I'm gonna list my top five favorite VG Soundtracks. Feel free to do the same or comment on mine.
5: Yoshi Topsy Turvy
This obscure Yoshi title has a small soundtrack, but even considering the tinny, half-chiptune sound of the GBA, the game still manages to leave very memorable tunes. All songs are fitting for each challenge, even if the challenges themselves may be a bit painful.
Favorite Song: Spirit of Greed Least Favorite Song: File Select
4: Paper Mario: Sticker Star
It's the odd one out for being the only Paper Mario to use mostly brass instruments. Furthermore, almost no synthetic instruments. All of the soundtrack is fitting, and most of it sounds great. The saxophones. Unfortunately, much of the music IS very similar.
Favorite Song: Give Me a Lift Least Favorite Song: Starman
3: Donkey Kong 64
There are memorable tunes everywhere. Every song is fitting, and oftentimes in an area, the same basic song will be remade to fit each zone. My major complaint is that the soundtrack sounds like it's being played from a tape. The slight pitch bend is kind of irritating.
Favorite Song: Fungi Forest Least Favorite Song: Giant Chunky
2: Super Mario Sunshine
More memorable tunes, and introduced concepts, themes, and ideas not before seen in a Mario title...perhaps in any title! Saving a resort island is certainly an interesting concept, and each song is tropical and fun. There's never a dull moment in the soundtrack, and all tracks are fitting. The Yoshi bongos aren't attractive bongos, nor are they always used well, sadly, but the idea is OK.
Favorite Song: Delfino Plaza Least Favorite Song: Pianta Village
1: Kirby's Adventure
The soundtrack is solid. Mega Man games get a lot of praise for their soundtracks, but honestly, Kirby's Adventure has a far more diverse and well-made soundtrack. Each theme is fitting, and the limited instruments are used in a unique way. Rather than using the sine as a bass, it's accompaniment or harmony. Every song is well-written (except a few map themes are a bit repetitive, particularly World 2's). Actual instruments cannot capture the music properly. The GBA remake can't stand up to the NES's standards, either.
Favorite Song: Ice Cream Island Least Favorite Song: Ice Cream Island map theme
Have any comments or lists of your own?
Animal Crossing: New Horizons | Tomodachi Life | Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
I perfer conventional music in most games personally, rather than "vidio game music" just my taist. Though as far composed music lists go, urs is good. Here's my list.
5: Devil May Cry (reboot) The music in this game is so pulse pounding and adrenaline inducing that it is perfect for the game. The Elctro Metal in this game is fantastic, with the highlight being Never Surrender, which in itself characterizes Dante's attitude as well as the feeling of th game.
4: Need for Speed Underground 2 The track list in this game fits the nightlife, neon race scean like a glove, and is both noticeable enough to be enjoyable, but not annoying. It is also diverse enough to accommodate people who like techno, rap,punk and rock, which makes it entertaining to almost anyone.
3:Fallout 3 Fallout 3 has the most classic soundtrack on the list, and its 1950s tracks mixes well with the art-deco post apocolipse. Weather exploring an irradiated, half flooded sub way to "I Don't Want To Set The World on Fire" or defending aginst raiders in destroyed downtown D.C to "Anything Go's", the solid gold oldies feel new again.
2: Grand Theft Auto 5 Gta always has soundtracks to die for, and 5 is no diffrent. There is music of every genrea, and it all evokes wonderful feelings or caps a scean. Crusing down the highway to "Smiling Faces", running from the cops to "Ambitions as A Ridah, or hitting the Bolovard to "Sleepwalking" it brings a smile every time.
1: SSX3 Ssx3 has the perfect soundtrack. Every tracm is a masterpeice, and makes your run down the mountain all the more enjoyable. "Go", "Deep End," "Poor Leno", "Rockstar", "Bitter End" and more grace the tracklist, and the music makes the moments. Never has there been a better track list, and I still love it to this day
Lots and lots of Animal Crossing
Any and every Grand Theft Auto game-perfect every time SSX3- fantastic sound track all of it unquestioned Need for Speed any game all of them-electronic house Devil may Cry-hardcore metal..acid house Sims2-Rammstein rip off songs are awesome Gears of War-epic music for the backdrop of war Fallout any and all games-old school and new school Saints Row-all of them- dub step paradise
Yeah I know top 5...but I gave you 3 bonus soundtracks.Theyre all that good.
ACCF,ACGC,Sims3&3Pets,GOW,GTA,Saints Row,Left 4Dead,Dungeon crawlers,SniperElite,MOH,COD,
1. Hotline Miami 2 Very tough choice between this and the first game. These games would be nowhere near as enjoyable and immersive if it weren't for their soundtracks. The music is always pumping you up and egging you on for one more go, despite how ridiculously hard the game can be at times. Out of all the games on this list, I would say Hotline Miami 2 is the only game where the music is absolutely integral to the gameplay.
