Lots of great MMO soundtracks were released this year, and while I’m still plowing through them, here’s the standouts from the ones I’ve experienced.
Winner: Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan
In my opinion, Chance Thomas topped his already-iconic LOTRO score with this recording. It’s just such a great soundtrack full of emotionally evocative and aurally awesome songs. From the LOTRO Legacy medley to the wild themes of riding across the plains, it’s a soundtrack that I could listen to again and again. It’s got a lot less of the bombastic, hard-to-listen-to tracks that were dominant in Moria, which has my gratitude as well.
- Spiral Knights: I’m only through the first volume, but dang if this isn’t a catchy, clever score. “Lucky Knight” gets a lot of play at my house.
- The Secret World: I just love the theme song — not a lot of MMOs do “eerie” well.
- Mists of Pandaria: Another excellent World of Warcraft score, par for the course.
- Pirates of the Burning Sea: I almost, almost put this as the winner, because I’m totally in love with the high seas tunes. You really wouldn’t regret buying this, I don’t think.
- Guild Wars 2: Or, you know, this one. Should I have put this as the winner? 78 tracks, quite a few of which instantly entered in heavy rotation on my player. But I think I’m going to stick with my choice, as sometimes Soule’s songs get a little samey.