Here we are, moving steadily closer to the end of the year. The weather's getting colder, and everyone's preparing for the holiday rushes brought on by the new generation of gaming and the general December holiday happenings.
While most of us are desperately trying to work through our backlogs, musicians instead hit their computers and instruments, pumping out a ton of free gaming music for us to listen to while fighting the holiday shopping crowds. Scroll on down for eleven completely free albums to add to your MP3 player of choice!
Hardcore Adventure Box: World 1
Hardcore Adventure Box is a metal tribute to an event well beloved by Guild Wars 2 players, the Super Adventure Box, and this is the first of four planned albums based off it. The Super Adventure Box had an 8-bit inspired soundtrack, so this remix is a definite upgrade of sorts to the original tracks. Some people may prefer the original, but there's no denying this has a charm of its own.
Sample Tracks: You have to check the Bandcamp page!
BadAss Boss Themes: Volume II
The first of OCRemix's offerings this month is a compilation of heavy metal remixes of boss battle themes. Much like the the first BadAss album, it's all metal all the time, and it may not be to everyone's tastes. However, those that do love heavy metal will find a high-quality gaming album download.
Despite it being the month of Halloween, this album is the only release this month that is even somewhat themed after the holiday. Haunted House is a remake of the thirteenth game of the Touhou series, Touhou Shinreibyou: Ten Desires. The bullet hell series isn't as well known for its soundtrack, but the tracks represented in Haunted House are solid, and remixed in a techno/dance style that's refreshing.
Sample Tracks: Check the Bandcamp page!
Super Guitar Bros.
Super Guitar Bros. is a simple album with a simple premise: Two guys on guitar playing video game music. Given that so many gaming remixes nowadays are high-energy, rockin' or techno filled remixes, the simplicity of just the two playing guitars and nothing else makes for a different type of album to listen to.
[survaillant] is a horror game made in 48 hours for the Asylum Game Jam--since it's free, you can check it out here. The game itself is actually praised for its soundtrack, especially since it was also compiled in 48 hours, and the four track album is available for free as well. So, give the game a try then download the music!
Sample Tracks: Check it out within the game!
The Hedgehog Initiative: Genesis
Oh my... that's quite the album cover. Anyway, The Hedgehog Intiative: Genesis is the first of Belchism's guitar tributes to the blue hedgehog. This first album offers eight guitar covers from the Sonic games of the Genesis era. Unlike Super Guitar Bros., though, these are electric guitar covers, so expect a more 'rock' feeling vibe from these remixes.
Sample Tracks: Check the Bandcamp page!
Mega Man 3 - Turn of Events Remastered
This Mega Man 3 tribute album by Hyde209 was originally created about a year ago. Since then, the musician has gone over all the tracks and remastered them, giving an overall better album in the process. This remixed album takes practically every track from Mega Man 3 and remixes them with a fair amount of techno and rock. If you're looking for more Mega Man tracks to round out your gaming music collection, you can't really go wrong with this somewhat conservative remix.
Sample Tracks: The remastered songs are only available on Bandcamp.
Free Stuff: Volume 1
The title of this album couldn't align with this article more if it wanted to! Free Stuff Volume 1 is a 10 track album containing, you guessed it, free gaming music. These remixes tend to be a bit more conservative than others on this list, but the tracks are still of good quality, and worth the download.
Sample Tracks: Just... check the Bandcamp page. YouTube's scary.
Bionic Commando ReMixed: OK, We'll Groove
OCRemix is actually bringing us two albums this month, this second one being a 13 track album of remixes from the original Bionic Commando. The series may not have been doing well in recent years, but the original game's soundtrack is still solid, and the various remixers have been giving that soundtrack some loving.
Sample Tracks: Gridlock,
Asteroid Smash is a neat little iPad game that features 4-player multiplayer... on one iPad. It's a very action packed retro-styled game, and the seven track soundtrack also reflects this overall style. These high energy chip tracks are a nice fit with the frantic game.
Sample Tracks: Trailer
Oldie But Still a Freebie!
2012 VGMC Recordings
This month's oldie is actually a very short album--only three tracks! However, I'm sure you have enough albums to listen to for this month, and I don't want to give you a reason to miss out on some awesome work by the Video Game Music Choir! Their name gives away what's unique about them: They're a choir designed around singing video game tracks to the world! That might sound a little odd (since most gaming songs don't really have lyrics), but they do it well, and this album is a perfect sampler of their work.
Sample Tracks: Check their YouTube page
That's it for October! This month we've gotten a nice spread of genres and games represented, with something even the pickiest audiophile can enjoy. As for next month... will artists be too busy to pump out more free albums for us, or will the season of giving inspire them to make even more? We'll see in November!
Which album is your favorite this month? Let me know in the comments below!