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I appologise for the lateness. Anyway, here it is at last. What are your top ten favourite videogame soundtracks?


10. Shadow Hearts Original soundtrack.
9. Xenogears Original Soundtrack.
8. Chrono Cross.
7. Final Fantasy X.
6. Silent Hill 2.
5. Odin Sphere.
4. Chrono Trigger.
3. Atelier Iris.
2. Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core.
1. Final Fantasy XII.



*NOTE*

Feel free to post in any of the previous Top 10 topics! Necroposting does not apply to these topics by decree of Junior Executive Vice President kentona ESQ.


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yay!

10. Descent
9. SimCity
8. Earthworm Jim
7. Final Fantasy VII
6. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
5. Dragon Warrior IV
4. Chrono Trigger
3. Command & Conquer: Red Alert
2. Final Fantasy VI
1. Command & Conquer 95


I'm sure there are some I'm missing, but this is a good list.

Also, does Rock Band count?
1) Ace Combat 5
2) Wild ARMs 5
3) La-Mulana
4) Chrono Trigger
5) Valkyrie Profile
6) Wild ARMs 4
7) Ace Combat 4
8) Soul Calibur 2
9) Okami
10)Final Fantasy 6
Okami, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Cave Story, Brawl. I dunno, really.

EDIT: Why are all these topics about video games?

EDIT: Never mind. It just felt like the last few were all about video games, but whatever.
harmonic
It's like toothpicks against a tank
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author=AznChipmunk link=topic=1821.msg29174#msg29174 date=1220411645
Okami, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Cave Story, Brawl. I dunno, really.

EDIT: Why are all these topics about video games?

EDIT: Never mind. It just felt like the last few were all about video games, but whatever.

Could be because a lot of us play video games
10) Kingdom Hearts
9) Halo 3 (great songs, but some of them didn't seem to fit into the situation)
8) Final Fantasy X
7) Shadow of the Colossus
6) Ratchet and Clank
5) Dark Cloud 2
4) any .hack game
3) Final Fantasy VII
2) Silent Hill 2
1) Ar Tonelico
I hate video game music.

Anyway.

10. USG: A New Beginning
9. Xenosaga 1
8. Romancing SaGa
7. Moonlit Shadow
6. Xenosaga 3
5. Katamari Damacy
4. Unlimited SaGa
3. Dragon Quest 4
2. Dragon Quest 7
1. Dragon Quest 8
Hmm video game soundtracks. They're hard really because some tunes are so awesome they are there forever (Mario Theme(s), Zelda theme(s)) but mostly it's just single tracks that are lovely and perhaps not the whole soundtrack.

But.

10.Final Fantasy VI
I was blown away when I got onto the world map and I just stood there listening to that track. The opera scene is also wonderful. The battle music could be more exciting though.

9.Commandos 2
This game has some pretty good music in it. I especially like the music that comes up when you dive underwater. Too bad you need to keep track of your oxygen bar or I'd stay there forever just listening to the sounds.

8. Mega Man 2
Mega Man 2 was my first Mega Man and I don't really remember all that much but afterwards the music has been pretty great.

7. Bubble Bobble
I'm not sure if this game even has any other music than the title song but damn that song is pure gold.

6.PlaneScape Torment
Torment has wonderful music all around and it also has one track that actually moved me to tears. Deionarra's Theme.

5. Monkey Island
That main theme is glorious.

Damn I'm running out of music. And I'm only to 5...

4. The Legend of Zelda
The same overworld theme throughout the game and it never gets old. That's great music right there.

3. Super Mario Bros 2... Or Super Mario... uh... New Super Mario Bros?
Some tracks on every Mario game is wonderful. The first level of Mario 2 for example is one of my favorites ever. And New Super Mario bros had some great tunes too (and it was fun to see the monsters actually dance to the beats)

2.

1... uh
I'll save the first two spots for that awesome music I just can't remember. I mean putting up Portal just for the ending song is probably a bit lame. Or GTA or Bioshock or something just for the licensed songs... Or even some music games. (Stubbs the Zombie has a wonderful soundtrack, I've never played the game itself though)
YDS
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10)Lufia II
9) Xenogears
8 ) Suikoden I
7) Wild Arms
6) Chrono Cross
5) Suikoden I
4) Final Fantasy V
3) Final Fantasy VIII
2) Final Fantasy VI
1) Chrono Cross
Man why is it that only Japanese games and usually RPGs have memorable and worthwhile music :(
*AHEM*

Command & Conquer 95.
author=brandonabley link=topic=1821.msg29520#msg29520 date=1220643876
Man why is it that only Japanese games and usually RPGs have memorable and worthwhile music :(

Splinter Cell.
author=Feldschlacht IV link=topic=1821.msg29529#msg29529 date=1220645125
Splinter Cell.

Okay that is like two so far.
Uh

Splinter Cell
Morrowind
Halo
Metal Gear Solid series
Getting Up
Burnout


Anything by Harry Gregson Williams

Seriously, there are a LOT of great Western composers.
YDS
member of the bull moose party
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author=brandonabley link=topic=1821.msg29520#msg29520 date=1220643876
Man why is it that only Japanese games and usually RPGs have memorable and worthwhile music :(

well

most of the games i play are snes and psx rpgs

so naturally my list is limited to such

shut up.
author=Feldschlacht IV link=topic=1821.msg29533#msg29533 date=1220645894
Uh

Splinter Cell
Morrowind
Halo
Metal Gear Solid series
Getting Up
Burnout


Anything by Harry Gregson Williams

Seriously, there are a LOT of great Western composers.

Dude MGS is Japanese.

Also describing the music as memorable is essential to my point! There is plenty of pleasant music in western games but it very very rarely ever sticks with you. It is almost never the sort of stuff I would want to like go and see in concert.

And Jeremy Soule doesn't count as a composer :(
That's true.

Dude MGS is Japanese.

American dudes usually make the music, though. And Jeremy Soule is the best dude ever.
I think there is a big push for "atmosphere" in the soundtrack for western games, rather than something, you know, good.
I don't know, I usually enjoy the atmosphere that Western music gives me than a majority of Japanese video game music that noticeably loops over and over every 2 minutes.

Don't get me wrong, I like Japanese video game music, but Western music is just as good.
author=Feldschlacht IV link=topic=1821.msg29550#msg29550 date=1220646644
I don't know, I usually enjoy the atmosphere that Western music gives me than a majority of Japanese video game music that noticeably loops over and over every 2 minutes.

Don't get me wrong, I like Japanese video game music, but Western music is just as good.

Well the thing is I am comparing video game music as a compositional exercise to the rich history of opera and ballet and later film scoring that we have in our western culture. When you view things that way you find that the styles of music popular in Japanese games have a much more gripping and timeless quality to them than the throw-away atmosphere pieces jokes like Soule put out. Ballet like The Nutcracker or The Rite of Spring have memorable themes or a quality to their music that makes the music an art of its own, and not just something to set a MOOD like the generic fantasy crap that lilts away in the background in Oblivion or in some second-rate thriller film. When you view soundtracks this way, and look back at the video game music you have heard, you can maybe remember a certain color that American video game music has had, but very rarely remember melodies or specific pieces of music associated with specific moments in the game.

Oblivion and Command and Conquer 95 don't have their Imperial Death March moments, whereas maybe many Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games do. I think it's a really fundamental problem with the way modern American composers and gamers are looking at music and it's destructive to the effort to make American audiences take game soundtracks seriously as an art form.

Also the noticeable looping you are talking about is more of a problem with game direction and music form than it is really with the entire idea of music-that-you-don't-ignore itself.
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