10 Game Soundtracks From 2012 Worth Checking Out
The fan-remake of Half-Life in the form of Black Mesa is a pretty damn sweet game in its own right, even incomplete, and its soundtrack is equally strong. A mix of different styles and tones, Black Mesa does a great job of recasting the feel of the original Half-Life into something new, and yet old.
The Black Mesa soundtrack went through seven years of development alongside the mod for the game, and it’s impressive to hear what has come out of all that work. Better still, you can pay what you want for the soundtrack.
Disasterpeace’s chiptunes soundtrack for indie puzzler Fez is like a call to adventure in musical form. The soundtrack consists of a series of great songs, perfectly encapsulating the exploration and discovery that marks the game’s experience. Each of Fez’s new locales carries with it a different feel and form, and each of Disasterpeace’s tracks helps to make those different places unique and captivating.
Our Ross Lincoln got a chance to talk with Disasterpeace earlier this year for our Game Front 1-on-1 series, and it’s definitely an interesting interview. Ross considers Fez the year’s best soundtrack, by the way.
There’s a reason Journey’s soundtrack is seeing Grammy consideration this year: it’s pretty phenomenal. Austin Wintory’s score makes great use of the orchestra and makes Journey’s huge landscapes and desert exploration into a world of aural exploration as much as visual. For a game in which not a lot really happens, Journey’s soundtrack escalates the game’s action, adds a mystical quality to its locations, and makes seeking the end of the game’s path worthwhile and beautiful in a whole different way.
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