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Top 10 MMO Soundtracks To Listen To When You Can't Be In-Game | MMORPG.com

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edited October 21 in News & Features Discussion

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Soundtracks can help make or break any game, MMORPGs included. When I think of my favorite moments from any game I've ever played, music is a huge part of those memories. From the rousing iconic melody in The Elder Scrolls Online's main theme to the electronica soundscapes of EVE Online, soundtracks can help set mood and tell a story. Over the history of MMORPGs, many games have sought to create iconic themes and sounds to stand the test of time. Here are 10 of our favorite soundtracks from MMOs

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  • DarkVagabondDarkVagabond Member UncommonPosts: 337
    "past and present" only includes one shuttered game huh.
  • WhiteLanternWhiteLantern Member RarePosts: 3,226
    edited October 21
    Everytime a soundtrack article pops up, I feel the need to point out how awesome Hitoshi Sakimoto's "Fantasy Earth Zero" soundtrack is (or was).
    ConstantineMerus

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  • titanofdoomtitanofdoom Member UncommonPosts: 251
    No GW2...That soundtrack is simply majestic!
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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 16,575
    Age of Conan, simply the best. Some great choices though.
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  • lotrlorelotrlore Managing EditorMMORPG.COM Staff, Member RarePosts: 317
    Scot said:
    Age of Conan, simply the best. Some great choices though.
    I thought about adding AoC to the list as well, but the sheer diversity of sound on Black Desert's won me over this week while audibly prepping for this list. I really should have thrown some honorable mentions in there, though....
    Scot
  • koldmiserkoldmiser Member RarePosts: 298
    These are all great choices, but no game has ever gotten music to match the mood and feel of the game like Wildstar. It was such a perfect fit.

    Now I just want to play Wildstar. *sigh*
    Arlee
  • AeanderAeander Member LegendaryPosts: 6,869
    I'm not normally that guy, but calling Genshin an MMO is questionable even by normal standards. I get calling the likes of Destiny and Warframe MMOs because they do have patrol modes with spontaneous player interactions, and they do encourage grouping together.

    Genshin does quite the opposite. The majority of the game is aggressively single-player, there is zero incentive to group the only open world content, and almost all of the group instanced content can be (and can often more efficiently be) soloed.



    But ahem, off of my soap box. I'd nominate Guild Wars 2 - The Seraph as an essential piece of MMO music. 
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  • dancopdancop Member UncommonPosts: 11

    Scot said:

    Age of Conan, simply the best. Some great choices though.



    Agree. It's good they are reusing some tracks in Conan Exiles.
  • bcbullybcbully Member EpicPosts: 10,975
    Age of Wush 
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  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 16,419
    Too soon?





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  • Professor78Professor78 Member UncommonPosts: 600
    How can you miss off Age of Conan, still all these years later nothing compares!
    It's the one I compare everything too and rare things match up.
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  • AllMoAllMo Member UncommonPosts: 1
    Lineage 2 ? No? One of the best OSTs
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  • MonsutaManMonsutaMan Member UncommonPosts: 22
    Final Fantasy XI (the best FF MMO.....cough...) has some freaky a$$ music.

    Like Arrapago Reef & Castle Zvahl Baileys
    blueturtle13
  • TanemundTanemund Member UncommonPosts: 154
    Dark Age of Camelot had great sound.

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  • IceAgeIceAge Member EpicPosts: 2,797
    edited October 21
    Wait what??

    I will give you top 2, in no particular order : WoW and Lineage 2 . The rest are meh to good, but this 2 are amazing.

    Anyway, one simply cannot ignore L2 Soundtrack.

    ..and let me help you reminding, how good it is :




    And there are many more. And let's not forget the L2-C5 soundtrack, which is also very good.
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  • HarikenHariken Member EpicPosts: 2,610
    My favorites that i also own are Earth & Beyond and Anarchy Online.
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  • GreatnessGreatness Member UncommonPosts: 2,133
    edited October 22
    Lineage 2's soundtrack - I still listen periodically til this day the original soundtrack, for example:
    And did not realize until now one of the original composer still does concerts of the soundtrack:
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  • BarelyEinsteinBarelyEinstein Member UncommonPosts: 237
    edited October 22
    Wow is the king of mmo sound tracks imo, I still get chills from the elwynn forest and Dun Morogh tracks. And Anarchy Online, geez that takes me back.
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  • MMOLIFE-AndrewMMOLIFE-Andrew Member UncommonPosts: 50
    Good choices. I also like Albion Online's too. Simplistic, but good.
  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 16,575
    edited October 23
    Interesting to see how many posters who rarely post on here this article has brought out of the woodwork. Something about music I guess?
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  • TwistedSister77TwistedSister77 Member RarePosts: 912
    edited October 23
    If you want to hear your favorites played and improvised on the fly... check out the pianist on Twitch Arylina.  She does viewer requests live and sightreads amazingly... almost always adding improv to the song...

    lots of video game requests and movies.

    Super chill and small community... and she keeps a a calm/yoga type voice, so you can just flip on at the end of the day and relax. B)

    Here's a clip of Final Fantsy 6: Phantom Forrest (freestyle)

    https://clips.twitch.tv/PlacidTriumphantAnacondaTriHard

    Silent Hill 2: Promise (blindfolded and freestyle)

    https://clips.twitch.tv/OnerousBovineRatJKanStyle

    Skyrim: Secundra( dreamy version)

    https://clips.twitch.tv/PiliableViscousWolverineMikeHogu
    Scot
  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 16,575
    If you want to hear your favorites played and improvised on the fly... check out the pianist on Twitch Arylina.  She does viewer requests live and sightreads amazingly... almost always adding improv to the song...

    lots of video game requests and movies.

    Super chill and small community... and she keeps a a calm/yoga type voice, so you can just flip on at the end of the day and relax. B)

    Here's a clip of Final Fantsy 6: Phantom Forrest (freestyle)

    https://clips.twitch.tv/PlacidTriumphantAnacondaTriHard

    Silent Hill 2: Promise (blindfolded and freestyle)

    https://clips.twitch.tv/OnerousBovineRatJKanStyle

    Skyrim: Secundra( dreamy version)

    https://clips.twitch.tv/PiliableViscousWolverineMikeHogu
    Playing music blindfolded is a silly gimmick, but she is very good and well worth a listen.
  • ValdheimValdheim Member UncommonPosts: 237
    Ah gaming music, to me just as imortant as graphics if not even more.

    It's our emotional connection to a game. I cannot count how many times I have listened to the soundtracks of EvE Online or Guild Wars and instantly thought of returning to those games.

    Nowadays there are just to many games where I switch off the music after a week or so and play something else in the background, even though fortunately there are still exceptions here and there.

    As some people already mentioned Age of Conan and Lineage 2 were really great aswell.
    I also liked some of EverQuest 2s themes a lot and I remember Vanguard Saga of Heroes having so nice music too.
    ConstantineMerus
  • senadinsenadin Member UncommonPosts: 247
    How is Conan not even in that list??? Who wrote that??? 100 monkeys typing on typewriters? Didnt Conan even won some major awards for their soundtrack???

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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 16,575
    edited October 25
    senadin said:
    How is Conan not even in that list??? Who wrote that??? 100 monkeys typing on typewriters? Didnt Conan even won some major awards for their soundtrack???
    It certainly did, but I don't think Joseph has a monkey suit or uses a typewriter so calm down mate. :)

    AoC won best song in the 'Hollywood Music in Media Awards', Knut Haugen won 'International Film Music Critics Association Award for Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media'. Pretty prestigious and I am sure there were others.
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