Top 10 PSOne Soundtracks

August 21, 2011

Top 10

Sony’s PlayStation was first introduced to households in 1995 and took the market by storm.  Within roughly nine years, it shipped over 100 million units and had a library of over 2400 titles (worldwide).  It was clear that Sony was extremely successful with their first home console.  With so many great titles that are still seeing sequels this generation, it was a stepping stone for many new franchises.  With so many titles on the PSOne, it was certainly no easy task to choose the “Top 10” soundtracks for this console.  Well, here’s my Top 10 PSOne Soundtracks…

– Dino Crisis 2

Capcom’s alter-ego survival horror sequel may have gone the route of pure action but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Dino Crisis 2 was an intense game with a very good story and excellent soundtrack.  Whether you were exploring the jungle taking down some velociraptors or fighting a T-Rex in a missile silo that was about to self-destruct (real original Capcom…), the songs perfectly sculpted the scenarios.

 

– Resident Evil 2

What is considered to many as the best Resident Evil installment of all time, Resident Evil 2 was a massive upgrade to the original.  With much better voice acting, better visuals, better gameplay mechanics and a much better soundtrack, it was everything an excellent sequel should be.  I’ll never forget the first time I heard the music that initiated upon entering the Raccoon City Police Station to when I heard the awesome “Escape from the Laboratory” song that played during a…you guessed it, self-destruct sequence that Capcom staples into practically every game they make.

 

– Parasite Eve

Now, this one was a title I’ve always wanted to play when it was originally released but thanks to the PSN releasing it on the PlayStation Store, I bought it and had the opportunity to finally play it.  Parasite Eve is an excellent action/rpg hybrid with a gripping story, addictive gameplay and brilliant soundtrack composed by Yoko Shimomura.  The soundtrack is absolutely genius and was one of the main factors for pushing me to keep advancing through the game.  The boss battle music alone is, well…just take a listen to it below to hear how dark and awesome it is.

 

– Syphon Filter 2

I clearly remember back in day that PlayStation fans would have debates about which stealth game was better, Metal Gear Solid or Syphon Filter.  I personally felt they were two entirely different games but that’s just my opinion.  Either way, Syphon Filter 2 was my introduction into the franchise and was a great game.  Great conspiracy theory story, impressive gameplay mechanics and an intense soundtrack that suitably fit each set piece that the game had to offer.

 

– Metal Gear Solid

A PS1 classic that redefined the way we watch…er…play cinematic games.  Metal Gear Solid had excellent stealth mechanics that were second to none at the time as well as an extremely well written story.  Solid Snake, one of the most popular characters in video game history was also one of the most likable thanks to great voice acting from David Hayter.  However, not only did Metal Gear Solid have outstanding voice work, it had one of the most exhilarating soundtracks ever made for a video game.  From the menu music, to Psycho Mantis’s hymn, to the incredibly intense boss battle music, Metal Gear Solid had an astonishing soundtrack from beginning to end.  If you’ve never experienced the original Metal Gear Solid, be sure to download it ASAP from the PSN.

 

– Wild 9

Now many of you may be wondering what Wild 9 even is.  Wild 9 was a 2.5D action/platformer from the team that brought you Earthworm Jim and was as comical as that game.  In this inventive title, the core gameplay element was to find ways of torturing your enemies with “The Rig” that Wex Major (the main protagonist) weilds.  This allows you to grapple enemies with an energy-like whip and throw them into dangerous environmental objects to help you advance throughout the levels.  The soundtrack was also a big standout for this title.  It was an energy-infused soundtrack that really nailed the feel of the game.  Just take a listen below at the opening stage’s song…it’s “wexcellent!”

 

– The Legend of Dragoon

Now the PSOne was very well known for it’s enormous selection of RPGs, many of which had outstanding soundtracks.  However, there was one in particular that stood out for me…The Legend of Dragoon.  Throughout your journey of Endiness, the songs played throughout the game are very catchy and the battle music would easily get stuck in your head.  Take a listen below…

 

– Final Fantasy VII

Ah yes, Final Fantasy VII…the one game that so many fans keep asking an HD remake for.  Final Fantasy VII is considered one of the most classic titles that ever graced the PlayStation.  With it’s gripping story, to it’s enormous world to explore, to the captivating soundtrack, there’s plenty of reason to believe why it’s so beloved by fans of the franchise.

 

– Jet Moto 2

Sony’s futuristic racer was a creative, fun title that certainly could use a new installment for this generation.  Jet Moto 2 was a sleek racing game that gave your hoverbike an energy grapple that you could use to quickly swing around bends, adding a unique mechanic to the game.  The level designs were very impressive, the AI was challenging and the soundtrack was an adrenaline rush.  Just take a listen at the track attached below to the level where you’d be racing on a snow peak that even Sylvester Stallone wouldn’t climb (“Cliffhanger” reference for those of you who remember that movie).

 

– Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

What is considered the greatest Castlevania game in the existence of the series, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night puts you in the role of Alucard, son of Dracula, to stop the Lord of Darkness from being resurrected.  Castlevania: SotN was the first Castlevania title to have a completely new style of play that was along the lines of Metroid and borrowed heavily on RPG style elements.  It was still a Castlevania game at it’s heart despite the massive change from the originals, but it worked so well that it set a new standard for later entries in the series.  The soundtrack was brilliantly composed, having some old classics remixed to having new pieces to listen to that perfectly captured the gothic-esque environment, adding a very creepy feel to the game.

 

There you have it.  There’s an abundant amount of games the PSOne had with such excellent soundtracks but these were the 10 that stood out to me the most.  Sound off your thoughts in the comments below!

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9 Comments on “Top 10 PSOne Soundtracks”

  1. caleb mcleod Says:

    anything by Nobuo Uematsu. and i agree with you on Legend of Dragoon, and MGS.

    Reply

  2. SyKrysus Says:

    What no Chrono Cross? Thats gotta be one of the best composed soundtracks of the PS1 era. Great list none the less.

    Reply

    • Glacier928 Says:

      To be quite honest, while I loved Chrono Trigger, I never actually got the chance to play Chrono Cross. However, I do remember many people stating that it had an excellent soundtrack. If it’s released on the PSN someday, I’ll be sure to get it and finally play it.

      Glad to hear you agree with the list!

      Reply

  3. bimz Says:

    suikoden, wild arms, tekken 2, ff tactics!

    Reply

    • Glacier928 Says:

      All great games with great soundtracks…I just didn’t feel they were my favorites but again, this editorial was strictly my opinion. I greatly appreciate the feedback though!

      Reply

  4. R17 Says:

    Glad to see Syphon Filter 2 made the list, it was my personal favorite in the series! Also Resident Evil 2 was another classic with it’s frightening soundtrack, great list!

    Reply

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  1. The Legend of Dragoon Finally Coming to PSN in North America | Gamers XTREME - April 11, 2012

    […] To be honest, I was never much of an RPG fan, especially those with turn-based battles. However, The Legend of Dragoon was one of the few rare RPGs that I was able to get into and have been clamoring myself for a PSN version of it. Looks like we only have to wait less than a month until we can get our hands on it. Can’t wait to hear that battle music start playing again (the one I posted in my Top 10 PS One Soundtracks article). […]

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