2. Xenoblade Chronicles/Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch JRPGs in general have really good soundtracks and tbh I could fill the remainder of the list with JRPGs, but these two I'd say are the pinnacle of a very high standard. Xenoblade in general has the most consistently brilliant soundtrack while Ni No Kuni has some absolute beauties.
4. Mega Man 2 While MM2 isn't my one of my favourite games (its not even my favourite megaman game), its soundtrack is extremely memorable and I can still remember most of the songs from when I played it about 5 or 6 years ago, which is more than I can say for most games.
Best song: Dr. Wily's theme I'd objectively argue is the greatest video game song ever made. Each part of the song has its own thing going on and it gels together so beautifully, I could listen to it multiple times focusing on a different part each time and I'm still enthralled hearing it as the time before. It's been a permanent earworm in my brain ever since I first heard it, still not sick of it. Worst song: None come to mind.
I don't know why but this soundtrack is really good as background music when studying, so this is here mostly because of its utility more than anything lol. Plus it helps Ashley Barett kills it with the vocal tracks.
I have to admit, Mega Man 6 almost made it on my list. The themes are rather different compared with the rest of the series. Very fitting songs indeed. Wind Man is the bomb diggity
Super Mario Galaxy 1/2 would have been on there even higher, but a little genre variety plz. Two was better, but not very memorable in comparison.
Sonic games. Didn't even think of that.
Maybe I should do a series-specific Top 5, too...and anyone else can.
Yes, I think I shall.
TOP FIVE FAVORITE SONIC SERIES SOUNDTRACKS (not counting Sonic CD because no need for debates on which region's soundtrack is better)
5: Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
Memorable, rockin', and showed us how electric guitars were meant to be played. Although I'm not much for hard rock, this soundtrack is a sound exception in style. Shadow's songs mostly turn me off, regarding the unintelligible lyrics, but Sky Rail is OK and Radical Highway is awesome. Knuckles' raps are so bad they're enjoyable, excluding the Aquatic Mine one, which I believe has inappropriate language.
(Non-Lyrical) Favorite Song: Metal Harbor Least Favorite Song: Dark Chao Garden Theme (WHY IS THERE EVEN A MAJOR-KEY THEME IN THAT TORTURE CENTER) (I also only have Neutrals or Heros for the win but storing my children is a problem)
(Lyrical) Favorite Song: Escape From the City Least Favorite Song: Throw It All Away (instrumental is great for cutscene, but as a song, not my thing)
4: Sonic Heroes
Takes what Sonic Adventure 2 Battle had and expanded upon it. Some themes are repetitive and obnoxious, but all themes are fitting and many are memorable. The boss themes rock, but "FOLLOW ME" AND "WE CAN" ARE NOT RIGHT FOR BATTLING. The rock themes are are not just "rock," but almost tropical sometimes, or bright, or intense, or electronic...there's good variety here, and good presence of melody. Not just riffs most of the time.
(Non-Lyrcial) Favorite Song: Seaside Hill Zone (isn't it everybody's?), Ocean Palace Zone, or Grand Metropolis Zone Least Favorite Song: Casino Park (OVER AND OVER AGAIN)
(Lyrical) Favorite Song: Team Chaotix Least Favorite Song: This Machine
3: Sonic Unleashed
I've never played it.
I don't very much want to play it.
But I want to listen to it. Ohhh, I love that soundtrack! It's so exotic, but fast-paced. Being possibly the fastest Sonic game yet, it's fitting. The day and night themes are great, but some of the boss themes are...eh...Egg Dragoon, tho. Don't get me started on that. Don't get me started. So awesome.
Favorite Song: Egg Dragoon or Windmill Isle.
Least Favorite Song: The one where they beat a lute to death or whatever in that Middle East level idk
2: Sonic Colors
From the cutscenes, to the level themes, to the boss themes, everything is done well. It is all fitting for the vibrant...colorfulness. My only problem is that some of the different act themes sound TOO similar, in the cases of Aquarium Park and Starlight Carnival. Final Boss theme is epic boss theme. The choir is amazing.
Favorite Song: Final Boss theme or Planet Wisp and its variations Least Favorite Song: Astroid Coaster, I guess. Or the Sonic Simulator remakes. Just do it right at least and don't shove it in GXSCC or whatever it's called.
Honorable mention: Starlight Carnival and its variations
1: Sonic Lost World
Whoa. Whoa. WHOA. Genres, themes, melodies, TANGO?! It's so wonderful! Despite its considerably stupid plot and plot elements and characters and portrayal of Sonic and meh controls and Mario rip-offs, this game has the best Sonic soundtrack I've ever heard. It's unique, but brings memories of other styles. Mario games, especially.
Favorite Song: Requires another top five, but Owl...um...not Owl Lights, but the song that plays in the same level as Owl Lights, Desert zone place Act 4, Juice Archipelago, Beach zone act 3, and Wonder World Least Favorite Song: Final Boss Theme (uh...it's not bad, but...THAT'S IT?! Same for the boss battle, though.)
