Now Playing: Spotify Game Soundtracks

By Richard Cobbett on July 19th, 2011 at 4:00 pm.

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Americans! Congratulations on joining the rest of the civilised world with your Spotify accounts. You now have instant access to almost every song ever written and worth listening to, and also country and western. (And if you don’t have an invite yet, don’t worry – you’ll get one soon.)

But what are you going to listen to? How about some gaming soundtracks… like these!

Gray Matter: Jane Jensen’s latest adventure game, and a pleasant soundtrack courtesy of husband Robert and effective family band The Scarlet Furies. (Watch out for a nasty spoiler in the track listing if you’re planning to play this one at some point though.)

Hitman 2: Annoyingly, Jesper Kyd’s other soundtracks – including the terrific Assassin’s Creed 2 one – seem to have been taken off the service in recent months. This one remains though, and is a solid introduction to why he’s a great composer.

Mass Effect: Combat / Atmospheric – Two flavours of deep space soundscapes. There are also bite-sized ones for Kasumi’s Stolen Memory and Lair of the Shadow Broker

Dragon Age 2: Another fine mix. Start with the main soundtrack, then move on to Epic Time and The Darker Side. No credits theme though, unless you add it separately.

Fallout 3: As with every game that uses licensed tunes, you can find an official complication, or simply a collection of the same songs. For Fallout 3, try Songs of Wasteland, and Songs From The Mojave Wastelands for New Vegas. Alternatively, get more of the same style in the oddly named Music Inspired By Fallout 3 & New Vegas. I wonder if people like Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington knew they were being inspired by a post-apocalyptic RPG…

Bioshock 2: And speaking of them, here’s a similar selection for this most underrated of sequels. The Boogie Man and Nightmare are particularly good listening.

GTA IV: To get that official Liberty City feel, set your fake-radio for Vladivostok FM, home to songs like Schweine that instantly stick in your head whether you like it or not. You can also get the main themes and Liberty City Invasion, featuring the ‘tunes’ of no doubt fine gentlemen with names like ‘Busta Rhymes’. I’m sure they’re awfully funky.

Play! A Video Game Symphony Live: Lots of famous tunes, played by an actual orchestra. World of Warcraft, Oblivion and Guild Wars are the ones you can listen to without shame, along with some others bearing names like ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ and ‘Castlevania’.

Video Games Live: And the same goes for here, with Myst and Advent Rising joining the pack, along with some other console game favourites.

Mafia 2: A collection of licensed tunes put together by fans, but no worse for it.

Pac Man Fever: Words… words cannot describe this one. Just put your special toe-curling socks on and click play. You’ll want to click stop, but won’t be able to.

Adventure Quest: Well… kindof. The singer Voltaire apparently did a guest starring role in this RPG, and here are some game variants of his songs – Day of the Dead, Tempest, This Ship’s Going Down, To The Bottom of the Sea, and When You’re Evil. Disturbingly catchy.

Dead Space 2: Dead space, but not dead air. Top marks for less-than spooky track names like “Much Ado About Necromorphs” and “It Had To Be Unitology”.

Call of Duty: Lots of these! Modern Warfare 2 is here, along with Black Ops, a special Zombies pack, and… for some reason… a girl with a helmet bra. Weird.

Crysis 2: Because if you’re going to hire Hans Zimmer, you may as well put out a soundtrack. Or three. Here’s Be Fast to go with it, and Be The Weapon, both painfully wasting the chance to call the disc “MAXIMUM ROCK”.

Need for Speed: Carbon: I think this is about cars. Not sure though.

Braid: Even cool indie platform games are on Braid. No Super Meat Boy though. Sadly.

Mirror’s Edge: The other game with a song called “Still Alive” in it.

Hellgate: London: Like the game, it’s now free to play!

The Sims 3: Several of these, all in their official Simlish versions. Sims 3: Generations, Re-Imagined, Jams, NextGen, and Late Night. Gasp…

Age of Conan: A truly meaty DOUBLE DISC bag of music. Or what would be double-discs, if such things weren’t so last century.

Dreamfall: And speaking of last century, here’s an adventure game. (Disclaimer: This flippant comment here purely to get a rise out of John.)

LA Noire: Okay, so it’s not a PC game yet, but it’s going to be one – unlike Red Dead Redemption (which is also on Spotify, but must go without the honour of a link). The game itself is a little… mixed… but there’s no arguing that the soundtrack is excellent. Unlike many open world games, you get original stuff on the soundtrack too, not just licenses.

Red Dead Redemption: Oh, go on then. And your Undead Nightmare too.

Have we missed any good ones? Link them in a comment. And just to be on the safe-side – these are all live and working right now in the UK, but licensing being a stupid, silly thing, we can’t guarantee they’ll be equally available everywhere.

