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The 10s: Must Own Video Game Soundtrack

Posted on May 20, 2012 AT 07:06pm


Gamers have their own opinions about which video games are the most fun or which are the best games ever. They can spend hours fighting over the which game character is the greatest thing to ever hit the screen. The biggest argument seems to be which system is better, the PS3 or the Xbox 360. DigitalNoob has compiled a list of the 10 video game soundtracks that every gamer should own. Sure, you may not agree but it really isn’t your list and maybe it’ll give you new music to enjoy.

10. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Rockstar has never skimped a dime when it comes to licensing music for their Grand Theft Auto series, and it shows in the incredibly long and varied selection of Vice City. The box set contained all the songs from the “radio stations” players could tune into in their cars. The best part of this huge 7 disc set, it was all retro music from the 80s. Older gamers got a touch of nostalgia and a new generation was introduced to some great tunes.

9. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Another cool soundtrack comprised of retro music. Since San Andreas as set in 1992, the radio stations were made of a wide range of music from the 1950s to the early 1990s. The range of genres was pretty staggering as well. Plus, the Xbox and PC versions of the game allowed players to make their own playlist, with the game inserting commercials where it wanted to.

8. Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy has always distinguished itself for its top-notch original scores, but it’s safe to say that Final Fantasy VII still stands as the best of all (apologies to FFXIII). An original composition soundtrack, it was comprised of primarily of orchestral pieces, with appropriate doses of rock, techno, and choral in between. The music was produced by Minoru Akao and Nobuo Uematsu and composed by Uematsu.

7. Saints Row: The Third

Possibly taking their cue from Rockstar, THQ offered the “radio station” based soundtrack for Saints Row: The Third. Musical genres range from hip-hop to classical, offering players such a wide variety, they’d be able to find something to their taste.

6. Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies

Fans of the World at War and Black Ops Call of Duty games were treated to a zombie survival game. They were so in love with the music and the Easter Egg tracks that could be uncovered in each zombie map, Treyarch decided to give fans what they wanted and released a compilation soundtrack. A mix of instrumental background music as well as rock-screamo tracks by Elena Siegman, this is a fantastic soundtrack to own. This was free for download for fans that bought the Hardened Edition of Black Ops.

5. Mass Effect 3

All of the Mass Effect soundtracks have been wildly popular and this one is no exception. Primarily credited to Chris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan, the Mass Effect 3 soundtrack also includes pieces composed by Sam Hulick, Christopher Lennertz, and Clint Mansell. This is an entirely orchestral/instrumental offering that is guaranteed to transport you into space. This was a free to download soundtrack for fans that bought the Collector’s Edition of Mass Effect 3.

4. Halo 2

This was definitely the best musical offering in the Halo franchise. The Halo 2 soundtrack was released in two separate volumes, the first volume not only had compositions by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatore, it also had songs from Breaking Benjamin, Incubus and Hoobastank that were inspired by the game. Volume 2 contained all the music from the game itself and was arranged in what is called “suite” form. The music was recorded in Seattle with a fifty-piece orchestra.

3. Mass Effect 2

Yes, another Mass Effect soundtrack. The total Mass Effect 3 soundtrack was actually released as the main soundtrack and five supplemental ”mini soundtracks” that were related to DLC content. Jack Wall was the lead composer with additional pieces by Sam Hulick, Christopher Lennertz, Sascha Dikiciyan, Chris Velasco, David Kates and Jimmy Hinson. The unique blend of orchestral and classic science fiction sound drew listeners into the Mass Effect world.


2. Bastion

Not only was this downloadable game from Supergiant a surprise hit, it offered up one of the best soundtracks to date. Composed by Darren Korb, it is a blend of vocal and instrumental musical with a Middle Eastern influence. The fact this game and soundtrack was an independent venture with a skeleton crew of staff, makes it even more amazing. Darren Korb is a musical genius. The tracks are easy to listen to and never get old.

1. Mass Effect

The first soundtrack from the Mass Effect universe and arguably, the best. The primary composers are Sam Hulick and Jack Wall with additional music by David Kates and Richard Jacques. This soundtrack really drew players into the Mass Effect world, eliciting feelings and transporting listeners to the point in the game where that particular song was played. The synergy between the composers and their ability to create the Mass Effect universe with song is near perfection and created a true sci-fi feel to the whole musical experience. The song played during the end credits, “M4 Part II by Faunts”, fit in perfectly with the overall theme of the game and proved to be a surprise addition.

Honorable Mention

Though there wasn’t an official soundtrack released, Fallout 3′s music from Galaxy News Radio is worth mentioning. The upbeat tempo of the 1940s-50s songs added a sharp contrast to the bleak, desolate Wasteland but when you listen to each song’s lyrics, you realize that the choices are hysterically pertinent. A playlist was added to several sites to allow fans to download each song individually, thus creating their own soundtrack.

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