As I sit here literally sweating from the exertion of work—by which I mean typing—and the absurd heat roaring outside, it's hard to imagine that we'll be celebrating Halloween in a matter of weeks.
Therefore, in what I can only describe as a form of refuge, I've been trying to mentally prepare myself for the colder month of October. You know, get myself in the mood for all those activities that will soon become sweat-free, like waking up or sitting on a couch.
One of the best ways, at least in my mind, to mentally transport yourself to a different season—something we all do regularly, right?—is music. So let's take a look at some spooky tunes to get you in the mood for Halloween, regardless of the weather or how sweaty your brow (see: rest of body) may be.
11 Great Horror Game Soundtracks To Get You In The Mood For Halloween
1. Alien: Isolation
Inspired by the menacingly cold sounds of Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack for the 1979 classic Alien, composers Christian Henson, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith came together to give the greatest Alien game ever the sound it deserved. Whether it's how they chose to underscore the alien implanting its tongue in your face (that sounds really dirty) or how space peeps (also know as astronauts) are hurdled around in the infinite blackness, these three did a great job of creating a memorable horror soundtrack.
2. Silent Hill
Well now I could hardly talk about video game soundtracks without mentioning Silent Hill, could I? Composed by Akira Yamaoka, this classic tune is sure to get you in the mood for wandering into deserted towns and being mauled by horrifying Japanese creations. Actually, on second thought... maybe it won't.
3. System Shock 2
One of the greatest PC games ever? I think so! Irrational Games, who sadly closed earlier this year, have brought us some gorgeous gaming masterpieces (we love you, BioShock!) but the one with the golden soundtrack has got to be System Shock 2. Just listen to that ominous synthy goodness! Dununununununununununununununun, and so on.
4. The Binding of Isaac
The Binding of Isaac is endlessly replayable and completely manic. But its soundtrack is often soft, contemplative and creepy. Perfect for strolling round haunted mansions. I assume this is a thing you all do.
5. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
"What is a man?.... A miserable little pile of secrets!"
This tune! THIS GAAAAME!
6. Resident Evil 4
Though it lacks the subtlety and quiet survival horror tension of the original game, this action title got the balance between scares and guns so damn right. Its composers, Misao Senbongi and Shusaku Uchiyama, gave us a glorious mix of quiet horror tunes, bombastic action music and Spanish-inspired tango tunes. Wait...what?
7. The Last of Us
Though not strictly a horror game, the music of Naughty Dog's The Last of Us is remarkable. But it's as profoundly moving, upsetting and tense as the genre's best scores and thoroughly unique in the annals of gaming. Gustavo Santaollala is a god. Can he please score The Last of Us 2? PLEASE?
8. Clock Tower
I'ma be honest with ya. I've never had the chance to play Clock Tower. Say what you will, but after hearing this track I had to include it. It's so damn menacing. I imagine this game being about a sentient clock tower causing havoc across Japan as this music bellows out of it. Am I on the right track?
9. Dead Space
I had to throw in one truly AAA soundtrack, one that hits all the blockbuster notes; the screaming sections that underscore the explosions, the high strings that match the jump scares, you know what I'm talking about. But in this context, Dead Space does a pretty good job. Game scared the sh!$ out of me, after all.
10. Pokemon Red
Ahh the fabled Lavender Town hidden away in Pokemon Red. This piece is indicative of the area: frustrating, creepy and piercing. Actually the last one really only describes the music. Seriously, have it on it the background while you're trying to work and it will frustrate the hell out of you with its repetitive eeriness.
11. Majora's Mask
Majora's Mask is a truly spectacular game (one we'd love to see remastered to look like this). Its soundtrack is one of its many highlights, but I'm particularly fond of The Song of Healing. It's beautiful and melancholic, but there's something still unnerving about the droning sound in the background, kinda reminiscent of the game's world. Ugh, what a game.