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« on: June 16, 2006, 03:20:51 PM »

A little repost from before the board died, but with the addition of links to many of the soundtracks I'm recommending, if anyone's interested Smiley



I'm a big fan of game music; in fact, I have been for years (I used to do the beat of Megaman songs with my mouth as a kid when going on road trip with my family; it annoyed my sister to no end). But thanks to console emulation, there are now many music players and/or player plugins that allows me to listen to the original soundtrack of many old games. Since it's the major part of the music I listen to everyday, I thought it would interesting to share our musical tastes on the subject. So here are my favourite game soundtracks grouped by system:



NES



Megaman II, III, IV and V: The Megaman series has always been one of my favourite ever since I first played one of the game. To me, the music composition really got interesting with the second game and maintained the variety up until the fifth game. The sixth one has good tunes too, but like everything in that game, they're just not that memorable. None of the Gameboy, SNES and PSX games of the original series managed to have soundtracks as good as those four.



Play the following with a NSF player:

http://www.zophar.net/nsf/megaman2.zip

http://www.zophar.net/nsf/megaman3.zip

http://www.zophar.net/nsf/megaman4.zip

http://www.zophar.net/nsf/megaman5.zip



Akumajo Densetsu (Dracula's Curse JAP): Of all three Castlevania game on the NES, the third one had the biggest and best soundtrack. What most people don't know however, is that the japanese cartridge had a special sound chip inside to improve the music with more channels and instruments. All the songs sound a lot better and almost too good to be from an NES game.



http://www.zophar.net/nsf/akuden.zip



SNES



Starfox: You can't compare the music between Starfox and it's remake Starfox 64. You just can't. The first one has tunes with rythm that keep you in the action for the entire game, and the second has generic music that's less intense than in the original game. They corrected the problem with Starfox Assault by having the N64 themes reprised with full orchestral sounds and much better composition, but I still feel that the original sountrack remains the best.



Play the following with a SPC player:

http://www.snesmusic.org/v2/download.php?spcNow=sf



Contra 3: The Alien Wars: A classic. I've always liked the music in the first two Contra games, and the third one continues the tradition of fast-paced music that fits the mood and/or action of each stages.



http://www.snesmusic.org/v2/download.php?spcNow=cntr3



N64



Castlevania: Legacy Of Darkness: Unlike the more baroque and flamboyant Symphony Of the Night (PSX) with diverse compositions of varying styles and orchestral goodness that matched the style of the castle, this one is more ambiant and thus is better at establishing an atmosphere in the various levels of the game. There are no loud recognizable tunes like in previous CV games aside from a few like the first boss battle and the Dracula fight. Rather, the music flows more smoothly. For example, the songs for the Underground Tunnel and Underground Waterway are sombre, depressing pieces, especially "Invisible Sorrow" for the tunnel which is a sad and haunting tune. Definitely a more ambiant soundtrack and one that can be enjoyed better without having played the game I think.



Play the following with a USF player (like the 64th Note Winamp plugin at the bottom of the page at http://www.hcs64.com/usf/):

http://www.hcs64.com/usf/sets/prelim/Castlevania%2064%20-%20Legacy%20of%20Darkness%20-%20Parasyte/

(You need to extract cv2lod.usflib from the first archive in a directory, and then the content of the second archive in the same place to get the track names. Due to emulation problems, the music isn't always identical to the one in-game, but it's a lot smaller in size than the whole thing in mp3s)



The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask: What can I say? Zelda games have always had great music, but as much as I liked Ocarina Of Time, Majora's Mask beats it in almost every category. The music in the four temples stand out much more than in the various temples of its predecessor. There's also the town music that changes with each day, becoming darker and more sinister as the cataclysm draws near, and the last night is the most emotional piece that underscores well that the world is about to end. Add all the ocarina tunes that are better than in Ocarina as well as finally getting the classic Overworld theme that Ocarina had denied us, and you get my favourite Zelda soundtrack.



http://www.hcs64.com/usf/downcnt.php?lozmmusf.zip



Gameboy Advance



Sonic Advance 1, 2 and 3: I'm a big fan of the Genesis Sonic game and their music, but although the Advance series didn't convince me at first, they eventually grew on me. I now prefer their soundtracks, with a preference for Sonic Advance 2. Not a whole lot to say about it, but if you like traditional Sonic music, give them a try.



