I was wondering if any of you have any recommendations of good video game OSTs to listen to while studying? I've gotten pretty burnt out on the Zelda and FTL OST's.
Witcher 3, Nier Automata, Bloodborne (maybe without the epic-like tracks), PPPPPP or MMMMMM from VVVVVV, Ni No Kuni II.
Anything with a consistent theme or style where there are unlikely to be any lyrics my brain wants to sing along with (in my case, English). This also works for other instrumental album versions like Offworld by Celldweller.
As long as your brain can ignore track switches etc. it works for studying. I find atmospheric death metal or doom works as well. It's like sad rain ;)
I really love the OSTs for Minecraft, Sword and Sworcery, Planet Coaster, Stardew Valley, Dark Cloud and not an actual video game OST but related the album Immersed by Lifeform which was used as the soundtrack for the Double Fine Adventure documentary to work and study to.
Jesper Kyd's more ambient tracks in Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood are pretty serene. My favorite. A lot Jeremy Soule's stuff (Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, and in Elder Scrolls Online Brad Derrick also captured his style well with many great tracks). Surprisingly, much of the dark ambient in original Silent Hill games works for this. Outside of video games I'd heavily recommend Carbon Based Lifeforms, Solar Fields (they did some tracks for Mirror's Edge) and Tycho.
One of the most beautiful soundtracks ever made i think belongs to Anno 2070, which would follow the idea of studying to nice music.
If you want to make a plan come together, some heist music would be good courtesy of Payday 2.
But if you're me and you're a little bit noisy.
Three that I haven't seen mentioned here yet are:
There's some great recommendations in the this tread already, glad you asked!
I often listen to the Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack. Especially the Gusty Garden Galaxy and Buoy Base galaxy song. They are all very good. Cuphead also has a fenomenal soundtrack. (maybe not all suited for studying though). Undertale's soundtrack is also pretty good. Hollow Knight and Cave Story also have awesome soundtracks.
I sometimes listen to this as background noise when I'm working. You can find a lot of great piano covers of some game scores on Spotify. I particularly like the Final Fantasy/Square RPG covers as they're relaxing and familiar enough I can mentally drowse off.
And if you're interested in some non-writing stuff, there are some great chill instrumental beat playlists on there too.
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