Listen Up: Top 25 Soundtracks of The Current Console Generation

15. Catherine – Classical and jazz. Apart they are two very different types of music, but when they are meshed together it creates a sound unlike any other. Catherine takes soulful jazz compositions and combines them with remixes of well-known classical music, like Bizet’s “Farandole” and Chopin’s “Revolutionary Etude.” I never thought I’d hear classical music remixed into a video game, much less enjoy it, but Shoji Meguro achieved just that in Catherine. (Senior Editor Jason Fanelli)


14. Super Smash Bros. Brawl – Imagine every Nintendo song you’ve ever loved in one place, remixed to another level of excellence. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is exactly that; each song will bring childhood gaming memories to the forefront of players’ minds. The most memorable songs from Mario, Zelda, and even Sonic the Hedgehog, are all here to please. Nintendo fans, what more do you need? (Senior Editor Jason Fanelli)


13. Super Mario Galaxy – Mario has come a long way from the chiptune beats that solidified his gaming legacy. In Super Mario Galaxy, the evolution of the series is punctuated by its orchestral crescendos. The classical makeover brings of sense of maturity to a library of hummed and loved themes. The wonderment and nostalgia aren’t lost; they simply put on a fancier outfit. (Associate Editor Greg Galiffa)


12. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – From the first chimes of “Nate’s Theme 2.0” on the title screen, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves‘ soundtrack lets you know that you’re in for one hell of a roller coaster ride. The entire score, created by Greg Edmonson, is a masterful blend of adventurous tunes reminiscent of Indiana Jones and local melodies that pay homage to the game’s Himalayan setting. From the heavy drums that get your adrenaline pumping, to the slow and methodical strings that instill worry, doubt, and sadness, it’s hard to not feel anything when listening to this music. (Senior Editor Mike Murphy)


11. Heavy RainHeavy Rain is an emotionally taxing game – one that explores themes of loss and consequence like few other releases. Part of what makes the approach so effective is the poignant orchestral score, which heightens the drama of every tense and disheartening moment. It’s a shining example of how music can actively enhance a gaming experience. (Associate Editor Anthony Labella)


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Author: Jason Fanelli View all posts by
Jason lives and breathes gaming. Legend tells that he taught himself to read using Wheel of Fortune Family Edition on the NES. He's been covering this industry for three years, all with the Node, and you can see his ugly mug once a week on Hot Off The Grill.

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