Discover some of the greatest soundtracks ever heard in video games – all available to download from PlayStation Store or to stream from Music Unlimited.
Epic music always adds an air of spine-tingling drama, euphoric triumph or chilling terror to any great game – here are some of our favourite PlayStation game soundtracks of recent times, all available to download from our online store or to stream via Music Unlimited.
The best of Grand Theft Auto radio
Perfect for: Cruising big city streets or wide open countryside.
The Grand Theft Auto series has always been a musical feast for the ears thanks to the many in-car radio stations available in each of the vehicles you "borrow". This Music Unlimited playlist collects tracks from three of our favourite stations – Los Santos Rock Radio, Non-Stop Pop FM and West Coast Classics – giving you a wide range of styles and genres to nod your head to, from Queen to Rihanna to Warren G.
Perfect for: Heading into battle... or to the gym.
You may not be a war-hardened mercenary diving out of a drop-ship behind enemy lines, but this 12-track epic soundtrack from Killzone Mercenary is sure to get you fired up wherever you are. Featuring original compositions from Ivor Novello nominated composer Walter Christian Mair – renowned for creating scores for movies, commercials and video games – this soundtrack lets you experience the drama of the battlefield at any time.
Perfect for: Setting out on an epic adventure.
Recorded on the world-famous Skywalker Sound stage in California, the soaring orchestral soundtrack that accompanies Soul Sacrifice on PlayStation Vita is written by acclaimed composer Yasunori Mitsuda. Backed by a full chorus line adding their impressive vocal power to the expert musicians, this original score blends the power of classical instruments with the game's dark and mystical storyline to produce over an hour of breathtaking soundscapes that perfectly match the pace and action of Soul Sacrifice.
Perfect for: A little artistic appreciation and relaxation
The hauntingly uplifting Journey soundtrack is just the ticket for some thoughtful relaxation and is the perfect accompaniment to the dreamlike world featured in one of the most talked about PlayStation Network titles of all time. Featuring the talents of critically acclaimed composer Austin Wintory, the Journey soundtrack is one of the best-selling albums across the globe on iTunes, too.
Perfect for: Creating the ideal rustic atmosphere
Refreshingly different for a video game soundtrack, Starhawk's score combines sweeping, orchestral melodies with the Wild West twang of guitars and harmonicas. The result is a powerful complement to the PlayStation 3 shooter's action. Stirring and memorable, composer Christopher Lennertz takes you away to a hostile yet romanticised sci-fi Western landscape for over 45 minutes - and you'll love every second of it.
The Uncharted series
Perfect for: Going on a mysterious road trip
The Uncharted series on PS3 and PlayStation Vita provided some of the most critically acclaimed games of all-time – alongside their wisecracking fortune-hunting hero Nathan Drake. With each of the games wowing audiences everywhere, it should come as no surprise that each game in the series has a special soundtrack to match its action-packed adventures, creating an atmosphere that's exotic, heroic and exhilarating.
The Unfinished Swan
Perfect for: Getting lost in a dream world
The Unfinished Swan uncovers a magical land packed with unique puzzles, hidden secrets and characters packed with personality – as well as a soundtrack that added a splash of colour to the surreal world. The game's original score features 15 compositions from Joel Corelitz that give a sense of mystery and wonder to a land locked within an unfinished painting. The dazzlingly effective simplicity of the game is mirrored in each track to create an atmosphere that is hauntingly beautiful and emotionally charged throughout.
The God of War series
Perfect for: Conquering your fears
Drums, horns and dramatic chanting - it can only be the music that accompanies the epic God of War series. The games which broke new ground for the action adventure genre see anti-hero Kratos rip through Greek myth and legend on a rampaging romp of revenge. So it's only fitting that his soundtrack is full of epic, chest-thumping orchestral energy.
Perfect for: Creating an air of mystery
Datura invites you to lose yourself in an eerie, otherworldly forest where little is ever as it seems. Part game, part interactive art experience, the original soundtrack to Datura fits this mood perfectly, mixing ambient soundscapes with tense, edgy tracks that carry you along on a wave of mystery and suspense.
All of these soundtracks – and many more besides – can be downloaded from our online store, or direct from PlayStation Store on your PS3 or PS Vita.
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