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#1 Edited by senorfuzzeh (385 posts) -

Nothing makes gaming more fun than charging into battle with some awesome tunes blasting from your speakers. Or as the main hero falls in battle to a soft violin. Music and sound is just as big part of gaming as any other gameplay mechanic. Its the part that leaves a mark on your subconscious, to whenever you hear it, you can't but help be reminded of the first time you struck down a dragon or conquered worlds.

So what game is it that's had the best music for you? It could be just one song in the entire game that stood above the rest, or an entire soundtrack that lead you through lands.

For me? Two games. The first is one we all know, Metal Gear Solid. The strings and brass has made me shed many tears for our headbanded ol' ninja.

And the second game, a slightly less well known game, Afro Samurai. The sound track was pure gold in this game, and possibly the best thing about the game. I still liked the game, but I wouldn't have liked it nearly as much if it hadn't been the same music.

EDIT: also maybe throw in a comment as is to why it was so great to You.

#2 Posted by Kingfalcon (141 posts) -

Shadow of the Colossus.

#3 Posted by brahjk43 (4 posts) -

Xenoblade Chronicles

#4 Posted by Red (5994 posts) -

I tend to enjoy the music in RPGs the most, perhaps because they're given more emphasis than in most other games. Golden Sun has a fantastic soundtrack, and the original songs from KotOR have a special place of nostalgia in my blackened soul. And, as much as I hate j-pop, the Persona 3 and 4 soundtracks can always bring a smile to my face.

Outside of RPGs, the aforementioned SotC soundtrack is pretty amazing.

#5 Edited by SoldierG654342 (1758 posts) -
#6 Posted by senorfuzzeh (385 posts) -

@Red: Probably because RPG's try to set a theme more than other games, and music helps with settings.

@SoldierG654342: All of the Ace Combat games have had pretty good music.

#7 Posted by solidejake (484 posts) -

Watch people say Halo, and others wonder why.

#8 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1758 posts) -

@senorfuzzeh said:

@SoldierG654342: All of the Ace Combat games have had pretty good music.

3, 4, & Zero's were all good. 6's was a bust and I have no desire to play the most recent one. None of them come close to 5's though.

#9 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7069 posts) -

I would probably have to go with Final Fantasy X. 8 years since playing it, and I still get songs stuck in my head.

#10 Posted by habster3 (3595 posts) -

I'd have to say the Metal Gear Solid series; I mean, Yell Dead Cell, Father and Son, Encounter, etc., are all so brilliant!

#11 Posted by nnnope (43 posts) -

Probably not a very popular opinion, but The Death of Vladimir in Battlefield 3 is beautiful...

#12 Posted by senorfuzzeh (385 posts) -

@habster3 said:

I'd have to say the Metal Gear Solid series; I mean, Yell Dead Cell, Father and Son, Encounter, etc., are all so brilliant!

Right on brother! yeah I think Metal Gear 2 had some of the better music, then the third was great too.

#13 Posted by Icicle7x3 (1177 posts) -

Mega Man 2

#14 Posted by wemibelec90 (1597 posts) -

I would have an impossible time choosing but Chrono Trigger and Persona 3 and 4's soundtracks stick out as clear winners. Some of the most memorable music I've ever heard and it all lives on my iPod at all times.

To Zanarkand alone almost makes Final Fantasy X's soundtrack the best, even if the rest of the songs are simply average.

#15 Edited by SpunkyHePanda (1610 posts) -
#16 Posted by HatKing (5875 posts) -

The first Fable had amazing music (the rest of the series is great too, but just not as amazing as the first time). Toy Commander is a game I'm deeply nostalgic for, specifically the fantastic music. The same thing applies to the TimeSplitters franchise, though I wouldn't consider the music in that as amazing, just great.

As far as this generation goes? Alan Wake had some really interesting choices, but those were all (mostly) licensed tracks--if we're going down that road there are probably a hundred other games I could rattle off right now. The Halo games have a very recognizable and well done score, though I guess that's not really this generation. Same with the Elder Scrolls games, but again not limited to this generation. I really wish I could say Mass Effect (scifi epics need an amazing score!) but that's always been one part of the series I felt was lacking--no recognizable theme.

