Video Game Music
Macka last edited by Macka
I am obsessed with this track from Tropical Freeze at the moment.
And I haven't actually played the game! It's been in my backlog for years, but now I'm hoping it'll be re-released on the Switch.
Gaming_Groove last edited by Gaming_Groove
If you like orchestral music, I highly recommend Symphonic Suite Final Fantasy. Arranged and orchestrated by Katsuhisa and Takayuki Hattori and performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in 1989, it's an incredible work. Keeping in mind that all that existed at the time were the NES titles, and that pieces like Prelude didn't even have an official melody, the arrangement is incredible. Scenes V and VII are my favorites.
I'm a big fan of the use of leitmotif in games, and Uematsu is a master of it. It's becoming something of a rarity now that music is a more balanced part of a game's presentation. In years past it was probably the most direct way to convey the mood of a scene and the personality of characters before voice acting and 3D animation were common. I'm happy to hear it when it is used still...Toby Fox in particular did a great job using it in Undertale.
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@Gaming_Groove All of Distant Worlds is on youtube, too! Really great overall, though I don't love some of the arrangements. The orchestral version of "You are not alone" really falls flat for me, especially given that it's probably my favorite track in the series (so pumped about its recent resurgence in this community). I feel like orchestral versions of old video game music tends to fall into the trap of going big, like they're finally showcasing what the composer really meant for the song to sound like. They lose a lot of the charm in inventiveness of the music that way, IMO. Still, those FF7 tracks are godly with a full orchestra. The arrangement of The Bombing Mission completely blew me away.
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There is a Swedish guy named Jonas Tunander that did 2 really good albums with covers called "Bitpop Vol 1 & Vol 2". You could freely download them from his website before but they are gone now but both albums are on YouTube. I recommend them for some easy listening.
Light last edited by Light
Here are some of my favorites in no particular order...
Way of the Samurai
Way of the Samurai 2
Mass Effect 2
Assassin's Creed II
Seriously... listen to the Transistor soundtrack
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Way of the Samurai again
Metal Gear Solid 2
The Last of Us
Spyro The Dragon
FTL: Faster Than Light
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Infamous: Second Son
Life Is Strange
Mirror's Edge: Catalyst
The Witcher 3
Ni No Kuni
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@naltmank I actually went to see Distant Worlds in Singapore last weekend and I agree, Bombing Mission sounded amazing! Also very fun to "sing" One-Winged Angel along with everyone in the crowd. It was my second time seeing them and hopefully won't be the last!
@Light You have great taste my dude.
michemagius last edited by michemagius
I made a post earlier today about Persona 2 and realized I neglected to post about the music of P2 here. Unlike the rest of the series Shoji Meguro was not the composer for Persona 2, he was the director. He did a bunch of re arrangements for the PSP re-release and I love all of those but the original OST is really great as well. I prefer the soundtrack to Innocent Sin but Eternal Punishment is very good as well. They both suit their games' respective themes, I'm just more drawn to IS's upbeat tone. These are some of my favorite tracks:
I also noticed that I neglected to make a separate entry on my list for Persona 3 Portable. Portable has some exclusive tracks that you can only hear while playing with the female protagonist and they're honestly some of my favorite songs in all of Persona. More people need to play P3P and experience the FemMC Route because it's honestly the best way to experience Persona 3's story. Here are some of my favorite tracks from the FemMC Route:
A Way Of Life (Whenever I'm playing and this song comes on I just start singing along.)
Time (It's such a feel good song.)
Wiping All Out (Possibly my favorite Persona Battle theme, it's at least tied with the MaleMC's.)
Sun (This song always makes me dance in place while I'm playing.)
Tender Feeling (This song isn't a bop like the others but whenever I hear it it just reminds me of Shinjiro's Social Link, which by the way is reason enough to play FemMC's route, and I get all emotional.)
Danger Zone (It's a good song but honestly it stresses me out because I always remember the boss battles that I was horribly under-leveled for when I hear it.)
