View Full Version : Favorite Video Game Music

12-06-2011, 12:25 PM
Well, I guess it doesn't have to be your favorite exactly. It could be anytime music in a game has enhanced an experience. I'm also curious to see who cares about music in video games.

I would say that my favorite music is Deus Ex's soundtrack, but I've been replaying Doom 3 and I've been music that I've never really noticed before that really seems to make things much more tense.

12-06-2011, 12:33 PM
Machinarium. It is one of few game soundtracks that stands on its own rights.

12-06-2011, 12:39 PM

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12-06-2011, 12:43 PM
There is a recent thread on the old forum on a similar subject. Quite a lot of recommendations over there.

The JG Man
12-06-2011, 01:02 PM
That thread lacked Super Meat Boy.


Then I'm going to leave this (http://dbsoundworks.bandcamp.com/album/super-meat-boy-soundtrack) here. It's the site with all the music hosted. You can thank me later!

12-06-2011, 01:08 PM
I just played the Machinarium demo. Yeah it's great... not sure how I let this game slip by me. Now I need to buy it!

12-06-2011, 01:20 PM
The Divinity games tend to have great atmospheric soundtracks.



Frank Klepacki's C&C soundtracks will always stick with me too...FIGHT, WIN, PREVAIL

And of course, VVVVVV


12-06-2011, 01:33 PM
speaking of atmospheric...
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There might have been more from that game worth posting but that's honestly about how far I got, I might sample my gog.com soundtrack later on.

I also really like Trent Reznor's work with the Quake soundtrack. Kinda wish things worked out with Trent and Id for Doom 3... Speaking of that, has anyone checked out that Trent Reznor sounds mod?

12-06-2011, 01:41 PM
Cannon Fodder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiYuq6Ac3a0) introduced me to the idea that game music could be more than just a short MOD sequence. And I only found out recently (via the lamented Simon (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?82-Cannon-Fodder)) that the recruitment hill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55cbGTlgHqI) music had lyrics too.

Grim Fandango had an excellent soundtrack which fit the tone and style of the game to a T.

12-06-2011, 02:55 PM
Nation 12's soundtracks for speedball 2 and gods.

Having recently gone back to the witcher, I'm surprised how atmospheric the music was on that.

Frozen synapse soundtrack has its moments.

And I have disinct memories of emerging overground and sprinting for cover to a thunderous techno burst in half life. That seemed cool as fuckery.

12-06-2011, 03:00 PM
I won't state the obvious Elder Scrolls ones but one of my favourite pieces of music from any game has to be:


12-06-2011, 03:00 PM
Personally, my favorite score ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHs9xcu1xqA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHs9xcu1xqA)

My favorite musical moment in video games:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTsD2FjmLsw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTsD2FjmLsw)

Of course:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-yBmKWd408 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-yBmKWd408)

One of the most underrated scores, mainly because it's been forgotten despite being such a good match for its game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utHahu-8NFQ&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utHahu-8NFQ&feature=related)

12-06-2011, 03:09 PM
Both of the Homeworlds were absolutely amazing in their use of music. The songs themselves are wonderful, but what really sets them apart is how well they accentuate the narrative.

This song starts right as you warp in to find your homeworld consumed in flames. Your officers struggle to maintain their composure as they explain to you that all that remains of your people are those on the mothership and a few cryotrays in orbit under attack.


The Keeper is aware. The Keeper is indestructible. The Keeper will destroy you.


This song started my love affair with the sarangi.


12-06-2011, 03:14 PM
I've always been a sucker for Jeremy Soule. The first time I stepped out of the tavern in Icewind Dale the soundtrack nearly knocked me out of my chair. His TES theme, as present in Morrowind and Oblivion, is also outstanding, to say nothing of his brilliant work on Guild Wars.

I also have to say, I really like the music in the older (real) Tom Clancy games, the menu theme in Raven Shield is just outstanding.

