5 Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2022
Aside from the action and fun we often enjoy in video games, the music that comes with it always has an impact of its own. The soundtracks always provide a unique experience in gaming that leaves some, if not most, gamers in wonder. Although most games may have catchy soundtracks, there are just some that stand out above the rest; they always leave fans mesmerized even outside of playing the game. Let's take a look at a few examples of the best video game soundtracks in store for us in 2022.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is another action-adventure RPG on this list from Square Enix. It is an alternate universe prequel to Final Fantasy and follows a story in a mysterious world where characters encounter chaotic situations that keep players on their toes. The game launched in March 2022 for PC, Xbox, Xbox Series X/S, Playstation 4 and Playstation 5. The soundtrack for the game follows a classical theme of fierce tempo, which at the same time contains soft, gentle instruments that balance the whole mood. As combat takes place in real-time, players control the protagonist, Jack, as he switches from one task to another while trying to eliminate enemies. The track helps set the tone for the dark fantasy setting of the game.
The composer of most of the projects on the Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin soundtrack is Ryo Yamazaki, a Japanese synthesizer programmer working at Square Enix. He has a number of projects under his belt from popular video games like Front Mission Online, Front Mission 4 and Final Fantasy. Ryo has made a name for himself in the gaming industry due to his skill and expertise in instrument sampling. Aside from that, he has also worked on several other games, where his programming has played a huge role in producing realistic game visuals.
4. Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7 is a racing video game from Sony Interactive Entertainment and is the eighth installment of the Gran Turismo series. It was released for both Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 in March 2022. The soundtrack for Gran Turismo 7 is by far the best out of all the previous music from the franchise. The tracklist features various famous artists such as Major Lazer, Idris Elba, Rosalia, Koffee, Lil Tjay and many more. The soundtrack released by The FaNaTix features ‘Vroom,’ a speedy track that best suits the high momentum mood of a racing game. The track promotes the excitement and rush most fans of the Gran Turismo franchise tend to appreciate. Gran Turismo 7 is the only multi-console simulation racing game from the Gran Turismo series. It has received a lot of positive reviews in regard to graphics, audio effects, camera set-up and gameplay.
3. Babylon's Fall
Babylon's Fall is a classic themed action role-playing game from PlatinumGames and Square Enix. The game launched in March 2022 for PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The gameplay comprises hack and slash combat techniques that have been well represented in the soundtrack. The track starts off slow and mellow but then intensifies as the tempo speeds up. The drumbeats in the music are enough to make hearts race as one explores the massive tower of Ziggurat. As players take control of a Sentinel going through missions and quests, they get to really feel the mood of the game through the music.
The composer of nearly the whole soundtrack of Babylon's Fall is Hiroshi Yamaguchi of PlatinumGames. He has worked as the lead composer in various projects such as Star Fox Zero, The Wonderful 101, Anarchy Reigns and Bayonetta. Aside from being the top composer for various game developers, Yamaguchi also makes music himself.
2. League of Legends
League of Legends has been a huge success since its launch, and thanks to a recent update, the game has become even more intriguing. The famous musical geniuses Imagine Dragons have endowed the game with an esoteric soundtrack that is both a mash of pop and rock. The track ‘Enemy' is a theme song for Arcane, the Netflix animated series based on League of Legends. The Imagine Dragons have produced a lot of amazing soundtracks for both video games and films. Some of the most famous include, ‘Monster' for Infinity Blade III and ‘Who We Are' for the film ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' among countless other contributions to the gaming and film industry. Similarly, their popular rock song ‘Radioactive' has featured in countless games and films over the years.
League of Legends is a massive multiplayer game and a product of Riot Games that involves battles between two parties on opposite sides over territory. Players gain more power during matches as they get stronger with each battle when they earn experience points. They can access unique abilities but are required to improve the strength of their character before facing deadlier opponents. The game has generally received positive reviews from critics since its launch. This is due to its incredible character design, complex storyline and lenient accessibility. These are also the primary reasons why League of Legends has experienced a long lifespan. At its peak, the game had over eight million active players with its tie-in versions such as comic books and animated series being equally successful.
1. Horizon Forbidden West
From Guerilla Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment comes Horizon Forbidden West, a 2022 action RPG from the Horizon franchise. The game is based in the post-apocalyptic Western United States, where life is once again starting to peak from prior extinction. The soundtrack is dynamic and gives off a sense of tropical tranquility while, at the same time, a vibrant rush. The tune changes between several scenes, which makes it all the while more thrilling. Each volume contains two discs, while the total length of the volumes combined is seven and a half hours.
The commercial music for Horizon Forbidden West is divided into three volumes, composed by various artists, including Julie Elven. A vocalist that plays a major role in composing popular video game soundtracks most gamers are familiar with. Some of her projects include World of Warcraft – Legion, Honor of Kings, League of Legends, Horizon Zero Dawn, Hearthstone, Honor of Kings, Tomb Raider – The Dark Angel, World of Warcraft – Legion, Star Citizen, Hearthstone, Blizzard Entertainment projects and more. Similarly, she has performed her original video game tracks at various international events. Some of the instruments she uses to compose tracks include the piano, violin and her voice.
There you have it five best video game soundtracks. Which game from the list above do you think has the best soundtrack? Share your pick with us in the comments below or over on our socials here!
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