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#1 Airship Ballet

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:11 PM

This may or may not have been brought up before but I just realised how much faster Dark Radiant sessions seem to go when I'm listening to the FTL soundtrack. I also realised that I listen to video game soundtracks way more than conventional music, which seems to be the case for a lot of my friends. So, what's your favorite? You may have a favorite track that doesn't belong to your favorite OST, in which case post both!

My favorite track... I just generally love it, and it's surprisingly recent. I wasn't expecting anything to trump ICO but this soundtrack is a very close second if not joint first, and they're completely different!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BWs9rV4T2I

I get a ton of headaches, so I've always listened to a lot of ambient music. I have it in my ears all day every day and it's really calming. I've come to rely on it really, but one of the first great examples I ever found was in the ICO soundtrack. It's dull, and completely featureless compared to most, but it has a special place in my heart as one of the most relaxing yet haunting games I've ever played.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjTq2ao2AR0
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:13 PM

All time favorite soundtrack would have to be for Deus Ex Human Revolution. Such an amazing soundtrack


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:36 PM

Michael McCann seems to be getting a lot of work lately, what with being on-call for Splinter Cell and having worked on the new XCOM. Every soundtrack he touches turns to gold, so the more the merrier. I loved the DE:HR OST, only wished it was more prevalent while wandering around undetected.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 08:41 PM

Rogue Warrior... terrible game but end credits song is amazing.Simply the one of the best songs ever created.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:00 PM



Need to skip past the first minute of creepy noises to get to the track-proper.
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:14 PM

Very hard to decide. Lots of games have amazing soundtracks. Unreal, Disciples: Sacred Lands, Thief, Quake, STALKER, Dungeon Keeper, Diablo, StarCraft, Fallout, Crusader... the list could go on.
If there's one track that is still very, very memorable, it's this one:



The whole of this soundtrack is perfect, anyway. Some of the unused, beta tunes are even better than those that ended up in the final product.
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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:14 PM

Isn't Rogue Warrior a contestant for lowest metascore on Steam? Or am I thinking of something else? That music certainly doesn't seem worthy of a bad name.

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That creepy, glitchy intro really reminded me of Kashiwa Daisuke. He uses the same kind of sounds as an intro to his music before breaking out into more conventional stuff. They're all really long and strange, but there are diamonds in the artistic, experimental rough:



I still play Unreal Tournament '99 a lot, and with the sfx all the way down and the music all the way up, never gets old, same with Unreal.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:20 PM

I really enjoy stuff from DOOM, Drakan, Resident Evil 1/2/3 as well as Timesplitters. My favorite is probably Hexen though, the mystical soundtrack is just brilliant.

Example:


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:27 PM

Oh, yes! I also really love Heretic's. e1m1's theme is always stuck in my head.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:28 PM

My favorite is probably Hexen though, the mystical soundtrack is just brilliant.


*agree*

Around 1:48 in that video reminded me of something from Lost Odyssey, which has another great soundtrack. I wouldn't expect anything less from Nobuo Uematsu though. He's one of the few people in the industry I have genuine respect for as he left Square when he saw the direction their games were going in. If you're a Final Fantasy fan and haven't played Lost Odyssey, you're missing out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YoDuIZa8tE

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:59 PM

Oh, yes! I also really love Heretic's. e1m1's theme is always stuck in my head.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb2SuyZ5wOI


Heretic also has some really good music, I've done some renditions of them too. E1M1 is just as much of a classic as DOOM's E1M1, in my opinion.


*agree*

Around 1:48 in that video reminded me of something from Lost Odyssey, which has another great soundtrack. I wouldn't expect anything less from Nobuo Uematsu though. He's one of the few people in the industry I have genuine respect for as he left Square when he saw the direction their games were going in. If you're a Final Fantasy fan and haven't played Lost Odyssey, you're missing out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YoDuIZa8tE


It does sound surprisingly similar actually, now that I've listened to it closely. Good observation.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:38 PM

You earned yourself a subscriber. I see you have some Doom /vr/ videos, I usually follow these threads with great interest.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:40 PM


Edited by Skaruts, 05 February 2014 - 10:42 PM.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:40 PM