12-06-2011, 03:16 PM

For me particularity:

Total Annihilation and Guild Wars

12-06-2011, 03:51 PM
Oh I just realized this was in the PC forum. Well whatever everyone likes variety.

I love talking about any kind of music and my memories of games, especially old ones, are usually tied in with the music that played the whole time.

I always really liked Fire Emblem's music (and the game is one of my personal GOATs). It always set the mood very well and I always found it to be pretty listenable anyway:


AoE II ofc. So many hours playing this game, so many empires falling (usually mine), and the soundtrack was excellent:


I guess I'm being really North American here but NHL 99 had the bossest fucking music ever. The announcer would shout these catch phrases in a really violent manner (memorable lines for an open-ice hit: "WELCOME TO THE ROAD KILL CAFE" "NORTH-BOUND ON A SOUTH-BOUND FREEWAY, LOOKOUT" "OOOOOHHHH HE HAMMERED 'EM") and then you'd finish your game and get back to the menu and hear stuff like this:


Now, the only time I remember hearing this music was during the credits and when I was connecting to certain Half-Life mod servers (especially Zombie Panic, which beats the shit out of ZP:S) but it's awesome either way. Also, the name is amazing:


I'd post more but I just spent like 30 minutes making this post so w/e. I guess I'll wrap it up with some hardcore shit:




12-06-2011, 04:23 PM
No mention of the Amiga version of Dune soundtrack? Shame on you.


The offical soundtrack release, Exxos - Dune Spice Opera, is fantastic too.

12-06-2011, 04:28 PM
Although I havn't actually ever played the game, this bit of music is one of the most inspiring I have heard for a soundtrack.


Oh, and nothing can beat the moment in Episode 2 when this track starts playing:


12-06-2011, 05:41 PM
I'm sure its not for everyone but the Cuban/Spanish pop of the Tropico soundtrack really is pretty special. It certainly makes a change from all the orchestral stuff you get in other games.
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The soundtrack is included in the Tropico Trilogy on GoG.com

12-06-2011, 10:25 PM
Solar Field's Mirror's Edge soundtrack is amazing, and is probably no small factor in making the Mirror's Edge world feel as it does.

12-06-2011, 10:49 PM
World of Goo and the snippets of menu music in TF2 are rather good

12-06-2011, 11:03 PM
Come to think of it, the music was virtually the only thing I liked about Braid, but I REALLY liked it.

13-06-2011, 12:08 AM
Braid is indeed a contender for best - albeit non-original, IIRC -game music.

However, my favourite original game score is probably Mark Morgan's score for Torment.

For best main theme, Inon Zur's theme for Throne of Bhaal is quite impressive, as is Danny Elfman's for Fable.

(Much to my surprise, the latter, as I am not an Elfman fan; or remotely close to that.)

13-06-2011, 12:22 AM
Suprised that noone has posted this yet.


This I also like.


And finally.


13-06-2011, 12:41 AM
I'd forgotten about Battlefield! Probably *the* most iconic main theme of the last decade.

Edit: Back when I bought Battlefield 1942, my Pentium III really wasn't up to the challenge of actually running it, but I booted it up anyway, just to listen to the theme as the maps loaded. True story!

13-06-2011, 12:42 AM
All the talk of unreal reminded me:

By far the most enjoyable soundtrack to snipe to when floating around on an asteroid.

13-06-2011, 11:15 AM
One of my personal favourites:
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The music from Braid is also amazing, and very good for listening to while playing Minecraft.

Assassin's Creed 2 and Brotherhood also have very lovely and awesome music:
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13-06-2011, 12:02 PM
The Beyond Good and Evil soundtrack is all kinds of amazing, from the made up languages to the way it goes absolutely everywhere.





The whole thing can be found here. (http://www.stormeffect.com/beyond/index.htm)

Vexing Vision
13-06-2011, 01:09 PM
I'm quite delighted that I own the Frozen Synapse soundtrack. It's really not my style, but oh so good.

And thanks to whoever posted the brilliant Diablo 1 soundtrack up there. Ah, memories...