Play the following with a GSF player (like the Highly Advanced at the top of the page at http://www.caitsith2.com/gsf/):

http://gsf.caitsith2.net/gsfs/sonicadvance.rar

http://gsf.caitsith2.net/gsfs/sonicadvance2.rar

http://gsf.caitsith2.net/gsfs/SonicAdvance3_gsf.rar



The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap: One of the most polished 2D Zelda game so far, The Minish Cap also has the best soundtrack IMO, beating A Link To The Past simply for having technically superior music. A lot of classic tunes are back, such as the Hyrule Castle song from the aforementioned game in two versions, a more upbeat and regal one for the intact castle and the classic one for the castle after being taken over by the villain Vaati. Definitely a soundtrack that would benefit from being remade on a CD with real instruments.



http://gsf.caitsith2.net/gsfs/minishcap.rar



Genesis



Contra: Hard Corps: A pure techno-metal-rock soundtrack, or at least the closest the Genesis can get to one. Since the game is pure action with almost no breather, the music follows suit. The boss music are especially engaging and all songs have lots of well-done drums.



Play the following with a VGM player (you can find a few on the bottom right of the page at http://project2612.org/)

http://project2612.org/download.php?id=91



Golden Axe: This game goes back to the beginning of the Genesis, and although they sound old technically, it's the composition that more than saves them. It's not often that you get songs that alternate between a refrain and three different verses before finally looping back to the beginning. I first heard the game on the PC with an Adlib music card (most people probably don't even know that, as it predates the Soundblaster era) and recently rediscovered on the Genesis. Although the Genesis sound hardware sounds worse than the old Adlib, the tunes have more instruments and more refined compositions thus sound better than on the PC.



http://project2612.org/download.php?id=136



Ristar: The Shooting Star: An attempt at another colorful mascot in the vein of Sonic, Ristar inherited the same colorful graphics and upbeat tunes. Since the game came out near the end of the Genesis' popularity, the music sounds better than the Sonic games and the compositions are top-notch.



http://project2612.org/download.php?id=55



Rocket Knight Adventures: I hate repeating myself, so here's the deal: this game also has a cool main character like Sonic and Ristar, also has great looking graphics and great sounding music. Just listen to all of them, or better yet, *play* them all!



http://project2612.org/download.php?id=32



Sonic CD (both US and Japan version): One of the first console game with a CD quality soundtrack, Sonic CD is litteraly an oral orgy. In addition to having several zones, each one is accessible in several time periods which sport remixed versions of the same tunes. For example, in the Past the music is more upbeat and almost comical; the Good Future levels have hopeful tunes and the Bad Future ones have mechanical and/or sinister songs. The music in Japan was full of J-Pop tunes and was completely re-recorded for the US release; lots of purist claim the US one is horrible, but don't believe them, they are both excellent, just in completely different styles (it should be noted that the sound quality of the US soundtracks is better than the Japan one). Besides, the US composers gave us the famous Sonic Boom! A must!



You can find the MP3s for the japanese version at the following page (you'll have to download the file one by one on that site though):

http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/1672

No link for the US version, sorry!



Saturn



NiGHTS Into Dreams: I've never played the game, and it's a shame since it seemed like a great experience. The soundtrack at any rate doesn't disappoint. It's difficult to define exactly; it's cute and upbeat at times, dark and action-oriented at others. Fantasy-adventure might be a good description, but that could mean anything now, could it? I wish I could find a way to share this one with people as it's definitely worth listening to.



The following isn't the soundtrack as sold on CD, but all the tracks recorded from the Saturn version:

http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/2954



Sonic 3D Blast: Although the game is essentially the same as on the Genesis, the music is on a whole other level. Composed by Richard Jacques, the music is an odd mix of atmospheric and upbeat tunes (I keep using upbeat but I can't seem to find another word for it) that could actually save the crappy gameplay unlike the Genesis version. The Spring level has carnival music, the snow level has a sorta-Christmas style to it, the volcano stage has this kind of adversial music as is you were up against the elements, and the Robotnik fights have great beats and sinister organ parts that really fit the super-villain motif.



http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/947



Sonic R: Also written by Richard Jacques, the music to this one is a bit different. It's not for everyone for starters, as it's full of fast-paced music with upbeat and feel-good lyrics (yup, lyrics) like "Can You Fell The Sunshine", "Living In The City" or "Work It Out" sung by a female voice. Yes, the lyrics are corny, but they're really catchy tunes, and probably the kind of stuff you should listen to if you're exercising.



No link for this one, sorry!



PC



Dune (Exxos - Dune Spice Opera): For those who have played the old PC adventure/strategy game by Cryo, you probably remember the awesome musical composition it had, even if it was one of those old FM soundtrack for Adlib/Sound Blaster. Well, when they made a CD-Rom version of the game (it was among the first CD games at the time), the music composer totally remade the soundtrack and, something unbelievable at the time, Virgin released it on CD. The result is a great mixture of synth/electro-ambiant music that sounds a little alien (which fits the theme of the Dune universe quite well) with exotic themes for the Fremen and atmospheric tunes for the main theme and for when you travel in the desert on a sand worm. I'm glad I was able to find this a long time ago.



http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/3373



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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2006, 05:21:07 PM »

I applaud this topic immensely.



