Cuz I'm gonna be real with you guys, I think most of them are pretty bad. Like, I played the shit out of the original Need for Speed: Most Wanted, but holy shit, was that soundtrack awful. I mean, that one Avenged Sevenfold song was OK to race to because metal is fast and so are cars, but Avenged Sevenfold is still pretty shitty metal. Maybe all the EA Trax situations are just the worst. I haven't played many EA games in the past few years.
But the good stuff. Man, Hotline Miami's soundtrack is amazing. I don't have to tell you, we all know this.
But what's this? There's more! I thought the soundtrack to Driver: San Francisco was shockingly good! Driver: SF (and I guess much of the Driver series) is trying to be a 60s/70s/early 80s car movie, and goddammit, that soundtrack actually does a great job of evoking that. There are tons of good funk tracks in the game.
There's this solid Aretha Franklin remix:
There's also some appropriately psychedelic music, given how many road movies of the 60s and 70s are pretty anti-establishment and about drug running or evading the law:
There's also a mix of pretty good rock from a couple different eras in there. The soundtrack just has a crazy amount of variety. It's great.
So have it! What licensed soundtracks have you really enjoyed from video games?