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Awesome videogame music?

Postby Nuclear Spoon » Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:22 pm UTC

Anything from Metal Gear Solid = instant win.

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Postby Durinthal » Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:31 pm UTC

I'm a fan of Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger/Cross and Xenogears), Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy, IV-VI in particular), and Koji Kondo (Super Mario 64, anything Zelda).

And since it must be mentioned in a video game music thread, OverClocked ReMix is great for reinventions of themes. And since you like Metal Gear Solid, I'll suggest this right off the bat.

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Postby Urbal T » Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:35 pm UTC

I like a lot of video game music, but I also think that a lot of video game composers are overrated.

Except Motoi Sakuraba. But that's because he writes prog-rock in odd time signatures. He's best-known for his work with the Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile games by tri-Ace.
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Postby Kawa » Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:41 pm UTC

Probably overrated, but the opera scene in Final Fantasy 6 = win.

I actually want to sing that solo sometime...
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Postby Gwydion » Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:48 pm UTC

I love the Megaman music (the older the better). It always evoked the imagery of the level and the boss robot so well.

I have the Megaman 2 themes as ringers on my phone, so when it goes off in public and somebody recognizes it, I know I've made an instant friend for life.

Also, need to second Zelda and Final Fantasy as great soundtracks.

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Postby WhiteRabbit » Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:59 pm UTC

Mechwarrior 2: Ghost Bear's Revenge has a wonderful soundtrack. I burned it to CD to listen to at times.
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Postby Vaniver » Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:00 pm UTC

I mentioned Jeremy Soule in another thread; he's the best video game composer I've come across yet.

On a different note, I love the audio files from Alpha Centauri (the quotes that accompany technologies). I've put them on my iPod and will listen to them occasionally.
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Postby haveblue » Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:02 pm UTC

Gwydion wrote:I love the Megaman music (the older the better). It always evoked the imagery of the level and the boss robot so well.

I have the Megaman 2 themes as ringers on my phone, so when it goes off in public and somebody recognizes it, I know I've made an instant friend for life.


You have thoroughly inspired me to change my ringtone. :D

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Postby Phenriz » Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:40 pm UTC

Opening Menu music from Carmageddon.

done by Fear Factory.
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Postby Invisible_Insane » Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:42 pm UTC

I can still remember a lot of the music from FF VII, which I never actually played, and I found that quite enjoyable.

Some of the music from Street Fighter (Ex Plus Alpha) is particularly good. There's one song, 'Strange Sunset' (I believe it plays at Guile's stage) that I'm quite fond of.

Mention of Halo music is obligatory. Steve Vai is the man.
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Postby Durinthal » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:02 pm UTC

And before I forget: Baba Yetu, the menu theme from Civilization IV.

Jeremy Soule's consistently good, but there's nothing of his that's really stuck out in my mind. He also did an arrangement of Terra's theme (FF VI).

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Postby Nuclear Spoon » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:15 pm UTC

Oooh, just remembered some more.

The Driver menu theme.

And also anything from Tony Hawks 1 and 2.
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Postby Vaniver » Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:23 pm UTC

Jeremy Soule's consistently good, but there's nothing of his that's really stuck out in my mind.
Total Annihilation and the Morrowind Theme. Everything other than that got skipped or taken off my iPod.
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Postby sillybear25 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:34 am UTC

almost any music from an old stacking-blocks-type puzzle game. Dr. Mario, Tetris, etc.

but personally, I'd say Dr. Mario's fever theme is the most amazing video game music, like, EVAR!
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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:54 am UTC

Quantum Redshift (all music by Junkie XL)
Gradius (Namely "Burning Heat"")
Halo (1 and 2) had some bad ass tracks...
O and Twinbee!


I'm going to assume guitar hero and any music games don't count for this one XD.

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Postby George Orr » Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:32 am UTC

Halo does have an awesome soundtrack.

Also I really like the music from Myst III and IV. It's an actual symphony orchestra, professional choir, etc., and it's quite good.