  • Thief 1 + 2, DS: (you've heard them)
  • Shivers 1:
    • watch?v=Sn1YjGSWKBY
    • watch?v=-o0JuwC3vvM
  • Streets of Simcity:
    • watch?v=BhyOY1NFPQg
    • watch?v=w87qj5cixMg
  • Death Rally: watch?v=Acm1Fs3v1VM
  • Scott Pilgrim game: watch?v=Z_9zcmRLMoI
  • Golden Sun: watch?v=TinBBS7vDww
  • Day of the Tentacle: watch?v=i1Ze8UAyNIQ
  • Sam and Max Hit the Road: watch?v=uYL8gviJ_Rg
  • Chex Quest
    • watch?v=knzxc8sMXJ8
    • watch?v=YOE5P4WL8Jw
    • watch?v=Hybl6EmKjnY
  • Age of Empires II (Kings/Conquerors)
    • watch?v=FXp--cIRR2c
    • watch?v=wsrvDc8ikpM
    • watch?v=NDcZXEMF84k
    • watch?v=KtrvTntcBUE
    • watch?v=1T0Yi4x5_8Q
    • watch?v=3Ed1G4I_UpE
  • Age of Mythology
    • watch?v=3ycGTR0qjRw
    • watch?v=1wtK_qLR3Hg
    • watch?v=B4TgXOrWD18
  • TES 3: Morrowind: watch?v=zaeO0zitvy0
  • Diablo 2: watch?v=2c3j5_022Yk
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  • Duke Nukem II: watch?v=45omCK-IM-w
  • Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure: watch?v=Viy9uMqzZsU
  • Commander Keen 4-6
    • watch?v=_WUSIc7W0Hc
    • watch?v=fR4Jl7cf_o4
    • watch?v=EnCuwxpnFwU
    • watch?v=xoOSIydlRrI
  • Cossacks series
    • watch?v=h1J0-4azOhY
    • watch?v=GQz_HpEKG7I
    • watch?v=fIgHMj1uQVg
  • Railroad Tycoon 2: watch?v=WVeIRoexQ74
And some more:

Bio Menace: watch?v=kEx6wqjL658
watch?v=7Dk6bG9NvQs
watch?v=almOskQrWPs

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#15 Airship Ballet

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:42 PM

Thief 1 + 2, DS
Shivers 1
Streets of Simcity
Death Rally
Scott Pilgrim game
Golden Sun
Day of the Tentacle
Sam and Max Hit the Road
Chex Quest
Age of Empires II (Kings/Conquerors)
TES 3: Morrowind
Diablo 2
Glean: http://www.kongregat...s/okaybmd/glean
Duke Nukem II
Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure
Commander Keen 4-6
Cossacks series
Railroad Tycoon 2


Awesome choices but you have to narrow it down, you cheat =P
The Diablo 2 wilderness music is still up there for me, maybe because of the hours spent listening to it...


Edited by Airship Ballet, 05 February 2014 - 10:43 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:43 PM

You earned yourself a subscriber. I see you have some Doom /vr/ videos, I usually follow these threads with great interest.


Yes indeed, I try to do /vr/ stuff every week or so, you may see me posting around in the DOOM thread randomly.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 10:58 PM

No competition for me ... The main theme of Valkyria Chronicles



Agh, I've gotta stop listening. Too nostalgic. One of my favorite games too.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 11:54 PM

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:18 AM

Some really good soundtracks here but for me I've always liked the MechWarrior 2 soundtrack.

In particular, track 11 "Pyre Light" but I think they are all exceptional...



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:32 AM

Awesome choices but you have to narrow it down, you cheat =P
The Diablo 2 wilderness music is still up there for me, maybe because of the hours spent listening to it...

https://www.youtube....h?v=BODYxesJLVo


Narrow it down? Hell no!

Well, I guess I'd pick Morrowind for the contrasting epic and peaceful feel of the tracks. In Diablo 2 I like the Act 3 music the best, particularly 2:20-7:30.

Turns out you can't stuff too many YouTube links in one post, so you'll have to make do with ctrl + c, ctrl + v.

Now it's time to listen to all these other videos.

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:27 AM

Not my fav, but back when games were measured in kilobytes, and PCs could barely beep, Psygnosis used music for mood.



But then there was this...which blew everything out of the water at the time. I'd never seen a smoother scrolling, faster (too fast to perceive/play on the fastest speed setting) game with full screen sprites.



Hard to believe in this day and age, but coded in assembly language. I was brainwashed on that music summer nights.
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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:36 AM

lots of good soundtrack mentionned... I'd just like to add these two:



and of course:

by the way, the whole Portal2 sountrack is avaible for free here:
http://www.thinkwith...s.com/music.php

 

edit: fixed sin's url


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:53 AM

I'm a soundtrack junkie, too.

I have no permanent favourites, and my interests change. Recently I've been listening to Alan Wake OST, which I love for its gloomy atmosphere with occasional burst of hostile energy.

Anything by Michael Giacchino works for me too. Batman Arkham City has a cool sountrack, as well as DXHR.

I often listen to Cinemix online radio while working. They play soundtrack music only.
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Posted 06 February 2014 - 02:11 AM

Can't go wrong with some Frank Klepacki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=086wmd_3pW8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq8PTCxuzTA


The MechWarrior 2 soundtrack already got posted, so let's dig around for a few other classics...

Apparently there's a limit to the media links,

Sonic 1 soundtrack

NiGHTS into Dreams soundtrack

Edited by Xarg, 06 February 2014 - 02:12 AM.

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 04:04 AM

Whut, no mention of the excellent Bastion? :)


Also, the devil may cry soundtrack is worth mentioning, as it is produced by Noisia, my favorite producerteam of all, usually resonsible for the most devastating Drum & Bass tracks you'll ever hear! :D

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