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sere
No, not what you prefer to listen to while in-game music is muted but the actual soundtrack..

So, just what is your favorite video game soundtrack/OST or, what do you think the best video game soundtrack is if it isn't necessarily your personal favorite?

I'm going with tried and true Mega Man TWO!
tschumann
Doom's soundtrack is pretty good in my opinion.
Andres Bordeu
Hey, a Bobby Prince fan here! smile.gif

Love both DOOM and Mega Man 2 soundtracks. Good choices! My favorite? Oh my... so hard to choose. Not necessarily being my favorite, I love the Quake 2 soundtrack. Wasn't it developed by Trent Reznor/Nine Inch Nails? Can't remember....

I'm also a big fan of Nintendo, particularly the Zelda titles, so there's a lot of themes I really enjoy from those games.

Finally, I think Chris O'Donnell did a fantastic job with the Halo games, (mostly the first ones). I also like hos work when he was just starting out composing music for the Marathon trilogy. Very eerie, ambient and a bit depressing. Ideal for a cramped corridor shooter!

sere
Quake 1 had the Trent Reznor produced soundtrack with the first audio track (track 2 in cd players) being the recognizable awesome we remember now with the other tracks being mostly audible atmosphere (a good thing). Quake 2 was more straightforward flavor of rock/industrial; produced by someone I don't remember who may or may not be affiliated with nine inch nails. I think Trent Reznor made additional yet infrequent contributions to id game soundtracks over the years.

Every Final Fantasy and Zelda contained very memorable themes as well as some throwaway tracks (Zelda 1 and 2 not so much).

I think now the best soundtracks are attached to low profile games. Momodora 2, as such, has a remarkable soundtrack.. it's unbelievable yet almost entirely unheard of. Pixel tone is a double edged sword, most games will be forgotten since they adhere to a dated trend.

I still daydream to ZC1 tunes on a daily basis.

"Bobby Prince" 3rd google result...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkCPK2m7D-8

That is a boss keyboard and I am not referring to the one used to demonstrate the chromatic scale!
Carlos Bordeu
It is so interesting to see how id Software's origins are of games that were pretty kid-friendly (not mature or with gore). When Carmack programmed the side scrolling for Commander Keen the guys of id actually contacted Nintendo to see if they had any interest in his tech for PC games, but they turned them down.

I can only imagine the impact that it would of had to the development of the entire game's industry history (especially first person shooters) if Nintendo snatched up the talents of id and they were obviously working on non-FPS games. I certainly don't see Nintendo doing any Wolfenstein 3D.

So... I guess that was out of topic, but that's what I remembered from the book 'Masters of Doom' now seeing Bobby Prince talk about the vegetables music piece in that video tongue.gif
sere
QUOTE (Carlos Bordeu @ Jan 25 2014, 10:10 PM) *
I can only imagine the impact that it would of had to the development of the entire game's industry history (especially first person shooters) if Nintendo snatched up the talents of id and they were obviously working on non-FPS games.


You blew my mind at the idea of id eventually making Metroid Prime series (which still owes heavily to id's accomplishments and industry shaping). Further blown by the fact that Metroid Prime was made by a TEXAS DEV with a Nintendo sanction!
Carlos Bordeu
QUOTE (sere @ Jan 28 2014, 02:22 AM) *
You blew my mind at the idea of id eventually making Metroid Prime series (which still owes heavily to id's accomplishments and industry shaping). Further blown by the fact that Metroid Prime was made by a TEXAS DEV with a Nintendo sanction!


I forgot about Metroid Prime... (indeed a FPS) ...yeah that could have been an awesome thing!
deloctyte
Hands down, the Warcraft 2 soundtrack.

Oh, and quite a large chunk of the Command and Conquer series.

FTL is nice too. And MDK. Not to mention Portal 2. And Overlord 2. And Starcraft. And, ofcourse, Zeno Clash deserves some love as well. "Escape from Halstedom" is a favorite of mine. :3


The list could go on and on, really.
sere
Abyss Odyssey is a very noteworthy soundtrack. I can see (hear) it being in plenty of peoples' top 3. I listened to it in the car the other day. This is only the second time I have wanted to listen to a game soundtrack outside of the game.
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Dmitriy Gorbachev
Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2. Aquatic Ambience is the most incredible thing ever.

And also Final Fantasy series soundtracks, especially FFX.
tschumann
Just looking back I think still think Doom's soundtrack is the one that really sticks out in my mind. I think the only soundtracks that really stick out in my mind are the ones in games where the soundtrack is really in your face (like in Doom where it's looped continuously). Mario Karts 64 is another good one.
Half-Life's soundtrack has some good pieces too though I know them more from the trailers than in-game.
Teely
For actual songs I've always liked the Fallout franchise for its use of old music.
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