Up For Debate - What are your favorite game soundtracks from the last decade?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Jun 27, 2021 5:00 PM
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As the saying goes, if you notice the sound design/editing in a movie or video game then it’s not doing its job properly, or something like that. But it doesn’t matter how much you love or hate a game, no matter how much you are immersed and don’t notice those details, most of us will always remember a damn good soundtrack.

Music is an important part of art mediums like video games or movies, and regardless of how it is used sometimes a piece of music can really get to us. I myself have fallen into the typical pitfalls of listening to an entire game’s soundtrack after completing it because I either 1) am not ready to come to terms with the fact that I finished the game, or 2) it’s just that good.

And there’s a hell of a lot of games to choose from, but I think that’s what makes some of them so special: in a sea of 100s of great video game soundtracks, there will undoubtedly be a handful of OSTs that prominently stick out, rising above the rest. For instance, Red Dead Redemption 2 has to be on my list of best game soundtracks in the last decade.

So let’s make this a little easier since there are hundreds to choose from: you can choose multiple soundtracks if you can’t pick a single one, and it has to be within the last decade so around 2010-2011 is your starting off point. If there’s one you really want to showcase from a little bit earlier then by all means give it a mention.

The great thing about video game soundtracks is that most of the time you can easily find them online somewhere like YouTube or even music streaming services. Some games even sell a bundle version that includes the game’s original soundtrack for you to keep forever if you want.

So what do you think?  What are your favorite game soundtracks from the last decade? Why are they your favorite? And do you generally listen to a game’s soundtrack outside of playing? Let’s debate!

How many soundtracks are on your gaming mixtape?

Do you normally listen to game soundtracks outside of playing?

What year was your favorite soundtrack from?

Why do you listen to game soundtracks?

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06:56 Jun-29-2021

D00M and Devil May Cry got some of the best soundtracks tbh... the ones that i liked the most are BFG Division and Devil Trigger. Listening to them right now actually lol

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14:09 Jun-28-2021

Prince of Persia Warrior Within
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Witcher series
Doom 2016
Mass Effect

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09:27 Jun-28-2021

A lot of games have great soundtracks, I like too many to post them all here, but I regularly listen to songs from:


The Witcher Series
Metal Gear: Rising Revengeance
Devil May Cry 3-5
DOOM
Assassins Creed IV Black Flag (Sea Shanties)
Warcraft III (Look how they massacred my boy)


We sure need more metal in games \m/

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06:49 Jun-28-2021

Transistor
NieR Gestalt/Replicant
Risk of Rain 1 & 2
Persona 5
Furi
Metal Gear Rising

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06:38 Jun-28-2021

It's hard to find a best one, when they all sound amazing.

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06:13 Jun-28-2021

No one’s mentioned Nier: Automata at all?!
For all its flaws/shortcomings, that game is worth playing several times over just for its music.

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04:22 Jun-28-2021

Metal Gear Rising
Katana Zero
Dark Souls 3, Sekiro
Batman Telltale Series
Risk Of Rain 2
Hollow Knight
Valkyrie Chronicles PC

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01:21 Jun-28-2021

kingdom come deliverance
far cry 5

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05:06 Jun-28-2021

The Kingdom come Deliverance soundtrack is great. Never gets old. now that I think about it far cry 5's soundtrack was always very good too. Understand why people give that game hate

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18:57 Jun-29-2021

agree they are both great games with an amazing soundrack i also dont understand why they got that much hate

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17:22 Jun-30-2021

ah yes and resident evil code veronica my all times favorite

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04:54 Jul-01-2021

Oh my yes lol, I love that game so much! Have to play it again now

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01:16 Jun-28-2021

To this day my favorite music I heard in a game was in Battlefield: Bad Company 2, after 11 years 'Snowy Mountains' is still an absolute banger. And of course Doom 2016 and Eternal are worth mentioning.

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00:06 Jun-28-2021

Tekken 3 OST Always Brings Me Back...

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22:37 Jun-27-2021

Witcher 3
DOOM (2016)
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Hades


many, many more on my playlist

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22:22 Jun-27-2021

For me Dark Souls 3 and Bloodborne , but I still find some great soundtrack on other games.

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21:26 Jun-27-2021

Got music on my phone from: yakuza 0/6, undertale, FF7 remake song remix, super hexagon, ninja gaiden black, metal gear solid V, BF2, katamari damacy, barkley shut up and jam, cyberpunk 2077. I go by ear on most of em.

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21:30 Jun-27-2021

I actually just started playing Katamari Damacy remastered today, first time I have toughched a Katamari game, and the soundtrack sure has been awesome this far :)

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20:25 Jun-27-2021

composed soundtracks in no particular order: Vampyr, Plague Tale, Witcher 3, Northgard, Frostpunk, NFS: The Run, NFS: Most Wanted (2005), Burnout Paradise (Criterion soundtrack), Gran Turismo 4, GRID, GRID 2, Railroad Tycoon 2....

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20:04 Jun-27-2021

World of Warcraft - Arthas My Son
Dark Souls III - Main Menu Theme
The Witcher 3 - The Wolven Storm (Priscilla's song)
The Witcher 3 - Merchants of Novigrad

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19:22 Jun-27-2021

Fortunately there are innumerous good examples that no doubt other lovely people will post and I fully agree with most but my job here is to share just one:
Hotline Miami 1 and 2. While the games are amazing, the soundtrack is eargasmic.

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19:05 Jun-27-2021

Disco Elysium
Witcher 3
Red Dead Redemption 2
Mass Effect 3 (or ME - Legendary Edition)

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17:39 Jun-27-2021

hard to choose there are plenty of game soundtracks from the last decade like
The Walking Dead Final Season Dont Be Afraid Cover
Bound by Flame Title Screen Music
Ancestors Legacy - Main Theme Song
Werewolf The Apocalypse - Earthblood(ALIEN WEAPONRY Kai Tangata)
Bunch of Death Stranding, Doom, DMC
but my favourite has to be Days Gone OST Days Gone Main Theme

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17:32 Jun-27-2021

Trust me or not, my most favorite is from Supreme Snowboarding. :) It's on the same level as my next most loved Dishonored 1 OST.

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