Another month, another big video game publisher puts a great big dollop of video game music online for zero pennies. This time, it’s Bandai Namco, who have just uploaded every single Tekken soundtrack onto Spotify because, well, apparently everyone loves Tekken. I’ve never partaken in a Tekken, but with track names like “Massive Stunner” and “Lonesome City Jazz Party 1st”, I’m already 100% convinced the music must be great.
However, given my rather lacking expertise in all things Tekken-related, I thought that instead of doing a big Tekken musical breakdown like I did for Capcom and all the Final Fantasy games, I’d take this opportunity to celebrate some of the other great gaming soundtracks you can currently listen to for free right now, because boy howdy are there loads of ’em. So bang on those headphones and turn up the volume, folks. It’s head-banging time.
Did you know, for instance, that you can now listen to the springy leg boy music of Pikuniku for free? I BET NOT. Mr Sunshine would be so proud.
I dare you to find me a more exquisite soundtrack (and battle theme) than the entire four-disc mega catalogue of Octopath Traveller. Go on. I’ll wait.
Burly Men At Sea
Those burly bois sure do get around, don’t they? So why not relive their greatest adventures in lovely audio form?
SteamWorld Quest: The Hand Of Gilgamech
Great battle tunes, great overworld music, what more could you ask for?
If the regular Celeste soundtrack isn’t enough for you, there’s the whole B-side album to get stuck in with as well.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
I’ll be upfront. I don’t tend to associate Assassin’s Creed with particularly toe-tapping tunes (it’s up there with The Avengers films as having the least memorable music of all time as far as I’m concerned and I have no idea how they’re going to make a whole concert of this stuff), but, cor, Black Flag is the exception. And I’m not even talking about the sea shanties, either.
Rayman Legends is a tour de force of musical brilliance and I will not hear anyone say otherwise.
Runner 2: Future Legend Of Alien Rhythm
In all honesty, I could have put any of the Bit.Trip soundtracks on here (they’re all there), but I just really like Runner 2’s Cetaceous Old Saw track too much.
Ibb & Obb
If you like chill puzzle game music, Ibb & Obb is just what the doctor ordered.
Thomas Was Alone
Or Thomas Was Alone. Both are very good. And chill. So, so chill.
Child Of Light
Did someone say wistful cello?
Ori And The Blind Forest
Or an entire wistful orchestra?
Old Man’s Journey
Any soundtrack from a Broken Rules game is always a delight, but none are as lovely as Old Man’s Journey.
This is technically cheating as it’s the same composer wot done Old Man’s Journey, but it’s still very good, okay?
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
A stone cold classic.
Phoenix Wright: Trials And Tribulations
Developer Tale of Tales may be no more, but that doesn’t stop their soundtrack for Sunset being an absolute stunner. There are plenty of Austin Wintory soundtracks to pick from on Spotify these days, but his work on Sunset really wrenches the old heart strings if you ask me.
Crypt Of The NecroDancer
I am universally terrible at Crypt of the NecroDancer, but never has repeated, endless failure sounded so sweet.
Man alive I could listen to that menu music for hours.
Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture
Every time I drive through a tiny English country village, this is the music that’s playing in my head.
Final Fantasy VIII
Anyone who claims there is a better Final Fantasy soundtrack out there is just plain wrong, I tell you. PLAIN WRONG.
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