Michael Hoenig – Baldur’s Gate OST (2001)

(It’s worth mentioning the OST originally came out with the game it featured in back in 1998, but wasn’t realised as a stand-alone OST until 2001)

Easily one of the best game OSTs of all time, but there is always the risk that I am heavily biased, having played this game to death when I was 9 to 10 years old. I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved it. Hoenig’s soundtrack is a million miles away from his original Berlin School work, instead meandering between pompous fantasy bombast (the Baldur’s Gate theme is just so perfect for this) and well as super chill and relaxing tunes, such as the ones that play when you are walking through wilderness. Honest to fucking God, these “forest ambience” tracks still play in my mind when I’m walking through woods today with my dogs. That shit has stuck there forever.

But yeah – this is up there with the best of them regarding fantasy game OSTs, with Eric Herberling’s Daggerfall and Jeremy Soule’s Morrowind.