Gaming music is a tool that can control emotion and can establish the tone of story being told. Within film, many fans look at the soundtrack as a foundation to set the scene. This is no different in the video game industry. The nature of video games allows a more immersive experience than film. You are controlling the actions of a character rather than watching it happen. With some games, however, you can play with the sound turned off. So, for a video game developer it is vital that you have a soundtrack that can create an atmosphere to really captivate the player.
Tons of tracks with great gaming music released this year, tunes that support and elevate the feeling you get from a flawless platforming performance or the adrenaline rush from emptying a room of supernatural cultists. The best game music sets the mood and helps your imagination fill in the blanks where simple graphics or a necessary ocean of UI cannot. We’ll never have time to play or hear everything, but out of 2019’s innumerable glut of great games, here are the soundtracks that stuck with us.
We’ve also asked a few friends to help out with our choices, and some you might recognize as composers our our personal favorite soundtracks of the year. Because who knows music better than the musicians that make it?
Read and listen below, and if you hear something you like consider heading to the linked composer pages and picking up a soundtrack or two. And if we’re missing something, be sure to share your favorite game music of 2019 in the comments.
Best Sound Quality On:
– SteelSeries Arctis Pro
– HyperX Cloud Alpha
– HyperX Cloud Revolver S
– Razer Nari Ultimate
– Astro A50 Wireless
– Creative Sound BlasterX H6
– Razer Kraken X
– Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless
– Logitech G Pro
– Turtle Beach Recon 200