The most memorable video games are usually paired with the most memorable video game music. Who thinks of Final Fantasy and doesn’t have the end of battle fanfare pop into their head? Who doesn’t recognize the Super Mario Brother’s theme song, or even Tetris’ Russian folk music? These memorable sounds are a part of the iconic and timeless nature of these games. Increasingly, video game makers are recognizing the need to create beautiful soundtracks with their video games, often including a collector’s CD with limited edition releases. Here is a list of some of the most recent notable video game soundtracks, in no particular order of preference. There’s much more out there but this list should wet your appetite for more.
When thinking of Assassin’s Creed 2 one of the most memorable aspects of the game is the beautiful landscapes and dynamic cities. But what may not be obvious at first is that the music really contributes to the overall feel of the vast and wonderfully rendered settings. As I listen to the Assassin’s Creed 2 soundtrack, I can picture hopping across the rooftops of Venice or riding my horse along the dirt trails outside the cities of Florence. The music manages to wonderfully capture the past and future, blending a range of sounds that suck the player into the atmosphere of the game.
Because of the Legend of Zelda’s 25th anniversary, Nintendo released a complimentary music CD with symphonic compilations from a number of the Legend of Zelda games. Since Skyward Sword is the first of the Zelda series to use an orchestra for its music, the experience of listening to all your favourite Zelda classics remastered is simply too amazing to pass up. Nintendo has always done beautiful things with music, and if you are a Zelda fan this soundtrack is definitely something you need to add to your collection.
I used to listen to this soundtrack quite often, enjoying the wide range of melodies for every mood. I don’t have much to say about the game, but this soundtrack definitely made the experience of playing Final Fantasy 13 more enjoyable.