Gaming Soundtracks

Does anyone else like to listen to game soundtracks to focus on other things? Music for games is often designed specifically to keep you engaged. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is also why most game music doesn’t have lyrics. There’s nothing to distract you. Honestly, one of my favorite soundtracks is from the Doom games. I just like that it gets you super hype. I use this energy to fuel more mundane tasks, like cleaning the house. I like to listen to fantasy soundtracks, like from the Elder Scrolls games, when studying or if I’m reading to try to learn something. I’ve always found it easier to do things when I have music on in the background, but sometimes I get carried away with enjoying the music when it’s something I listen to just because I like it. I also had a friend who liked use the Legend of Zelda soundtracks to fall asleep.

Have you ever tried this?

I always enjoy listening to the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim soundtrack. I can play that for hours on end without getting sick of it.

Legend of Zelda games are good for this too and can be quite soothing. I prefer the old 16-bit (A Link to the Past) and N64 (Ocarina of Time) soundtracks to the newer games though.

The Yakuza games have seriously good soundtracks. They’re prime workout music, too. Every single game of the franchise has really good music. I actually like them more than the Doom Soundtracks.

In my opinion, the soundtrack of Persona 4 Golden is seriously impressive. It’s one of the standout features of the game, for sure. It’s got a really diverse and memorable selection of tracks that just totally fit all the different moods and themes of the game.
It’s like the music was made specifically for the game, you know? It’s just so perfect. And the live instruments, like saxophones and electric guitars, give it this raw and organic feel. And the vocal tracks, like “Reach Out to the Truth,” are just so catchy. I can’t get them out of my head.

This maybe doesn’t count because it’s not an original soundtrack, but for me there’s only 1 answer.

Saints Row 2.

This game had more of an influence over my music taste when I was a young teenager than any other game.

Here are just a few of the iconic tracks in the game:

Anthem - Trivium
Bat Country - Avenged Sevenfold
Lying is the most fun - Panic at the Disco
Teenagers - My Chemical Romance
MakeDamnSure - Taking Back Sunday
Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Misery Business - Paramore

And all of that is only scratching the surface, because there are so many other genres like 80s Pop and Rap.

I genuinely have no idea how they could afford to include all the tracks they did in Saints Row 2 but they did not spare any expense…

I don’t think any game could ever capture the sound of an era truly like Saints Row 2.