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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Top 10 Video Game Soundtracks

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Love video games so much that you find yourself humming your favorite game’s music?  There’s a cure for that.  With many games intentionally putting more effort into their soundtrack, it is no surprise that this part of gaming has grown so much.  In fact, there is even a special category for it at the Video Game Awards.  If you’re still not convinced that video game music is more than meets the ear, check out these top ten video game soundtracks.  

     


    



1.Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Love 80’s music?  It doesn’t matter.  This collection of songs from the game where you get to steal cars and listen to radio stations that play the hits of the eighties, as well as hilarious entries in talk radio, is one of the best-selling video game soundtracks of all time.  The box set includes all seven radio stations, with entries for everyone from hip hop to soft rock and even Latin music.  



2.DJ Hero – This video game literally has players spinning incredible music.  The soundtrack to the game includes favorites from artists such as Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and DJ AM.  It even won a Video Game Award for Best Soundtrack in 2010.



3.Rock Band – Is rock music more your thing?  Then you won’t be disappointed at the soundtrack to this video game.  It has songs dating back to the seventies by Boston and the Ramones, along with new entries by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queens of the Stone Age.  There are also classics from Nirvana and the Beastie Boys.



4.Guitar Hero – Not to be outdone, there is plenty of great music on these soundtracks for the rock or guitar lover. The soundtrack from Guitar Hero II is the most popular and includes entries from every band from Aerosmith to Van Halen.


5.Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – This video game has players battling in a Dracula-esque type setting.  However, for its haunting tunes, the soundtrack often stands out as a must hear for both lovers of video game music and symphonic melodies. 


6.Legend of Zelda – In another entry in symphonic music, the soundtracks to Zelda games often include memorable melodies.  One of the most popular is from The Ocarina of Time, which centers around a flute like instrument.


7.Bioshock – The soundtrack to this game was so popular, it won the award in 2007 for Best Soundtrack at the Video Game Awards.  Featuring instrumental music exclusively from the game, it beat out games such as Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero III.

8.Nier – For videogame soundtracks in Japanese, this one is hard to beat.  It is often described as one of the most memorable parts of the game and was developed specifically for it.


9.Kingdom Hearts – Looking for video game music for kids?  Then check out this soundtrack from the creators of this Disney-themed game.  Kids of all ages will appreciate the songs just for them.


10.London Philharmonic Orchestra – Believe it or not, video game soundtracks are so popular, this world class orchestra takes them on in a CD entitled “Greatest Video Game Music.”  There are themes from video games such as Call of Duty, Super Mario Bros, and even Angry Birds.

This article was submitted my Sara McDowell. She owns the site  Video Game Design Schools Guide and is an avid Gamer. 
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