Hotline Miami is the only answer. https://soundcloud.com/devolverdigital/sets/hotline-miami-official
Bastion. Someone link the Darren/Ashley PAX performance because it's amazing.
I'd give Mass Effect's galaxy map tune best song, though. I liked slow mining in 2 just so I can take in that sweet, sweet ear candy.
Edit: Here. Stick around for Transistor grandness at the end.
@aegon: Nope, just the voters. Between this and the CharacterOTG polls, it became clear pretty fast that a lot of people were just blindly voting for their favorite game or whatever. ("Yeah, a silent protagonist with zero lines of dialogue is totally worth voting for as the best character of the generation!")
man, nothing there moves me.
mass effect i guess, but more for it's electronic bits than it's score.
meanwhile, for actual score nerds like myself, a Lethal Weapon box set was just released and i just spent all my next-gen money on it.
Wow. Those are seriously the four finalists? Fuck the opinion of every one of you who voted those turds. I am going to go ahead and not vote. I am disappointed in all of you.
Starhawk. The Last of Us. Heavy Rain. Those games had extremely well done scores. Seriously, what the fuck?
Lot's of hate, but I gotta say ME1 is one of my favorites for this past generation when it comes to orchestral/score/original music, along with Halo: Reach, Skyrim, Super Meat Boy and Dark Souls.
If we're talking licensed music, the ones that stuck most with me were Guitar Hero 2, Forza 2, Forza Horizon, Dirt 3, or Hotline Miami.
Umm. This... these.... out of the last EIGHT years, this is what we have as the finals? By the way, Mass Effect has some of the best and most iconic music I've ever heard. And doesn't hold candle to Mass Effect 2. Should not be here. And I agree Hotline is pretty great. My cast is vote.
As much as I love the Mass Effect series and as much as I like certain tracks of its soundtrack, this is crazy. At least Bastion is there so I'll vote for that but y'all should listen to the Xenoblade Chronicles OST regardless of wether you plan to play it or not.
@video_game_king: I'm curious what your picks would be. Your taste in videogame music seems to at least partially overlap with mine and I'm always interested to listen to new stuff but since I tend to play more of the well-known titles I miss quite a few great soundtracks (took me a while to get to Xenoblade).
I fucking love the Hotline Miami soundtrack. But I have never voted for it in this bracket/award/thing. That a significant part of it is licensed takes away some of the magic that other fantastic soundtracks written specifically for the games they are featured in have.
OK, now that my principle reason has been put out there, I'm going to go listen to all the M|O|O|N tracks.
Any "Soundtrack of the generation" list that doesn't include Skyrim and Journey is just plain wrong.
I concur. Fighting random dragons isn't complete without the Skyrim theme. Also the ambient music in that game is fucking great.
You should check out the nomination thread, but to keep it very short, the soundtracks that immediately come to mind are the somber and emotional Fragile Dreams, and just about anything Yoko Shimomura. Also:
Soundtracks to review to.
|1. Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu|
Is it really any surprise? There are just so many memorable tracks from this game!
|2. Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon|
Man, does this game know how to work a piano. It knows exactly which notes to hit to make you feel whatever emotion it wants.
|3. Bahamut Lagoon|
Just like Fragile Dreams before it, Bahamut Lagoon's pretty good at laying down some emotional tracks.
|4. Mystic Ark|
How the hell did Produce make the SNES sound so good? Sometimes, it's hard to tell which track is the original, and which is the arrange. Also, crazy ass names abound. It's just a shame that my favorite track (Alone) is nowhere to be found on YouTube. Also, it sucks that the sequel dropped the crazy names for something much more boring.
|5. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together|
Not the PSP version (although I've nothing against that), but the SNES version. It's like a boisterous proto-Mystic Ark, in a sense. It's just the type of fighting spirit I could use while writing about how much I don't like Costume Quest.
|6. Final Fantasy VI|
Again, like Seisen no Keifu, so many memorable and beloved tracks to pick from.
|7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|
OK, I mostly listened to this one while I was reviewing the game in question. It's how I figured out that half the soundtrack is ripped from Link to the Past. Doesn't mean I can't enjoy it, though.
|8. Sonic the Hedgehog 3|
Honestly, how the crap can you question this? Michael Jackson wrote the soundtrack. He snuck Smooth Criminal into the Ice Cap Zone. That is just all kinds of awesome.
(Specifically, the Romancing variant of it.) Technically, I should only list Romancing SaGa 3 here, since 1 is hard as hell to find on YouTube (hint: English won't do you any favors), and I'm pretty sure that 2 isn't even on YouTube, but they're all so good. Kenji Ito sure as shit knows how to compose stylistic music.
|10. Hatsune Miku|
Goddamn it. I guess that's it. I've crossed the weeaboo line. There's no going back now. I have to admit, though, that this Vocaloid can work wonders when used properly. You (I) have Icemael to blame.
|11. Fire Emblem Gaiden|
I'm trying to institute a new rule where for each review I write, I try to write it to a video game soundtrack I haven't already done for this. This time, we have Fire Emblem Gaiden, which manages to eke in with a decent fantasy soundtrack, ranging from energetic to just plain mystical.
|12. Yoko Shimomura|
Oh, Ms. Shimomura. Only your elegant, sonorous pieces could help me survive the terror of reliving Alone in the Dark for review purposes.
|13. Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies|
And following Ms. Shimomura is a soundtrack that's simultaneously bouncy and emotional. It's like Fragile Dreams Pinball, only not that fucking insane.
While I'm here, I might as well add the Terranigma soundtrack. So distinctive and soft. The sad thing is that neither of the composers for this game ever worked on anything else (as far as I can tell).
|15. Liberation Maiden|
Appropriately for when reviewing Liberation Maiden.
Maybe I should listen to this one more often. Knocked out that Metal Gear Solid 2 review in a day.
|17. Panzer Dragoon Saga|
Or maybe it was the fact that I dedicated a fucking day to writing a review. Worked for Metal Gear Solid 2, and worked for Pandora's Tower, as well. Oh, the soundtrack? Right, right. There's this strange organic, otherworldly quality about it that's hard to put into words.
|18. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|
God, there's something so fantastical and whimsical about this game's music that's just so endearing. Strange to pair it with a review of a game that isn't terribly whimsical (Fire Emblem), but what's done is done.
Maybe I'm just bitter that Bastion is losing, but I just went and listened to like a half an hour of the Hotline Miami soundtrack and I'm really not digging it. It seems kind of like a perfect storm of "I was alive during the 80s and hell yeah electronic music" which explains why its so popular with video game fans. Just ehh... Bastion and Nier are both way better.
Aren't pretty much all the songs in ME2 just reworked and a bit more bland/cinematic versions of ME1's excellent tracks? Of the poll alternatives, I still think Bastion had the best soundtrack though, it did it's own kinda unique thing instead of just being derivative of 80's or early 90's electronic music, which I think both Mass Effect's and Hotline Miami's music were.