10 Game Soundtracks From 2012 Worth Checking Out
Indie side-scroller Fly’n made its way to Steam this year by way of Steam Greenlight, but while the game itself is one thing, the soundtrack is worth its own separate consideration. The work of French composer Guillaume Pervieux, Fly’n captures a variety of different sounds and musical tropes, ranging from a sci-fi electronica to slower acoustic guitar rhythms.
It’s an eclectic mix, as well as an easygoing compilation that runs an interesting gamut of feels and sounds. More than that, Fly’n manages to be just kinda weird, at times, and captures something of an old-school game soundtrack feel. You can almost feel it channeling some of the works of Mitsuda and Uematsu.
Channeling the 1980s by way of Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s film Drive, Hotline Miami’s soundtrack is wall-to-wall synthesizer awesomeness, conveying in alternating beats the insanity that permeates its story, and the slow, tropical neon aesthetic of its Miami setting. The BPMs spike on plenty of the tracks, capturing the infiltration and murder action of the game in a variety of tense songs.
The only bummer is that Hotline Miami’s soundtrack is a bit tough to get hold of in a legitimate way, with no single offering for all the tracks. Devolver Digital has placed all of them in one place on SoundCloud, and you can get links to each artist’s individual offerings there. We don’t condone it, but all the tracks are also easy to find in the game files if you purchase Hotline Miami.
Hit the SoundCloud page (and pay for the soundtrack if you like it) here.
Double Dragon Neon
If Hotline Miami is Drive, Double Dragon Neon is Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. Imagine every song from Journey and Foreigner, but they’re singing about Double Dragon, in some way or another. The end credits song, sung by the Shadow Boss, is particularly awesome and ridiculous. It’s one of the funnier soundtracks possibly ever.
There are also a number of great, varying remixes of classic Double Dragon themes, so if you’re a fan of the original 8-bit chiptunes, you’ll love Neon’s various inspired reworkings, invoking everything from the surfer aesthetic to vaguely reggae interpretations. Best of all, you can nab it for free.
A big part of what makes Dustforce such a great, laid-back time is its soundtrack. Lifeformed’s easy electronic sounds help to play into Dustforce’s smooth art style and its nonviolent, cleaning-heavy themes. It’s a relaxing soundtrack that invokes a lot of different emotions all the way through.