I could go on with other series. Later I might do that.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons | Tomodachi Life | Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
no particular order here, and i'm not linking the songs because there's way too many, so look 'em up if you'd like to hear them
kirby's epic yarn
the jazz here is amazing, and a great departure from the usual kirby style. it also keeps a consistent rhythm with its recurring beats while still twisting them and making them fresh and new.
favorite tracks: outer rings, stellar way, frosty wheel, apt. 102, probably more least favorite tracks: VERY tough choice, but probably the rendition of gourmet race
a little-known famicom game released around the cusp of the 16-bit era, it's got a great soundtrack with fitting and complex music for every single stage. too bad it's hard as all get out
favorite tracks: either strange memories of death or good night (take 2), but all of the tracks are very nice least favorite tracks: lion heart, i guess? a bit repetitive
mario kart 8
super mario 3d world already had a great soundtrack overall but this game definitely ups the ante with its brass-infused soundtrack. probably the greatest mario soundtrack i've heard
favorite tracks: oh man so many choices i'm gonna have a difficult time... big blue definitely stands out above the rest, but i also like bone-dry dunes, electrodrome, cloudtop cruise, dragon driftway... so many least favorite tracks: i... don't even know what to put here. wario's gold mine i guess? i don't even know man
rhythm heaven fever
a huge improvement over the previous game, rhythm heaven fever has tons of great tunes and even a few vocal songs mixed in... and this time, the dubs are actually GOOD.
favorite tracks: i love you, my one and only. see-saw, double date, air rally, and samurai slice are honorable mentions least favorite tracks: ?????? i literally cannot think of a single song????? this is perfection in musical form
super smash bros. for nintendo 3ds/wii u
yeah yeah i know pretty much all of the songs are remixes but they're really great remixes and i love them all except for like one or two because the level of quality is so high
favorite tracks: a lot of 'em here... super mario world medley, fortress boss, gerudo valley, dkc returns (vocals), light plane, mario paint medley, king dedede's theme (both versions), magicant, smiles and tears, onett/winters, kapp'n's song, multi-man smash, master hand, melee menu ver. 2, balloon fight medley, yoshi's island, and those are the ones i can name off the top of my head least favorite tracks: final destination i guess, it's sort of underwhelming
yeah that's really long sorry... i can't even name one favorite track for any of these games honestly
yeah, dkc2 is definitely a close 6th place for me, but i haven't played any donkey kong country games (besides tropical freeze, which was already covered) so it doesn't really have a place in my heart as much as the others
stickerbush symphony is always great but you can't go wrong with mining melancholy or forest interlude
-MGS3 soundtrack Anno 1404 soundtrack (it's one of those old city-building micromanaging PC games, and the orchestral ST is beautiful) The FFVII soundtrack + the Crisis Core, Advent Children and Piano Collections remasters of the music from it Silent Hill 1 soundtrack? Whoever composed the SH soundtracks knew what they were doing. The music fits the tone of the game(s) very well, and I've never listened to an OST with that sound before. -Elder Scrolls soundtracks...? Specifically Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim (haven't listened to Daggerfell, Arena, or spin-offs, sorry.... >.<) I would recommend listening to the Morrowind/Skyrim theme cover by Dolce Tempesta. With headphones.
Didn't really put a lot of thought into this, so it's not a list with as much variance as I'd like, nor is it my top five of all time but just. Video game music, man.
mgs collection, uncharted..... and otome anime trash
I will forever stand by my thinking that Monster Hunter Portable 3rd is the absolute best Monster Hunter game in the series, which is a shame since it was never seen here in the west. With it came many amazing tracks, some of which are now staples in the series.
While I still think Borderlands 2 is a mess of a game, I still find its soundtrack phenomenal. It is, to this day, still one of the best soundtracks in any game to date, in my opinion. So much variety, it is probably the best (and probably the only) improvement the series saw with BL2.
It was between this game and Majora's Mask to give major props to Koji Kondo, but I figured I had to side with ALBW, because the game itself not only has an amazing soundtrack, remaking some of the my favorites to somehow be even better, but takes the series back before a time of padding and wasting your time, reintroducing the series' roots with an amazing wash of nostalgia, while offering up new things that just flat out work. It easily soar to the top in terms of my favorite games, and I will forever stand by my opinion of it being the best Zelda game to date.
A kooky game, to say the least. Its a blast with a friend, and the intoxicating soundtrack just sends the loopiness though the roof. With narration from Will Stamper, and even pitches in for a few of the tracks with his...Uh, "professional" singing skills. Some of the most fun I've ever had in a multiplayer game, and one I could only wish to relive.
Ah, Morrowind. The very game that got me so deep into gaming. A fantastical world, with a deep and rich lore. Morrowind really stands the test of time with such a unique and alien land to explore, and epic soundtrack backing this wondrous place. The moment I hear its booming, yet simple main theme wells me up with a wave of nostalgia that no other game ever can replicate. It stands as one of the most memorable tracks in the history of gaming, in my opinion.
...Its just a shame that the actual "gameplay" portion of this game is absolutely terrible, and has aged as well as milk brought into the world at the same time as this game. But I digress.