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84 Comments »

  1. Inigo says:

    Even cool indie platform games are on Braid.

    I hate these eldritch non-euclidean music services.

  2. Teddy Leach says:

    Am I the only Englishman who’s never used Spotify?

    • EOT says:

      I haven’t either. But then again, I had no idea it was just restricted to the sassenachs….

    • Benny says:

      I’m surprised how little this is known but i personally prefer to use Grooveshark as an alternative to Spotify. Works through a browser, has a huge variety and the adds are just banners to the right side, not intrusive breaks in your listening.
      http://www.grooveshark.com

    • Vexing Vision says:

      Also, Grooveshark has oodles of gaming soundtracks.

      I have Jets’n'Guns, SpaceChem and Frozen Synapse running on mine during work, usually.

    • Sic says:

      Grooveshark is a bunch of ordinary persons uploading their own worthless rips to central servers owned by people who couldn’t care less if the artists got paid.

      Why use Spotify? Because it’s a decent effort at a streaming service, that’s why. Grooveshark really isn’t.

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    Tom De Roeck says:

    nope, didnt miss anything.

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    Nathan says:

    The Still Alive track on Mirror’s Edge is one of my very favourite feel-good songs. Incredible song to listen to first thing in the morning.

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    Oozo says:

    There are a lot of un-civilized countries in the world. I’m living in one of them. However, there are other services which do the same thing, but on a P2P base. (Streaming, not plain old download-pirating.) I’m never sure if those don’t get shut off one of these days or, one might say, jump the shark in a groovy way, but until then, I’m perfectly happy without Spotify.
    PS Is the VVVVVV soundtrack, PPPPPP not on there? If it is, you should totally mention it.

    • Shadrach says:

      PPPPPP is excellent, it should be up there!

    • Tusque D'Ivoire says:

      Yea, without Souleye’s masterpiece that service is for naught. All other videogame soundtracks tend to be string-porn like a michael bay movie…

    • Shadrach says:

      @Tusque D’Ivoire PPPPPP is there, its just doesn’t come up as a proper album. Just do a search for it.

      Oh man I forgot how lovely the Braid soundtrack is!

  6. Batolemaeus says:

    “Why is Spotify not available in my country?

    Click here to find out why.”

    It’s fun living in the land of the GEMAZI

    sigh..

    • fionny says:

      No spotify in Ireland either…..

    • Starky says:

      Don’t worry you’re not missing much, it is a bit crap – like last.FM it is a service that sounded great then got buried under licensing issues until nothing was left.

    • Fazer says:

      No Spotify in Poland either…

    • Wozzle says:

      Spotify in the UK and US but not Cananada?!

  7. Alexander Norris says:

    Where’s the lady in the middle (with the joker) from? She seems vaguely familiar.

  8. diebroken says:

    Spotify, hmm…

    /loads up grooveshark

    Ahhh yeah, Alexander Brandon’s Jazz Jackrabbit 2 – wheeee! : )

    • rhizo says:

      Indeed. Why listen to clumsy commercials in the middle of your playlist when Grooveshark has plenty of OSTs available. Spotify is not all that special to be honest.

    • Kaira- says:

      Tell me when Grooveshark has a client for Windows, Linux and mobile and isn’t walking on a moral grey ground.

      E: well, I just remembered Spotify has been crossing on the grey ground from time to time.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      I discovered Grooveshark thanks to RPS and now, with so much availible to me…I can’t think of any music to listen to :(

    • Tams80 says:

      Grooveshark has an Adobe Air client, built in HTML 5. It’s quite good actually.

      I can never decide what to chose when I open up Grooveshark. Then 10 minutes after I close it, I remember a song and ‘note’ to play it latter.

  9. ChampionHyena says:

    Rebuttal to the tags:

    YOU DO NOT WANT HULU. It is now a high-speed, high-volume advertisement delivery system.

    They’ve just never, you know, put out a press release or anything saying so.

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      Nathan says:

      I’ll take Netflix instead.

    • malkav11 says:

      And the selection kinda sucks, and mostly it has about five rotating episodes of any show it actually has episodes for, and the paid subscription unaccountably fails to remove the ads, which is the main thing I would pay for to begin with.

      Netflix doesn’t have full content overlap but it’s far better.

    • Starky says:

      Netflix will probably never happen in the UK, because of nightmarish licensing laws and contracts – In the US Netflix doesn’t need a deal with anyone to rent physical DVDs, they just buy them and rent them keeping all the profit thanks to American laws and first sale doctrine.

      For streaming they can go straight to the companies/content producers themselves and not having to worry about going through whichever channel in the UK bought the TV rights over here.

