Bronze: Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar North
Grand Theft Auto V's soundtrack is excellent on two different fronts. Yes, the game has loads of great radio stations, ranging from modern pop and indie rock to punk and old-school hip-hop, all of which have a fantastic selection of music within each given genre. There are loads of tracks on there that are instantly recognisable but there are also plenty of more obscure songs that are definitely worth listening to. As far as licensed soundtracks go, GTA V is already top dog.
But wait, there's more! For the first time in the series, Grand Theft Auto V actually has an original score, which was composed by Tangerine Dream, Oh No, The Alchemist and Woody Jackson. Quite an eclectic mix of artists there, but some how, some how it all blends together perfectly. The score is mostly electronic in nature, but you will hear elements of funk, rock and jazz on there, it's amazing.
Not only is the original soundtrack great on its own, I loved the way it would creep into the game's missions. Even when you are starting a random rampage, you will notice that a driving tune will sneak its way in.
What else can I say? It's just great.
- Ross Harley
Silver: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon by Ubisoft Montreal
Look, have you even seen this website? It's basically Drive: The Website. We here at Hidden Audio Log love sexy future 80s synthpop things, and despite how much of a failure its more comedic aspects were, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon had a fucking badass soundtrack. It's dark, gritty and sexy in the ways that we love things on our little corner of the internet. Created by the artist Power Glove, the soundtrack really hits it right out of the park. It made the more tedious aspects of driving and walking around in the original Far Cry 3 super awesome, and when the combat kicked into full gear and the music was blasting, it was hard not to die when my head was banging around so fast that I couldn't see the screen all that well. Indeed, I basically won the argument for having Blood Dragon on this list by repeating over-and-over again: "It's so sexy."
Even if I wasn't a big fan of the actual game itself, Blood Dragon's soundtrack was incredible. After listening to it while writing this thing up I'm going go buy it now. And I rarely buy the soundtracks for video games.
It's so sexy.
- Isaac Wagner
Gold: Payday 2 by Overkill Software
Simon Viklund is such an awesome composer. Ever since Bionic Commando: Rearmed came out in 2008, I have been waiting anxiously for whatever the guy works on next. I am not even a big fan of electronic style music but Mr. Viklund is easily one of my favourite videogame composers.
The original Payday: The Heist, also had an amazing soundtrack, which instead of being just excellent, it actually directly fed back into the gameplay, as the music is mellow during the quiet moments, but quickly intensified into a crescendo before kicking into a really kick-ass beat when a police assault beings.
Payday 2's soundtrack is just as good as the original Payday. It's all great music on its own but when you actually playing the game, the tense soundtrack adds so much more to the experience.
Talking about it doesn't do it justice. Just download the demo of the game and check it out!
- Ross Hartley