You might be battling hordes of enemies, about to score the winning goal or even just enjoying the scenic routes of your favourite open world game, but there is one thing that all these great video game experiences have in common. A majestic soundtrack. There’s not one modern day game that isn’t accompanied by compelling sounds that transport you from the real world, through your screen and into your gaming experience.
The perfect soundtrack can get you fired up for the next big challenge ahead and even take you back to your gaming moments of triumph. Now, Spotify is letting you customise your video gaming experience, make every single session feel new and unique. Just download Spotify on Xbox One, browse your saved tunes or pre-curated playlists, pick and play away. Creating your personalised gaming soundtrack has never been easier. Xbox director of programming Major Nelson has even designed his very own playlist to celebrate this occasion. We on the other hand, have decided to go back in time and present to you the best video game soundtracks of all time.
#1 Streets Of Rage 2 (Genesis, 1992)
Back in the days of the video game wars, when Sega was considered sub par to the genius of Nintendo, Streets Of Rage took gaming to the next level. The chirpy melodies of Super Mario were nowhere to be seen, instead we got a soundtrack filled with techno and breakbeat influenced compositions. Listen back today and you may think you’re at an underground club, not submersed in the world of street fighters.
#2 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar North, 2004)
This video game is considered one of the greatest of its time and the sound track seems to hold the same musical street cred. Featuring classics from 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Kool & The Gang and Ice Cube, you really are transported from lounge room gamer to downtown LA street gang member. You wouldn’t drive a stolen Banshee to any other soundtrack.
#3 Batman Arkam City (WB Games/DC Comics, 2011)
Dark and brooding, this soundtrack is transporting and motivating, featuring an array of spectacular orchestral numbers. It doesn’t get more superhero than this, with nostalgic tracks that allow your to reflect on the films whilst playing your own virtual version.
#4 Super Mario Brothers (Nintendo, 1985)
Name a more iconic gaming soundtrack, I dare you. Whether you played the beloved Nintendo classic or not, you’re bound to know the unique sounds of this game. Some even call it the ‘Video Game National Anthem’. It was the first game where music became integral to the gaming experience, the soundtrack even changed when you went underwater.
#5 Halo: Combat Evolved (Bungie, 2001)
It’s been praised as one of the greatest video games of all time, and the soundtrack doesn’t trail far behind. Any die hard fan of the game can eloquently hum along as though they were in school choir to the swelling and melodious soundtrack. The music creates tension and fear and just brings on all the emotions when you’re invested deep into defeating the Covenant.