Best Game Soundtracks For Working Or Studying
By: Jake Martin
Like the majority of the world, you most likely are busy for a large amount of time during the day. Whether you're in school and spend a lot of hours studying, or you work 8 to 5, chances are that you don't always have time to play video games regularly.
So then, you might find yourself in the predicament I was in, where I wanted to engage with video games, but I also wanted to be a human that contributed to society. Some people vouch by listening to podcasts, like BitCast, but to be honest, I can't focus when I have other voices in my ears.
So, ladies and gentlenerds, without further adieu, here are BitBloggist's Top 5, most baller gaming soundtracks, ever.
1. Journey OST - Austin Wintory
This is probably my most-listened to out of the bunch because I think this was also the first game that caught my attention from a musical standpoint BEFORE, a gameplay standpoint. You've most likely heard Austin Wintory's work in other places, most namely the Assassin's Creed franchise, or many of ThatGameCompany's previous titles like Flow, Flower, or more recently Abzu. What I really like about Austin's work is that it tells a story and really sets the tone for each segment of a game that you're playing through. Go ahead and give this soundtrack a listen the next time that you're sitting down to focus. You won't be disappointed.
2. Zelda 25th anniversary CD - Koji Kondo
For those that can remember, this CD was actually released in 2011 with the Special Edition of Skyward Sword to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series. At the time, I didn't really think much of it, because MP3's had already taken over and CD's were inconvenient. However, years later, I stumbled upon the digital version of this album and gave it a full listen-through and man, do I regret not listening to it earlier. This compilation does a great job of taking the listener through the years of Zelda games and flows seamlessly from movement to movement. The opening score on this album is still my favorite rendition of the main theme, and I dare you to NOT be inspired when you hear that familiar tune!
Real quick; if you aren't familiar with the name Koji Kondo, do yourself a favor and check out his works page on Wikipedia. As you may have noticed, he's also responsible for pretty much any mainline Mario title you can think of. Kondo is a genius when it comes to music, because he has perfected the art of "catchy songs" that haunt your memories from decades ago. You'll have finished playing a game but continue to hum his music hours later. That's the sign of a true master.
3. Metroid Prime series - Kenji Yamamoto
In a previous article, one of my good friends described the Metroid Prime soundtrack as "bitchin." I agree with that statement. The Metroid series has always been known for it's eerie, yet beautiful music. The objective was to make the player feel slightly uncomfortable when they were visiting these alien planets.
When Metroid Prime came along, it was the first game that didn't feature chip tunes and a more substantial bit of instrumentation. Tracks like Phendrana Drifts, matched perfectly with the icy terrain of the planet, making exploration feel all that more intense.
4. Celeste - Lena Raine
A newcomer on this list, Lena Raine did something special with the Celeste soundtrack. Where certain games go for more grandiose orchestrated soundtracks, Lena Raine combines classic chip tune instrumentation with piano and few other recognizable instruments along the way.
The game is designed around the idea of reaching the peak of Celeste Mountain, so naturally, the music matches that theme; starting quietly and slowly building on itself as you progress further. I've listened to this soundtrack on numerous occasions while working and it really does help with motivation and focus.
5. Halo - Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori
You can't mention Halo: Combat Evolved, without someone humming the opening score, that's aptly titled, "Halo." Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori created an epic soundtrack to match the huge battles you'd be racing into as Master Cheif, as well as the more tense moments when you're exploring a recently decimated fleet ship.
I feel comfortable saying that this is the most intense soundtrack out of the bunch because it has moments with distorted guitars and pump up music for killin' aliens. I'd recommend listening to this album when you're struggling to stay awake.
So there ya have it. BitBloggist's Top 5, most baller gaming soundtracks, ever. I know there are plenty more amazing game soundtracks out there, so sound off in the comments below with your reccomendations.