Someone mentioned the Civ IV menu theme, and I'd agree that it's awesome.
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Postby lnev » Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:18 am UTC

i love the music from 'super metroid' (snes)

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Postby chilibaka » Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:06 am UTC

lnev wrote:i love the music from 'super metroid' (snes)
Ditto and it's also one of the best games I've played.
If you haven't, check out Relics of the Chozo - A Super Metroid Musical Collaboration

Zelda and Final Fantasy games usually have great soundtracks. And I like the Megaman music, too. I even put a tiny cover version of Topman's stage as a bonus song in one of my demos with the hint "respect the blue bomber" in the case.

Also Neverhood has really ace music by Terry Scott Taylor.

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Postby __Kit » Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:09 pm UTC

Hah THPS and most EA games have real music. I find when I play games I mute the sound and put the radio on, kills the gaming experience, meh.

You guy all sound like you're into Shooting games, I have hardly ever played the, played halo at a friends once, but he had clocked it so I got killed easily, and a bit of CS, maybe there is a whole 'nother side of gaming I haven't touched upon?
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Postby Invisible_Insane » Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:17 pm UTC

I don't really play Halo or most shooters, because I suck. One of my friends gave me the Halo 2 soundtrack, and I was compelled to download everything else. Real-time strategy games, on the other hand-

That reminds me. Soundtrack for Age of Empires 2 & AOE II The Conquerors... 30 minutes of sonic bliss.
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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Tue Jul 17, 2007 1:10 pm UTC

Invisible_Insane wrote:I don't really play Halo or most shooters, because I suck. One of my friends gave me the Halo 2 soundtrack, and I was compelled to download everything else. Real-time strategy games, on the other hand-

That reminds me. Soundtrack for Age of Empires 2 & AOE II The Conquerors... 30 minutes of sonic bliss.


i've once picked out that 30 min song just for browsing music. it's not bad at all. ^-^;

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Postby lone_psychonaut » Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:19 pm UTC

The music from Shadow of the Colossus was pretty amazing. For some reason, it gave me childhood memories of The Land Before Time, but I'm not sure why...
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Postby noouch » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:36 pm UTC

I actually used to burn game music on CDs before I got an MP3 player. Some of my favorites:
Half-Life
Streets of Sim City
Painkiller

I also enjoy listening to older game music and imagining how it would sound as a studio recording (megaman is great for this).

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Postby Princess Marzipan » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:49 pm UTC

The MegaMan series wins hands-down for incredible 8-bit sound. Castlevania's had a fantastic history, as well.

I own the soundtracks for Gradius V and Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. Both games have music that just adds so much to the experience, and the soundtracks were well worth the investment.

I can't believe no one's mentioned OC Remix. Amazing renditions of thousands of video game tracks. Probably needs its own thread, but I'm lazy right now.
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Postby misskwiz » Tue Jul 17, 2007 11:31 pm UTC

The music in Phantasy Star Online was amazing. But it could just be nostalgia, hearing like 5 seconds of a track brings backs so many memories.

And Starcraft! it's music fit it perfectly, why, I can't hear 5 seconds of one of its tracks without bringing back a tidal wave of... um, feelings!

And... I can't think of anything else that hasn't been mentioned.

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Postby bbctol » Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:04 am UTC

I'm too lazy to read through the whole post, so perhaps someone has already mentioned the "Codename: Panzers" music. But seriously, that shit is EPIC.

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Postby Dr. Venture » Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:02 am UTC

I love the old stuff, like 8-bit Mario songs. Some guy in Japan punched out some tunes on a synthesizer 20 years ago, and I'm still singing (singing? humming?) them today. What can I say, it's what I was raised on!
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Postby SoapyHobo » Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:32 am UTC

I like the music from Command & Conquer (by Frank Klepacki). Hell March rocks!
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Postby Awezing » Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:39 am UTC

the drowning music from the sonic games (mostly sonic 3 and sonic and knuckles) is the scariest, most intense music ever. it scarred me shitless as a kid.


