So, my man B (who some of you may know) has decided to grace us with his 15 favorite video game tracks of all time. I strongly encourage ya'll to check the list out and throw out whatever feedback you have here. Think a certain song deserves a place on the list? Give us your own lists, and eventually B will create an ultimate list of the top VG tracks as determined by folks from here as well as numerous other sites! But at the very least, check the list out. It might enlighten you a bit.
Going with TES, the Morrowind opening theme is a very powerful song, IMO...even better then the Oblivion piece he chose
After some thought, here are some that I think deserve to be on the list. I won't make my ovwn countdown per se, just because I'm far too afraid to leave something out. I will make it known that I love B's choice of "The Lost Woods" from OoT. That one definitely deserves a spot.
"1,000 Words (Ochestra Version)"- Final Fantasy X-2
I'm also a huge fan of the piano intro that B included in his top 15. Honestly, I think the entire FF X-2 OST is SEVERELY underrated. Yeah, the music is a lot more poppy than the traditional FF music tends to be, but it suits the mood of the game incredibly well and when it is at its high points it can be flooring. The first time I saw the cutscene for "1,000 Words" I was instantly moved.
"The Landing"- Final Fantasy VIII
Again, another great mood setter. This is the song that plays as the SEED candidates land on the shores of Dollet. I'm not sure why, but this was one that has always stuck with me ever since my first playthrough of VIII.
"Burn My Dread"- Persona 3
I love the P3 and P4 soundtracks. Honestly, I just love the work that Shoji Meguro has done over the pas several years with P3 (and FES), P4, Persona PSP, and Catherine's OST is just about on par as well.
"Opening"- Pokemon Red/Blue
This, in my opinion, is among the classics in terms of VG music. Not the most elaborate piece of work, but EVERYONE recognizes it.
"Chemical Plant Zone"- Sonic 2
Not much to say about this one. Just catchy as hell.
I cannot access the link in the OP for some reason.
I figured I'll use my free time in the office to populate the following songs in no particular order...
First, the theme song for Metroid on the NES. In a day and age where all video game songs were bright and playful, this game took a stab at the dark and dramatic. It was so influential that today there are rock bands that are based entirely on recreating some of the songs from the Metroid franchise.
So obviously influential and memorable today, even children who have never played the original games know these theme songs when they hear them.
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros.
While I am not a fan of the game this was composed for, there is no one that can dispute the fact that Danny Elfman is a composer who will be remembered, honored and valued in the music world for several decades (and most probably centuries) into the future. With that being said, Danny Elfman & Russell Shaw united to create a theme song for a certain game I cannot name here due to the rules of this forum. However, regardless of the game's residence, the song should be enjoyed by all. So, here's the link.
Danny Elfman & Russell Shaw
Often sought after producer/engineer/composer Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame) graced the video game industry with a full soundtrack for Quake. Though we are accustomed to high quality sampling today from many producers and engineers, in the mid-nineties, Trent Reznor was considered one of, if not THE best in creating soundscapes that were as deep in ambient sound as they were disturbing and gritty. Quake is one of the few games that is respected for it's soundtrack just as strongly as it's gameplay.
Quake Theme Song
Hideo Kojima's love for film making spilled over into our video games and eventually influenced most of the AAA story driven titles we play today. When Metal Gear Solid 2 was announced, E3 practically shut down with the competition's developers waiting at Konami's booth to see what Hideo Kojima had done to top the most influential game, probably in gaming history. All developers strive to make a game entertaining from beginning to end and still feel like a film. Hideo Kojima was the first to bring the full package to the table with memorable characters that invoke emotion, and a cohesive world with several landscapes and challenges. In the audio side of things, voice acting was top notch and the music dynamically swelled and changed based on the actions you were taking. Metal Gear Solid for the PlayStation One was a work of art, taking the gamer through a rollercoaster of action AND emotion.
After completing the game, as the credits rolled, a song played. You couldn't help replay all you have accomplished to get here. And as you replay the events and re-feel all of them from beginning to end in your mind, you realize the song you're listening to is doing the same. Better still, you can't understand a word the singer is saying, but you feel every syllable and vowel as if it was a spoken word that demanded you pay attention. Like an angel carressing your ear drum with each passing soothing note. A song fitting of the emotional journey that you just had the honor of witnessing...
Metal Gear Solid - The Best Is Yet To Come
As a musician/engineer myself, I steered clear of producing anything for games. I'm simply not good enough to create anything that a player would want to listen to for several hours. But, in this game's case, we have listened to it for hours at a time and for many many years.
A twenty minute song is nothing to sneeze at. Especially one that is moving from progression to progression seamlessly, with each being as memorable as the last. When finally completing Final Fantasy VI (III in the US) that is exactly what gamers were treated to...
Final Fantasy VI / III
Unfortunately, I have to cut this post short. I was hoping to reach 15 as well, but it's time to get out of this office and PLAY SOME GAMES!