I can't pass a game music thread without promoting my favourite game music composer of all times, Chris Hülsbeck of Rainbow Arts, some of the biggest guys in European Amiga/C64 publishing/development.

A few years ago, this happened (and it was brilliant):


12-10-2011, 09:05 AM
hi i am going to revive this thread instead of creating a new one

so here's my favorites:




i think the soundtrack is even better than the game. this is no faint praise, since the game itself is decent

also see: battlefield 1943 theme, the bit.trip series, and mirror's edge

12-10-2011, 10:13 AM
I can't pass a game music thread without promoting my favourite game music composer of all times, Chris Hülsbeck of Rainbow Arts, some of the biggest guys in European Amiga/C64 publishing/development.

A few years ago, this happened (and it was brilliant): [...]

I wish they had played a orchestral version of the M.U.D.S. theme. Still, brilliant CD.

12-10-2011, 10:29 AM
Hated the game, but the soundtrack CD I got with the beta pack was pretty good.


Also, more VVVVVV love. This music makes me play better:




12-10-2011, 10:46 AM
...and one more for luck.


One of the best uses of a pretty, relaxing soundtrack used as a counterpoint to the nail-biting tension and horrific violence that's going on with the game.

Also, reminds me of Christmas.

(It's the BGM used in the open PvP zone in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, for the uninitiated. A place where the best fishing, herb gathering and mining could be done, and where you could and probably would get ambushed and murdered by other players, without warning, if you took your eye off the ball for even a second.)

12-10-2011, 10:49 AM





12-10-2011, 11:32 AM
C64's Forbidden Forest.


12-10-2011, 11:37 AM
Silent Hills have always been my favourites, especially 2 and 4.


Other good ones that have sticked to my mind: The Witcher, Frozen Synapse, VVVVVV, Solium Infernum, Monkey Islands, Stronghold, Medieval: Total War (the first), Tropico, Final Fantasies (the ones with Nobuo, ofc) and Max Paynes.

12-10-2011, 11:45 AM
i didn't really like descent 2, but it was one of those games with great soundtracks (tm). one of the guys from skinny puppy had their hand in this one.


12-10-2011, 11:54 AM
The tracks from Guilty Gear X remain a favourite of mine. Some excellent stuff there, especially Potemkin's theme "Burly Heart".

Capt. Eduardo del Mango
12-10-2011, 12:22 PM
I'll almost always (and invariably if it's a non-narrative game) turn the in-game music off and put my own on - I think I've been doing this since I first got a stereo and a moderately sized music collection. I'm at work (not working) reading this so I can't listen to anything here, but the responses lead me to believe I might be missing out...

Still, the last in-game music that left an impression on me?

Streets of Rage 2, 1993. Awesome.

12-10-2011, 05:04 PM
I've played so many games I don't even want to think about counting them, but nothing has ever come close to the OST's of Chrono Trigger and Shenmue for me.

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Still listen to these regularly. even though I played them as a little kid. Oh the beauty of nostalgiafagging.

12-10-2011, 05:25 PM
Now, the only time I remember hearing this music was during the credits and when I was connecting to certain Half-Life mod servers (especially Zombie Panic, which beats the shit out of ZP:S) but it's awesome either way.

This music plays when you FINALLY reach the surface and get attacked by the Opposing Forces.

Drinking with Skeletons
12-10-2011, 06:18 PM
I always feel bad about doing so on the PC gaming forum, but there are too many great console soundtracks to not bring them up. Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening and Ocarina of Time are tied in terms of catchy tunes. The Super Mario Galaxies are both excellent, and they each have some nods to the franchise's previous tunes without being beholden to them. Okami is full of fantastic pieces, and Shadow of the Colossus and Monster Hunter 3 are tied in terms of epic boss music. Kirby's Epic Yarn has a surprisingly good soundtrack, and the best Christmas-themed levels I've ever encountered in a game. Squaresoft simply cranked out great soundtracks back in the PS1 days. Legend of Mana, Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, and Chrono Cross all have utterly fantastic music, much of it quite different from the norm. The recent re-release of Tactics Ogre on the PSP features a soundtrack similar to Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story (unsurprising giving they share a large portion of team members), except fully orchestrated (you need to get some headphones to appreciate it).

