Jump to content

Games with the best sound design / soundtracks


Recommended Posts

Hello gamers, 

 

What are your favourite games with the best sound design or soundtracks?

Normally, I find games to have fairly lacklustre audio but every now and then some games really knock the chair from under me. 

 

Some of my favourites are: 

Total War: Warhammer (PC)

- This games sound design is awesome... During battles, thunder clouds rumble in the distance, arrows and cannon fire whizzes past the camera, lumbering giants stomp the ground with huge thuds, flying monsters terrorise the skies and swoop down on your troops. Overall it makes the experience very immersive. Creative Assembly put extra effort into making this game sound as good as it looks in my opinion (Although the soundtrack is a little average). 

 

even on Youtube it sounds pretty great: 

 

 

Crysis 3 

- Not my favourite game of all time but the soundtrack is impactful and well recorded. Sound effects are also top notch. 

 

 

The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion 

- Awesome soundtrack and probably my favourite RPG (with the witcher 3 a close second). The soundtrack perfectly fits the setting and really makes adventuring through Tamriel a joy. I never really loved Skyrim, but Oblivion will always have a special place in my gaming collection, (and the soundtrack probably plays a big role in that!).

 

 

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

 

Great sound design, great soundtrack, great voice acting, great game. A true triple A title worthy of your time. The music really has a way of adding intensity to battles although, after 50 hours of playtime, being yelled at by the Slavic medieval choir wears thin and you will probably be reaching for the volume knob to turn it down during battles. 

 

 

Anyway, that is a few of my faves... What are yours? :)

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 40
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Mine is easily Samarost.      http://samorost3.net   This video shows the making of. Rubbing lollipops on bongos and adding echo/reverb etc. Awesome  

+1 for Witcher 3, the sound effects in the forest was really well done, and Geralt is straight badass!   Games that spring to mind that I really liked with bonus points if it makes my sub ro

Hello gamers,    What are your favourite games with the best sound design or soundtracks? Normally, I find games to have fairly lacklustre audio but every now and then some games really



18 minutes ago, Ugly said:

My favourite would have to be Bastion

 

Image result for bastion

I actually use this soundtrack at the shows we do. Cost a bomb to buy but well worth it.

Link to post
Share on other sites
11 minutes ago, guru said:

I actually use this soundtrack at the shows we do. Cost a bomb to buy but well worth it.

 

Yeah cool, I will have to pick it up if you are using it for hi-fi show demos! 

 

These guys are doing a FLAC copy for 9.99USD 

https://store.supergiantgames.com/products/official-bastion-soundtrack-digital-download

 

Not too bad. 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, TJD said:

 

Yeah cool, I will have to pick it up if you are using it for hi-fi show demos! 

 

These guys are doing a FLAC copy for 9.99USD 

https://store.supergiantgames.com/products/official-bastion-soundtrack-digital-download

 

Not too bad. 

I found a mint cd copy on Amazon after a customer auditioning a system played a ripped copy of zia's theme. It sounded good in that format.

Link to post
Share on other sites


On 1/5/2017 at 8:11 AM, Alfred Hayes said:

Roadrash on the original PlayStation had Soundgarden tracks. That was my favourite. For something more modern, I think the theme music in Halo (can't remember now which Halo) is also pretty good.

 

Nice one.

I have never played the road rash game but I do remember Halo having an excellent soundtrack. 

 

 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites


  • 5 months later...
On 2017-1-5 at 9:11 AM, Alfred Hayes said:

Roadrash on the original PlayStation had Soundgarden tracks. That was my favourite. For something more modern, I think the theme music in Halo (can't remember now which Halo) is also pretty good.

 

 

Yep, great soundtrack and how much fun was Roadrash to play?  Simple, mindless escapism. 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

+1 for Witcher 3, the sound effects in the forest was really well done, and Geralt is straight badass!

 

Games that spring to mind that I really liked with bonus points if it makes my sub rock :P)

 

Mass Effect 3 aka the last good game ;) the title song is awesome with a hunting piano that is used nicely in dreams sequences.

 

The Last of Us was great too, nice acoustic guitar work that really set the mood

 

Red Dead Redemption, It was always fun to jump on a horse and hear the music pick up with a sweet bassline and percussion to get you moving

 

As for straight sound design.

Horizon Zero Dawn and the machine effects in that really help communicate there distance and placement in the environment, by the tone of the sound effect you could tell their level of aggression too. Very nice.

Zelda Breath Of The Wild use audio sparingly in general roaming but when it kicked in it was always in a way that told you something about the area, if was dangerous, a secret is near or if a challenge was ahead.

  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 months later...


