Top Ten Best Video Game Soundtracks of the Decade
Video game music is a forgotten gem in much of the music press. It's often viewed as the 8-bit bleeps and bloops of the Nintendo era, or worse, the orchestral grandeur of a Hans Zimmer score. To be fair, this is often the case as soundtracks in video games, like movies, seem to be missing the point most of the time. However, there are a few rare exceptions to the rule, soundtracks that either cross borders or expound on them. After the jump, we've listed a few of the best from the last decade that manage to maintain a cross-genre appeal or excel at what they are supposed to be excelling at: creating a mood (we chose not to include music/rhythm games on this list, as their sole purpose is the music).
The quirky music of Katamari Damacy tickles your ear canal as you enter a zen-like trance
10. World of Goo (Kyle Gabler)
The World of Goo soundtrack manages to be great on two levels: It's beautiful and it's ignorable. The music exists in the game just as it's supposed to; it doesn't draw attention away from the game play, yet somehow manages to remain one of the most memorable scores of the decade. The soundtrack is also available for free.
9. Rez (Various)
There's something absolutely perfect about a game as frantic as Rez having a pulse pounding electronic soundtrack, Tron-like graphics and a confusing and high-pitched pace. If that wasn't enough for it to make a list than consider this: If a game is willing to offer a peripheral called a 'Trance Vibrator' that helps creates synesthesia by vibrating under your ass (or we've heard putting it elsewhere works too), it'd better deliver.
8. Shadow of the Colossus (Kō Ōtani)
What makes the music in Shadow of the Colossus great isn't that it's particularly different or well done; it's that it only happens when you're fighting the giant Collosi. The rest of the game has you running around large open expanses with nothing to listen to but yourself and your horse. The music comes out of nowhere during the games most epic moments, leaving you with nothing but the thoughts in your head the rest of the time.
7. Marc Ecko's Getting Up (RJD2/Various)
We had a difficult time choosing the number seven slot because it was a downright battle between Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Marc Ecko's Getting Up. The sales have shown which game was actually better, but GTA's soundtracks, although good, are predictable. Getting Up, however featured an amazing score by RJD2, as well as tracks from Talib Kweli and Rakim, The Notorious B.I.G., Eric B and Rakim, Nina Simone and countless others.