It’s been a fantastic year for gaming in terms of original music. Original game soundtracks have become so much better over the course of the generation. This year has had so many new and exciting songs and soundtracks, everywhere from emotional and sad to exciting and action-packed. It wasn’t easy, but here are our top 5 original songs of the year.
BioShock Infinite – Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Ok, so I guess this isn’t technically an original song. However, the cover by Courtnee Draper and Troy Baker is poignant and beautiful as can be. The small section of the game in which this song was played was the most memorable moment of the game by far. This is the song that really made me think about the big picture that ends up being BioShock Infinite‘s main theme, so it fits perfectly in the story as well. It is easily one of the best songs in gaming this year, and deserves this spot.
Ni no Kuni – Pieces of a Broken Heart
This song, from the PS3 exclusive JRPG Ni no Kuni‘s soundtrack, is a somber, evocative song that makes me tear up every time I listen. The song talks of the main character’s struggle throughout the story, and does so with perfection. It makes for a fantastic piece to run around the open world to, and never seems to get old. Composed by Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi and performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, this song is easily one of the best songs of the year.
Battlefield 4 – Main Theme
Battlefield doesn’t seem like a game that will knock your socks off in terms of its soundtrack. However, the main theme took us by surprise with its representation of action and the main aspects of the game through the fast-paced, dubstep-type of music. It outdoes other first person shooters (hint-hint) in the music category, and it pumps you up for the exciting, fast-paced game that follows. Plus, the beat drop that signifies the Battlefield franchise is very present and makes for the best part of the song.
Beyond: Two Souls – Beyond
This was a difficult song to choose, as the soundtrack to Beyond: Two Souls is magnificent and every song is beautiful in its own way. This song, however, seems to bring the full package. Composed by the late Norman Corbeil and finished by Lorne Balfe, it has everything from a slow, emotional start, to an action-packed middle, and everything in between. The song is a roller coaster, just as the game and Jodie’s story are. In the full soundtrack, it is the song that stands out as the best of the best.
The Last of Us – Full Soundtrack
The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s latest title and one of the PS3’s best games, has one of the best soundtracks ever made, hands down. Composed by Gustavo Santaolalla, it is evocative, happy, sad, and emotional in every way in virtually every song. I have listened to the entire soundtrack over and over and it still is as beautiful as it was at the start. In particular, three songs stand out to me: The Last of Us, The Path, and Vanishing Grace. These three songs were the most significant to me, as they were the songs that reminded me most of what the game was trying to say to me. The entire soundtrack is what music in games should be, and this list would be incomplete without it.