      Shame really if somehow Netflix could broker deals with US TV channels and movie studies to go no restriction worldwide streaming they’d make a fucking fortune and drastically cut piracy.

      I mean honestly, I have Sky broadband, full package HD – I have a DVD/bluray rental subscription with love film and I STILL pirate a vast chunk of TV shows and movies – simply because I can get a pirate copy faster, easier and in better quality than any other service, when I want it, how I want it.

      It is just insanity that the pirate bay offers the vastly superior service – I am and willing to pay for better legal service, but it doesn’t exist.

    • malkav11 says:

      I’m sure it would get even more sticky-complicated crossing over to other shores, but they’ve managed to sort out a more limited version of things for Canada. I wouldn’t count it out quite yet. Of course, the British version likely wouldn’t compare to the original, but even the original has to deal with licensing bullshit that drives me up a wall (individual episodes disc-only, rotating content seemingly at random). Someday, someday maybe media companies will figure out this internet thing and how to integrate it properly into their business.

  10. Uglycat says:

    Needs Total Annihilation and the X series musik.

  11. Tei says:

    WTB Skyrim / Civ 4

    • thegooseking says:

      I’m pretty sure at least the opening theme of Civ IV, Baba Yetu, used to be on Spotify. But it seems to have disappeared.

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      TeraTelnet says:

      I’m pretty sure it’s still there, just as ‘Civilization IV Medley’ now.

  12. Icarus says:

    That’s a pretty good list- shame I uninstalled Spotify after they completely gutted how much you could listen to each month with a free account, and still haven’t got pretty much any of the big names like the Beatles, Metallica, Pink Floyd and so on. So not much point in using it when I can rip my own CD collection to mp3 and listen to it without any adverts.

  13. Casimir Effect says:

    If it has the Halo 3 ODST music then I highly recommend that, console game though it may be (although a damn good one at that). The soundtrack is a mix of Classical/Orchestral and Jazz

    • Acosta says:

      Is there (among every Halo soundtrack), and agree, it´s fantastic.

      Spotify (with subscription ofc) it´s one of the best uses of my money I have made, ever. Truly a fantastic service.

  14. Kaira- says:

    You missed one, Silent Hill 2 OST, though it is more of a console game. But it had a PC-port too.

  15. Shadrach says:

    Let’s not forget these:
    PPPPPP The VVVVVV soundtrack!
    http://open.spotify.com/local/SoulEye/PPPPPP+-+The+VVVVVV+Soundtrack/Pending+silence/1

    American McGee’s Alice
    http://open.spotify.com/album/2Al8wIsf0RlDGEpL2F2AtS

    Grim Fandango is missing though… best game OST ever so I’ll just post this here.
    http://www.grimfandango.net/?page=soundtrack

    • Shazbut says:

      Grim Fandango was the first thing I looked for. The second was Secret of Mana

  16. Jambe says:

    Meh, more silo’d-up label-driven crapware to install on my computer and/or phone.

    No thanks. But that is a nice list of albums.

    • Gunde says:

      Spotify is hardly crapware, it’s a very well built application throughout.

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      Kirrus says:

      Unless you use the Linux app. At which point, the volume control doesn’t work, for no reason in particular. ;)

    • Kaira- says:

      @ Kirrus

      Actually, the volume slider seems to be working now, which confuses me, as I don’t remember updating my Spotify-linux client for a while, and a week or two ago the volume slider didn’t work. Linux Mint 10 x86_64, if you are interested. Shame they don’t still support touch-sensitive media buttons on my laptop, but at least Rhythmbox does that.

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      Kirrus says:

      Still not working for me, but nice to know it might be fixed soon :) I’m on Natty

  17. LimEJET says:

    Frank Klepacki, the guy who did the music for the Command & Conquer games, has most of his stuff on there, including the game soundtracks. At least I think so. They’re not available in Sweden anymore (even though we came up with the program to begin with!), but some of you might be luckier.

  18. Hides-His-Eyes says:

    If only it had the Fahrenheit soundtrack

  19. ghazbanbodarr says:

    Invites? INVITES?

    Since when do us Yankees ask for an invite? We take whatever we damned well please, thank you kindly.

    http://lifehacker.com/5821234/how-to-get-spotify-free-without-an-invite

    Grab a hotdog and a Bud Light, sit back, and enjoy, my fellow Septics.

    • Gunde says:

      That method is quite suboptimal, but if you want an invite just ask me, I’ve about 20 more invites to give away.

    • ghazbanbodarr says:

      Thank you for the offer, but the pleasure comes from the not asking for it ^__^

  20. Pop says:

    You find me Lucasart’s Outlaws soundtrack, then we’ll be talking

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    jezcentral says:

    Also add separately, Cage the Elephant’s “No Rest For The Wicked” and Champion’s “No Heaven” from Borderlands. (And buy the Frozen Synapse soundtrack).

