The 30 Best PC Game Soundtracks of All Time

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Marko Matic

I think need for speed most wanted have best soundtrack!
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POMF2K

OMICRON!

By far the best game soundtrack I've heard. Xavier Despas did the score and it had some extra tracks by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels.

Incidentally it is one of the most memorable PC games and easily on my top game list. Definitely worth checking out. Outdated now but the concept is fantastic and very immersive.

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Dez Destron

No Homeworld = a 100% bullshit list.

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iamchrismoran

Someone definitely pissed in the MPC gamer cherrios. In the last however many years, I think I've seen mention of Lord of the Rings Online in ANY way only a couple times. The game remains amazing and the soundtrack has been a consistent in my mp3 player. I'm rarely without access to them.The tracks also cover a pretty broad range of compositions. Sure, not EDM/Electronic or metal, and thankfully no "rock" or other pop tripe, but the ground covered it just awesome and inspiring and each timeI listen out of game, I'm immediately transported back.

 

I haven't had the opportunity to listen to many other soundtracks (about 5 or so of those in your list via actual play), but I'm certain if the LotRO team could put together the composers they did, others can as well...but the serious lack of acknowledgement counter to and consistent adolescent style commitment to pimping on only the "top games" from everyone's list makes me question the intent of a lot of the game articles you guys bother with.

Sorry, the LotRO dismissing has just annoyed me for a long time.

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Granite

I've been reading MPC for some time, but I've never had the urge to actually join and/or comment...until now.

I really like game music and I listen to game music on my mp3 player.   I can't believe the music that didn't make the list.  You guys have only touched the surface of the great gaming music that's out there.

While I like some of the stuff in this list, I would have added a few others:

The Battlefield series.

The theme to Battlefield 1942 is one of the very best military shooter themes ever produced and the variations in the subsequent Battlefield games have all been great (with the possible exception of BF3).

Two Worlds.

 The Grammy Award winner, Harold Faltermeyer composed the music for this game and, imo, this music is some of the best and might be just about the only good thing in the game.

Aion.

Beautiful music.

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DogPatch1149

An overlooked gem would be the Redbook audio soundtrack for Descent II.  There were two different versions; I prefer the one from the Destination:Quartzon CD.

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tomrvincent

How could you miss Civ 4?!?

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yardGNOME

Soundtracks...GTA IV , because you can pick your own! Nothing like Slayer's Reign in Blood while mowing down pedestrians and the police...

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Nimrod

MOH:AA is a great call on this one. But really EQ2 still has yet to be beat. Also i think S.T.A.L.K.E.R. deserves a rightful place in here as well.

 

In fact after after typing this had just HAD to open my Sony directory and throw on some Runneye. GOD DAMN this shit is NUTS AND BOLT. SO bad ass uncompressed thru my headphones holy god this sounds track still r0xMYs0x

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jedisamurai

Most of the list sucks but finally finally FINALLY!!!!!! Iji is given props for it's AMAZING soundtrack!!!! It doesn't hurt that it's also completely FREE. Just like the awesome amazing freeware game that it's from! XD

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carage

What??

No Homeworld?

No War Craft II?

No Red Alert?

 

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Tribes 2 had a fantastic soundtrack, and it was the only part of the game those asshats at Team Warfare couldn't ruin.

 

Turn the clock back farther and rediscover the music from the Wing Commander series. For what they had to work with, it was pretty kick-ass.

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AndySocial

1988, Neuromancer. Sure, it sounds like complete crap TODAY, but for 1988 it was amazing to hear the scratchy sounds of barely-recognizable Devo songs squeeking from the PC speaker. Yes, one speaker. None of your fancy sound cards and CD-quality audio for us, kiddies. We depended on crazy hackers finding a way to make sound from the beeptastic speaker on the front of the machine.

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bjoswald

No Final Fantasy 7? No Quake 2? Are you kidding me?

 

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72olds455

Missed one of my favorites Interstate '76.  It was one of the first games I played on the PC and one of the game discs doubled as a music CD for the soundtrack.  Don't play a lot of games anymore, but this soundtrack takes me back to growing up in the 70's which is why it is still on my ipod.

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Spacegy4

No mention of Final Fantasy?  The original tracks from the first Final Fantasy were some of the most defining of all time.

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dilbert719

5, I could see. 10, OK. Maybe even 20. But how you can put together a list of the 30 best PC game soundtracks, and leave off the only Grammy-winning soundtrack in video game history, I just don't get.

This list should, by rights, include Civilization IV. Even if you hated every other song in the game, the Grammy won for Baba Yetu should qualify it immediately.

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jadei

Outlaws by LucasArts had one of the best soundtracks and easily one of the "top 30 of all time."  I'm just astounded it wasn't included...

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Teh_tourist

No love for Jeremy Soule? Total Annihilation has oen of the ebst soundtracks regardless of media, I still listen to it on a weekly basis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WulGs5aDCb4

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h e x e n

Just some of my picks.

 

Soul Reaver - Legacy of Kain

Command and Conquer - Red Alert. Hell March = Best metal song in a game.

First Halo game had some decent music as well. And it counts because it eventually came out for the PC.

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silent_sentinel

WHAT? No soundtrack from Half-Life?

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Haplo12345

I like how they sort of cheated by putting Skyrim on the list... pretty much the entire Skyrim soundtrack is just remastered versions of Morrowind and Oblivion tracks.

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praetor_alpha

Remastering would not turn TES3's and 4's music into Skyrim's. Redoing it would.

