The 6 best game soundtracks

Toe-tappin', finger-snappin' games that make you go hmmm, hmmm, hmmmmm

Sound is a massive part of the gaming experience, from the "hurgghh!" of your opponent being punched in the gut to the ominous spinning-up of your Gatling gun. And music, from catchy chiptines to classical symphonies, can make some games as good to listen to as they are to play.

6. Delta (1987)

Not a mere collection of chip tracks, but an hypnotic 20-minute epic that continuously pulsated and pumped as you blasted through the fantastic 2D shooter on the Commodore 64. 

5. Disney's Magical Quest (1992)

It's not often that cartoon megafranchises turn out a good game but this SNES classic was both surpisingly brilliant to play and compelling to listen to. Each level has its own orchestral arrangement by Capcom composer Mari Yamaguchi,  who also composed for Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts and the Megaman series.

4. Hotline Miami (2012)

We never really associated slaughter games with minimalist electonica, but we do now. Hotline's soundtrack was something that'd be at home on Warp Records or some such UK techno label, offering beats that banged as hard as the weaponry of the game's killer.

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3. Wip3out (1995)

One of the key features of Sony's first PlayStation was its innovative blending of real music with its game worlds, with the likes of Leftfield and the Chemical Brothers contributing tracks to WipEout's stonking soundtrack. The game-only tunes were decent, too.

2. F-Zero X (1998)

It's not enough to just twiddle your thumbs into calloused appendages that look more like the legs of a baby rhinoceros than human digits. Once you've completed every track on F-Zero X, your new mission is to learn every note of its guitar-shreddin' soundtrack until your fingers dissolve and you're left weeping over a bloodstained Gibson Explorer. And then, young (wo)man, you shall be a warrior.

1. GTA III: Vice City (2002)

It's a contentious one because it's more of a mixtape than an original composition, but we've put more hours into just drivin' around Vice City listening to the radio than any other gameworld. The 1980s setting gave Rockstar a chance to go wild and indulge its wildest getting-on-a-bit musical fantasies, including legendary tunes from Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Blondie, Iron Maiden and Kate Bush. And who hasn't been driven to murder upon hearing Bryan Adams?

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