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Video game music can be pretty cool.

...Yeah, that's the OP, I really don't know what to write here, not that I think there's anything that really needs saying other than making it clear that this is about full soundtracks, not individual game songs. Those games that are just filled with amazing music that elevated the whole experience all the way through.

I'll be thinking about my list and posting it in a bit. Maybe post one individual song as a bonus just to have some music listening happening in a music thread (even though I didn't put this under music discussion...)



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Final Fantasy Remake have the best music ever in a game. Its a masterpiece.
Square enix games are kings of game music.

Jenova theme , airbuster boss theme and the new one winged angel all amazing:

Top 10 :

Final fantasy 7 remake

Final fantasy 10

Final Fantasy 8

Chrono trigger

Final fantasy 15

mass effect 2

mass effect 3

deux ex human revolution

last of us

final fantasy 9

this is all i remember now xD , might change when i see other people list and start remember , i know there is better stuff than the last of us , mass effect 3 , deus ex , but i just dont remember now :D

Last edited by ClassicGamingWizzz - on 04 September 2020

 

ClassicGamingWizzz said:
Final Fantasy Remake have the best music ever in a game. Its a masterpiece.
Square enix games are kings of game music.

Not quite 10 games listed, but that'll do. I never got too much into Square's games, as I'm not too much into JRPGs to begin with, but it's pretty clear that a lot of them have stellar music.

I'm, uh, coming up with a really long post.



mZuzek said:
ClassicGamingWizzz said:
Final Fantasy Remake have the best music ever in a game. Its a masterpiece.
Square enix games are kings of game music.

Not quite 10 games listed, but that'll do. I never got too much into Square's games, as I'm not too much into JRPGs to begin with, but it's pretty clear that a lot of them have stellar music.

I'm, uh, coming up with a really long post.

i will try to come up with a list of 10 , but it will be hard not to put everything square enix xD



 

ClassicGamingWizzz said:
mZuzek said:

Not quite 10 games listed, but that'll do. I never got too much into Square's games, as I'm not too much into JRPGs to begin with, but it's pretty clear that a lot of them have stellar music.

I'm, uh, coming up with a really long post.

i will try to come up with a list of 10 , but it will be hard not to put everything square enix xD

Somehow I've managed to made a list of 10 games without any franchise showing up more than once, which is quite uncommon for me to do. But yeah, I won't judge you for listing Square Enix only, it's not like my lists are the most varied. I've never gotten into Final Fantasy, but I did listen to some of its more well-known songs back when I was into Smash 4 modding, and this theme from FFXV became one of my favorites:

Everytime I listen to it, it's great, gets me all pumped up lol. But other than that I didn't get into the music too much, though it's pretty obvious that I'd love them if I loved the games they're from.



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Shantae and the Pirate's Curse had the best soundtrack ever for me.
Hyrule Warriors is a close second. They really did wonders with the Zelda music.
Smash Ultimate is third due to the sheer amount of great music from different franchises it has.
4th is Gokujou Parodious (Parodious Fantastic Journey in Europe), and the whole series by extension. They really made miracles with classical music there.
5th is Megaman 2. Almost all the tracks are great, but few can really match the greatness that is Wily's Castle Stage 1&2
6th is the original Super Mario Bros. Really only 4 tracks, but each one is fully ingrained into the brains of the gamers from the 80's - and beyond!
7th is Command&Conquer: Red Alert. Hell March alone warrants a spot on the list.
8th is Crazy Taxi, at least ir's original release. Ya! Ya! Ya! Ya! Ya!
9th was Burnout 3: Takedown. Really loved it's song selection
10th is Double Dragon for me. Great and varied music fitting for each stage, with the Mission one track really setting the tone for the game.

