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Top 5 Musical Scores/Soundtracks In Video Games

This list isn't just based on whether or not I liked a games music, it's mainly based on whether or not it made the game a more immersive experience. Being into music production, a video games music is an important part of the game experience for me. It can make or break a game. Even the best game ever can put me off if it has a crappy soundtrack and the crappiest game can keep me interested long enough to beat it if the soundtrack is good. There are a lot of games with amazing soundtracks out there, these are just the top 5 scores that made a lasting impression on me.

5. Dante's Inferno

Nothing quite says "Epic Quest" like going on a journey through hell, literally, to save your woman. And nothing in Dante's Inferno puts off that feeling better than the games score. Now I'm not saying it isn't a good game, it is. The story, gameplay, and graphics were all very well done but without that soundtrack, it wouldn't have been the same experience.

4. The Last of Us

The Last of Us is a masterpiece in every way. From the story to the voice acting/characters, to the visuals and the soundtrack, the production value is top notch. This is not only my pick for best game of the last generation, it's still the most immersive experience I've had with a game. And I've played a ton, over 1000 since the launch of the last gen consoles alone. This is the only soundtrack for a video game that I've listened to outside of actually playing the game.

3. Dragon Age: Origins

Dragon Age: Origins is a gloomy game. You start off living a normal and sometimes happy life depending on your origin choice, then all of sudden it's just you and a dork named Alistair, the last of the Grey Wardens, against an entire army of Darkspawn. The odds are completely stacked against you and there's a real air of desperation in this game. Nothing conveys the doom and gloom of the blight better then the score and it conveys it masterfully. 

2. Fallout 3

Normally I don't care much for music from the 1940's. As a matter of fact, I can't think of one song that was made before the 80's that I do like. But the music in Fallout 3 is different. It really enhanced the atmosphere of the game and gave it the feel of a world frozen in time. I'm just glad they didn't decide that the bombs should fall during the 70's. I would have had to rip that Pip-Boy off my arm if Three Dog played nothing but Disco. The ambient music in the game was also a nice contrast and made this games score one of the best of the best.

1. Mirror's Edge

Not only was Mirror's Edge one of the best games I played on the last gen, it also had the best soundtrack. From the title menu song to the credits, every track in this game fit perfectly to help make this one of the most memorable experiences I've had in gaming. 

Honorable Mentions

Halo: Combat Evolved: Two words: Marty O'Donnell
Mass Effect: The music in Mass Effect gave it a real futuristic feel. Mass Effect 2 & 3 also have awesome music.
Life is Strange: The acoustic guitar in Life is Strange: Episode 1 is some of the most relaxing music I've heard in a game. Episode 2 and Episode 3 as well.
PayDay 2: CrimeWave Edition: Gives it a Hollywood heist film feel.
Destiny: See Halo
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