Recently I have found myself on youtube listening to allot of videogame orginal songs. By this I mean songs as far as I know were created for the game. Now I know everyone has thier favorite 8bit game themes, but I like to hear some of your guys favroite game muisc with actual instruments. Here are 3 I enjoy and get me pumped everytime I here them. PS: I dare you to listen to cityscape more than two time and not want to sing along.
Chrono Cross has incredible music; here are a few examples. Definitely one of my favorite game soundtracks of all time. Then there's Red Alert 2, which Frank Klepacki does a really great job on (Hell March 2 > Hell March 1 and 3). There's a bunch of other soundtracks I really love, and I really don't feel like finding YouTube videos for them all so I'm just going to list a few of them here: Super Mario Galaxy, Persona 4, Professor Layton, Seiken Densetsu 3 (and Secret of Mana), Chrono Trigger (naturally), Mother 3, The World Ends With You (which is mostly licensed music, but a very good soundtrack nonetheless), and Jet Set Radio (and Future).
Perhaps as important as the standalone quality of the music is how well it fits into the game it is depicting. On that front Super Robot Wars games have some of the best in terms of game themes and character themes. (watching the first one in HQ gets rid of the video issues.)
I remember how we used to drink ourselves drunk and try to recreate the drumbeats with slaps to our own legs in a semi-harmonious way. I also recall how funny his nephew found this. We'd laugh so hard.
Anyhow, another one of my favorites:
No Edge of Soul from Soul Blade? That shit was the JAM when that game came out!
And speaking of jams, or rather JAM Project, their Super Robot Taisen theme song SKILL is pure awesome. The word gets tossed around a lot on the internet, but their live performance of it is EPIC!
Persona 4's music is quite good.
The Almighty is the best guitar tune I heard in a game.
My favourite song though, has to be "Your Affection" from Persona 4, which plays on sunny days. There's just something so...so... emotional about it. Maybe it's because I spent a whole summer with that tune.
btw, How could NO ONE mention the best fantasy rpg song... of Morrowind? It's amazing.