Best Songs And Soundtracks In Games: Jan - June 2014

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jun 29, 2014 3:00 PM
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2014’s already served up a host of amazing games, but it’s also delivering some fantastic soundtracks. Often overlooked in favour of the latest flashy graphics, some of this year’s games have offered us aural heaven, delivering everything from hauntingly atmospheric soundtracks to thumb-tappingly addictive tunes.

Just 20 years ago game soundtracks were often not much more than a few bleeps and bloops. Sure, there were quite a slices of game music gold hidden away, but the limited technology made creation difficult. Nowadays sweeping scores and thumping soundtracks take games to the next level; meaning we went from this to this. So, we thought we’d give the usually humble and often overlooked world of gaming audio the once over in our best songs and soundtracks from video games in the first half of 2014….

Wolfenstein: The New Order

If you’d asked me a year ago if Wolfenstein: The New Order would have one of the most memorable soundtracks I’d heard in game I’d have probably laughed in your face like the horrible, horrible man I am. As ever, I’m happy MachineGames has proven me wrong, as Wolfenstein: The New Order has got it all. From sweeping orchestral scores, to sombre acoustic musings, right on through to Germanic riffing on The Beatles, they set the mood perfectly. Close your eyes, open your ears, and check out some of the best tracks from Wolfenstein: The New Order...

Concrete for Miles

Die Käfer - Mond, Mond, Ja, Ja

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain - Nuclear

Okay so this one just features in the E3 2014 trailer for 2015’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain but it was too good to ignore. Nuclear might just be a song nabbed from Mike Oldfield’s Man on the Rocks album that came out this very year, but it’s application to the trailer was borderline perfection. Everyone who watched the trailer and heard that song wanted to snap up MGS5, while the song clearly parallels much of what we can expect from Hideo Kojima’s upcoming open-world stealth epic.

Mike Oldfield - Nuclear

Transistor Soundtrack

A gaming as achingly stylish as Transistor deserved a soundtrack to match, and Darren Korb didn’t disappoint with this ethereal beauty. Supergiant had already pulled off a cracker of a soundtrack when it came to Bastion so we were expecting great things, but this one really is fantastic. Melding moody melodies with a sea of sound and glitchy beats, it’s a jazz-techno fusion that consistently shines.

Darren Korb Ft. Ashley Barrett - The Spine

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Full OST

For anyone who’s played any of the Donkey Kong Country series David Wise will be an instantly familiar name. He’s been making game soundtracks since before I was born, but the quality he hits in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is second to none. Personally my favourite video game soundtrack of the year so far, its infectious, varied, and hugely dynamic, aping the on-screen antics with aplomb. It’s a tricky task picking out just one of these awesome songs, so here’s a lucky dip to wrap your ears around.

David Wise - Scorch 'n' Torch

Child of Light OST

It’s not often a soundtrack matches a game so consummately agrees with what’s happening on-screen, but Child of Light’s official soundtrack by Coeur de Pirate is a tour de force. Primarily piano led, the Child of Light soundtrack can be relaxing and melancholic while you’re exploring Lemuria. That all changes once you enter battles though, which offer up some modern alternatives to Final Fantasy VII’s intense battle scores. The fights easily offer up some of the more memorable music in Child of Light, in a soundtrack that is sadly a bit too patchy to be there with the greats.

Child of Light OST - Boss Battle Theme 2 (With Chorus)

So there’s your fill of what we think are some of the best gaming soundtracks so far this year, but now we want to know what you think? Do you we have some corkers here or did we overlook some booming soundtracks throughout the past few months? Let us know what you think below!

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08:41 Jul-05-2014

These soundtracks are great but for me ezio family from assassins creed2 is most beautiful soundtrack I've ever heard after it venice rooftop and acc to me Assassins creed revelation have best soundtrack (PS I am not ac series fan I am batman arkham series fan ;) )

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18:52 Jul-01-2014

W_D has a very good soundtrack,and going a little back in time Alan Wake, going way way back,who remembers 007 Everything or Nothing's soundtrack?That was friggin' awesome,they really should make that game into a movie :)

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14:38 Jul-01-2014

I really love the theme song from No more room in hell
[here is a video from youtube] (chrome-extension://elicpjhcidhpjomhibiffojpinpmmpil/startpage/index.html?page=video&id=1291875276)

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14:17 Jul-01-2014

Assassin's Creed 4, Watch Dogs, Child of Light, Transistor. I haven't played the rest in this list though.

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22:52 Jun-30-2014

Nuclear has SO much meaning behind it for the MGS series, I'm not sure if it was written for it specifically or not, but it fits perfectly.

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21:31 Jun-30-2014

where the hell is this epic one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op-SAOQVYug

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20:43 Jun-30-2014

American McGee's Alice!
http://youtu.be/JB2FnqrDqYM

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21:38 Jul-01-2014

agree!

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21:49 Jul-02-2014

Great game too!

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14:27 Jun-30-2014

nice article jon!

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14:17 Jun-30-2014

watch dogs soundtrack is excellent!
plus lords of shadow 2!

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21:33 Jun-30-2014

YOU are DAMN Right!!!

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11:47 Jul-01-2014

hehe!
thanks bro! :)

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14:04 Jun-30-2014

Titanfall - Welcome to the Marauder Corps. Too bad the game is not what it should have been...

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10:17 Jun-30-2014

FROM THIS WAS EPICNESS BORN !!! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VglqceqKQF4

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21:32 Jun-30-2014

ToTALLLY AGGReeDDD

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09:32 Jun-30-2014

if this would have been one of the best music from 2010 onwards,definitely Far Cry 3,would have been there,for sure...and mass effect series too.

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09:03 Jun-30-2014

Trine 2 has a awesome soundtrack in my opinion.

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04:09 Jun-30-2014

Listening to the Wolfenstein songs led me to listen to Rammstein for about an hour. Thanks for that Jon! :D

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03:02 Jun-30-2014

I dunno abot jan - june 2014 but I absolutly love Shin Megami tensei's soundtrack, especially tokyo overworld. Machinerium also has an amazing soundtrack, like "Mr Handagote" and "Glasshouse with butterfly"

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03:04 Jun-30-2014

Shin megami tensei IV that is

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23:17 Jun-29-2014

COMPLETELY agree with the Wolfenstein music, my god, I went from getting chills to doing cheshire cat impressions. So much epic.

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20:35 Jun-29-2014

Borderlands 2 , the Slaughterhouse backround is the best :)

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19:38 Jun-29-2014

Mafia 2's soundtrack,in my opinion was the best soundtrack a game ever had.

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18:37 Jun-29-2014

I wonder what the OST for Halo 5 will be like... Up till Halo Anniversary, Martin O'Donnel and Michael Salvatori did a fantastic job and Neil Davidge certainly surprised hardcore fans such as myself with the wonderful job he did in Halo 4... I hope he keeps it up but also improves upon it in Halo 5... I'm also curious to see what will happen with the Masterchief collection OST...

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18:36 Jun-29-2014

Austin Wintory's soundtrack for The Banner Saga blew me away too.

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