Come to think of it, I don't know that I have a favorite score for a game based this generation. That's sad.

#17 Posted by kurtbro900 (117 posts) -

Top Gear on Super Nintendo because this song has been stuck in my head for 15 years.

#18 Posted by hoossy (933 posts) -

second Alan Wake, it was a unique way of inserting some very poignant tracks.

Also, the POWER singalong in Saints Row: the Third.

#19 Posted by Animasta (14667 posts) -

Nier has the best music in any video game ever made and I don't think you can make an argument against it

#20 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -

@Animasta said:

Nier has the best music in any video game ever made and I don't think you can make an argument against it

Your avatar still grosses me out but I'll agree with this to an extent. Nier has a great OST.

#21 Posted by senorfuzzeh (385 posts) -

@Animasta said:

Nier has the best music in any video game ever made and I don't think you can make an argument against it

Completely forgot about Nier. It defiantly does have some good music in it.

@xaLieNxGrEyx: Its just a red head, why is that gross?

#22 Edited by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -

@senorfuzzeh:

I'm just kidding but it's from Catherine and throughout the game it's "implied" (smacked over your head) that she's either a man who has undergone a sex change, or a cross dresser.

#23 Posted by BlatantNinja23 (930 posts) -

Sonic 3..... duh

#24 Posted by senorfuzzeh (385 posts) -

@xaLieNxGrEyx: Ouch.

I played Catherine and I don'r recall her being a cross dresser or anything :S Maybe I missed something...

#25 Posted by Nonused (212 posts) -

As stated earlier, Nier is great. One of the first ones that comes to mind. The other has to be Kingdom Hearts, any of them. Yoko Shimomura is a genius.

#26 Posted by Nightriff (4972 posts) -

Guitar Hero 2, some of my all time favorite songs and bands in that game and the covers don't even ruin them

#27 Posted by Centimani (550 posts) -

The persona games are great (4 more than 3). Metal Gear is a "solid" choice. More recently I loved Bastion's music to death. Mine, Windbag, Mine?! Amazing! Not to mention all the voiced tracks. In trying to come up with something else to put down I rediscovered this.

EVERY BOSS BATTLE EVERY TIME.

I can't believe I finished that game...

#28 Posted by habster3 (3595 posts) -

@senorfuzzeh said:

@habster3 said:

I'd have to say the Metal Gear Solid series; I mean, Yell Dead Cell, Father and Son, Encounter, etc., are all so brilliant!

Right on brother! yeah I think Metal Gear 2 had some of the better music, then the third was great too.

Yeah, I'd agree with those points. I'm also rather partial to the first game's tracks for nostalgia sake hahaha

#29 Posted by Turambar (6709 posts) -
@Animasta said:

Nier has the best music in any video game ever made and I don't think you can make an argument against it

I can make an easy argument against it by citing any Etrian Odyssey game. 
#30 Posted by rawrsair (821 posts) -

I think the music in Skyrim is amazing

#31 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7614 posts) -

@solidejake said:

Watch people say Halo, and others wonder why.

This is why.

The music is incredibly atmospheric, really well composed and always manages to fit your situation perfectly. Few other games achieve anything close to this.

#32 Posted by Rawrz (590 posts) -

Any of the Halo games have fantastic soundtracks, though if I had to pick one it would probably be ODST just because it set that lost and alone type tone that game was trying to pull off quite well.

#33 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

Donkey Kong Country 2

#34 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1806 posts) -

Super Meat Boy.

#35 Edited by FloMo (28 posts) -

Bastion. Hands down the best Game Score I ever listened to.

#36 Edited by KontX (116 posts) -

Jet Grind Radio

Battletoads & Double Dragon (SNES)

Sonic CD (US)

Mega Man 2

MadWorld

Painkiller

Half Life Franchise

All three Metroid Primes

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#38 Posted by tescovee (356 posts) -
#39 Posted by DAFTPUNK (1213 posts) -

ffX

#40 Posted by Blommer4 (193 posts) -

Zelda. Enough said.

