Video game music for when you need to concentrate

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Video game music plays a huge role in getting you completely immersed in an alternative world, and it’s also really good for popping on in the background while you’re working or studying.

So whether you’re working hard or hardly working, here’s a selection of amazing video game soundtracks to help you get through that big old to-do list. We’ve even included one gorgeous track from each to help you get started.

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Video game music plays a huge role in getting you completely immersed in an alternative world, and it’s also really good for popping on in the background while you’re working or studying.

So whether you’re working hard or hardly working, here’s a selection of amazing video game soundtracks to help you get through that big old to-do list. We’ve even included one gorgeous track from each to help you get started.

1. The Last of Us

Gustavo Santaolalla is coming back for the sequel’s soundtrack, and we could not be more thrilled. If you can listen without being distracted by the memory of all the sad bits from the first game, you can use it to help you work or study. Or you could just use it for ambience while you read up on the story of the original in time for the sequel to arrive.

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Death Stranding

Slightly melancholy but deeply atmospheric, Death Stranding’s soundtrack is exactly the sort of thing you’d want to listen to while hiking through rain-misted mountains in the post-apocalypse. Take a seat somewhere dry, turn up the volume, and let BB keep watch for scary BTs while you marvel over how stunning everything is.

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3. God of War

If you’re looking for Lord of the Rings style epic orchestral stuff, God of War has it in spades. Haunting vocals, epic boss battle music, and soaring strings to make you weep. Just try not to let it tempt you into grabbing your controller instead.

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4. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Jessica Curry’s soundtrack manages to be simultaneously beautiful and terrifying, because walking through a world without any people is somehow much creepier when it’s accompanied by angelic choral singing.

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5. Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight is a gorgeous little platformer that not enough people know about, and its soundtrack is just as lovely as its visuals. It’s tough, mind, but if it means we can listen to the amazing soundtrack for longer, we’ll redo a level as many times as we need to.

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6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

If only we could all go adventuring around Hyrule searching for Koroks, soaring with our own little glider, or smashing pots. At least we can put the soundtrack on and imagine ourselves having a wonderful adventure… until the scary Guardian piano comes on, of course. Nobody could listen to that and think of anything but impending laser-shaped doom.

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7. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

If you want a soundtrack that screams “magic” and “fantasy”, look no further than The Witcher III. Incidentally, there’s also an amazing Witcher III mod which is designed so that you can sit down and enjoy the view (and the music) without getting pounced on by a passing striga. Definitely worth it.

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