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#1 Posted by mercutio123 (536 posts) -

I'm talking about licensed soundtracks, for me I'd have to say Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 or Burnout 3, both of them made you feel like a badass while playing their respective games...

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#2 Posted by RainbowRaccoon (132 posts) -

Brutal Legend. Original soundtrack? Silent Hill 2. Akira Yamoaka is a god to me.

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#3 Posted by JaredA (853 posts) -

Shadow of the Colossus is the best.

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#4 Posted by Scrawnto (2555 posts) -

I can't think of a single memorable licensed soundtrack, without going for a cop out answer like Rock Band.

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#5 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

This list seems a pretty good answer (warning: I won't edit for shit):

Soundtracks to review to.

Well, I just put up my latest review, so I thought I'd make a list of the soundtracks I listen to whilst writing these reviews. And as an added bonus, I'll include a link to a song from each soundtrack. (It won't be my favorite song from each game, because picking just one would be far too difficult.) Think of it as a sing-along list, only I won't be singing. You will be, most likely in a room all by yourself.

1. Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu

Is it really any surprise? There are just so many memorable tracks from this game! In fact, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2trLhHan2Y">here's one</a>.

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. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBWL1GvGPH8">For example,</a> you are now trembling with fear, hoping that when you turn around, Chickenhead isn't greeting you. (On that note, I've found it very hard to make that particular song sound scary in Audacity. I've even tried reversing it, and it sounds <em>exactly the same</em>.)

3. Bahamut Lagoon

Just like Fragile Dreams before it, Bahamut Lagoon's pretty good at laying down some emotional tracks. There's a lot of sad stuff, but here's something <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWRRu4L8-1g">a bit more uplifting.</a>

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. Ooh, like <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rDxaU3zq2U">here.</a> 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 <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F6NoyiWRNw">boring.</a>

5. Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together

Not the PSP version (although I've nothing against that), but the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Urr8lWFPsc">SNES version.</a> 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. I'll just go with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZxB4eO8X9s">what I know.</a>

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. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw9ifzsR_Oc">Doesn't mean I can't enjoy it, though.</a>

8. Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Honestly, how the crap can you question this? Michael Jackson wrote the soundtrack. He snuck Smooth Criminal into the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtQtbWifobQ">Ice Cap Zone</a>. That is just all kinds of awesome.

9. SaGa

(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. Hell, just listen to his specialty: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn8KGnCxiAQ">bitching battle music</a>.

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. As for the song, might as well link to <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAsC28YypaI&list=LL3DFQ81-rFXXe53gVHDcFJQ&index=12&feature=plpp_video">the one that started it all</a>. You (I) have Icemael to blame.

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#6 Posted by punisherkaos (349 posts) -

Hard to pick only one so I'll name a few. Persona 3 and 4, bastion, blazblue, silent hill 2 and 3.

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#7 Posted by DarthOrange (4179 posts) -

A four way tie between Tony Hawks American Wasteland, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (PS3/360), and Twisted Metal (PS3)

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#9 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Read the OP.

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#10 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19301 posts) -

I hate Witcher 2 beyond your imagination (and my will), but at least I fucking LOVE rocking that soundtrack in my car.

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#11 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@Unknown_Pleasures:

Hatsune Miku is 16; she's totally old enough to drive.

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#12 Posted by Panpipe (485 posts) -

Hey, this is about licensed soundtracks! No Zeldas or Final Fantasies.

My vote would be Jet Set Radio Future. Closely followed by Burnout 3/4.

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#13 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Unknown_Pleasures:

Hatsune Miku is 16; she's totally old enough to drive.

Well fuck, you got me there....and about time you started to admit that you are a weeaboo.

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#14 Edited by PenguinDust (13012 posts) -

Licensed soundtrack? I can't even guess. So much of the music in games which license their music is completely forgettable to me. That's why I used to always import my own songs into those games when I played them on Xbox consoles. However, as Panpipe above suggests, the Jet Set Radio franchise is the most memorable to me. I'm not sure what the relationship is between Hideki Naganuma's compositions and the games they appear in, but whatever it is, I like them and they feel at home in those titles.