  22. Raiyan 1.0 says:

    I always liked ME1′s soundtracks more than ME2′s.

  23. Xercies says:

    Ode To A Centipede is definitely the best 80s synth ballad I’ve ever heard.

  24. Spiny says:

    Mass Effect (s) albums are on there too

  25. Gar says:

    Ooohe Hitman 2 soundtrack, yay. Most would not agree, but Hitman 2 was my favorite of the 4 games (I really liked them all) and this game also had the best soundrack IMO. Thanks for sharing! I just started using Spotify last night and love love it. If only it had .flac support for your local files, then I wouldn’t need anything else… Any tips on how to make this happen? Most of the search results for plug-ins, etc. seemed really shady :/

  26. Koozer says:

    Aah I never get bored of Battlefield or Elder Scrolls themes.

  27. Retroblique says:

    As one of the few Americans who bothered to sign up for Spotify, I can confirm that about 99% of the tracks listed above generate the following wonderful message: “This track is currently not available in the United States.”

    • Thants says:

      Now you know what it’s like browsing the internet from Canada nowadays.

  28. cjlr says:

    Grim Fandango is the best game soundtrack of all time.

    Of all time!

    Prince of Persia has had good stuff too. The ’08 comes second to the ever-awesome Sands of TIme.

  29. DrGonzo says:

    Okay I don’t think it’s on Spotify, at least I couldn’t find it (it’s Ian Livingstone if you want to check).

    But this is the greatest game song ever (possibly an exageration) and also very British sounding.

    For King and Country lads!

  30. tims says:

    Yeah “rest of the world” is a bit of a stretch.

    • Richard Cobbett says:

      Civilised word. Which is England.

      (sips tea with one finger sticking up into the air)

    • Thants says:

      You’d think there would be some sympathy for your poor old North American colony. You know, the one that didn’t get into a war with you.

  31. Fartango says:

    So how do I go about getting an invite then?

  32. Nicholas Totton says:

    Surprise! Not available in your country. Fuck this shit is annoying.

  33. angry_tom says:

    This, is right up my alley. Exciting!

  34. notreallyunique says:

    They unfortunately don’t have the Amon Tobin Infamous soundtrack, but they do have most of his other stuff, including a Splinter Cell soundtrack I hadn’t known he’d done.

  35. Grey_Ghost says:

    Oooh, this post somehow reminded me of some of my old DOS era music (.MOD) playable with ModPlug. Love the Star Control II music!

  36. Wizardry says:

    No mention of the Might and Magic VI, VII and VIII and all of the Heroes of Might and Magic soundtracks? Those are the best in gaming by a huge margin. Head and shoulders above any other soundtracks I’ve heard. Rob King and Paul Romero composed them all.

  37. Kradziej says:

    Not available in Poland. Too bad!

  38. Lollerskater says:

    Halo, Prince of Persia, Gears of War, Borderlands, Street Fighter, Hellgate, Scott Pilgrim, several Konami albums, pachinko soundtracks, Age of Empires, Bit.Trip Runner, Fable III and many, so many more:
    http://open.spotify.com/user/shagrabbit/playlist/3hZWSp3jTVSsUMEdosyn4m
    Including a whole bunch which, sadly, have since been pulled in some regions…

  39. karthink says:

    “Qunari on the rise” from Dragon Age 2?

  40. Sepulchrave76 says:

    Sack Spotify off and get on Grooveshark. The Bionic Commando: Rearmed soundtrack is on there and it’s bloody brilliant

  41. Fitzmogwai says:

    Spotify doesn’t have the finest game soundtrack ever released, but Grooveshark does.

    Fittingly enough, as Interstate ’76‘s lead character was Groove Champion.

    oh yes.

  42. Dao Jones says:

    What the… I swear I signed up to Spotify to email me when it was available in America yet I only found out from reading it on the good ol’ RPS site. Thank you for doing everything, RPS!

    <3

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    ohnoabear says:

    Frustratingly, none of the albums on this list I’d actually be interested in are available in the U.S.

    I was a huge fan of Spotify when I first tried it two years ago, and had been waiting for it to hit the States ever since they figured out I wasn’t from the UK. Now that it’s finally available over here, I’m finding that most of what I’d want to listen to isn’t available here, but is on Grooveshark or other services.

  44. Fumarole says:

    This makes me miss GamingFM.

  45. Milky1985 says:

    At work so can’t get links, but there is the orchestual versions of hte Final Fantasy themes on there, and some of hte kingdom hearts music (the best bit, the main theme) .