Posted by RecSpec (3766 posts) -

Game-related music. Called it that for a reason. I mean, you have music from games that have come out this year. That is simple enough. But it cannot be that simple. There were a lot of music in games that wasn't necessarily made for that game. Example's being some of Celldweller's stuff in Dead Rising 2. Is it right to disqualify a song that made a moment in a game great because the song wasn't originally made for that game? I don't think so.
 
Then you have to get to remade versions of classic songs, examples being Dancing Mad from the Distant Worlds 2 CD. One of my favorite songs this year because as far as I know, that is the first real redone version of that song. (Compared to One Winged Angel's 423 revisions). Also, fan songs have their special place too. Just because it was not produced by a top composer or a famous musician, that doesn't mean it is worthless. Some people can take old game music and turn it into something awesome, something that brings back fond memories.
 
Anyway, disclaimer aside. What is your favorite game-related music that came out this year. I currently have a list of about 20 songs that I will whittle down to a top ten. But you know, it just wouldn't be fun without seeing what the community thinks as well. Is Far Away going to be the most popular song? Or is the retro-styled Scott Pilgrim sountrack one that won hearts all over?
 

So Giant Bomb community, I ask you, what were your favorite game-related songs this year?

(Warning: There will probably be spoilers)

My contribution to this topic. Koi no Yoshiroyoku (Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker)
 
The first sight of this song was a bizarre as hell video that looked like something straight out of an anime opening.
A J-pop song that fits well with Hideo Kojima's method of putting random songs in his games (Snake Eater).
 
The song wasn't really something that wowed at first. J-pop isn't my thing, sad to say.
But once you beat the game, beat 90% of the optional missions, and played hide-and-seek a number of times. You FINALLY get to the "True" ending of the game.
The theme song for the ultimate final battle in Peace Walker? This goddamn J-pop song. 
 
  
  
 
Now I mean, I guess it makes sense. It is the theme of Paz (aka Pacifica Ocean, goddamn your names Kojima) so of course when you fight her it would be playing her song. SURPRISE! An MGS game where someone you thought was your friend wasn't your friend, and they have been plotting the whole thing the whole time! How about that. But whether it is due to this being the final battle, or maybe the connection you thought you had with Paz before she stabbed you in the back, this song made this boss battle amazing, and probably one of the best of the year.
#1 Posted by RecSpec (3766 posts) -

Game-related music. Called it that for a reason. I mean, you have music from games that have come out this year. That is simple enough. But it cannot be that simple. There were a lot of music in games that wasn't necessarily made for that game. Example's being some of Celldweller's stuff in Dead Rising 2. Is it right to disqualify a song that made a moment in a game great because the song wasn't originally made for that game? I don't think so.
 
Then you have to get to remade versions of classic songs, examples being Dancing Mad from the Distant Worlds 2 CD. One of my favorite songs this year because as far as I know, that is the first real redone version of that song. (Compared to One Winged Angel's 423 revisions). Also, fan songs have their special place too. Just because it was not produced by a top composer or a famous musician, that doesn't mean it is worthless. Some people can take old game music and turn it into something awesome, something that brings back fond memories.
 
Anyway, disclaimer aside. What is your favorite game-related music that came out this year. I currently have a list of about 20 songs that I will whittle down to a top ten. But you know, it just wouldn't be fun without seeing what the community thinks as well. Is Far Away going to be the most popular song? Or is the retro-styled Scott Pilgrim sountrack one that won hearts all over?
 

So Giant Bomb community, I ask you, what were your favorite game-related songs this year?

(Warning: There will probably be spoilers)

My contribution to this topic. Koi no Yoshiroyoku (Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker)
 
The first sight of this song was a bizarre as hell video that looked like something straight out of an anime opening.
A J-pop song that fits well with Hideo Kojima's method of putting random songs in his games (Snake Eater).
 
The song wasn't really something that wowed at first. J-pop isn't my thing, sad to say.
But once you beat the game, beat 90% of the optional missions, and played hide-and-seek a number of times. You FINALLY get to the "True" ending of the game.
The theme song for the ultimate final battle in Peace Walker? This goddamn J-pop song. 
 
