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#1 Posted by gaminghooligan (1821 posts) -

With the end of the year fast approaching I've found this year to have a lot of great soundtracks. What song would you nominate for the Best Video Game Song of 2012. It can be anything from a song appropriated for use in game or something original.

Mine has to be Tears from Max Payne 3. The song and the scene accompanying it happened to be my favorite part of the entire game.

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#2 Posted by Hizang (9358 posts) -
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#3 Posted by JasonR86 (10178 posts) -

Well, I immediate thought of these two but it could be because I have a bad memory and have just played these games recently.

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#4 Posted by gaminghooligan (1821 posts) -

@Hizang: The minute that song came on in the game my entire living room full of friends applauded lol

@JasonR86: Man hotline miami makes it hard to pick just one. Easily one of my favorite soundtracks this year

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#5 Posted by redbliss (669 posts) -

Really anything from the Fez soundtrack. However, this one is my favorite just because the level was so cool.

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#6 Posted by rpgee (775 posts) -

I came here just to make sure Hydrogen was there. Glad to see knows what's up.

But of course there's this:

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#7 Posted by Indiana_Jenkins (423 posts) -

I want this to be on the front page, because everyone is going to forget it by the time end of the year lists begin materializing.

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Although Hotline Miami's soundtrack is fucking amazing.

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#8 Posted by gaminghooligan (1821 posts) -

@redbliss: fez was amazing.

@RPGee: holy crap! I turned the volume down on FTL for podcast listening. I see now I made a grievous error, which has been remedy. I shall atone with an FTL session while I wait for the CoD:Blops 2 QL

@Indiana_Jenkins: YES.

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#9 Edited by Animasta (14903 posts) -

ALL HOTLINE MIAMI ALL THE TIME

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I mean there are other good ones (Devil Survivor 2 has some good tracks, The Arena from Persona 4 Arena is good) but yeah, hotline miami motherfuckers

edit; someone should post paris too

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#10 Edited by Maajin (1171 posts) -

I really loved the piece that plays when you meet Konrad in Spec Ops The Line. It's hard to describe, but I like the irony of it: it starts simple and then grows as the truth sinks in and when you're feeling terrible, it is at it's most triumphant and epic. Really powerful moment that would not be achieved without the score. Starts at 4:08: (spoilers, of course)

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#12 Posted by tsiro (224 posts) -

This song has never failed to give me chills. It is absolutely phenomenal. By far my favorite song on the entire soundtrack.

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P.S. the songs that you guys have suggested are all also great.

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#13 Posted by innacces14 (759 posts) -

Didn't play the game, but heard the tune during the Quick Look. Fuckin' catchy. haha

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#14 Posted by impartialgecko (1863 posts) -

Tis a good year for the videogame music

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#15 Posted by Nightriff (7112 posts) -

Loved the Fez soundtrack but I'm not recalling a lot of songs from games currently...should probably listen to some soundtracks I have

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#16 Posted by gaminghooligan (1821 posts) -

@innacces14: oh man. that is really catchy lol. makes me want to drive a hot pink corvette down the streets of vice city lol

@tsiro: everything about journey makes me wish my ps3 hadn't YLoD on me last year. man that song makes me want to play that game so bad

@Jaqen_HGhar: man the walking dead's music just fills me with sorrow, and I adore it for that. Also I thought The Heavy was perfect for the BL2 opener. Also "valar morghulis" my friend.

@Maajin: I want to listen so badly, but after all the good things I've heard about Spec Ops I think I'm going to grab it on Black Friday for a nice price.

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#17 Posted by Hizang (9358 posts) -
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#18 Posted by Cathryn (584 posts) -

All of the music in Sound Shapes is amazing (well, I wasn't really fond of the Deadmau5 stuff), particularly the new Beck tracks <3

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#19 Posted by gaminghooligan (1821 posts) -

@Cathryn: must. obtain. these Beck tracks...

@adam1808: indeed it is

@Animasta: would be an honor

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#20 Posted by BeachThunder (14576 posts) -

Quantum Conundrum had some good stuff:

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Also, end credits song:

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#22 Posted by big_jon (6433 posts) -

Love this song so very much. XCOM and Halo 4 took the cake for me this year, Fez had some great tunes too.

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#23 Edited by gaminghooligan (1821 posts) -

@BeachThunder: the bass in that first track is awesome.

@CosmicBatman: agreed to both statements

@big_jon: good stuff, just started my first run of the campaign on heroic, I tend to always enjoy the Halo soundtracks, in fact I have the music from Reach on my I-Pod

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#24 Posted by BeachThunder (14576 posts) -

Splice

Has a beautiful soundtrack.

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#25 Posted by fisk0 (6352 posts) -

Say what you will about Krater as a game, (I rather liked it's gameplay and the early concept images, but the end product had too many dumb jokes and pop culture references that really ruined any semblance of immersion), but it's soundtrack was fucking amazing. Especially some of the battle music, such as the Cave Battle song:

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#26 Posted by Xtrememuffinman (951 posts) -
@Maajin said:

I really loved the piece that plays when you meet Konrad in Spec Ops The Line. It's hard to describe, but I like the irony of it: it starts simple and then grows as the truth sinks in and when you're feeling terrible, it is at it's most triumphant and epic. Really powerful moment that would not be achieved without the score. Starts at 4:08: (spoilers, of course)

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This was the first song to pop into my head too. Spec Ops had such a fucking killer soundtrack; it really added to the style of the game, and was actually the thing that convinced me to buy it after playing the demo.
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#27 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2748 posts) -

"Tears" from Max Payne 3, no question.