On 1/5/2017 at 9:11 AM, Alfred Hayes said:

Roadrash on the original PlayStation had Soundgarden tracks. That was my favourite. For something more modern, I think the theme music in Halo (can't remember now which Halo) is also pretty good.

Here's a fun fact for you.It was first released on 3DO and I think I had one of the first ones. This was supposed to be the ultimate home entertainment machine. Anyone could make one Panasonic. Toshiba, goldstar.

The soundtrack got me into the alternative scene for a brief moment, the 2 best CD's I got from it was Hammerbox and Paw.

IMG_9099.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
37 minutes ago, Dylan86.exe said:

Alien Isolation and Titanfall 2 had brilliant Sound design. Alien scared the absolute **** out of me. I don't want to play that game again :huh:

 

Ha! I'm normally a 'hard' difficulty setting type of gamer. A bit of a challenge and get a bit more game time out of it. But Alien Isolation was just too intense that way. I totally wimped out and put it on easy. That way I could enjoy the story more and enjoy the 80's spacecraft scenery a bit :) Great game but one play through was enough! 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
33 minutes ago, PauliD said:

 

Ha! I'm normally a 'hard' difficulty setting type of gamer. A bit of a challenge and get a bit more game time out of it. But Alien Isolation was just too intense that way. I totally wimped out and put it on easy. That way I could enjoy the story more and enjoy the 80's spacecraft scenery a bit :) Great game but one play through was enough! 

I bought that game at full RRP and never really got into it.  After playing Outlast I found it to fall a little flat of expectation.  Maybe I'll give it another go.

 

On that note, try Outlast! Terrifying

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 7/13/2017 at 3:58 PM, PauliD said:

+1 for Witcher 3, the sound effects in the forest was really well done, and Geralt is straight badass!

 

Games that spring to mind that I really liked with bonus points if it makes my sub rock :P)

 

Mass Effect 3 aka the last good game ;) the title song is awesome with a hunting piano that is used nicely in dreams sequences.

 

The Last of Us was great too, nice acoustic guitar work that really set the mood

 

Red Dead Redemption, It was always fun to jump on a horse and hear the music pick up with a sweet bassline and percussion to get you moving

 

As for straight sound design.

Horizon Zero Dawn and the machine effects in that really help communicate there distance and placement in the environment, by the tone of the sound effect you could tell their level of aggression too. Very nice.

Zelda Breath Of The Wild use audio sparingly in general roaming but when it kicked in it was always in a way that told you something about the area, if was dangerous, a secret is near or if a challenge was ahead.

Great list dude

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, TJD said:

I bought that game at full RRP and never really got into it.  After playing Outlast I found it to fall a little flat of expectation.  Maybe I'll give it another go.

 

On that note, try Outlast! Terrifying

I got Outlast when it was a PSN+ freebie but it's sitting in my virtual pile of shame.
I may do so in a game release lul, but totally hooked on Super Metroid on the SNES mini. I never got the chance to play it first time around :)

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, PauliD said:

I got Outlast when it was a PSN+ freebie but it's sitting in my virtual pile of shame.
I may do so in a game release lul, but totally hooked on Super Metroid on the SNES mini. I never got the chance to play it first time around :)

I need to give Outlast another go. My brother keeps telling me to play it. I couldn't get into it the first time coz the graphics kinda sucked. But i'll give it another go. Apparently the new one is good too.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, PauliD said:

I got Outlast when it was a PSN+ freebie but it's sitting in my virtual pile of shame.
I may do so in a game release lul, but totally hooked on Super Metroid on the SNES mini. I never got the chance to play it first time around :)

Do it! 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Dylan86.exe said:

I need to give Outlast another go. My brother keeps telling me to play it. I couldn't get into it the first time coz the graphics kinda sucked. But i'll give it another go. Apparently the new one is good too.

It's great, give it another go 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 year later...
Guest Muon N'

Looking at this thread, and thinking I wish Guru was still here.

 

Some of these games look to have pretty cool graphics too. Sorry off topic of sound :$

Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, Muon N' said:

Looking at this thread, and thinking I wish Guru was still here.

 

Some of these games look to have pretty cool graphics too. Sorry off topic of sound :$

Guru has left? How sad. Perhaps there were insufficient aged whisky posts to keep him interested

Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, Super Mustud said:

Guru has left? How sad. Perhaps there were insufficient aged whisky posts to keep him interested

 

At least with your return...................abeit probably temporary........and with my unbanning.............traffic may improve!

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, LogicprObe said:

 

At least with your return...................abeit probably temporary........and with my unbanning.............traffic may improve!