I also think Mega Man, Zelda, and Castlevania in general have pretty good music.  Since they've been around so long, even a remix of an old track in a later game is pretty cool just for what it is.



Galbadia Hotel, as you've pointed out, has many soundtracks in .MP3 format.  The site's got lots of ads, so it may be a little hard to navigate at first.  They have almost everything (though I still can't find MGS2 boss battle music, and the last time I looked they actually removed all the MGS2 music).  You should buy soundtracks if you like them, but it's really a shame that video game music soundtrack CDs aren't that popular in North America.



Anyway, I might as well throw in some more obscure ones, or just ones not yet mentioned, and put up links as I find them...though most should be on Zophar.net or Galbadia Hotel.



My taste may be different than Terra's in some respects - I have an affinity to epic, grandiose themes, or frenetic battle music.  In many cases I may just like one or two tracks from a game.  This list is likely to be a very incomplete list, I'm sure I could recommend a lot.  But I expect some of those recommendations might just be because of the nostalgia attached to certain games.



NES



Batman - I don't know what it is with Sunsoft and licensed games.  Despite seriously deviating from the source material (like most licensed games in the days of the NES), they still made great games with great graphics.  And great music!  It's like they composed a bunch of action music and had them ready for the next game they made.

http://www.zophar.net/nsf/batman.zip



Blaster Master - a Sunsoft original game.  A masterpiece, and the music is also very-well crafted.  The music for each of the different Levels seems to fit thematically.

http://www.zophar.net/nsf/blaste~1.zip



Gremlins 2: The New Batch - see Batman, above.

http://www.zophar.net/nsf/gremli~1.zip



Super NES



Super Bomberman 3 (J) - Vs. Battle music.  Oh!  Just love it.  It may sound a bit primitive (lots of bleeps and bloops) but it's really energetic and makes you want to lob some bombs at some opponents.

http://www.zophar.net/zsnes/spc/sbm3.rar



PlayStation



Chrono Cross - though in many ways I think its predecessor, Chrono Trigger, is a better and more memorable game, one track sticks out from Chrono Cross - "The Brink Of Death", the boss battle theme.  Like Secret Of Mana's boss battle music, it seems to go through a few different "cycles" (excuse my poor grasp of music terminology) - repeating refrains of rabble-rousing.



Parasite Eve - If a track is called "Plosive Attack", you know it's going to get your adrenaline going.  There are a few other tracks I know I could recommend, but that would require me finding them again...



Nintendo 64



Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon - "The Theme of 'Mystical Ninja'", an upbeat Japanese opening theme, sounds like something you'd hear in an anime opening sequence.  Similarly, "I Am Impact!", the theme song for Goemon's big robot, is an epitome of Japanese pop culture silliness.

http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/1651



GameCube



Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings And The Lost Ocean - RPGs often have great music, particularly for some of the boss battles.  Giacomo and his cronies (who I refer to as "Team Giacomo") are recurring bosses with their own boss battle theme, called "Chaotic Dance", a frenzy of, well, chaotic dance music.  The battle and boss battle music, "The True Mirror" and "The True Mirror ~Guitar Ver~" respectively, also get you into the high-energy fighting mode.



PC



Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge - How many times has Largo's theme been stuck in my head?

http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/2060



Myst IV: Revelation - The main theme is like what Myst should be (and is) - epic and grand with hints of adventure.

http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/2901



Multi



Capcom Vs. SNK 2 - Can't top the track "Wipe Out".  In the game, you hear it in the arena for the finals of the tournament.

http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/1651



Kirby series - yeah, I'm not gonna list them all.  But loading up the sound test in Kirby: Super Star will get you quite a few, and the music used in Revenge Of MetaKnight in particular is cool.



Mortal Kombat II - The Mortal Kombat series, which often takes place in some Asian-themed settings has music that fits appropriately.  Check out Dan Forden's "MK II Death Jam" for one of the tracks with those classic Mortal Kombat sound effects and shouts mixed in.

http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/1542



Sonic Heroes - don't recall if Terra listed this among those Sonic games.  Either you like the pop-like music in recent Sonic games or you don't.  If you can stand it, you might like the opening theme, as well as Team Chaotix's theme.

http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/950
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2006, 08:13:01 AM »

That's definitely a great topic. And a great list you have put together, Terra Smiley



I might edit this post later to add more links and other liked soundtracks because I am not good at remembering all of them at the same time:





Commodore Amiga



Aunt Arctic Adventure

This game has to come first. The music is one of the greatest musics I have heard in any game. Every now and then I just start humming one of the tunes without having heard it again because they are so memorable. Without the music, the game would never have got such a special place in my heart.



http://www.exotica.org.uk/tunes/unexotica/games/Aunt_Arctic_Adventure.html (Play using Modplug Player http://www.modplug.com/?page=playerinfo)



Lemmings

The music isn't that special and many of the tunes are just remixes of classical tunes or children songs but I still like the music very much because of the simplicity.



