I need the SICKEST saxophone tunes that gaming has ever produced.

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#1  Edited By SquirrelGOD

Join us in Hornhalla, where the sax blows endlessly! Join us at:

The Giant Bomb Community Presents: Hot Sax and Cool Ranch

Title says it all. I don't care if it's fast. I don't care if it's slow. I don't care if it's the midi version. I don't care if it's from the orchestrated soundtrack. You got it. I want it. I NEED to hear the hottest sax that the world of video games has ever produced.

The.

HOTTEST.

Sax.

Let me start us off with this little number:

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I was listening to the intro for SNATCHER just yesterday! Love that hot sax

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I refer you to the entirety of the Mario Kart 8 soundtrack. In particular, the sax and guitar duel in Big Blue is pretty fantastic.

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Burning Rangers sax solo starts three minutes in, for those of us that are impatient.

I present the seductive soprano sax of "I am the Wind." This slow jam plays over the PSX version's end credits. I think it's about Maria pursuing Alucard with Richter's blessing, because she wants that Vampire Hunter D.

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Snatcher would have been my choice. That said, though it's not my favorite, a game called Guardian Heroes has some saxophone bits in it. Unfortunately, not a lot of games have saxophone's in it.

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Is this thread Ska????

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Oh man what a thread! :D more please!

Edit: That snatcher theme is so ridiculously good, its not fair.

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@beachthunder: i don't hear any saxophones in there? trumpets fine, but no sax.

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Ace Attorney got you.

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#10  Edited By ArtisanBreads

It's so Snatcher. I was thinking of the Sega CD version of the Final Fight soundtrack because it is so fucking 90's and awesome but yet was shocked to comb through it and realize there is not sax in there (at least I can't hear it, just other horns). Huge omission. Slap bass and wailing guitars are well represented though.

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This is an amazing thread. also someone picked my choice of ridge racer so good on them for that prime pick.

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#15  Edited By fisk0  Moderator

I mean, the original version of Jon Hare's song that was later used in Cannon Fodder is hard to beat (saxophone comes in after the chorus):

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Command & Conquer had a couple of good synth saxophone tracks too:

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After listening to everything in here so far, I must concur that Snatcher is in a league of its own.

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While this isn't the version that appears in the game, I felt that Persona 4 should be represented.

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Halo 3: ODST and L.A. Noire do come to mind on the jazzy sax side of things.

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Mmm. That's what I'm talkin' about. I have the thirst, brothers and sisters. And it is STRONG. I need all the sax I can get! Keep up the good work!

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This one is short but oh so sweet:

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I've never played Resonance of Fate, but this is the track which plays during the infamous "all we have are raisins"-scene and I just couldn't get it out of my head.

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#22  Edited By BBAlpert

SimCity 4 has a song with one of the hottest saxes* I've heard, no joke.

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It starts at around 0:52.

*I'm assuming that's a saxophone, at least. I don't know much about music.

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@funkys: Nice find! This is a fantastic version of that track.

This thread is amazing. Thank you all who are participating and enjoying the way under-represented saxophone in video games.

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@funkys: That version is in Persona 4 Dancing All Night. It totally counts.

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No other choice.

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@clagnaught: Yup definitely was in P4DAN

That idea made me think of the SF II instrumental album, which I have fondness for in all its goofiness. And boy does the Ken track wail on the old sax. Cheating and all since it wasn't in a game but still.

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@tanookisuit: Man, why can't I spend one night in Neo Kobe City?

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I definitely agree that the brass section is woefully underutilized in video game scores. Also: shame on no one else for bringing up the King of Fighters soundtrack until now. I mean basically every team Iori's on's theme has the word saxophone in the title.

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Couldn't make up my mind on whether to include this one since it's actually a synth and it's hard to tell whether they were actually going for a trumpet or a saxophone. Let's just say saxophone because it's sexy and any chance I get to bring up Front Mission seems like a win in my book.

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everyone with like, actual answers and I'm sitting here only able to think of that one track from Deadly Premonition

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Definitely Guardian Heroes. Jazzy Sabotage (great name) is my favorite example. I can still remember playing this with my buddy in '96 (only person I knew that had a Saturn) and bursting into laughter when the sax kicked in. Humor soon turned into love, and it is still one of my favorite OSTs to date.

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Yup.

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Main theme from D4: this sax is FIRE

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This thread is taking too long to load on my phone so maybe it's been posted already.

But Super Mario 3D World main theme is PURE JOY. I don't care if it's a clarinet or what. It's great.

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@tanookisuit: There was a dude playing saxophone in the Toronto subway the other night and it made me feel like I was in Snatcher. It was the best.

Sticking with the Kojima stuff: Policenauts has some saxophone.

EDIT: I would like to thank @asberg for reminding me of how goddamn good the soundtrack is in Gunpoint.

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Brother, have I got your back...

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@squirrelgod: To me the only answer has ever been the entire soundtrack to Interstate '76. This is just the intro but... it sets the aesthetic for the entire thing. A friend of mine did an arrangement/medley for a few of the pieces for a local funk band called Five Alarm Funk. This is the only existing audio I know of that arrangement though.

Suite of '76


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It's a remix album (so maybe it doesn't count?) but Brink of Time has some intense saxin'

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Going in I was gonna post SNATCHER and I see it's already done. Good work, it indeed has the best sax ever in a video game.

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#42  Edited By bacongames
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Saxophone? Comin' right up little buddy!

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@ktargo said:

I refer you to the entirety of the Mario Kart 8 soundtrack. In particular, the sax and guitar duel in Big Blue is pretty fantastic.

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The best! The Mario Kart 8 soundtrack is one of the best game soundtracks of all time.

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#44  Edited By heatDrive88

@ktargo: Holy fuck, I have never heard this Big Blue remix from Mario Kart 8 before. Might just be the greatest remix of that song, ever.

Also, I love this thread. A lot.

Also, after doing some digging on my own for that Mario Kart 8 soundtrack, the remix for Mute City is also pretty fantastic.

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This is off topic, but seeing this thread pop up again made me think of how awesome the Baccano opening theme is. The saxophone is truly a fine instrument.

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#46  Edited By Quid_Pro_Bono
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This post brought to you by the good good sax boy, Griffin McElroy. Seriously though, Layton Bros: Mystery Room has one of the best video game soundtracks I've ever heard. I routinely bump it in my car.

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#47  Edited By Ktargo

@paulmako said:

This thread is taking too long to load on my phone so maybe it's been posted already.

But Super Mario 3D World main theme is PURE JOY. I don't care if it's a clarinet or what. It's great.

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I didn't want this thread to go full Mario, but I'll spot this one. I'm gonna go with the credits theme though. It's a jazzier rendition of the main theme.

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Pretty much any and all of the Dropsy soundtrack, forever and ever. It's so fucking good.

Grim Fandango's more trumpet-heavy than sax, but there's still some good sax parts in there.

Also a classic here, though the main part's a clarinet I believe:

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omfg i love this thread

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Some good choices, but this has to be my favorite use of a saxophone in a game, or Mario Kart 8:

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