I am instantly filled with catatonic fear every time i hear it.

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Postby __Kit » Wed Jul 18, 2007 10:43 am UTC

Dr. Venture wrote:I love the old stuff, like 8-bit Mario songs. Some guy in Japan punched out some tunes on a synthesizer 20 years ago, and I'm still singing (singing? humming?) them today. What can I say, it's what I was raised on!


Search 'Mario Piano' on Youtube, there is an awesome bilndfolded asian guy playing Mario on piano, classic. Saw one on Elec. guitar as well.
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Postby Maril » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:23 pm UTC

The music in Ace Combat is both gorgeous and fits the fast paced action so very well.

So give that listen to.

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Postby saxmaniac1987 » Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:39 pm UTC

Dark Ragnarok wrote:
Invisible_Insane wrote:I don't really play Halo or most shooters, because I suck. One of my friends gave me the Halo 2 soundtrack, and I was compelled to download everything else. Real-time strategy games, on the other hand-

That reminds me. Soundtrack for Age of Empires 2 & AOE II The Conquerors... 30 minutes of sonic bliss.


i've once picked out that 30 min song just for browsing music. it's not bad at all. ^-^;


its actually a separate audio track... you can pop it in a normal cd player and listen to it.

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Postby Dibley » Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:53 am UTC

Saria's Song/Lost woods theme is awesome, as was Song of Storms/Windmill theme.

Halo twas lovely, as well as Half Life.

Alpha Centauri had an odd background. It wasn't exactly music, and if you hunt down the mp3s (wavs?), they turn out to be about 5 second chords from various instruments, but the game combines them spontaneously into a soundtrack. Truly awesome.

Also, Monkey Island FTW!

Morrowind was good, and still is, but you tire of it after a few hundred hours of game time. That game cost me a lot of GPA.

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Postby Eschatokyrios » Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:01 am UTC

I'm not a huge fan of Zelda music in general (it's good, but I wouldn't judge it at the same level as anything by Yasunori Mitsuda or even Final Fantasy VII). That being said, there is some wicked awesome music in Twilight Princess.

The old NES game Blaster Master has great music as well. I don't know who composed it, but he did a good job.

And for pure Japanese upbeatness, there's nothing better than the soundtrack of the SNES shooter Pop 'n Twinbee.
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Postby EradicateIV » Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:35 am UTC

Doom and Red Alert.

Hell march from red alert...

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Postby Durinthal » Thu Jul 19, 2007 2:10 pm UTC

Dibley wrote:Also, Monkey Island FTW!

A pirate I was meant to be...

(I still haven't played any Monkey Island games yet, I just like the song.)

And Hell March is always fun.

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Postby Maseiken » Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:43 pm UTC

Durinthal wrote:
Dibley wrote:Also, Monkey Island FTW!

A pirate I was meant to be...

(I still haven't played any Monkey Island games yet, I just like the song.)

And Hell March is always fun.

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Postby Forthur » Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:18 pm UTC

Outcast had an amazing and very well-fitting soundtrack too.
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Postby Dark Ragnarok » Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:38 pm UTC

saxmaniac1987 wrote:
Dark Ragnarok wrote:
Invisible_Insane wrote:I don't really play Halo or most shooters, because I suck. One of my friends gave me the Halo 2 soundtrack, and I was compelled to download everything else. Real-time strategy games, on the other hand-

That reminds me. Soundtrack for Age of Empires 2 & AOE II The Conquerors... 30 minutes of sonic bliss.


i've once picked out that 30 min song just for browsing music. it's not bad at all. ^-^;


its actually a separate audio track... you can pop it in a normal cd player and listen to it.


? you mean there's a soundtrack or something? XD. I mean i had the game and found that .mp3 in the game folder, and actually loaded up in winamp while browsing the internet.


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