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Ocarina Of Time. FFVII. Jet Set Radio. Rez. More?
Ocarina of Time. Mainly the soundtracks to the dungeons. The Spirit Temple soundtrack always gives me the goose pimples:
Might explain why I like Eno.
Also love the Wolfenstein 3D soundtrack. Used to play that a lot as a kid on PC. It was on floppy disk though, I have the GBA version but there's no music and it's half the fun.
Inside the Deku Tree is my favourite
forgot how great its soundtrack was
Makes me want to answer some FUCKING QUESTIONS
early/mid 90s basically had the incidental music used in John Carpenter's Assault On Precinct 13. Great film, music and game.
the best one by far, and probably ever
definitely worth a watch
Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow + Gold and Silver music is excellent, as is Super Mario Bros. The Halo scores were pretty epic.
I don't believe anybody's said Parappa the Rapper yet, which is a gross oversight.
Best FF soundtrack. All other FF answers are wrong.
but it's Chrono Trigger right?
This one's been remixed/sampled like crazy:
There's even a jazz fusion remix album of lots of the game's songs (though this applies to a surprising amount of JRPGs)
which was a fairly terrible game with a beautiful - odd, surprising - soundtrack
but Castlevania 4 is juts ridiculously extravagant. There are lots of lovely, atmospheric pieces that soundtrack like 1/5 of a level, then you never hear again:
fron a video game where you play a man with no trousers trying to whip a vampire. so good!
Hotline Miami....worth playing for the music alone!!
Thomas was alone....electronjcally treated piano and guitar
Mystical ninja dtarring goemon on N64....so damn catchy
nemesis the warlock
shadow of the beast end theme
anything by Rob Hubbard, he should sue Crystal Castles..
who went on to get really into happy hardcore stuff used to 'DJ' with his Amiga (using Xenon, Xenon 2 and Shadow of the Beast I think) by pulling out/reconnecting the left and right audio channel leads.
we were like 8, but still embarrassing
sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it.
It is a really great soundtrack
where's the Ned Flanders soup strainer??
an obvious choice but worthy
Trent Reznor's soundtrack for 'Quake'. That soundtrack shit me up something chronic back in the day. Terrifying NINstrumentals.
There's probably a differentiation between music scores and what are essentially compilations so the best compilation must go to Vice City. Jack a car, zoom off and She Sells Sanctuary blasts outta the radio. Fantastic.
in a regular CD player and listen to the songs - amazing. slightly weirder was the revelation that you could put other CDs in while playing and it would give you the equivalent track off it, so in the end I remember most of the game being soundtracked by The Cure.
Super Mario Bros
Mid-90s MIDI classic - Jagged Alliance
Honourable mention to the original XCom for sounding like a John Carpenter film.
When you first arrive in Mexico is one of the best gaming moments ever, and it's ALL because of the music.
The music from Story of Thor on the Megadrive is some of my favourite music of all time.
Anything from the Streets of Rage soundtrack is brilliant.
The latter two were both written by Yuzo Koshiro. He worked on the Shenmue games as well.
on the Atari ST
Pressed return too quick there! Charlie Brooker used the robocop music in that videogame wipe show a couple of years back too I think.
drive in an 80s car, the sun beaming and then Stepping Out comes on, glorious
Check this out for some of the best C64 music:
the closing music to super mario land.
and Vib Ribbon, obviously.
not so much the music but the sound effects rocking the arcades back in the day. Still to this day probably the hardest game I've ever played (including Demon's / Dark Souls).
Jet Set Radio
But yeah, nothing can top FFVII. Uematsu was in his element when he wrote that score. Super memorable and perfectly evocative of every in-game moment happening.
And because everybody needs to hear Gravity Rush's OST...
By a mile
(until No Man's Sky comes out that is)
Turrican 2's music was completely immersive.
Shadow Of The Beast kicked arse too.
It would be the Qu's Marsh music from FFIX.
Jools and Jops, lest we forget!
Got me into Sun Araw, that did. And it's a fucking brillo game.
when it was all done in-house with local Dundee musicians
A mate of mine is big into video game OSTs and he showed me that a few years ago. I refrain from digging too deep into it myself is it's yet another musical wormhole I'd get sucked into.
its all in the mind!
the only non remix videogame album i throw on for fun these days
The game takes place on procedurally generated islands where every different feature triggers different music. The sounds also react to movements and events - to falling leaves and hopping rabbits, to the day and night cycle, and to the change of the seasons.
The best way to experience it is to play it yourself. No recordings will do it justice, as it's all about the exploration and the experimentation.