Honorable mentions: Fifa 98 RTWC only due to Song 2, Monkey Island's varied Caribbean music styles, Civilization IV, especially Baba Yetu, which is the first and only videogame song to win a Grammy

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I'll probably change my mind in a few minutes, but here are 10 that I really quite like in no particular order:

  1. Age of Empires - The second game was better, but the first one had an amazing soundtrack.
  2. Chrono Trigger - Does a lot of kinds of music very well.
  3. Final Fantasy VI - One of the more ambitious soundtracks out there.
  4. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time -
  5. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - A very different soundtrack from the rest of the series, but by no means worse for it.
  6. Mega Man 2 - Lots of great chiptunes.
  7. Shadow of the Colossus - Lots of songs that make you feel intimidated, triumphant, or mournful.
  8. Super Mario 64 - A bit sparser than ideal, but pretty much every tune is great for what it is.
  9. Super Smash Bros Brawl - Deserves a lot of credit for turning the Smash series into a musical powerhouse.
  10. Undertale - I really like the use of leitmotifs and overlapping themes in this soundtrack.


Love and tolerate.

VERY LONG POST WARNING

(I swear I didn't make this thread with a post like this in mind, it just came off naturally!)

For me, a game's soundtrack is by far one of its most important aspects, one of the things that most impact my enjoyment out of it, so when making a top 10 OSTs list, it's inevitably gonna look kinda similar to a top 10 games in general. To be fair, this is somewhat true of all things I really like - the music is always a key factor in determining how much I'm gonna like a work of art. Thinking about it in a meta level, it might be the main reason why I never got really into media formats that don't involve music, such as books or comics. Anyways, onto the list.

Honorable Mentions: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokémon Gold/Silver, Persona 3.

I'm gonna have the actual list in spoiler tags because it went on for quite a bit.

Spoiler!

10. Night in the Woods
Favorite songs: Title, Die Anywhere Else, Possum Springs, Astral Alley, Rainy Day
My favorite soundtracks are generally the ones that complement the gameplay, moreso than the ones that are great to listen to on their own, but Night in the Woods' does really well in both fronts - mostly because the gameplay itself is super simple, so the songs are generally a big focal point of the experience to begin with. It's always just really relaxing to listen to these tunes, and I can't imagine myself having enjoyed the game nearly as much if not for them.

9. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Favorite songs: Nocturne in the Moonlight, Dracula's Castle, Wandering Ghosts, Crystal Teardrops, The Tragic Prince
This one's probably one of the nicer ones to listen to (detached from the game) in my list. Most of the soundtrack suits the game really well, though some songs feel kinda out of place, and of course, one song plays everywhere and becomes really annoying. But generally this soundtrack is fantastic and really helped bring Dracula's Castle to life, moreso than earlier games ever did - even if Castlevania usually has kickass music always. I still need to play the later games...

8. Hollow Knight
Favorite songs: Crossroads, Greenpath, Fungal Wastes, City of Tears, Queen's Gardens
I wanted to list another two songs up there, but I'm gonna try to avoid songs that have spoilers in their name. But yeah, Hollow Knight's soundtrack is fantastic. Moreso the kind of OST that complements the game perfectly, I don't think there's much to enjoy there if you haven't played it yet. But the audio direction in general is one of the key things that made this game so special and memorable, as it plays such a big role in establishing that heavy atmosphere the game is known for.

7. Metroid Prime
Favorite songs: Phendrana Drifts, Tallon Overworld, Crashed Ship Frigate Orpheon, Vs. Meta Ridley, Staff Roll
Metroid games are known for their heavy atmospheres too, and while the soundtracks are mostly great at emphasizing that feeling, most of them aren't too much fun to listen to. There are a couple that do try to be more catchy, but don't really fit with the series' sense of isolation. Metroid Prime is, in my opinion, the one that strikes the perfect balance - with some fantastic catchy tunes that still retain a seriousness about them, and a lot of moody atmospheric themes that make you feel completely alone.