#41 Edited by phantomsnake (37 posts) -

@Turambar said:

@Animasta said:

Nier has the best music in any video game ever made and I don't think you can make an argument against it

I can make an easy argument against it by citing any Etrian Odyssey game.

I'll second that. I've barely played any of the games but I can't stop listening to the soundtracks and various arrange albums.

#42 Posted by warxsnake (2645 posts) -

assassins creed

homeworld

#43 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

Deus Ex : Human Revolution and the AC series are fucking hard to beat. Hitman series too, along with Heavenly Sword. Oh and MGS.

#44 Edited by KaneRobot (1503 posts) -

Forgot how awesome that Halo ODST score was. Halo is actually the only multi-game series where I have made it a point to purchase every single score that is released. Reach and the Halo Legends discs were both great too.

You can't really compare say...NES games to what we have now. Well, you can, but it would be stupid since you're comparing what is being done with a unique sound chip to just having CD quality music in there. I'm excluding music games, doesn't really make sense to compare Guitar Hero to a game with music designed specifically for the game itself.

So with that in mind -

Best 8-bit era: Ninja Gaiden II (NES). That intro song is still holds up to intros you see in games TODAY. The other Ninja Gaiden titles, the Mega Man series, and Metal Gear were great too. It's a shame the SNES ports of the Ninja Gaiden titles really stunk the music up.

Best 16-bit era: Super Metroid (SNES). Thunder Force III, Sonic 1, and Strider (all Genesis) are close seconds. The SNES may have had a "superior" sound chip, but aside from orchestral-based stuff (Actraiser, Zelda 3, etc), I generally preferred the Genesis' music. Nintendo did a good job with their own stuff but most non-Nintendo developed games just sounded so flat compared to the harder edge the Genesis music had.

Best arcade: Mortal Kombat II. That whole series has fucking awesome music, from MK1 up until the reboot from last year.

Best "CD quality" audio (ie 32 bit era and beyond): Castlevania SOTN. Thought that Jet Set Radio Future was really good as well.

#45 Posted by Chias (81 posts) -

Bastion and any Sonic Game ever. This cannot be disagreed with.

#46 Edited by Godlyawesomeguy (6396 posts) -

Grand Theft Auto IV has a pretty killer soundtrack that somehow made terrible, terrible songs fun to listen to. WET was really cool with it's punk rock music to complement the grindhouse aesthetic, and God of War has an amazing orchestral soundtrack, but I think the only game that I've actually downloaded all the music separately onto my Ipod is Fallout 3 and New Vegas. So.....probably the Fallout series for it's licensed music.

EDIT: Alan Wake does deserve special mention for it's post-episode music.

#47 Posted by senorfuzzeh (385 posts) -

@habster3 said:

@senorfuzzeh said:

@habster3 said:

I'd have to say the Metal Gear Solid series; I mean, Yell Dead Cell, Father and Son, Encounter, etc., are all so brilliant!

Right on brother! yeah I think Metal Gear 2 had some of the better music, then the third was great too.

Yeah, I'd agree with those points. I'm also rather partial to the first game's tracks for nostalgia sake hahaha

Yeah that was probably what MGS4 did the best with, all the throw backs to the old songs. Like when you first arrive on shadow moses It sent shivers down my spine or the final fist fight between Snake and Liquid Ocelot. Ah. Such an amazing game...

#48 Posted by Moncole (636 posts) -

The Zelda series always have great music. Super Meat Boy and Binding of Isaac also have great music

#49 Posted by Ben_H (3335 posts) -

Wind Waker had great music. Much of it was really uplifting and fun. The original 3 Sonic games had some great music too.

Most games just have generic symphonic stuff that's kinda dull after a while.

I mean, how does this not cheer you up?

#50 Posted by Lady_of_the_patriots (73 posts) -

Seriously. best music in a game ever. Makes me sad this game was so forgotten.