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Video games have always had excellent music 25 Original Video Game Soundtracks You Can Listen To On Spotify 25 Original Video Game Soundtracks You Can Listen To On Spotify For the price of an album per month you can subscribe to the music streaming service Spotify and listen to as much music as you can possibly stuff into your ears. You can even feel... Read More . No matter how far back you go in the timeline, you’ll probably find a game that had memorably catchy tunes. We all have at least one video game song or score in our music library Top 3 Sites For Video Game Soundtracks Top 3 Sites For Video Game Soundtracks Read More .

The video games that came out last year had some great music. It doesn’t matter if you need music for studying 11 Best Video Game Soundtracks For Studying 11 Best Video Game Soundtracks For Studying Video game music is engineered to allow you to focus while still enjoying background noise. If you need some studying music, look no further than these 11 awesome games. Read More , driving, or conquering the world How To Enjoy Video Game Soundtracks While You Work How To Enjoy Video Game Soundtracks While You Work I’ve recently been enjoying the new Guild Wars 2 MMORPG, with its fantastic graphics, overdue revision of the mechanics of RPG combat, thrilling tasks, quests and dungeons and of course the amazing soundtrack by the... Read More ; 2014 had a video game soundtrack perfect for it. So get ready to create a new playlist!

Destiny

Frankly, Destiny‘s score is more of a fun adventure than the game itself was upon release. 2014’s FPSMMORPG had none other than Paul McCartney working on it, though he was one of four people who are credited. All four of them have my gratitude, because this beautiful music sets the stage for the sort of grand-scale science fiction story the game promised to be 5 Amazing Things About Destiny That Will Blow You Away 5 Amazing Things About Destiny That Will Blow You Away This will be the game that defines "next-gen" gaming – and here's why. Read More . I could drive to this music all day.

Favorite track: “End of the Line”

Available on Amazon and iTunes.

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Child of Light

I’m a sucker for games that tell most of their story through music and action, rather than dialogue. Child of Light is characterized by its ethereality, in art and music. Like its fellow Ubisoft release Valiant Hearts (which gets an honorable mention), Child of Light‘s sound is very melancholy and wistful, even on the triumphant tracks. It makes good background music for reading or relaxation.

Favorite track: “Hymn of Light”

Available on Coeur de Pirate’s website, iTunes, and Amazon.

Bravely Default

This one is technically a 2013 release Japanese RPGs Aren't Dead: 3 Solid Games Released In The Last Year Japanese RPGs Aren't Dead: 3 Solid Games Released In The Last Year If you are a fan of the genre and you feel like it's getting lost in a sea of first-person shooters and MOBAs, you really should check these games out. Read More for non-American gamers. I’m putting it in because I listened to it in 2014, and I think any year is a good time to listen to this game’s overstuffed soundtrack. Brimming with energy, the score of Bravely Default does nothing by halves. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pretty tune befitting a music box or a soprano saxophone leitmotif for special attacks; it is over the top and great fun.

Favorite track: “Love’s Vagrant”

Available on Amazon.

Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies

Pleasant soundtracks are part and parcel of the long-running Nancy Drew series, and October’s Labyrinth of Lies might have the breeziest and most relaxing of them all. The plucky string tunes sound as though they were played on the lyre, which fits the Greek setting. The occasional vocals give it a little more weight than the usual adventure game soundtrack. This is music to stroll to, both in the game and out of it.

Favorite track: “Resigned”

Available on HerInteractive.com

Bayonetta 2

Like any lady, Bayonetta brings only the best music when she’s out for a brawl. Bayonetta 2 is a spectacle and it has the sound to go with it. Much like its lead character, this game’s score has attitude. Big choir chants are punctuated by chipper battle music, and that piano makes me want to get up and dance. How can you beat a game that calls its remix of a classic song the “Climax Edit?”

Favorite track: “Tomorrow is Mine”

Available in 5 volumes on Amazon and iTunes.

Shovel Knight

Operatic or cinematic soundtracks are all well and good, but the tracks I remember from my childhood as an SNES gamer Emulating & Playing Classic SNES Games On The PC With ZSNES Emulating & Playing Classic SNES Games On The PC With ZSNES In my opinion, the Super Nintendo was the greatest gaming console that ever existed. Boasting titles like Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, EarthBound, Final Fantasy III, Super... Read More are the cheery or epic chiptunes that played during major battles. Shovel Knight is retro in all things, and the soundtrack is no exception. It’s perfect workout music, strange as that might sound. It was composed by Jake “virt” Kaufman, a chiptune master.