6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Favorite songs: Ballad of the Goddess, Fi's Theme, Faron Woods, Lanayru Desert, Staff Roll
This one's kinda funny in that, although Skyward Sword was love at first sight for me, I didn't really enjoy its soundtrack much playing the game for the first time, and only grew to really love it when replaying it later. I was used to Zelda having the catchiest music always, and although Skyward Sword's music was always quite present, none of it was too memorable for me at first. It's really grown on me over the years though, and it's easily my favorite Zelda soundtrack nowadays.

5. Pokémon X/Y
Favorite songs: Kalos Region Theme, Battle! Friend, Battle! Xerneas/Yveltal, The Pokémon League, Battle! Elite Four
Probably the most unpopular pick on this list, but I'm used to that with this game by now. I can't listen to any song from this game without feeling extremely nostalgic, but it's got nothing to do with memories of my past or something. The songs just have an inherent nostalgic quality to them, they've made me feel this way from the first time I played the game. All the battle themes are incredible. The instrumentation is, well, the only time Pokémon music has actually sounded good and not like some low-budget midis. I could go on for a long time, but yeah, you know the deal, I really love this one.

4. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Favorite songs: Wing Ding, Amiss Abyss, Harvest Hazards, Seashore War, Staff Roll, and a lot more
This one's just absolute perfection. Over 50 amazing songs, every stage has a fantastic, iconic, unique theme to go with it, I love it all from start to finish, with the exception of the world 1 music which is "only" pretty good. This soundtrack is an absolute joy to listen to, and the game wouldn't be nearly as good if not for it. The whole soundtrack oozes greatness... the reason it's in 4th place in this list, well, the next ones are also pretty much perfect. But on another day I may have listed this one higher up.

3. Shadow of the Colossus
Favorite songs: The Opened Way, Revived Power, A Despair-Filled Farewell, Epilogue, The Sunlit Earth
This one was written by a movie composer, and it shows. There's a cinematic element to all of it, and it helps make Shadow of the Colossus the iconic experience it is. I love the melancholy/epic feeling the battle themes have (with the exception of Revived Power, which is just pure awesome adrenaline), and love how they contrast with the silence and emptiness of the game's world. A masterpiece.

2. Persona 5
Favorite songs: Wake Up (...), Life Will Change, Blooming Villain, The Days When (...), Rivers in the Desert
IT'S NOT A GAME, I'M NOT A ROBOT A.I. CHALLENGING YOUUUU yeah I've made a thread on this, let's carry on. But really, there isn't much to talk about. Persona 5's music is godlike, everyone knows that. All of the game's music is absolutely phenomenal and elevates the experience so much. I could've listed a completely different 5 songs there, and another different 5, and another different 5, and it'd still consist only of songs I absolutely love. The new Royal songs are fantastic, too. I love this game.

1. Ōkami
Favorite songs: Shinshu Field, Waka's Appearance, Giving Kushi a Ride, Wep'keer, The Sun Rises
Should come to no surprise to anyone that my favorite game also has my favorite soundtrack. I often listen to it from start to finish (not all of the 218 songs, I've made a 64-song playlist!) and love most of the music, just like the other ones up there I felt a bit limited by picking only 5 favorites. I always praise this game for how much it toys with my feelings, how much it makes me laugh, cry, and feel all pumped up from one moment to the next, and I think none of that would've happened if not for the music. Without it, I'm not sure this game would be that special for me. The soundtrack as a whole is also really iconic, with every song following that traditional Japanese style of instrumentation even if the compositions themselves often take inspiration from more modern music. The Sun Rises is possibly my favorite song in the world, so that helps too.

...yeah, um. That's the list. Looking forward to seeing everyone else's, doesn't need to be this long



Paper Mario, Metroid Prime and Halo 2 have the most consistent OSTs I've ever heard.



In no order
KH series
Persona 3
Persona 5
Final fantasy 7
Detroit becomes human(I didnt actually play this game lol)
Super Mario Galaxy
Pokemon White 2
Pokemon Sapphire
The legend of Zelda Skyward sword
Xenoblade series

This lists probably changes a lot.
If I had to rank the top three it would be
Persona 5
Mario Galaxy
Final Fantasy 7