Video Game soundtracks

JPLS’ post on his favourite game music got me thinking on what my favourite gaming soundtracks are and why.

Game music is an integral part of the game playing experience so it’s hardly surprising that most of the game music I own is from my favourite games and it’s also probably not very susprising that I listen to the game music of some games a lot.

These are all gaming related soundtracks that I currently own and I do most definitely recommend all of them:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Christophe Beck.
  • Beyond Good & Evil by Christophe Heral
  • BioShock by various. [Previous post on it here]
  • Burnout 3 by various.
  • Burnout Takedown by various.
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay by unknown.
  • Crysis by Inon Zur.
  • Deus Ex by Alexander Brandon, Dan Gardopée, Michiel van den Bos and Reeves Gabrels.
  • Deus Ex Invisible War by Alexander Brandon.
  • Fable by Russell Shaw and Danny Elfman.
  • Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter by Tom Salta
  • GTA III by various.
  • GTA Vice City by various.
  • GTA San Andreas by various.
  • GTA IV by various.
  • Gun by Christopher Lennertz.
  • Halo 1 by Martin O’Donnell and  Michael Salvatori.
  • Halo 2 by Martin O’Donnell and  Michael Salvatori.
  • Halo 3 by Martin O’Donnell and  Michael Salvatori.
  • Halo Wars by Stephen Rippy.
  • Hitman 2 by Jesper Kyd.
  • Hitman Blood Money by Jesper Kyd.
  • Jade Empire by Jack Wall.
  • Mass Effect by Jack Wall and Sam Hulick.
  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory by Amon Tobin.
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic by unknown.
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords by unknown.
  • Star Wars Republic Commando by unknown.
  • Stubbs the Zombie by various.
  • The Elder Scrolls III – Morrowind by Jeremy Soule.
  • The Elder Scrolls IV – Oblivion by Jeremy Soule.
  • And anything done by the Video Game Pianist [and it’s even better his music can be downloaded for free on his site].

My stats aren’t very surprising to me. Within my top 100 artists the following game soundtracks are among them:

  • Mass Effect – 349 listens.
  • GTA [all] – 277 listens [this should be more, but unfortunately most of them are untagged and I’m too lazy to tag them correctly!].
  • Halo [all] – 271 listens.
  • Deus Ex [all] – 198 listens.
  • Video Game Pianist – 178 listens.
  • Buffy – 164 listens.
  • Beyond Good & Evil – 143 listens.
  • Jade Empire – 121 listens.
  • Fable – 114 listens.
  • KotOR [all] – 112 listens.
  • Gun – 105 listens.
  • Oblivion – 73 listens.

There some soundtracks I’ve been unable to find, however, including:

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Black
  • Broken Sword
  • Call of Duty 4
  • Destroy all Humans
  • Freedom Fighters
  • Hitman Contracts
  • Just Cause [especially the chilled out music playing when parachuting/gliding!]
  • Oddworld games.
  • Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Splinter Cell Double Agent.
  • Voodoo Vince
  • Wallace and Gromit in Project Zoo


  1. Posted March 25, 2009 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    I’d highly recommend the System Shock 2 Soundtrack by Eric Brosius. Hectic future jungle (for when the guns are out) and spookier versions for elsewhere. Implemented really well in game as well.

    Otherwise, I didn’t know Beck did the soundtrack to the Buffy game, but it does make me want to check out the game and soundtrack. May give it a try sometime, despite reservations about Mr Hansen’s religious pov.

  2. Posted March 25, 2009 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    This is the Buffy game:

    It’s much better than the second one, Chaos Bleeds, even though that one allows playing with a variety of characters, including Spike, Sid, Willow, etc.. But gameplay isn’t as solid.

    However, it’s not the same Beck, the one that wrote the Buffy OST is Christophe Beck.

    And I can’t seem to find the System Shock 2 sountrack anywhere? Game soundtracks are so hard to find..

  3. Posted March 25, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Though it used to be available on a link from Wikipedia that’s been taken down. Depending on your ethics you may want to mail some change to Eric for this, but from the look of it it used to be available on the official website, for free, so I guess it depends how you roll.

    And shame it’s not the Beck, Beck, but I’ve got all intrigued now, so I must investigate.

  4. Posted March 25, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Downloading that now, thanks. Also looked at a thread that had the Thief Deadly Shadows soundtrack, but the links have expired since.

    The Buffy game is very good, wouldn’t quite say great, although if you like the show..

  5. Posted March 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    I thought I was the only one who liked Voodoo Vince’s music. Now I can live in peace knowing I’m not alone. :)

  6. Posted March 26, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Hell no, that game and the soundtrack are awesome! Shame it never sold all that well, I’d love a sequel!

  7. r4 games
    Posted May 17, 2009 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I really love NFS and FIFA 08 sound tracks. I sometimes used to open FIFA 08 main menu in the game just to listen to them really, they are so good.

  8. Posted May 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I used to do that with Fable!

  9. Posted September 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    quiero eountrack de burnout

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