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Your favourite video game soundtracks.
#1 Submitted: Wed, 04/02/2015 - 17:00

Well, because seems like there is so many music experts, I ask you what is your favourite video game soundtrack?

Mine are:

Grim Fandango

Composed by Peter McConnell. Lots of great songs in many styles but my personal favourite is simple and not so civilized, surf rock influenced track, Bone Wagon.

Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012

Very diverse soundtrack with lots of music styles. My favourite is propably Eternal Acres or some of the others non punk/metal songs. Special mention for the Gulch, spaghetti western parody song wich have awfully played piece that has been stolen from the Good, the Bad and the Ugly's theme song.

Interstate 76

Composed by Arion Salazar, played by Bullmark. Funk music, played and recorded with 70's equipment so that sound is as close as possible to 70's funk music.

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Submitted: Wed, 04/02/2015 - 18:05

Mine are

Carmageddon 2 : Carpocalypse Now

For making me a metalhead. Quite simply if it wasn't for that game i'd be someone else now. maybe it just had 7-8 songs but the impact it had on me was huge.
It kind of set the bar for me to pay attention to the soundtrack of any future game.
So it has a special place in here.

Other games :

Diablo I

Haunting, ambient, scary and genius. Simply genius.

Contra and Super C

Some of the best hi-energy 8-bit music. When heard through normal instruments you can understand the whole genius of it.

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Submitted: Thu, 05/02/2015 - 01:15

If we are doing top three, then my list is:

Guilty Gear X2
Metal Gear Rising

The first two I just love to listen to while I work. Ishiwatari Daisuke is simply awesome, not just a composer but and artist and game designer too.

The third is a masterpiece of a game soundtrack, the pace and timing of it matches the action perfectly, with multiple variants of each tune which are blended together to fit what's happening. It seamlessly moves from muted and somber to fast paced and heavy to fit the mood. I like listening to it on its own, there's some great tracks, but it doesn't capture the effect it has when you're playing the game. While the music is generally loud and bombastic, I would point to MGR as a game every developer should learn from if they want to use music in a dynamic, meaningful and impactful way in their games.

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Submitted: Thu, 05/02/2015 - 02:23

Fallout 1 and 2. Mark Morgan nailed it so perfectly. It was nice how Obisidian brought his tracks back for Fallout New Vegas. Bethesda's version of Fallout 3 sounded wrong to me.
Doom 1 and 2 (even though they are just copies of real songs)
Descent 2
Unreal Tournament and Deus Ex
Quake 1. NIN made something almost as good as Doom.
Command and Conquer/Red Alert
Darksun: Shattered Lands

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Submitted: Thu, 05/02/2015 - 09:05

Let me try...

Monkey Island series
Oblivion (Skyrim's sure is awesome too, but I'm more used to Oblivion's OST)
StarCraft 1 (2 cool as well, but less used to it, I listen to SC 1 when I have to work, these awesome Terran themes, man!)
Age Of Empires 1 and 2 (esp. the first, even the midi songs) (I really like the title song of the third too)
La-Mulana (both original and remake) (some tunes are just incredible IMO, like Fearless Challenger)
Anodyne (little indie game, features really great tracks like Fields/Windmill)
Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past and the A Link Between Worlds

Honorable mention for the Parodius series

... and carmageddon add-ons at road reaction.

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Submitted: Thu, 05/02/2015 - 09:22

Trent wrote:
Guilty Gear X2

This guy, he's got the know-how. The know how and the go-plow. Great songs.
Anyway, must the games have original soundtracks? 'Cuz I absolutely adore Brütal Legend. Adore it.
Assuming they can't, then the list goes (In no order);

Twisted Metal 2: World Tour - TM2 Music Team
That soundtrack like, so metal, like, like really metal. Twisted Metal. 2.
What I love of it is how because all the levels are different countries, it takes classic songs from said countries and turns them into... Twisted Metal. 2.
Imagine running over screaming peds in an ice cream truck while setting off bombs in the Eiffel Tower to make it crush and destroy seemingly countless buildings and apartments. While listening to Frere Jacques. And it sounding acceptable.
And the clown laugh during the start menu screen is just flawless

Wario World - Norio Hanzawa and Minako Hamano
Wario World was truly an unknown Goldmine of a game, literally. Hurhur. Sigh. (Highly recommend trying out, it's on GameCube, own one of those)
Anyway, the soundtrack to that game, like the game itself, is so hugely diverse with each and every level, but at the same time, holds tight all the quirkiness the game excels at. Each level sounds so different but at the same time holds the same perfect quality. Tons of different music styles and genres are used in each level and that's. That's pretty cool.

R-Type Final (Japanese Release)- Yuki Iwai
Lots'a fans of R-Type criticize Final for not sticking to the usual music formula of high-action chiptune, but I actually fricken' love it for being so ambient and melancholy, because that's what the game is, melancholy. It's literally the death of a series

And the main character dies at the end. Which is you, a faceless avatar of you, well he had a face in concept art, but that's only known by people who 100% the actual game. Which is a cunt to do, try it, I dare.

VVVVVV - Souleye
Amazing soundtrack for upbeat chiptune fans.
One word;
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Sonic Adventure 2 - Various Artists
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Submitted: Thu, 05/02/2015 - 09:46

i enjoyed "special custom made" soundtracks the most ... like

warriors within

system shock 2

hotline miami

serious sam

but i love like every legend of zelda / nintendo tune ever made :D ... but its the special soundtracks that stuck in my brain the most + are still on my playlist when i listen to music

really cant wait to hear carmas soundtrack :3

Edited by: me-onfire on Thu, 05/02/2015 - 10:05
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Submitted: Thu, 05/02/2015 - 09:55

Oh yeah, and System Shock 2.
Awesome OST.
For realsies.

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Submitted: Thu, 05/02/2015 - 11:15

Red Alert 2
Loved it 10 years ago, love it now.

Ballistics (Fastest racing game ever made).
This techno/electronic music is ace even now, considering today's standards. Let alone the fact that it was released in 2001

Battletoads & Double Dragon
Loved it 20 years ago, love it now.

Descent 2
Now, most of its OST is rubbish, but this track is f***g GOLD:

Edited by: diebitch on Thu, 05/02/2015 - 13:44
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Submitted: Thu, 05/02/2015 - 11:48

realMyst (creates perfect atmosphere)
Some soundtracks in Half Life 2

These are not the soundtracks that I would listen alone, they just match the game atmosphere

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Submitted: Thu, 05/02/2015 - 14:01

I still got midi stuff like the Roland MT32 + SC55 - and I love the soundtracks of Police Quest III (by Jan "Miami Vice" Hammer) or Space Quest 3 (by Bob "Supertramp" Siebenberg) just to mention a few (and Privateer)... Listen...

Edited by: Lutz G on Thu, 05/02/2015 - 14:04