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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: December 28, 2017 (10:47 AM)
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When done right, video game music is an integral part of the experience. I've been introduced to many fantastic games via their soundtracks, as well. Enjoy this thread dedicated largely to video game music! There will be consecutive postings due to the nature of this thread, by the way. Let's start this thread off with a triple-feature!


"The Boy's Got Wings" from Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (Turbo CD)
https://youtu.be/LJnhYhL2-fM

Easily one of my favorite video game soundtracks, Ys III has a wide variety of genres, from rock to synth orchestral. I can only imagine how amazing it was to hear this back in the days of 16-bit sound.


"Devil Hunter/Mode Select" from Devil May Cry 2
https://youtu.be/UeWnVzhuKaE

One of the most under-appreciated soundtracks is DMC2. An almost immaculate selection of hard rock, with synth and quieter pieces peppered about for good measure.


"Title Theme" from Jet Force Gemini
https://youtu.be/khlPGVOGL2g

Perhaps the greatest N64 score, Jet Force Gemini changed my perception of what video game music could accomplish. From the triumphant title theme onwards, each track suits its environs perfectly, using emotional strings as well as haunting ambience to do so.


What are some of your favorite video game soundtracks?


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: December 28, 2017 (07:23 PM)
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I like a surprising amount of music from Street Fighter Alpha 3, and I love most of the music from Mega Man 2. Capcom in general delighted me for much of around 20 years, honestly. My favorite soundtrack is probably Yasunori Mitsuda's work for Chrono Cross, and he is one of my favorite composers in general. Final Fantasy VI also had some amazing tunes. Beyond that, I tend not to pay a whole lot of attention to game music, honestly.


"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy on reality

"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto on secret doors to another world

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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: December 30, 2017 (05:42 PM)
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Since you're a fan of Mitsuda's work, I think you would be interested in some of the works at OCRemix.org. There are entire albums of fan-made arrangements of his music from such games as Chrono Trigger, Radical Dreamers, and Xenogears, all for free!


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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: December 30, 2017 (09:31 PM)
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I'm aware of OCRemix, and I even backed them substantially on Kickstarter when they put together that Final Fantasy project. One of their community members composed a beautiful Zelda II medley that is (as far as I know) the only game composition I have on my iPhone.


"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy on reality

"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto on secret doors to another world

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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: January 11, 2018 (01:01 PM)
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Here are two games I plan to review soon. I'm not sure which to take on first, so if anyone is particularly interested in either game, let me know!



"Camanis Level (Remix)" from Tyrian 2000
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pS7yQ9M63M

Oh, ho, you thought Thunder Force IV or Gate of Thunder or some other game with Thunder in the title was the best shmup ever made? Wait 'till you hear about this one...


"Efrain's Return (Extended)" from Castlevania: The LeCarde Chronicles 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VjqXbwhv3Y&list=PLhV0S_CLD6ZTxM8nfBTQLwW46_3965W11&index=7

The production values in this game are astounding! As you might have inferred, this game is a sequel to an equally excellent game; the original is a Rondo of Blood-style affair, and the sequel is what we might call a Metroidvania.


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Author: Follow_Freeman
Posted: January 19, 2018 (01:42 PM)
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Time for some obscure soundtracks to get their due.



"Level 0" from Tetris CD-i
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXvztldcWA4

Wonderful studying music right here. This version of Tetris was kinda clunky, but I liked the pleasant nature footage in the background. More interesting than just a plain backdrop. Actually, there are some really neat Tetris games out there; maybe I'll review some of them.


"Time" from Deep Fear
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLqeEe4VM5w

Resident Sea-vil took the seminal '96 title's formula and decided to focus on the running back and forth through empty corridors to get stuff bit instead of anything tense. I don't know how they got the composer for Ghost and the Shell on this sinking ship, but we got some great music out of the deal. Watch the abridged Retsupurae videos on this game if you are interested in it.


"Stellar Light" from Eschatos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qecqf_nRzUM

Now THIS is some shmup music! Yousuke Yasui is easily one of my favorite composers. Amazing from start to finish.


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