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/the-sound-elder-scrolls/723553

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Mortal_M

How about Tropico, the music in that game was amazing.

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Supall

I'm surprised no one mentioned the Total War series.  Jeff van Dyck's music really does set the tone for the eras, the different terrains and battles.

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smashingpumpin

Tiberian Sun!!! Sniff Sniff, FU EA, FU!!!! sniff....

 

Bioshock, Quake 3 Arena, Frozen Synapse, Bit.trip Games SHOULD be on the list!

So glad Bastion, and Mirror's edge made the cut (one of those few games I've never owned but loved the music anyways).

GTA radio stations, Silent Hill, Final Fantasy 8 and 10, errr... OH WAIT NVM!

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Mortal_M

And the music of the first C&C, but it could be nostalgia, every time I hear it it brings me back.

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Caboose

I have the entire C&C series soundtracks. The original C&C, if you could extract it, had a LOT of music, even hidden and un-released tracks, and remixes.

Any time I listen to it, it always makes me want to play them again.

 

"I'm a mechanic, I'm a mechanical, I'm a mechanical man..."

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Mortal_M

That one and Act on "Instinct" where my favorites. I played that game when I was 7-10 years old without knowing any English and I loved it.

PS: I just went to Youtube and listened to all those soundtracks and now I want to play the game again.

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Caboose

You're in luck, you can download both C&C and Red Alert for free now. Legally too. I think if you go to the C&C webpage (http://www.commandandconquer.com/) there's a section to download the games.

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DanScharff

Solar Fields, composer of Mirror's Edge is an amazing musician, and I urge everyone who's a fan of the Mirror's Edge soundtrack to check out his other albums.

In fact, the game Capsized (an overlooked indy gem from last year) uses Solar Fields' album Movements as its soundtrack, and it's a great match.

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tmh43

How about the music in Klingon Academy composed by Inon Zur. that Kligon opera'esq music always got me ready for a match :)

aka: Capt. Hughes  ISS GraveDigger

 

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MrSelatcia

Glad to see Braid, Super Meat Boy, and VVVVVV get some respect. All great games, great soundtracks, and great deals.

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stabile007

No Homeworld?

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Havok

I am NOT going to cry foul that Starcraft or Starcraft 2 didn't make the musical cut. Even though they have freaking awesome soundtracks. Nor am I going to whimper about Team Fortress 2 not having any love here (seriously, search for More Gun or A Little Heart to Heart)

But I am going to applaud the choice of Bastion in the top spot!

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Scatter

I love that Unreal Tournament was included on this list.  I used to love the soundtrack.  It was perfect it getting you into the mood of the game.

My favorite toon from the game is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLgSo90JhAQ

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methuselah

 

Right there w/ ya dude.  

UT2K4 Artic Stronghold still gets me pumped to this day.  It's the driving orchestral strings that do it.

It's got to be my all time favorite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ-06FvaWbw&feature=BFa&list=PLF8AE496EC5555966&lf=results_main

 

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ApathyCurve

1) Wing Commander: Privateer - The Fat Man (George Sanger)

2) Diablo II - Matt Uelmann

3) Eve Online - Jon Hallur

4) Myst - Robyn Miller

You can put the rest of your list behind those.  =oP

Of course, the game music one loves is greatly influenced by how much one enjoys the game.  With the execption of EVE, the above games are all in my personal list of the Top 10 Computer Games of All Time.

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xopethx

Can't believe you guys omitted the Mechwarrior series.  Mechwarrior 2 and the Ghost Bear's Legacy expansion had AMAZING songs.

 

Also,  Silent Hill 2 has some of the most beautifully sad music i've ever heard, video game soundtrack or not.

This one may be a stretch, but an old fighter jet simulator I had back in 1995 called TFX had some pretty sweet tunes on it.

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b_c_pc

I'd have included the soundtracks from Myst 2 (Riven) and Myst 3 (Exile) in this list.

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ftldelay

I thought the Lucasarts game "Outlaws" had a great soundtrack.  I think the game CD had actual music tracks on it that could be played in a CD player, if I'm not mistaken.

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DanScharff

The list was at 20, then 25, then 30 before I decided the line must be drawn HERE! Just not enough space to fit in all these awesome soundtracks - plus I really wanted to showcase lots of different musical genres instead of having a list dominated by all orchestral or all electronic, etc.

Anyway, great suggestions so far, folks, keep 'em coming.

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Caboose

The line must be drawn THIS far, AND NO FARTHER!!

And yooou, will decide what goes on the list!

 

Ok, it sounded better in my head...

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TommM

Eh...should have included Defense Grid: The Awakening.  Check out Combat_C on this list.  Best "going to war" music I've heard:

http://wastedseconds.com/?p=1663

 

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Caboose

I love how the article title is the best 30 PC Game soundtracks, and yet there are people mentioning console games too! (Yes, Final Fantasy is also on the PC, I own FF7 and FF8 on PC, but it originated on the console.)

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CalDrumr

Oblivion and Morrowind also had amazing soundtracks.

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nuclearbastard

To The Moon (awards for best soundtrack in 2011) Half-Life (good enough to get licensed for tv shows)

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Kasekopf

What?  No Red Alert?  Go listen to Hell March again and tell me that game does not belong on this list.

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Caboose

YES! If my copy of Hell March was on an audio cassette, It'd be worn out by now. Even Hell March 2 and 3, and the "First to Last" mix of Hell March are all kickass!

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