You may wonder what the big deal about listening to game soundtracks is, especially if you don’t play video games. As mentioned above, the soundtracks are engineered so that players can enjoy them while still being able to focus on what they’re doing. In addition, it’s difficult to really enjoy a good soundtrack unless you’ve listened to it outside the game, since all sorts of sound effects get in your way while playing.
1. Donkey Kong Country 2
Kicking off the list is one of the most-beloved soundtracks of all time. The first Donkey Kong Country game was an awesome title, but its sequel improved on it in every way imaginable, with better graphics, more varied locations, amazingly intuitive secrets, and one of the greatest game soundtracks ever.
It’s amazing to think that this much emotion could be packed into a game soundtrack, but composer David Wise made it happen. It is mostly upbeat and good for those times when you need a medium pace for your work.
Bastion is an action game with role-playing elements that follows “the Kid” as he strives to restore a fallen world. The soundtrack is excellent; it gives the feeling of the Wild West while also being upbeat and taking you to a fantasy world. The game’s Narrator is certainly one of the highlights; you can hear a sample of his voice in the opening track of the OST.
Bastion’s soundtrack is great for an even-headed day when you need some music to keep you fantasizing about saving the world.
3. The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Nearly any of the Zelda games could have made this list, but Wind Waker’s soundtrack goes great with any kind of work. It’s also lengthy, so you won’t have to worry about opening a new video anytime soon.
Wind Waker’s soundtrack has an Irish feel to it, with pipe-based instruments bringing a sense of being in the beautiful outdoors.
Adding some variety into the mix is the soundtrack for VVVVVV (pronounced V-6), a retro-infused platformer game where you reverse gravity instead of jumping. Its 30-minute soundtrack is full of boppy tunes that would have been at home on the early consoles of the ’80s.
5. Assassin’s Creed II
The Assassin’s Creed series has been around for over a decade, and allows players to explore various historical cites. Assassin’s Creed II, one of the best, offers an equally historic and beautiful soundtrack with the sounds of Renaissance-era Italy.