My Top 5 Gaming Soundtracks

5. Grand Theft Auto

Gangster Friday – Craig Conner

Chief a Grand Theft Auto… Oh my days, I love this. Whenever I think of my childhood in the nineties, I think of this song. My childhood friends and I would pride ourselves on being able to recite the rap word for word. We were probably far too young to be playing GTA, but when your best friend has an older brother all rules go out the window. At that age we didn’t really have a clue what we’re doing, but thoroughly enjoyed driving around in a tank, shooting the hell out of every one and shouting “kill frenzy” at the top of our lungs, all the while rapping along to Gangster Friday. It reminds me of a simpler time, when answering a call from a phone box was all that was needed. Now we have an open world adventure, filled with peyote’s, aliens and Trevor Philips. GTA and Gangster Friday marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship. GOURANGA!

4. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Snake Eater – Gregson-Williams/Hibino/Harrell

Snake Eater is my favorite MGS game by far. I am not a massive fan of the series, but this does it for me. It’s a sexier, more engaging Bond film, with better bad guys and more action. In the words of my husband, (who is a massive MGS fan) “it is a ridiculous game.” And that title song just sums it up perfectly. As the opening credits roll, the song beings, and when playing on PlayStation just hit R1 over and over again to hear that sweet whisper of “Snake Eater.” What I love most about Snake Eater is the developing relationship between Snake and Eva and how ultimately this led to the birth of Les Enfants Terribles. The throw backs to this during the final fight in MG4: Sons of the Patriots was perfectly crafted, and almost made me a bit sad about Eva and Old Snake’s fate. Snake Eater is a big band ballad song that you can sing along to easily, I often find myself absentmindedly singing “someday you’ll feed on a tree frog.” Maybe Adele could cover it and it will become a huge number one anthem, sung by masses whilst hysterically crying. Probably not, but one can dream.

3. Silent Hill

Main Themes – Akira Yamaoka

The opening theme from Silent Hill will forever be etched in my mind. Not only is this game beyond creepy, but the amazing soundtrack composed by Yamaoka sets my teeth on edge. From the get- go you are plunged into the eerie world of survival horror, hunting for your missing child. Now I can appreciate running after your child after a near fatal accident is something a parent would instinctively do, but when that child leads you down an alleyway littered with corpses and splattered with blood, well let’s just say I would be telling that kid to fend for itself. It’s bad enough hearing that air raid siren, let alone the industrious tones of Yamaoko’s music setting my nerves on edge. I once attempted to play this game myself, without a companion to guide me through and keep me sane. I lasted five minutes. It was too much, my senses were overwhelmed. I cannot venture into the outside world during a thick fog without looking over my shoulder, wary of demon children with pointy objects and mandolins. But that is a straight up testament to the power of the music used in Silent Hill.

2. The Last of Us

Main Themes -Gustavo Santaolalla

Now here’s an idea, let’s start this game with a loving father – daughter relationship, have an infectious outbreak, kill off the daughter and then break the player’s heart into a million pieces. Not only that, but we’ll make them sit through an opening credit montage documenting the fallout, coupled with a haunting piece of music that will play on their mind all the way through the game. Yeah, thanks Naughty Dog. The Last of Us is so much more than a survival horror; it’s the heart-breaking story of two broken and horribly flawed characters coming together and finding some sort of solace within each other. There are so many things about this game that are perfect, the dialogue, the acting, and the landscapes. But for me, the music holds a special place in my heart. Even the music during the load screen is amazing, Santaolalla conjures a haunting melody that sits together perfectly with the tattered curtains, and later the spores dancing across the screen. The perfect use of the musical score continues during the final scene of the game, Joel’s lie, Ellie’s acceptance. I’m still not over it. However, I listen to the soundtrack every so often, if only to relive the memories of this beautiful game.

1. Grand Theft Auto – Vice City

Every song on that beautiful game.

Yes, another GTA game. Hear me out.  When Vice City was first released, I had not long turned thirteen, I was in the midst of discovering a vast array of music, and this beautiful game just happened to have everything I was currently enjoying. V- Rock, my preferred channel, featured such greats as Raining Blood by Slayer, I Wanna Rock by Twisted Sister and how can we not mention Dangerous Bastard by Love Fist. As I played through the game I discovered the other channels and the great eighties hits they held. I found myself stealing a Banshee, only to park it in a secluded area to listen to the radio, Africa by Toto becoming a firm favorite. The eighties are an era I just missed out on, and Vice City let me live through a time I feel I should have been a part of. Through Tommy Vercetti I could live out my dreams of cruising down the Florida coast, wearing a bad Hawaiian shirt and become best pals with Danny Dyer, err I mean Kent Paul. Some people knock the eighties. I for one love it, the soundtrack especially, and Vice City is a wonderful homage to that hedonistic time. Time to hunt out the PlayStation 2 and switch on to Emotion 98.3.

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