If I’ve learned anything from playing excessive amounts of fantasy videogames, it’s that the importance of soundtracks should never be underestimated; they add atmosphere and a sense of adventure and a good OST is a character in its own right. With the right use of music, I know when entering a new location whether I can remain calm or have my guard up, and when a soundtrack swells at just the right moment in gameplay, I feel like I can do anything.
This is why I’ve started integrating my favourite orchestral videogame soundtracks into the soundtrack for my own life – whether I’m working or relaxing, the music from these games helps me feel like I’m part of something bigger. It’s amazing how something as simple as changing the bed sheets can feel like an epic fight for the future of humanity when the Dragonborn theme is playing. If you’re looking for some music to make your every day life feel like more of an adventure, we highly recommend these.
Probably the most obvious choice – it’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The soundtrack for this game has been a favourite for many years now; the world of Skyrim wouldn’t feel nearly as incredible to explore without this music playing in the background so bringing it into everyday life is an obvious decision. For a soundtrack that can bring to mind epic dragon battles at one moment and watching a beautiful sunrise from a snow-covered mountain ledge at another, look no further.
The Witcher 3
A soundtrack that really gives Skyrim a run for its money is The Witcher 3. Any piece of music that plays in the Skellige region is a winner for me, and more than once The Fields of Ard Skellig has lulled me to sleep. The Witcher 3 has an OST that, like Skyrim, offers a variety of moods to compliment any activity and captures each one beautifully.
Though I’ve linked the most recent Dragon Age OST here, I wholeheartedly recommend all of them. Having spent many many hours of my life in the wonderful world of these games, the music always makes my breath catch. Whether it’s the touching Leliana’s Song from Origins, the excellent tavern music from Dragon Age: II, or the epic The Dawn Will Come from Inquisition you’ll find something to inspire you.
Fable is another series where I wholeheartedly recommend the OST from every game. The Fable soundtracks have a certain something about them that calls fairy tales to mind; less sweeping and epic than the soundtracks I’ve recommended previously, there’s absolutely something magical here. My personal favourite is the Oakvale theme from the original game – light and happy, it got me through every difficult essay I’ve ever had to write.
Life is Strange
The Life is Strange soundtrack is a big part of my love for the game; it captures the small-town indie teenager atmosphere perfectly. The acoustic strums are the perfect accompaniment to any relaxing afternoon, whether you’re lying in bed organising your photography collection or sitting in a cafe and observing the world as it passes you.
There’s a lot of good things to be said about the various radio stations you can tune into whilst playing Fallout 4, but nothing surpasses the game’s own OST for me. That’s partly because it’s excellent, and partly because the disparity of playing the radio whilst exploring dangerous quiet areas makes me too nervous to function. The Fallout 4 soundtrack will make you feel like you’re going on a grand adventure and nothing can stop you. So it’s perfect for when you have a lot of laundry to do.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus is a game that manages to sound as beautiful as it looks, and that’s really saying something. It’s hard to pick a favourite track from this soundtrack, so I usually just save it for when I can listen to the whole thing in one sitting. Capturing the game’s beautiful scenery as well as its intense incredible battle scenes, this is an OST you have to bring into your every day life.
What are you waiting for? Bring that epic videogame feeling into everything you do.