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#15 Posted by AjayRaz (12825 posts) -

Tony Hawk's Underground has a licensed soundtrack that's pretty damn memorable. great tracks

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#16 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3053 posts) -
@Video_Game_King Thanks for once again reminding me how incredibly stupid Japanese game names are, my liege.

Anyway, my favourite licensed soundtrack would probably be Brutal Legend, with Xenon 2 a close second just for that SICK title theme.

My favourite overall is easily Sword and Sworcery, however. That soundtrack is just about the best thing ever.
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#17 Posted by Cloudenvy (5893 posts) -

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@Unknown_Pleasures:

Hatsune Miku is 16; she's totally old enough to drive.

Well fuck, you got me there....and about time you started to admit that you are a weeaboo.

Accept the greatness of Miku. (well, some of her songs)

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#18 Posted by fox01313 (5251 posts) -

Plenty but Blood, Shadow Warrior, Mass Effect 2 & Brutal Legend are always at the top of my list.

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#19 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@Unknown_Pleasures:

Hatsune Miku is 16; she's totally old enough to drive.

Well fuck, you got me there....and about time you started to admit that you are a weeaboo.

Accept the greatness of Miku. (well, some of her songs)

Like this?

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#20 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4748 posts) -

Braid has my favorite licensed soundtrack, that I was unaware was even licensed until it was pointed out.

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#21 Posted by Cloudenvy (5893 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@Cloudenvy said:

@Unknown_Pleasures said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@Unknown_Pleasures:

Hatsune Miku is 16; she's totally old enough to drive.

Well fuck, you got me there....and about time you started to admit that you are a weeaboo.

Accept the greatness of Miku. (well, some of her songs)

Like this?

No. No. No. No. No.

No!

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#22 Posted by BjornTheUnicorn (381 posts) -

Besides the Jet Set Radio games, I can't think of one solid consistent licensed soundtrack. Some of the stuff in NFS Hot Pursuit (the new one) is pretty good, and it seems that the status quo for racers is to have at least one LCD Soundsystem song in it, and that's cool. Does the Adult Swim station in Saints Row The Third count?

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#23 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@Cloudenvy:

It could be worse: I could post a wrong Vocaloid song (Why Don't You Call Me Yet as done by Len, Kokoro as done by Hatsune Miku, Rin Kagamine's World is Mine, etc.).

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#24 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -

SSX 3 I guess.
 
  

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#25 Posted by BBQBram (2486 posts) -

I like GTA IV's licensed tracks. That's not a popular choice, but I like the deeper cuts. As original scores go, Metal Gear Solid, every single Zelda, Shadow of the Colossus and Red Dead Redemption are way up there.

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#26 Edited by Cloudenvy (5893 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: Those are indeed all wrong.

I'm just saying, Black Rock Shooter is the best Vocaloid song.

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#27 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@Cloudenvy:

What about Hirari Hirari? Or any of those songs from before with the right Vocaloids? Those can be pretty good.

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#28 Edited by Cloudenvy (5893 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: The right version of World is Mine is indeed pretty great. Basically, all Vocaloid songs composed by Supercell's Ryu are great.

Hirari Hirari is not half-bad either!

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#29 Posted by bananaz (272 posts) -

Licensed only? Brutal Legend, Midnight Club 2, Saints Row: The Third. Those are what come to mind.

For originals? Scott Pilgrim Vs The World! Some tracks on there are almost impossible to not love.

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#30 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

No one has said Vice City yet? Maybe you guys are all younger than I thought.

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#31 Posted by Chemin (656 posts) -

@RainbowRaccoon said:

Brutal Legend. Original soundtrack? Silent Hill 2. Akira Yamoaka is a god to me.

Glad we worship the same god.

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#32 Edited by Evikull (67 posts) -

Well, Vice City and San Andreas have great soundtracks that work even better by fitting into the game's setting.

I've always liked soundtracks of games like Tony Hawk and Burnout. There's generally a nice mix.

The Phoenix Wright music is always great and I even enjoy the Sonic music. It's the only thing they seem to get right most of the time.

I'm also quite fond of the Airblade soundtrack, though maybe that's just because there was only one song per level. On constant loop. Forever.