A Way of Life - Deep Inside my Mind Remix (Still a bop, just a little more chill.)
Soul Phrase (Such an epic opening. The only Persona OP with a male singer, so it kind of sticks out but I love it all the same.)
Seriously just go play P3P's FemMC Route, experience the great music and improved story/social links, romance Shinjiro, just do it, then come back and talk to me about how Shinjiro is now your favorite character. I need more people to talk to about him.
I also feel the need to add more Katamari Music. The three songs I listed in my last post were just not enough to encompass the truly god-tier soundtrack that the Katamari series has, so here's some more.
Katamari on the Funk (The glorious height of funk in the Katamari series. FUNK IT UP.)
Gin & Tonic & Red Roses (I just wanna dance when I hear this song.)
Lonely Rolling Star (The most famous Katamari song and for good reason.)
The Moon and the Prince
The Moon and The Prince - LEOPALDON MIX (This song makes me want to go to a rave.)
Sayonara Rolling Star - Yuri's Mixx (I think I posted this before but I'm posting it again because it's my favorite Katamari song.)
Everlasting Love + You Are Smart (A mashup I never would have predicted to work this well.)
Katamari On The Funk - Señor Coconut's "Katamambo!" remix
Bless My Stars
Katamaritaino (This song transports me to another plane of existence.)
Cherry Blossom Color Season
Que Sera Sera (Maybe the most romantic song in a video game.)
Lonely Rolling No More
Cherry Blossom Color Season - fanfare mix
Katamarity (This one rides the line between chill and bop.)
Heaven's Rain (Mentioned it in my last post but I'm doing it again because it's that good. This song will bring you inner peace.)
Katamari Songs That Are Beyond Definition
Katamari of Love (The best ending theme of anything I've ever played. The cheesiest of cheesy 80's style ballads but still so epic.)
Shine! Mr. Sunhine (You never knew you needed Katamari gospel music but you do.)
Ok that's it...for now.
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@michemagius Thank you!
jaggafredde last edited by jaggafredde
The Last Ninja - C64
This is so much nostalgia for me! Easily the game I've played through the most times, it's not like it's the best game ever but the music is heaven for my ears and it only takes about 45 minutes to play through it so I'd advice anyone who hasn't played it yet to try it and look at a walkthrough if you get stuck just to understand what's the deal with this game get a sense on how perfect the music is. It's quite amazing that these tunes comes from hardware from 1982. Musician - Ben Daglish and Anthony Lees.
Last Ninja 2 - C64
The sequel is great too, same gameplay and great music again even though it's another musician - Matt Gray.
Turrican - Amiga
Chris Hülsbeck shows why he's one of the best musicians in gaming. Just click the link and sit back and enjoy.
Turrican 2 - Amiga
Chris Hülsbeck again, delivering what possibly is the best video game soundtrack ever. The game is amazing too so if you haven't played it yet, do the listening while playing through the game. Enjoy! :)
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@jaggafredde Both Last Ninja and Turrican? I like you a lot already :D
Yes, the original tracks are always great, but I like to spice it up a little, and listen new remixes and remakes, especially whenever the original composer is involved.
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@jipostus Heh yeah if I'm any type of fanboy then it's a Commodore fanboy ;) This is what I grew up with, I got my first console awhile after SNES had launched. My whole childhood was about playing Last Ninja, Giana Sisters, IO, Rallyspeedway, Kickstart 2, Krakout, Turrican, Xenon 2, Battle Squadron, Z-Out, Rick Dangerous, Dungeon Master, Cadaver, Airborne Ranger, Simon the Sorcerer, Monkey Island, Gods, Another World, Elvira, etc etc I can go on forever :)
I actually haven't heard either of those, will do now though, thanks for the tip!
Remixes are cool when they're well done with a unique twist but I think they're kind of meaningless if they stay too close to the originals since I love the originals so much. But a band called Machinae Supremacy made a serie of metal C64 medleys named Sidology that got me crying happy tears before everything had ended. I play the guitar myself so hearing someone nail some classic phrases from Commando and Out Run etc was just too much for this old man .