Favorite track: “Fighting with All of Our Might”

Available on Bandcamp.

Divinity: Original Sin

This game’s soundtrack took me by surprise. I almost paid more attention to it than I did to the game Old School PC RPGs Are Coming Back And These 4 Games Lead The Charge Old School PC RPGs Are Coming Back And These 4 Games Lead The Charge A number of developers are making games that will remind you of everything you loved about the classics, but with modern presentation and design ideas that can pique the interest of a new generation. Read More . You want glory? You want bombast? Original Sin has it, and in spades. Choirs are the sound of choice, and they make everything sound timelessly beautiful. It’s a meditative soundtrack, though playing it while working will make your work feel like an epic quest.

Favorite track: “Divine Transcendence”

Available on composer Kirill Pokrovsky’s website.

Transistor

Hum it with me, Red! When a game has a button for humming, it’s taking its soundtrack seriously. There are at least two versions of every song that I could find, one orchestral and one with humming. It’s a techno sound with a hint of jazz Stylish, Somber, Satisfying: Transistor Is Action RPG Bliss Stylish, Somber, Satisfying: Transistor Is Action RPG Bliss Transistor is a stylish action RPG that draws you in and doesn't let go until the credits roll. Read More , and I find it to be good driving music. Supergiant put the entire soundtrack on Youtube, though they recommend playing the game first to really understand how the music and story are connected.

Favorite track: “We All Become”

Available on Bandcamp.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

This soundtrack may have been composed by an orchestra, but it still sounds like a group of musicians playing in a tavern. I might be crazy, but the music of Hearthstone reminds me of the kinds of themes I hear in casual games all the time. It exists more to give you a good feeling than to pump you up, and it certainly succeeded at that! There are hints here and there of a more epic sound, but for the most part the songs are fun and cheerful.

Favorite track: “Two Rogues, One Mark”

Available on Battle.net

Dragon Age: Inquisition

The Dragon Age series has always had what I consider to be fairly serviceable music. Not as good as the Mass Effect soundtracks, but not bad. Inquisition is a cut above its predecessors in many ways Should You Buy Dragon Age: Inquisition? Should You Buy Dragon Age: Inquisition? Can Inquisition carve out a unique identity among all of the RPGs it strives to imitate? Read More , including in its music. Everything from grandiose cutscene music to tavern songs is here. This is what it sounds like when Bioware pulls out what few stops were left in the organ.

Favorite track: “Journey to Skyhold”

Available on Amazon and iTunes.

Which video game soundtracks from 2014 are you listening to in 2015? Think I left any out? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Craig
    January 30, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    +1 for Bravely Default and Shovel Knight. Two of the best games from 2014 overall, and the soundtracks are nice.

  2. McFuzz
    January 29, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Is it cheating to say that my favourite videogame soundtrack from 2014 was Super Smash Brothers 4 (wii-u), because it had 30 years of gaming songs? :D

    • Rachel K.
      January 29, 2015 at 5:06 am

      Not at all! If I had room for honorable mentions, Smash would certainly be there.

  3. Linketts
    January 28, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Hey, this article is a copy from kotaku!
    http://kotaku.com/the-best-video-game-music-of-2014-1671861983

    • Lanky Kang
      January 30, 2015 at 1:48 am

      Six of the games in that list are the same, seven aren't mentioned here. I wouldn't say the author copied anything.

  4. Muhammad Adil
    January 28, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Good article. Videogame tracks also deserve a mention especially those which are great in their own way.

  5. Jessica C
    January 28, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Nice to see a mention of Transistor - the second of SuperGiantGames to have a beautiful score.

  6. Prosthetic Kiss
    January 28, 2015 at 7:34 am

    A bit sad to see no mention of some awesome indie game soundtracks. List of 10, so you probably had your limits but there are too many AAA games here for my liking (indie game fan here, sorry). I still listen to the VVVVVV soundtrack (PPPPPP) every day and also love the Super Meat Boy soundtrack. Monument Valley and Threes had good background music as well.

    Haven't heard any of the soundtracks mentioned in the article, so will check them out now. Thanks.

  7. Prosthetic Lips
    January 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I loved playing Bravely Default, and never turned off the music - which I've done on many, MANY games. While I don't think it compares to some of the classics, the music has a great variety, and fits in the moods for the different areas and/or scenes. I'm definitely looking forward to BD 2, for both the new gameplay and a new round of music!

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