Vidya gaem sounds

Have you ever listened to a song which made you want to go out and buy a video game or watch a movie? This happened to me a couple of years ago. I can’t remember what or why (it was probably due to a Reddit post) but I was introduced to a YouTube video featuring the soundtrack to Dustforce. Now, the game is pretty big in the indie scene but to someone like me who didn’t really follow it then, I had no idea what to expect.

Lifeformed – Cider Time
Dustforce

I pressed play and fell in love with it immediately. The music wasn’t groundbreaking or completely unheard of, but it was probably the first time I had ever listened to a video game soundtrack in isolation (no ingame sounds) so I could truly appreciate it. And my god, it was beautiful.

I downloaded the whole soundtrack immediately and burned a copy for my car. I kept listening to the album nonstop.I had fallen in love with a video game soundtrack. Not long after, I finally bought the game. And while the game is excellent on its own, the fact that I loved its music made me enjoy it even more.

Lifeformed – Fifty FPS Forest
Dustforce

Since Dustforce, I’ve been paying attention to video game soundtracks and discovered many other games with music I enjoy. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorites:

Magic Sword – The Way Home
Hotline Miami 2

Perturbator – Sexualizer
Hotline Miami 2

Ben Prunty – Milky Way (Explore)
FTL

Bignic – Tetrapod
Corporate Lifestyle Simulator

Chris Christodoulou – Dew Point
Risk of Rain

M.O.O.N. – Hydrogen
Hotline Miami

24Herbs – Do You Know Me
Sleeping Dogs

Keiji Yamagishi – Ryu’s Determination
Ninja Gaiden

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