5 Awesome Video Game Soundtracks You Need To Check Out

Gaming soundtracks

Video Game soundtracks are an essential part of the game, setting the tone, warning you of impending danger, or for some of us, useful background music whilst studying or working on projects. Yet when people discus their favourite games usually soundtracks are overlooked, which we feel is a shame. Here are 5 current gen soundtracks from games that we feel you should check out (or take a break to appreciate).

Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2

1) Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2

Available on: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X/S

Okay this one is a bit of a cheat; firstly, because the game is a remaster and some of the songs have been reused, and secondly because this game got me into rock, punk and ska music, so it was always going to feature. The game contains most of the old songs, along with some more recent additions such as ‘All My Friends Are Nobodies’ by Zebrahead. It’s a great choice for new and old rock fans alike, as you may discover a song you’d heard of and loved, but didn’t know the name, or it may introduce you to your new favourite band.


2) Stardew Valley 

Available on: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X/S

Hailed as one of the greatest games of all time, it’s likely that most people would have heard of this wholesome farm simulation game. However, something that people may not have taken time to notice, is just how cosy, warm and soothing the soundtrack is. Listening to this, especially in a dark room is a perfect relaxation / wind down experience, especially if you’ve had a long and stressful day.


Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2

3) Super Smash Brothers: Ultimate

Available on: Switch

This soundtrack is perfect for those who have played any Nintendo game or are Nintendo fanatics looking for some nostalgia. There will be at least one piece of music you’ll recognise, whether it’s the Mario theme, Pokémon theme or something else from any of your favourite Nintendo characters and games. Throw in cameos from other non-Nintendo characters such as Simon Belmont, Sonic, Pacman and Banjo Kazooie to name but a few (albeit some of these are only available as paid DLC) and the soundtrack is vast and has you covered. To reinforce the point, some older music have been completely remastered to appeal to a newer generation, which in some cases, sounds much better than the originals.



4) Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 

Available on: Switch

I’d argue that this album is probably the best of all the soundtracks mentioned here. Due to the large number of tracks available (if you include the paid DLC – or are lucky enough to hear them during an online match), there is the perfect mix of retro music that have been remastered, such as Rainbow Road 64, combined with newer course music such as Mount Wario to take your choice of. The music is so varied, you’ll easily be able to find a song to suit your mood. Just don’t ask if I feel the drum and base was necessary to emphasise panic for the final lap.


5) Cadence of Hyrule

Available on: Switch

To be honest I’m not really a fan of club music; but the way these classic Legend of Zelda songs have been remixed to offer a new experience and to fit in with the Crypt of the Necrodancer style rhythm games works really well. The beats are catchy and you’ll find yourself tapping / humming / singing along trying to match the beat. There’s plenty of variety in the songs to appeal to everyone. This may be a great mood setter, especially if you are going out for the evening.

What are your favourite soundtracks? Let us know in the comments below


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