Music makes everything better. We all know that. We play music while we drive, shower, and even when we grieve. It is integrated into everything we do. Gaming is no stranger to this. We all recognize the classic tunes of the Wii theme song or the Super Mario jingle. 2020 saw many game developers put more effort than ever into game soundtracks. Here’s just a few of the best.
The Last of Us Part II, the long-awaited sequel to the smash hit The Last Of Us, spared no expense when it came to its soundtrack. The soundtrack was co-composed by Gustavo Santaolalla and Mac Quayle. They did a great job encompassing the sense of hope found in the game’s post-apocalyptic world while also embodying the danger that lies around every corner.
Animal Crossing New Horizons made its music special by embracing its role in the background. The soundtrack isn’t hard-hitting but instead soothing. In addition, the songs transition uniquely based on the time of day, further immersing you into the slow-paced world of animal crossing. The music is akin to the now super popular “lo-fi beats” genre. It is perfect for spicing up whatever you’re doing while also being interesting enough to enjoy on its own.
Finally, we’d like to highlight The Pathless. This game’s soundtrack is unique because of how the developers seamlessly integrate it with the gameplay. As your character zips around, the music adapts without missing a beat. As your character pauses to take in the in-game views, the music reflects that by giving you music that amplifies the moment. Essentially, you control the music and no matter what you do, it does not disappoint.
The effort game developers have put into the visual and audio experience hasn’t gone unnoticed. Numerous game soundtracks have won awards and are being featured on music streaming platforms. On your next virtual adventure, take a break to smell the roses, see the sights, and listen to the lovely sounds of whatever world you find yourself in!