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#33 Edited by ShiftyMagician (2185 posts) -

I've always found a fondness for the Need For Speed: Most Wanted soundtrack to be pretty awesome to listen to every now and then, so I'll vote for that.

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#34 Posted by seanconnery13 (31 posts) -

The Tony Hawk games and Fallout 3

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#35 Posted by frankfartmouth (1048 posts) -

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

Braid has my favorite licensed soundtrack, that I was unaware was even licensed until it was pointed out.

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I didn't know that was licensed until just a while ago either. It surprised me. It's the only one mentioned so far that had music that stuck out to me. Precisely because it didn't come across as licensed.

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#36 Posted by Echofoxz (106 posts) -

Saints Row: The Third has fucking brilliant soundtracks. It's not just they get good soundtracks, they also use them well in support of the moment-to-moment gameplay.

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#37 Edited by kogasu (150 posts) -

@Chemin said:

@RainbowRaccoon said:

Brutal Legend. Original soundtrack? Silent Hill 2. Akira Yamoaka is a god to me.

Glad we worship the same god.

Same as well ! I also have to agree with Brutal Legend. I wish it had more power metal but it was awesome nevertheless.

A few other original soundtracks I like include:

Castlevania series (Love that it isn't afraid to tap into many other different genres and of course the more iconic tunes from the first few always come back arranged differently and such)

Legend of Zelda series ( You just can't hate that soundtrack)

Guilty Gear XX (Awesome Rock and traditional heavy metal soundtrack)

Advent Rising (Emotional movie score like)

Banjo Kazooie series (Songs will all be embedded in your head and soul forever)

Capcom vs SNK 2 (Very great jazzy styled soundtrack... Well I really liked it.)

Nightmare Creatures (Kickass gothic metal/ and dark symphonic-y soundtrack!)

Final Fantasy series (of course)

Gauntlet Legends/ Dark Legacy (Who could forget the famous Gauntlet song hehe. Oh the nostalgia!)

Deadly Arts (N64 fighting game with a very GREAT soundtrack made of nostalgia and the 90s LOL... It's drum n bass-y

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#38 Edited by BeachThunder (14710 posts) -

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

Braid has my favorite licensed soundtrack, that I was unaware was even licensed until it was pointed out.

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Good call; the Braid soundtrack is fantastic.

Personally, this track is my favourite:

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#39 Posted by Vextroid (1543 posts) -

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City or Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 would be my choice of my favourite licensed soundtrack.

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#40 Posted by MegaLombax (457 posts) -

Okami

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#41 Posted by dudeglove (12840 posts) -

I would say Bayonetta, but that really is just one song throughout.

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#43 Posted by fetchfox (1694 posts) -

Metal Gear solid collection, still my favorite after all these years.

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#44 Posted by ThePencil (395 posts) -

Vice City. Goddamn that soundtrack was awesome.

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#45 Posted by MocBucket62 (1926 posts) -
I really like Rome Total War's soundtrack, it gave you a real feeling that you were getting ready for an epic battle with another ancient civilization. But my favorite soundtrack of all time might be Super Smash Bros Melee's soundtrack, it had a perfect blend of awesome orchestral music and remixes of classic Nintendo music. 
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#46 Posted by klimdeeni (183 posts) -

Little Big Planet (the first one) That was some fantastic music

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#47 Edited by MatthewTheBeast (215 posts) -

My favourite licensed game soundtrack would have to be Mount&Blade Warband: Napoleonic Wars; I think it has around 40+ classical pieces. It gives the game either a whimsical/comedic or a very serious feel.

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#48 Posted by SeaMoose (43 posts) -

GTA Vice City. The sole reason why 80's music is my guilty pleasure.. And I don't even feel guilty about it.

Which just makes it pure pleasure. Mmm.

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#49 Posted by jokerkv (3 posts) -

FF VII and FFVIII soundtracks! epic!

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#50 Edited by Jay444111 (2638 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: There is no Nier there? WHY!?

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The amount of epicness from the sountrack is mindblowing. It is moving, brilliant and just plain amazing. Farewell Cavia... from the dust you came from, the dust you return... providing quite possibly one of the actually greatest video games of all time. I am not joking in the slightest. Goodbye... comrades from across the sea!