10 Best Modern Video Game Soundtracks

The latest era in videogame music has spawned some beautiful pieces of music. Goose bumps optional.


We've come a long way since the first 8-bit tunes hit the limits of their respective chipsets. Top composers and conductors are brought in to translate entire worlds into musical notes. This all goes much further than your bog standard ''orchestra swells, violins wallow, cry now please''-pieces, because we all recognize when a developer has gone the extra mile to integrate music into the world, the characters and the emotions at play.

Of course, not every piece of music is created for the same purpose. Some are meant to make you feel joy, or relief, like that moment you firmly plant that elbow on the bar at the pub after a busy week. Others are meant to make you sob like you're watching the climaxes of Bambi, Finding Nemo and Coco all at once.

So, like my psychiatrist said last week: emotions are what we're aiming for here. The feeling of being an absolute badass, being taken by the total grief of the death of a character, the melancholia of seeing some sun shine through the rainy day. It's amazing that these simple lines of code are able to make us feel those genuine emotions.

So let's not muck about any longer: open those YouTube OST-lists on your tab, grab some tissues, and enjoy some of the finest video game music of the 21st century.

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Joost van den Heuvel has contributed 2 posts since joining in August 2019.