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@jaggafredde Commodore systems were ahead of their time, back in the day. Some of those games are definitely worthy of some remaking, perhaps one day...
Also, dropping this here :D
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@jipostus Oh I'm so sending that Turrican remix to my guitar buddies who also grew up with Commodores! That was awesome! :D
The orchestral soundtrack you linked to, listened to The Great Bath, one of my favorites from the game, it sounded really smooth and beautiful in that version, like it was always meant to sound like that. Some other songs didn't feel right though, for me at least, I'm too used to hear that tight synth sound.
I feel like this thread was very timely because it reminded me of my love for Space Channel 5, and it's music. Then Last night the allies actually played it and came to the correct conclusion that it is in fact "the greatest game ever made" (JK it's just a lot of fun.). But it made me want to post some more tracks from the two games.
Evila: Attack of the Perfect Reporter
Getting To The Truth
Space Ship Trapped in the Galaxy
Space Ship: Strut
Coco Tapioka the Huge Dancer
Spaceport: Introducing Ulala
The Reporter From Space Channel 5
Mexican Flyer - Big Band Version
Space Elementary School Band
Pursuers in the Sky
Eyes Shining In The Dark
I think we all can agree that the pure power of Strut is strong in this game and that the dancing is groovy as all get out. We need a Part 3, or a remake of the original. We need something from this series, it has so much potential. Also, if you haven't played these games go out and try them. Fair warning though, the controls are really janky and unresponsive in the ports of the original, so you might want to spring for the DreamCast version.
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Nier's soundtrack was pretty much the only reason I endured the game through all four endings.
Best soundtrack I've ever heard in a game, coming from such an otherwise mediocre title. A real shame.
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This is the best theme of a game i have played
Here. Have some more sick-nasty Persona Beats. This time, the best of Persona 4. Overall I prefer P3, but P4 is home to my favorite video game song of all time and some real stand outs.
Pursuing My True Self (It's a Persona OP, you know it's good.)
Signs of Love (Something about this song makes me feel like I'm at home. Persona Home.)
Your Affection (I just want to bop along.)
Reach out to the Truth - First Battle Version (Man I wish this was the version they used for all of the battles.)
Specialist (I don't have much to say about this song other than that it's good and that I'm transported to P4 Happy Times whenever I hear it.)
Heatbeat, Heartbreak (I feel like this song is criminally underrated among the P4 soundtrack. It's so melancholy but you just want to groove along when you hear it.)
Reverie (Gosh now that I've listened to the song I just feel sad and nostalgic. But in a good way.)
A Long Way (You really feel the power of what's to come during the section of the game that this song plays.)
Nevermore (I'm in my college's library making this post and fighting the urge to cry while I listen to this song.)
Electronica In The Velvet Room (So good, I just want to dance.)
Heaven (There you have it, my favorite video game song of all time. It's just so perfect. So melancholy, yet hopeful, and so catchy. It's like the j-pop embodiment of the feeling you get on your last day of high school, when you're saying goodbye to all the shitty teachers you met, all the good ones, and all of your friends. It's over, and that's good, but you're going to miss it.)
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Nights Into Dreams is my favorite game of all time, so here's two remixes of Dreams Dreams posted without context (mainly because I can't remember what the context for the first one is off the top of my head.) And while I'm at it, my favorite stage theme from the game, Suburban Museum.
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sorry to be 'that guy' that brings an 8 day old thread back to life but video game music is one of the things i'm most passionate about. i have a very distinct memory of the first time i realized holy crap video games have amazing music...i was playing secret of mana and got to the antlion...once the boss music got to the triumphant movement i just pulled up the ring menu and left the game on in my room for a good 45 minutes.
i have also been recording video game music at home for a number of years. if anyone is interested you can find my recordings for free at http://matt-b.bandcamp.com. i finished up two recordings earlier this year.