You were banned? He he… a badge of honour. Well, most probably. I shudder to contemplate the awful things you may have posted. Truly, my sensitivities would have been assaulted.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, Super Mustud said:

You were banned? He he… a badge of honour. Well, most probably. I shudder to contemplate the awful things you may have posted. Truly, my sensitivities would have been assaulted.

 

I know.

I'm discussed with myself and I'm discussed with you!

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 7 months later...

Everyone's forgetting Shadow of the Colossus and Kingdom Hearts's opening theme songs ;-;

Moreover, Mice are a crucial part of any gaming set-up, but I've never really known what makes a mouse good. When I bought my first actual among the list of cheap gaming mouse  was the Razer Mamba and I mainly bought it because I liked the lights. It was cool, but after a while I realized the sensor wasn't very good and a lot of people were having the same issue.

Now that I'm looking for a new mouse gaming under under $50, I'm curious to know how everyone picks what mouse is right for them and what is important when making that decision.

I know there's a variety of factors that can affect someones' decision to buy a specific mouse, (i.e. shape/weight/RGB/sensor) but what do you guys feel is the most important and why?

Edited by JohanAlex
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...

I'm a big fan of the sound design in Overwatch - each ability and movement has a distinct sound, and with good headphones you can easily hear what's going on beyond what's immediately visible. It's not the loveliest of soundtracks, but I really respect the work that went into the sound design for the gameplay itself.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I’ve found the most recent Metal Gear Solid games (4&5) had amazing sound, just enveloping you in the experience.

 

Second for Overwatch too, a lot of attention to detail.

 

Another one is Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

 

Lastly, the God of War games always carry themselves well with the sound production.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 months later...

Changed Shadow of Chernobyl to the 2009 mod a while ago, they change the songs the guys play around camp fires, much better than the original :D

 

Hate to look at how long I have been playing this! Oh just looked at Steam, I have played this game now for 471 hours total xD

No wonder I get pissed at games lasting 6 to 8 hours!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Best game soundtrack ever IMHO.

PSone game Wipeout 2097..........I actually bought the 2 LP version off Donnie Darko before he left for Germany.

 

 

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By minute
      Hi all,

      As a way of giving back to the community, I am happy to provide free advice for anyone wishing to build PCs whether it's for gaming, audio and whatnot. I have built hundreds of PCs and always keep up to date on what's latest and greatest.

      Please post your questions here or you can message me directly. I will respond when I can
    • By Luc
      Time for a new PC after many years of the old one which is laggy and well worn from 7 yrs of 24/7 use(only turned off occasionally in all that time).
       
      Looking at getting back into some gaming via Steam and the build can reflect that as I only use the PC for normal home chores otherwise. AMD or Intel, being situated in my listening room it would be nice to have it as silent as I can get it.
       Young friends have come up with an initial build and I was going to throw it out here to see if anyone had suggestions or advice(damning or otherwise o.O ).
      $1400 was the starting point but might be able to go higher if I can get it through as a tax write off , 2k tops.
      What do you think?
       

    • By zakblue
      Item:  BenQ XL2411
      Location: Balwyn, Vic
      Price: $190 
      Item Condition: Excellent
      Reason for selling: NLR
      Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal 
      Extra Info:
       
      Comes with DVI and power cable incl.
      Have box and can ship at buyers expense.
       

    • By Adam-JM
      Hi everyone, I have for sale an Astro A50 wireless gaming headset. www.astrogaming.com/a50
      It is multi-platform for PC & all consoles & features Dolby Digital 7.1. The headset is used, but it is in virtually new condition & everything works flawlessly.
      The reason I am selling is because I have recently changed my personal setup to a wired amplifier with a pair of open-backed Sennheisers. Due to this I have no further use for the Astros, even though they are an exceptional headset.
      These typically sell brand new for $350 & up, so I will be asking $250 or nearest offer & I am willing to post for free within Aus. Cheers guys.
    • By blybo
      Item: Logitech G27 Gaming steering wheel & Next Level Racing wheel stand
      Location: Melbourne Eastern Suburbs
      Price: $400 ono
      Item Condition: As new
      Reason for selling: surplus to needs. Deserves a loving home.
      Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only. Way too heavy and awkward to post.
      Extra Info: This is a great set up for those wanting a compact and portable driving simulator set up. Can be folded up and stored away within seconds. Extremely stable stand and adjustable for height, pedal reach and angle. Includes USB extension cable and extensive cable management to allow quick pack away/set up without risking damage to cabling. Wheel and pedals stay on stand when folded away.
      Pictures: stock photo only at this stage but set up is in as new condition.

      http://www.pagnianim...atec-wheel.html
      http://www.pccasegea...CFc1YpQodHmAA7g
      based on the above links the replacement cost would be $550 plus any freight etc.



×
×
  • Create New...