  
  
 
Now I mean, I guess it makes sense. It is the theme of Paz (aka Pacifica Ocean, goddamn your names Kojima) so of course when you fight her it would be playing her song. SURPRISE! An MGS game where someone you thought was your friend wasn't your friend, and they have been plotting the whole thing the whole time! How about that. But whether it is due to this being the final battle, or maybe the connection you thought you had with Paz before she stabbed you in the back, this song made this boss battle amazing, and probably one of the best of the year.
#2 Posted by BionicMonster (1032 posts) -

Easily the Super Meat Boy soundtrack.

#3 Edited by Yummylee (21295 posts) -

The entire Deadly Premonition soundtrack is brilliant. I especially like Greenvale (with vocals). 
 
  

#4 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

Honestly, I know this is the opposite of what you're asking for, but for me the best stuff this year has been the stuff licensed for games either diegetically or otherwise. In Alan Wake, the songs by Old Gods of Asgard, AKA Poets of the Fall, are amazing, the three songs featured in Red Dead Redemption are perfect in their execution and the music in Mass Effect's nightclubs is spot on futuristic cheese. Admittedly, I haven't played much more than that but those really stand out to me.

#5 Posted by CptChiken (1987 posts) -
@BionicMonster said:
" Easily the Super Meat Boy soundtrack. "
This. 
 
@Abyssfull said:
" The entire Deadly Premonition soundtrack is brilliant. I especially like Greenvale (with vocals). 
 
  
"
And this.
#6 Posted by TobyD81 (1227 posts) -

Super Meat Boy is pretty amazing, but I can't forget Anamanaguchi's Scott Pilgrim soundtrack, either. Stick Another Winter in your earhole and just dig it.

#7 Posted by Badhands (399 posts) -

Super meat boy and the Mass Effect 2 and Scott Pilgrim sound tracks are all pretty good.

#8 Posted by DrBeardface (243 posts) -
#9 Posted by GunstarRed (5044 posts) -

Soundtrack wise  Castlevania is gorgeous and  you can talk as much shit as you want about Bioshock 2's existence but  it has one of the finest scores in any game I have ever played. Songwise though  Compass in Red Dead  fits in perfectly and some of the choices for  songs in Alan Wake are really cool. 

#10 Posted by Funzzo (834 posts) -

Super Meatboy.
#11 Posted by razielrioux (125 posts) -

TRINE! Nuff said

#12 Posted by VirtualAthlete (90 posts) -
@Abyssfull said:
" The entire Deadly Premonition soundtrack is brilliant. I especially like Greenvale (with vocals)  
#13 Posted by Lemoncookie01 (1667 posts) -

Nier has

   my soundtrack of the year.here's some examples.   
  

#14 Posted by RecSpec (3766 posts) -
@HandsomeDead said:
" Honestly, I know this is the opposite of what you're asking for, but for me the best stuff this year has been the stuff licensed for games either diegetically or otherwise. In Alan Wake, the songs by Old Gods of Asgard, AKA Poets of the Fall, are amazing, the three songs featured in Red Dead Redemption are perfect in their execution and the music in Mass Effect's nightclubs is spot on futuristic cheese. Admittedly, I haven't played much more than that but those really stand out to me. "
Actually that works quite well. I loved Compass in RDR and Best It's Gonna Get from Case Zero is one of my favorite songs this year.
#15 Edited by Suicidal_SNiper (949 posts) -

Super Meat Boy has to be my favorite. I'd get pissed off but the music was so good I'd forget about it. 
 
My favorite song:    

  It's from the Hell part of the game.
#16 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5808 posts) -
@BionicMonster said:
" Easily the Super Meat Boy soundtrack. "
This and VVVVVV's soundtrack
#17 Edited by Skald (4367 posts) -

My favourite video game music this year has to be the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game soundtrack. Anamanaguchi did some great stuff on all of the tracks, a standout example being "Another Winter": 
  

#18 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

My second favourite track is from Persona 3 Portable. Technically, this came out in late 2009, but it wasn't available here until mid-2010, so I consider it to be applicable. 
 
Wiping All Out (Female Protagonist's Battle Theme):
  

#19 Posted by Soapy86 (2620 posts) -
@extremeradical said:
" My favourite video game music this year has to be the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game soundtrack. Anamanaguchi did some great stuff on all of the tracks, a standout example being "Another Winter": 
  
"
 
This. And also these: 
 
  
   
  
   
  
#20 Posted by RecSpec (3766 posts) -

Damn, I picked up Super Meat Boy today because of all the love for the music, and you people are spot on. It's pretty awesome.

#21 Posted by Video_Game_King (36090 posts) -

  

What? Why are you looking at me like that?