10 Underappreciated Soundtracks That Defined Your Favourite Video Games

10. Katamari Damacy (Yuu Miyake)

This particular soundtrack was one of the game’s primary selling points, serving as a major talking point whenever anybody mentions Katamari Damacy. It’s imaginative and playful, drawing influences from jazz and samba, and combining those influences with more conventional video game music in order to create a wonderful hybrid sound, which is completely unpredictable.

The composer, Yuu Miyake, does an incredible job arranging the various instrumental components, creating a unique sounding mixture of numerous, seemingly incompatible sounds. It’s bizarre at times, certainly – merging estranged vocals with miscellaneous noises and otherworldly vibrations – but the effect is remarkably poignant, a natural extension of those qualities found throughout the actual game.

It’s precisely this ingenuity of arrangement as well as variation which manages to encapsulate the brilliance and humour of the Katamari Damacy universe, bringing everything, from the striking visuals and unforgettable characters, lovingly to life, including the main theme, ‘Katamari Nah-Nah’, which is just wonderfully addictive in its own right.

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Formerly an assistant editor, Richard's interests include detective fiction and Japanese horror movies.