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Favorite video game soundtracks

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by MetroStyles, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. toothsomesound

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    My favorite video-game composer is hands down (yes even over Nobuo) Kota Hoshino. The dude is very divisive, but I think he's a mad genius. He makes some very dissonant music, often times in strange time signatures of having no time at all. He also does some very evocative, ethereal, melodic stuff. He makes frequent use of strange keyboard effects and warped vocals. He is know best for his work at FromSoftware most notably for the Armored Core series. He is also the crazy brilliant asshole behind the soundtracks for the eccentric but subpar action-rpg's Evergrace and Forever Kingdom, which are my two favorite OST's EVER. Shit sounds like Sigur Ros on psychotropic drugs. [​IMG] A lot of this is not easy listening....

    Armored Core

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    Evergrace

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    Forever Kingdom

    THIS SONG IS A MASTERPIECE!!! [​IMG]
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    I'm fond of a great many, to the point that I have a few gigs worth of these soundtracks:

    Kazuhiko Uehara's work for TMNT IV: Turtles in Time and TMNT: Tournament Fighters for SNES. He may or may not have worked on the first TMNT Game Boy game, which I also love
    Mega Man 2
    Stunt Race FX
    The Japanese Philharmonic performances of Nintendo music pieces
    Star Fox 64
    Balloon Kid
    F-Zero 64
    Frontlines, which does a great riff on John Powell's scores for the Jason Bourne trilogy
    Moji Pittan. There are a few original and oddly affecting "picopop" tracks, some of which are remixed by a selection of then-top ranking Japanese pop production wizards/recording artists
    Liar's Game, produced by Moji Pittan remixer and prolific producer of bona fide pop stars Capsule, Perfume, MEG and various others; Yasutaka Nakata
    Tekken 2
    Coloris, which features compositions from one of my favourite ever artists and producers, Cornelius
    Super Smash Brothers
    A number of Mario Brothers games, principally Doctor Mario
    The Metal Gear Solid series
    Robocop's Game Boy introduction theme, which also doubled as the theme from the Ariston adverts

    I also like chiptune; the genre comprised of people composing original music from 8-bit technology or emulators. YMCK, from Japan, is my favourite act; their jazz and rock'n'roll inflected songs are quite the treat
     


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    Also, Spider man and Rambo 3 for Sega Genesis
     


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    A few of mine Tyrian, one of the first soundtracks I got into, surprisingly good considering it was a fairly lighthearted top down shooter.
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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. Battle Squadron for Amiga, sounds very dated now but man this was the shit back in the day
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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. Novastorm was also good, incredibly good, and again it was a shoot em up style game. (I've only picked one song but the whole soundtrack is equally good)
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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge for Amiga, what a great game this was, pity you could only hear music at the start and in between levels, but boy was it god.
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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. Alien Breed for Amiga, this soundtrack kicked, utter, ass.
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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. Another World for Amiga, the music was very simple, but showed how effective music can be in conveying a mood, however simple it may be.
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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. Diablo creeped me out when I was young just through the soundtrack
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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. Total Annihilation, don't really need to say anything but put simply, it was just incredible. And it came as such a surprise, keep in mind this was over 10 years ago before games had a significant market, soundtracks of this caliber in games were completely unheard of.
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  5. milosh

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    I loved the Quake 2 soundtrack done by Sonic Mayhem.

    Descent into Cerberon
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    Quad Machine
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    Rage
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    This will probably show my age but I played mostly PC games when I was young so my favourites were Deus Ex, Myth (1, not the sequels), ..oh of course Star Control 2.

    I guess I tend to gravitate towards electronic things.

    The one that is addictive as hell is the original Game Boy Tetris one.
     


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    Some of my favorite re-interpretations of Castlevania songs. Ignore the costume on the second guy. Bloody Tears Remix:
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    Zelda
    Final fantasy series
    Modern Warfare
    Super Mario
    Tekken 2
    Need for speed


    This has music?
     


  9. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos In Time Out

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    This has music?

    Modern Warfare 2 has some pretty awesome music, actually, of the admittedly cheesy and rousingly overdone Hans Zimmer variety (actually composed by Hans Zimmer, if I recall). But it's pretty great. Really adds to the tension and the mood in certain levels, and gives the game a cinematic quality even during normal gameplay, and not just in cutscenes.

    Best all-time game soundtrack, IMO, is either Final Fantasy 3/6 or Xenogears. Great game music was one of the best rewards for those of us nerdy enough to have frittered away some junior high or high school weekdays on RPGs.
     


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    Sonic the Hedgehog 2
     


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    Mgs3
    Ff8/10

    Edit: And Silent Hill 2

    Can't believe I forgot Quake 1 + 2 - a treat for Industrial Rock fans (NIN/Sonic Mayhem, respectively)
     


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    This will probably show my age but I played mostly PC games when I was young so my favourites were Deus Ex, Myth (1, not the sequels), ..oh of course Star Control 2.

    I guess I tend to gravitate towards electronic things.

    The one that is addictive as hell is the original Game Boy Tetris one.


    I actually went back a couple months ago and found a torrent of Myth. I can't believe I forgot how much I loved that game. The soundtrack coupled with the journal narrator continues to remain a superb combination and even the playability of the game after 12 years was still engaging.

    Too bad O'Donnell and Salvatori both bit hard off this soundtrack and stuck a lot of the music in Halo.

    Definitely brought back memories of playing Half-Life and MDK. Speaking of MDK, anybody remember that weird music video they played after you beat the game? Just dug it up and watched it again. It has not withstood the test of time quite as well as the game.

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    No love for goldeneye? :roma:
    Metalgear series
    Devil may cry 1
    Halo
    Shadow of the colossus (sp)
    Hitman series
     


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    I'm gonna go ahead and say Final Fantasy 6 and Chrono Trigger on SNES.
     


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    frenchy In Time Out

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    how bout the original PC MAFIA game
     


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