Nothing invokes the memories of some of gaming’s most incredible moments faster than listening to the soundtracks of your favorite games. The PS4 era not only gave us a lot of incredible games to enjoy, but a lot of unforgettable musical motifs.
In this post, we take a look at some of the best PS4 game soundtracks of all time. You can visit a PlayStation forum to discuss these soundtracks with other fans and discover and share more of your favorite PS4 game soundtracks.
1. God of War – Bear McCreary
The soundtrack of 2018’s God of War is an epic masterpiece by Bear McCreary, known for his work on Battlestar Galactica, Black Sails and Outlander. McCreary wove his own style together with traditional Norse influences to create a score that perfectly captures the setting of the game.
2. Journey – Austin Wintory
Austin Wintory created a distinctive aural landscape to accompany the visual landscape the player explores through the course of Journey. Explaining the creative decisions he made when creating the soundtrack, he said it is “like a big cello concerto where you are the soloist and all the rest of the instruments represent the world around you.”
3. The Last of Us – Gustavo Santoalalla
The soundtrack Gustavo Santaolalla composed for The Last of Us stands out for its minimalism, which is an ideal fit for the writing in the game. The music expresses the emotions of the story without being distracting, effectively deepening immersion.
The moments when the soundtrack abates are significant as well, and the silences between the notes are sometimes as meaningful and impactful as the notes themselves.
4. Cuphead – Kristofer Maddigan
If there is one game you can instantly recognize from its unique visual style, it is Cuphead. This game is also easy to recognize in a heartbeat from its score. Since the cartoon visual style drew its influences from 1920s and 1930s cartoons, the jazzy soundtrack hearkens to that era as well.
5. NieR Automata – Keiichi Okabe
The beautiful melancholy of the soundtrack for NieR Automata played a key role in establishing the emotional undertone of the game. Few other game soundtracks can claim to be as evocative and haunting.
6. DOOM – Mick Gordon
Naturally, a game as metal as DOOM needed an equally metal soundtrack to go with it, and Mick Gordon delivered. This score blends metal elements together with ambient and cinematic influences to produce track after track that will have you itching to grab your BFG.
7. Persona 5 – Shoji Meguro
There are more than a few earworms in the lively soundtrack for Persona 5, and that is not a complaint. It is hardly a bad thing to have some of these rousing tracks stuck in your head. Overall, we’d refer to the soundtrack as “jazzy,” but it would be a mistake to say that you can pigeonhole it into just one genre.
8. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – Jessica Curry
The music had to do a lot of the storytelling in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture since all the characters, have, well, gone to the Rapture. Curry cites influences like Vaughan Williams and Elgar, appropriate for the English setting. The resulting soundtrack is a dynamic masterpiece that stirs a wide range of emotions as players explore the village to discover what became of all the residents.
That wraps up our list of some of the best PS4 game soundtracks. That said, it was hard to confine ourselves to picking just a few. There have been so many PS4 games with unbelievable soundtracks, and there were plenty of runners-up for this list.