Sound Byte 2011 Year in Review

Tune your ears to our favorite video game soundtracks of last year.

Discussion

72 comments
say0cheese
say0cheese

amazing soundtracks! I listen to video game ost all the time when I'm doing hw lol

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Very very nice. Didn't care much for the DX one only.

txgamerwavg
txgamerwavg

I enjoy L.A. Noire, Uncharted 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Batman: Arkham City, and Dissidia 012

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

i liked the assassins creed , uncharted , deus ex and shadows of the damned the most of all these tracks but they forgot the mw3 soundtrack by brian tyler

666Rich666
666Rich666

Hearing Nameless Song play during the end credits of Dark Souls made the journey more than worthwhile. Hands down the best game I've ever played. The Shadows of the Damned song was pretty cool as well.

findingaplace
findingaplace

You can't deny the awesomeness of Jeremy Soule. and the To the Moon piece was beautiful.

Angel_Grigorov
Angel_Grigorov

to the moon piece, the last one, is quite powerfull besides being minimalistic and all. Good stuff.

BertrandRG
BertrandRG

Videos like this is more common on youtube

ZRavN
ZRavN

the assassins creed music sounds a little like dragon age music to me. The witcher 2 had an amazing soundtrack if you like more traditional classical.

Neurosis420
Neurosis420

No one liked this stuff when it was Garage... No one liked this stuff when it was Speed Garage... Throw in some deep bass and suddenly it's all over the place. You want good bass and dirty sounds. Listen to some drum&bass.. Or some Jungle.. Neurofunk style!! This stuff was around way before and yet it still goes unknown.... That is all. Good game though at least....

monchoago
monchoago

Great compilation, enjoyed all the way.

Drakes12
Drakes12

Skyrim has great music. But it makes me laugh. It played while a friend was being chased by a walrus. Now when I hear that male chanting choir, I can't think of anything else.

isshiah
isshiah

i spent all of deux ex trying not to kill people, then i realize during the final mission that my non lethal weapon kills people. screw that achievement...

metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

Yeah, Uncharted 3 does have that high-quality soundtrack you'd expect from a major adventure movie!

5529319
5529319

I love To the Moon soundtrack!!!!! For River... I couldn't help but choke a little...

TechDrone
TechDrone

You'd think (or at least I would) if this was a professional review/look-at of original game soundtracks they'd have a higher bit-rate for the audio portion of the video. Even changing the video itself to a higher resolution doesn't enhance the sound quality (by switching to a higher bit-rate of sound) as it does on youtube. Son, I'm very disappoint.

v3rtigoh
v3rtigoh

Although all of these soundtracks are quite amazing, especially the L.A. Noire, Skyrim and Bastion ones, I'm disappointed that "Gwyn, Lord of Cinder" from Dark Souls didn't make it to the video. After the 110 hours I had put into the game, when this track played, I felt like I was saying goodbye to a good friend. No game has ever made me feel that way. So here's to Dark Souls for my personal nomination :) Here's a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH3mbB3H57g

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

All good stuff but the L.A. Noire one was the only one I turned on just for the music while doing other stuff.

Anteares
Anteares

nothing really memorable about any of these although they are excellent quality for background music...you won't find me humming them like some of the classic themes that truly made the best games in the past. Too much emphasis on the beat and atmosphere and none on the melody. Nameless Souls and Guar Plains are the best of the bunch imo. La Noire's was good too but it's not really a 'theme' for a game. Skyrim's is good too but it's rehashed theme from Oblivion that's not near as good as Oblivion's theme. Laura Shigihara is awesome. Loved the Plants vs. Zombies stuff.

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

Fantastic list. I love the "For River" track, To the Moon had a simple but awesome soundtrack.

GATX131Calamity
GATX131Calamity

2011 had some amazing soundtracks, but I can't wait to hear what this year has in store for us! Especially the soundtrack for Mass Effect 3, gonna be epic!

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

the deusex segment could have been a trailer for the game... the track fit perfectly

XeonForce
XeonForce

Wow, I hope this year is just as fortunate as last year in the music department. We got FFXII-2 and SCV to start things off, let's hope they don't disappoint! :)

Speuj
Speuj

Music: Skyrim... it was epic, and really fit the world perfectly. Sound Effects: Battlefield 3... hands down the best sound effects I've heard in gaming! It does a marvelous job creating a sense of space (small hallways reverberate perfectly, and the sound just opens up when you step outside). Absolutely gorgeous!

Ford_Cruller
Ford_Cruller

Thanks for putting this video together Gamespot. Nice to see game music get some much needed love.

Ford_Cruller
Ford_Cruller

Bastion had great music. It was the first game soundtrack I picked up in a long time.

DamageIncM
DamageIncM

Greg Edmonson made great and beautiful music for the Uncharted-franchise. You know what's weird... How many people say that Nathan (heh) Fillion should play Nathan Drake for the movie... Well, Nathan Fillion played in a series called Firefly, and guess who made the music for that?... It's just another sign...

DamageIncM
DamageIncM

Woah, the facial expressions in 'L.A. Noire' are so lifelike. The skin-textures are quite blurry, but the movement, no doubt it's motion-captured...

chris33183
chris33183

no love for batman arkham city huh?

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

really hated dark souls the game just wanted you to die all the time

M4j0rTr4g3dy
M4j0rTr4g3dy

I had no idea Godspeed did the soundtrack for Infamous

AntonSaidWhat
AntonSaidWhat

InFamous 2, Deus Ex, Dark Souls, Xenoblade, Skyrim and To the Moon had amazing soundtracks. Didn't feel Rayman though. And where's Portal 2? Skyward Sword? Shadow of the Colossus? Anyways, Great list.

spiralhedgehog
spiralhedgehog

Sonic Generations has earned my personal pick for 2011's best music, It's not just because it's great in the game itself, but it's incredibly infectious outside of the game. Seriously, I couldn't get the themes for Chemical Plant Act 1 and Egg Dragoon out of my head that one morning.

mikeyMKII
mikeyMKII

I'd have picked Ornstein and Smough's theme over Nameless Song.

k4duty
k4duty

Jesper Kyd is a legend

GodooTheGod
GodooTheGod

dark souls has the most impact piece because that is at the end of the game, after all that hard crap before it there is a simple melody line singing to you as you immediately recall everything that happened to you in that game

Kamikaze_X5
Kamikaze_X5

That Deus Ex montage at around 6:20 makes the game look incredible. nice editing.

idoruk
idoruk

Great video indeed. Btw Dark Souls has a superb OST fyi.

Warsilver
Warsilver

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful

IzE-DraGoN
IzE-DraGoN

Sonic Generations / Sky Sanctuary: Classic and Modern *tears* beautiful

Argent-de-C
Argent-de-C

the theme songs in Bastion are superb! also Shadows of the Damned and Deus Ex HR hav great mood music