BritGaming’s top 10 best video game soundtracks for the PSX
The PSX was one of the most iconic consoles of its time. Still the small grey rectangle filled with circles wouldn’t have got to where it was without its sound card which in some cases is reportedly worth over $6000 (seriously!). I’m proud to pitch in on my opinion of THE BEST soundtracks on the console. Disagree? Leave me a comment and we’ll have an argument.
Take it away Maestro.
10 – Grand Theft Auto
The rap songs in the original Grand Theft Auto show that the game enjoys a rich and full level of relevant music, a tradition it has continued to this day. The sounds in every Grand Theft Auto are second to none. Yes that includes you Grand Theft Auto London.
9 – Castlevania Symphony of the Night
Castlevania is a classic PSX game. Speak to anyone in a pub about the original Castlevania and they won’t get two sentences without mentioning the soundtrack.
8 – Command and Conquer
Command and Conquer was one of the first games I played when I owned my very own Playstation for the first time. I remember taking out the Hand of Nod with my devastating GDI Ion cannon… and then realising that Nod had nukes, so promptly turned the entire map in to a baron nuclear wasteland. In my head at least. The game wasn’t of an era where “advanced environmental effects” are a thing. Now particle effects do that imagining for me! Hooray!
7 – Fifa 99
Fifa 99 sported (ha!) an amazing sound track that truly represents the era the game was developed in.
6 – WipEout
WipEout features one of the most star/artist studded (for a game not primarily about music) soundtracks in PSX history with tracks by Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Prodigy appearing on the game official soundtrack.
5 – Resident Evil 2 Soundtrack
Resident Evil 2 stands out to me as one of the most nostalgic video games in terms of its music and in terms of the actual game itself. The eerie sound of the SaveGame music (above) drove home the whole feeling I got from the game. Creepy but subtle. What happened to the series? Ohgod.
4 – Command and Conquer Red Alert
What a game! And the music wasn’t half bad either. Hell March has been on every mp3-capable device I’ve had since childhood and I just don’t get tired of it. The other songs were good too and often I’d find my friends that were in to heavy metal ask me what I was listening to. Every song on the soundtrack is fantastic!
3 – Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII is one of the greatest games on the PSX and in the opinion of many, the greatest RPG ever made. I’m of the aforementioned camp. Its success was legendary and Nobuo Uematsu played no small part in that.
2 – Metal Gear Solid
The theme of Metal Gear Solid was one of the things that woke me up to the fact that games could be just as impressive as movies. The full theatrical soundtrack that accompanies Metal Gear Solid couldn’t have been written and composed any better with an A list Hollywood counterpart movie of the game.
1 – Final Fantasy IX
Hands down the best soundtrack on the Playstation. It’s like angels copulating with my ears. Nobuo has outdone himself again with this stellar video game soundtrack that lasts through time. I’m sure if the soundtrack were used in even a modern game it’d still be just as fantastic and stir just the same emotions as it did when I laughed, cried and no-lifed my way through one of the best RPG games to be released on the Playstation.
It goes without saying that a game soundtrack is an integral part of any game. Make a great game and fudge the soundtrack and it’ll bring the whole thing down. Like almost every great movie has an epic soundtrack, the same is true for nearly every great game. The soundtrack to me is what stirs up that nostalgic feeling. When I played the game and loved it and then hear its sweet music years down the line, it makes me yearn for the experience of the game again. I have often been known to pick up and replay a well aged game just because I heard an amazing song I knew from years past.