If you're of a certain age, you'll attest to the timeless nature of video game soundtracks and their transcendent ability to formulate one's music taste. This week at Soleheaven HQ we've been racking our brains to come up with the all-time best video game soundtracks. Points were scored for the more eclectic soundtracks, quality of the game was not taken in to account (though does help) and to make things fair we picked one game from each 'Franchise' (personal opinions... sorry!) to keep things varied. Take a look at our selection and let us know your choices!
Sorry fans of San Andreas, Vice City's timeless mix of 80s pop, disco, thrash metal and stadium rock just pipped the 90s classics at the post for our favourite GTA soundtrack. Blipping down Miami's south beach never felt so good with the soundtrack on offer.
TONY HAWKS UNDERGROUND
Undisputed in its mix of music, the THUG soundtrack channelled it's in-game locations for the best soundtrack of the series, offering New Jersey punk underground New York rap amongst others to great effect.
Another soundtrack that serves as a time capsule to mid-noughties excellence. SSX3 took the big beat movement of The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Groove Armada and put it on the slopes, even placing it under a seamless radio station format and offering real-time remixes courtesy of DJs the X-Ecutioners.
SAINTS ROW 2
Although beginning life as GTA on steroids (hard to imagine) but this ode to the seedy underbelly of gang life hit another gear on its second attempt offering a varied musical selection that rivals GTA across the board.
Although coming along to ruin Tony Hawks dominance of skating games, Skate 2 always offered an underground and old-school take to the gaming soundtrack. A real treat for music fans came in the form of Skate 2's soundtrack, offering funk, soul, hip-hop, country music, rock and metal that meshed perfectly to the high octane exploits of the game.