Trying to explain Silent Hill 2 is tricky business. It’s not because it’s difficult to understand from a narrative perspective, but because I really don’t want to spoil anything. It’s about a man named James Sunderland who comes to the titular town after receiving a letter from his wife…who died three years ago. What starts as a forlorn trip down memory lane quickly develops into one of the best psychological horror stories and character studies in gaming history. I could spend hours analyzing Silent Hill 2’s storytelling – particularly how Dostoyevsky’sCrime and Punishment influenced it – but I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t played yet. After all these years, Laura’s Theme is still one of the most emotional songs in an already memorable game.
If you want more Silent Hill 2, you can find the full OST here.
Remember Super Mario Bros.? The series has come a long, long way in the last 30 years, and this was especially evident with Super Mario Galaxy. Released in 2007 on the Wii, the game boasted stunning visions of the iconic plumber leaping and soaring through space. The innovative level design and sleek style made the game a modern classic. It was also the first Mario soundtrack to be designed for a 50-player symphony orchestra. The result? One of the greatest OSTs in gaming history.
You can find Super Mario Galaxy’s soundtrack (and its sequel!) here.