of the game because it simply gives me shivers.
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is one of those games that everyone has heard about because it was so hugely popular and it is one of the few games that is still being played so many years after its launch. Skyrim still has an amazing mod community which launches new mods every day and even the base game has a lot of things in it to guarantee you will be playing it a minimum of 100 hours if you want to see everything there is to see. Skyrim also brought an amazing soundtrack with its graphics, gameplay and huge immersive world. The soundtrack was perfectly created and it is one of the best soundtracks ever in my humble opinion and that is why it made this list.
My favorite song for Skyrim would have to be the Main Theme which would be “The Song of the Dragonborn”. Dovahkiin, Dovahkiin, naal ok zin los vahriin!
Transistor is a sci-fi-themed action RPG from Supergiant Games which is an indie developer. This is not a triple A title but that does not mean it's not amazingly well done. The artwork combined with a compelling story draws you in from the beginning and the gameplay mechanics are intuitive and yet require a lot of thought.
The first thing that hooked me on this game was the soundtrack. The song "We All Become" was featured in the announcement trailer for Transistor and the song alone got me interested in the game.
Below you will find the reaveal trailer from E3 2013 which is the trailer that got this game on my radar.
5. World of Warcraft
In the end I can not help myself but save a spot on this list for World of Warcraft. This game has an amazing soundtrack for each and every expansion. It had amazing music from the start and it kept the same level of quality over the years as well.
Some of the most iconics songs for me would be those that play in Elwynn Forest, Goldshire Inn and the Alliance capital city, Stormwind. These are the songs to which I have a lot of memories, starting out as a new player, making friends and role-playing around.
My favorite zone-music would be the Grizlly Hills soundtrack which is simply amazing in my opinion. I remember leveling up in Grizzly Hills and hearing the music for the first time just got me to stop and listen, whilst admiring the landscape.