On the PC side of things, I've always loved the soundtrack to Master of Orion 2, Civilization IV, Rise of Nations (and to a lesser degree Rise of Legends), and Curse of Monkey Island. Neverwinter Nights 2 had some good tracks, and while I can't say they've stuck with me I remember really enjoying the tracks from Total Annihilation. Titan Quest made good use of its main theme, as did Morrowind (Oblivion didn't use its main theme outside of the title screen, and it was compromised by being a little too similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme). The radio stations from Fallout 3 and New Vegas deserve some praise for reminding all of us that big band music and old school country can be pretty awesome if done right, as well as reminding us all to watch out for Butcher Pete, who don't care whose meat he carves.

12-10-2011, 06:34 PM
Atom Zombie Smasher's soundtrack from The Volcanics is divine.



Also, Machinarium, Osmos and virtually everything released on the NES.

12-10-2011, 06:50 PM
First off, thanks to those who've posted, reminding me of some greats I'd forgotten.

Let's see now:
Monkey Island
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Xenon 2
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Escape from Colditz
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Full Contact intro
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Supercars 2 - could only find the mono version. may mess with your head if you're wearing headphones.
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Call of Duty - Pegasus bridge. So powerful. Speaks to a victory won in the name of freedom, but forlorn at the cost of so many lives.
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The Halo Theme
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There are likely better versions out there, but this is the original so it will do nicely.

I've a soft spot for how amazingly immersive the Anarchy Online soundtrack is. sure a couple of the tracks are dud's, but the music captures the games vision from location to location. Even the loading music is forboding but with the promise of hope and salvation.
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If you can track down all the separate pieces then do so. Wonderful stuff from the original, not sure about the add ons..
Seascape makes you feel alive - quality not very crisp on this vid.
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Battlescape - life and death combat music, it could go either way!
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Lost in the desert's of Tir.
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Portal 2's soundtrack, which was given away free around the web someplace, is suitably gritty and dystopian with some great 'urgency' pieces.
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And of course 'Still Alive' is memorable to the end of time. Here's a typographical version.
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And the kids choir version
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MW1 - menu music. Very backgroundy ambient, but I like.
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The 2nd one, less so.
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anyhow, enough from me.

12-10-2011, 07:38 PM
A few that spring to mind:

Castlevania: Symphony of The Night:

Chrono Trigger:

Crusader No Remorse:

Full Throttle:

Mechwarrior 2:


Super Castlevania 4:

System Shock 2:

Terra Nova:

Unreal 1:

Warcraft 2:

All of these are easily games soundtrack playlist worthy.

12-10-2011, 07:58 PM
I'm a bit of a sucker for orchestral works. These are the games I can think of that have had very good, experience enhancing soundtracks for me:

System Shock 2
Fallout 1 & 2
Shadow of the Colossus
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Red Dead Redemption
Supreme Commander (Original and FA)
Total Annihilation
EVE Online
Sins of a Solar Empire
Dragon Quest VIII
Independence War II: Edge of Chaos
King Arthur: The Role Playing Wargame
Warcraft 2
People's General (There's only 3 songs but they're all awesome)

Yeah, I listen to A LOT of video game soundtracks, almost to the exclusion of everything else.

EDIT: Can't believe I forgot Demon's Souls. That was easily one of the most atmospheric soundtracks I've ever heard.

12-10-2011, 08:30 PM

Also Transport Tycoon had amazing music. I particularly like Sawyer's Tune.

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13-10-2011, 08:08 AM
Hm, lets see.

Assassin's Creed 2 & Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Metro 2033
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:Call of Pripyat
The Whispered World
The Whitcher 1 & 2
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2

13-10-2011, 08:58 AM