Soundtrack Central: Late Spring 2014 Edition

With so many games hitting retail shelves, I figured I’d time to take a look back and pick out a few more with some great music. To me, a game’s soundtrack is a pretty underrated component. Not only can a poor soundtrack bring down the entire experience, in some cases, it can even elevate the core game. In any case, who doesn’t like some catchy and excellent audio?

So prep your ears and crank the volume as a trio of awesome soundtracks await you below.

Fantastic Chicago cityscape shot

Watch_Dogs
I won’t lie, I didn’t expect much from the soundtrack on this one with the focus squarely on the game’s open world and gameplay moments but over the course of my playtime with it, the soundtrack really began to grow on me. It’s not a soundtrack that immediately stands out, but meshes with the gameplay really well. Since this is a game that deals with hacking and technology, you’ve probably already guessed that the music leans towards the electronic side, which would be accurate. From what I’ve found, Brian Reitzell’s score is dripping with atmosphere and tension, fitting extremely well with the action taking place on the screen.

Recommended Tracks:
Ghosts of the Past
Donovan
Vigilante
Hackers
Creepy Caller

shovel_enemiesShovel Knight
I had an inkling that this title would be featuring a special soundtrack and I’m going to have to pat myself on the back with how right I was. Composed by Jack “virt” Kaufman with assistance by Mega Man 1 composer, Manami Matsumae, the Shovel Knight soundtrack taps into the very best chiptune music giving the game a very classic and retro feel. The songs are catchy and will be stuck in your head long after playing. There’s no better example of this than Strike The Earth! which is chiptune music at it’s finest. In fact, I’m still humming this out loud almost on a daily basis. The same can be said for pretty much the entire soundtrack to be honest. If you enjoyed the music from the NES/Genesis/SNES era, you’ll find a lot to love with this one.

Recommended Tracks:
Strike The Earth!
An Underlying Problem
La Danse Macabre
Flowers of Antimony
High Above The Land

Honestly though, the whole thing is amazing in my opinion. The good news is you can listen to the whole thing and even purchase it if you like. Make sure to click here.

Cloudbank_transistorTransistor
Brought to life once again by Darren Korb and Ashley Barrett, Transistor takes on a whole different sound than it’s predecessor in Bastion. Gone are the western inspired trip hope sound, replaced by a beautiful rock and roll sound complete with driving beats, orchestral moments, a touch of electronic synth and powerful guitars. The music of Transistor plays a major role in the game almost walking the line hand in hand with the gameplay on the screen. There’s not really much else I can say about it beside go listen to the whole thing right now, it’s fantastic.

Recommended Tracks:
Old Friends
We All Become
Coasting
The Spine
Apex Beat

Just like Shovel Knight, the entire soundtrack is definitely worth a listen. Click here to experience the magic.

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2 Responses to Soundtrack Central: Late Spring 2014 Edition

  1. Hatm0nster says:

    It’s interesting how important sound and especially music has always been to games, since they’re primarily seen as a visual medium. I’d even go so far to say that it’s pretty close to gameplay in terms of importance, since while sound can’t make a bad game good, it can definitely make a good game great! And what would games be like without any music at all? I don’t think I can even imagine it (well, past the age of atari at least).

    • So true! Definitely a major reason for these posts in a celebration of such great music.

      In this day and age, I just can’t imagine a game without music. I’d have to assume the game just wouldn’t work at retail.

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