While generally speaking a soundtrack will neither make or break a game, they are very important at helping us as gamers feel immersed in the world. The best soundtracks will make us feel like gods amongst mere mortals, while those not quite up to standards will be instantly forgotten. So after many hours of listening to the most awesome music from games (the things I do for my readers, eh?), I present you with the top 5 Xbox 360 soundtracks.
One of the most overused words of modern times, especially when it comes to gaming, is epic, unfortunately no other word does the Skyrim soundtrack any justice. The main theme is by far the highlight,
Bastion is a game full of personality, and much of this is owed to the outstandingly funky soundtrack. Not usually the type of music you would associate with a game, it’s a breath of fresh air and a treat for the ears.
3. Final Fantasy 13
Yes, Final Fantasy 13 makes the list, even in spite of the fact that legendary Final Fantasy composer Nobuno Uematsu had no input AND that Leona Lewis performed a song for the international edition of the game. The soundtrack itself is very cheesy and melodramatic, basically everything we’ve come to expect from the series.
2. Metal Gear Solid 3
The Metal Gear Solid franchise finally broke onto the Xbox scene this year with the HD Collection, comprising the second and third game, and Peace Walker, a PS Vista port. While the music is of the highest standard throughout the collection, it’s the Intro music from the third game, Snake Eater, that really stands out, feeling more like something from a Bond film.
1. Mass Effect 3
What else could it have been. Composed by Clint Mansell, the man behind the soundtrack of Black Swan and The Wrestler, the Mass Effect 3 soundtrack is by far the best in the series, and in my opinion, the best soundtrack on the Xbox 360.
So there we have it, a lot of great music just missed out on the list. What are your favourite gaming soundtracks?