It's never anything less than utterly enchanting.
I and II
Amazing. See it's already beenentioned in passing upthread. Still great to this day.
A game about squares and rectangles is bursting with character and ends up being really quite moving. This is largely thanks to David Housden's stunning soundtrack: https://youtu.be/niPZPws4k-0
A sweet little adventure game about a sweet little robot. The soundtrack, by Tomas Dvorak, takes in everything from junkyard jazz, to pounding dubstep, to heartbreaking ambience:
The "building mode" music from the first game remains some of the most beautiful ambient piano music I've ever heard - possibly because it also happened to be the first ambient piano music I've ever heard.
Pretty much summed up the dance music I was listening to at that time (for better or worse)
Love that photek track.
Severely underrated soundtrack
All absolutely golden.
Some great widdling there
i have loads of this in my running playlist. great for for pacing, but I have to concentrate on not punchign people as i run past them.
Finished the game last night and immediately went to listent ot the soundtrack on Deezer.
and the creepy story that goes with it (most of u probably know this)
na KATAMARI DAMASHIIIII
Metroid Prime. The Phendrana Drifts music was particularly gorgeous.
In particular the Main Theme and Level 1.
Mass Effect (all of them)
The only redeeming thing I find about X is the Zanarkand theme (looped here for 10 hours) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2QkKHmAJNs
Special mention to Tekken 3, particular the theme for Gun Jack - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9aG_shwcoc
This guy's acapella version is literally the best of all the things.
some proper tunes on that.
lots of the songs on Persona 4 are ridiculously catchy, and the second last boss music has the appropriate levels of awesomeness and epicness.
will also give shout outs to pretty much every Final Fantasy game I've played, Hotline Miami and Streets of Rage 2. totally going to be listening to the SoR2 boss music on the way home.
IX especially. like. idk, Cleyra's Trunk.
X is really good, too, although it was the tipping point where I think the charm went down as the sound palette got less restrictive.
also love Wild Arms.
and games with airy, pretty music, like the Spyro games on the Playstation, and this:
Has both the best score and soundtrack. Really atmospheric and some great lost classics. Also fuck loads of Ink Spots and that makes me really happy.
it repeats too much though.
Jet Force Gemini
My favourite game of all time. So much nostalgia just thinking about the ballad of the wind fish.
Ridge Racer 64 ftw
also Stewart Copelands work on the Spyro soundtrack is fantastic
the ending song. i almost cried.
oh, and Auf Wiedersehen Monty on the Speccy as well:
And all the tunes from the Amiga version of Lemmings (some are missing, including my favourite):
"Troubled Journey" from Jaguar XJ220
And to finish up, the Balamb Garden theme from FFVIII:
Probably my favourite game. Has great gameplay and manages to be sparse, yet amazingly emotionally engaging.
get to put my own music dont I?
In all honest I loved the soundtrack to Baldur's Gate 2. Or the brilliant Bioshock Infinite covers of 'God Only Knows' and 'Tainted Love'. But as a rule I turn off the music on games and play my own.
and the weird folk tune that plays every time something odd happens
Rayman Legends (Music Levels)
I'm just playing through the Mass Effect trilogy for the first time. working my ay through Therum on the first one, and that ridiculously epic orchestral electro theme just kicked in.
probably some of Daedelus's best work
civ 4 - baba yetu (actual song starts about a minute in)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4Pxc-iW5wM
one of the only things that i'd call great music, not just great music for a video game
Lava Reef zone from sonic 3, just heartmelting
And stickerbrush symphony from donkey kong country 2, could pass for aphex twin tbqh
sort of a warped Zelda, which I really recommend. That had some really nice music, which I'll take the opportunity to link to some of.......
Also I've probably mentioned Kentucky Route Zero in this thread; and that that that
here's one from one of the KRZ companion games
so good I said this when the thread was originally posted too. I still whistle it to this day, last played it over 20 years ago.
It's the only soundtrack that I've listened outside of the game. It's stunning.
and also make a little shout out for Disasterpeace's work on the Hyper Light Drifter soundtrack. He also did the score for It Follows, one of the best horror movies of the last couple years.
In fact, if anyone's at all interested you can read my feature on him for Factmag here: http://www.factmag.com/2016/07/27/it-follows-composer-disasterpeace-on-creating-8-bit-nostalgia-for-video-game-hyper-light-drifter/
So many great songs (the audio itself took up a third of the game's memory) it was also recently put out on vinyl:
(Animal Crossing, GC)