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#28 Posted by LongMasterWolf (242 posts) -

Fez is probably my most listened to soundtrack, it pairs so well with the game.

But I have to give it to Neil Davidge here, when I first heard he was taking the reigns for Halo 4 I was stoked and he delivered. When "Arrival" is playing during the final mission, just complete amazement.

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#29 Posted by BoG (5390 posts) -

@Animasta said:

ALL HOTLINE MIAMI ALL THE TIME

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I mean there are other good ones (Devil Survivor 2 has some good tracks, The Arena from Persona 4 Arena is good) but yeah, hotline miami motherfuckers

edit; someone should post paris too

This was my favorite tune from the second best soundtrack this year. Fez wins best soundtrack. Hotline and Fez have some of the best VG music of all time.

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#30 Posted by Zuldim (301 posts) -

Probably something off of the ME3 soundtrack. That one was pretty great.

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Heck, the soundtrack even had a better ending than the game.

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#32 Edited by awesomeusername (4606 posts) -

@gaminghooligan: That credits song is fantastic! I was going to choose that but you already did

@Maajin: I just beat Spec Ops last night and you're right. That song made meeting Konrad great. It was scary as hell finding out the truth and just hearing it again gives me goosebumps. That game is amazing, especially the soundtrack.

Another song I thought was great was Dishonored's credits song.

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As someone just posted, The Walking Dead's credit song was great too. The soundtrack to Mass Effect 3 was fantastic also. 2012=Greatest Video Game Soundtracks?

I'm going to put some of these songs on my Vita now.

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#33 Posted by ClairvoyantVibrations (1572 posts) -

Everything in Hotline Miami and the OP's song.

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#34 Edited by UitDeToekomst (799 posts) -

@JasonR86: Outstanding choices. I can't think of better ones at the moment, although a lot of other Hotline Miami songs would be up there, too, as would that music in Thomas Was Alone

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#35 Posted by Mendelson9 (539 posts) -

@innacces14: I never got past that song on the album because I would just listen to it over and over.

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#36 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5919 posts) -

@gaminghooligan said:

@Cathryn: must. obtain. these Beck tracks...

@adam1808: indeed it is

@Animasta: would be an honor

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thanks for saving me the trouble of posting this.

such a badass song.

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#37 Posted by FilipHolm (689 posts) -

@tsiro said:

This song has never failed to give me chills. It is absolutely phenomenal. By far my favorite song on the entire soundtrack.

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P.S. the songs that you guys have suggested are all also great.

God yes.

Also this one:

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The most emotional moment in any game ever for me.

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#38 Edited by mwng (1041 posts) -

Skip to 0:56 to ignore youtube guy.   

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#39 Edited by FancySoapsMan (5919 posts) -

Also I really enjoyed FFXIII-2's soundtrack.

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#40 Posted by innacces14 (759 posts) -

@Mendelson9: This is my personal favorite from the soundtrack. It has a very deliberate Michael Jackson vibe. Jake Kaufman added a synth lead over where the vocals would have gone, but you can even tell by the syncopation of the synth lead that this tune was meant to be sung MJ style.

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#41 Posted by Morriana (18 posts) -

Loved this song when I first heard it on the illuminating concert stage level. Despite it coming out in 2010, it came out on Steam in 2012. Close enough.

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#42 Posted by BeachThunder (14576 posts) -

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Just realised that no one's mentioned XCOM yet.

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#44 Edited by big_jon (6433 posts) -

@Zuldim said:

Probably something off of the ME3 soundtrack. That one was pretty great.

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Heck, the soundtrack even had a better ending than the game.

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Leaving earth was great for sure.

@BeachThunder: I mentioned XCOM, jerk.

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#46 Posted by BeachThunder (14576 posts) -

@big_jon: ='( Well, you didn't post anything from it.

Oh, also:

Dustforce

I just realised I posted this in another similar thread, but oh well...

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#47 Posted by BamSaidTheLady (95 posts) -
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@ShaggE: I dug this tune from the Adventure Time game too.

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#48 Posted by ShaggE (8394 posts) -

@BamSaidTheLady: Forgot about that one! Love it!

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#49 Posted by dgtlty (589 posts) -

I liked Neil Davidge's work on Halo 4 as a standalone score but in game it's not memorable.

Mass Effect 3 was particularly emotive, especially the "Leaving Earth" theme already mentioned.

HEALTH did an incredible job with Max Payne 3:

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After 150+ hours of Skyrim the one thing I never got tired of was the soundtrack. Reminded me of earlier Zelda games at times.

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Darksiders 2 isn't among the best games this year but I thought the music was strong.

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#50 Posted by Raven10 (2186 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

Quantum Conundrum had some good stuff:

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Also, end credits song:

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Beat me to it. I didn't even play the game but I listen to this song on the XMB sometimes since I got the game free on PS Plus. Catchy tune.

Also Journey is my choice for soundtrack of the year, although Hotline Miami also had great music.