Lotus Turbo Challenge II

There isn't much music in this racing game, but the title/menu music is just so great. When I play it I always have to wait until the menu music is over before I start the race. It's sad that during the races no music is played because I am sure it would have been of a similar quality.

http://www.mirsoft.info/gmb/music_info.php?id_ele=NjQ4 (Play using Modplug Player http://www.modplug.com/?page=playerinfo)





PC



Zak McKracken And The Alien Mindbenders

The music is great and has got maybe the best quality I have ever heard coming from the PC speaker. Despite the fact that the PC speaker can only play one tone at a time, you hear many different instruments in the intro song. And while most PC speaker tunes I have heard sound a bit out of rhythm because of that, everythings seems timed correctly for this game. A logistic masterstroke.



Link description not available http://www.sendspace.com/file/9omp5t (OGG Vorbis, playable by most MP3 players)



Monkey Island series

I like the whole carribean flair of the music and almost every song sounds great in these games.





Nintendo Entertainment System



Mega Man 1

Unlike Terra I like the tunes of the first part the most. They are the ones that I can remember best and I like the rhythms.



http://www.zophar.net/nsf/megaman1.zip (Play using an NSF player)
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2006, 08:28:26 AM »

Sonic Adventure Battle 2 <_<

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2006, 01:03:40 PM »

A few links for previously mentionned soundtracks.



Play the following with a PSF player (http://www.neillcorlett.com/psf/players.html)

Chrono Cross (PSX): http://www.tzone.org/~llin/psf/packs2/Chrono_Cross_psf.rar

Parasite Eve (PSX): http://www.tzone.org/~llin/psf/packs2/ParasiteEve_psf.rar



And although it's overly happy and fruity, Kirby music is always fun to listen too Smiley



Play the following two with a GBS player (http://www.zophar.net/utilities/gbs.html, might not be up-to-date)

Kirby's Dream Land (GB): http://www.zophar.net/gbs/kirbydl.zip

Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB): http://www.zophar.net/gbs/kirbydl2.zip



Kirby's Adventure (NES): http://www.zophar.net/nsf/kirbys~1.zip

Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SNES): http://www.snesmusic.org/v2/download.php?spcNow=kdl3

Kirby Super Star (SNES): http://www.snesmusic.org/v2/download.php?spcNow=kss

Kirby: Nightmare In Dreamland (GBA): http://www.caitsith2.com/gsf/gsfs/kirby-nid.rar

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (GBA): http://www.caitsith2.com/gsf/gsfs/KirbyTAM.rar

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64): http://www.hcs64.com/usf/sets/prelim/Kirby%2064%20-%20The%20Crystal%20Shards%20-%20Parasyte/ (preliminary rip)



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Current project that I really should try to finish:
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-Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis)
-Naya's Quest (PC)
-Lilly Looking Through (PC)

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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2006, 01:13:20 PM »

While I might know bad music when I hear it, I have never remembered a particular score to a game. Maybe Zelda and Mario would be an exception. Though the music for Metroid Prime 1 & 2 is fitting and memorable.



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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2006, 03:32:44 PM »

Some of the most memorable music came from earlier games in a time where audio technology in game console wasn't that advanced. They had to work on better composition and catchy tunes to make up for that, which is why games like Castlevania, Sonic and Metroid have music whichi is remembered more fondly.



Personally, while Metroid Prime has great moody music, but very few tunes are the kind which will stick in your mind or that you'll be humming without even realizing it.



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Current project that I really should try to finish:
-Drill Dozer (GBA)
-Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis)
-Naya's Quest (PC)
-Lilly Looking Through (PC)

Pending project:
-A ton of stuff that will never be finished
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2006, 06:53:11 PM »

Written by Grizzly:



Mega Man 1

Unlike Terra I like the tunes of the first part the most. They are the ones that I can remember best and I like the rhythms.





Here's a little something I found on Galbadia Hotel. They're remixes from Mega Man 8 on the Saturn, which had two exclusive bosses: Cut Man and Wood Man. The remixes aren't anywhere near as good as the originals, but they're a novelty anyway!



http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/945/26

http://gh.ffshrine.org/soundtracks/945/27



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Current project that I really should try to finish:
-Drill Dozer (GBA)
-Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis)
-Naya's Quest (PC)
-Lilly Looking Through (PC)

Pending project:
-A ton of stuff that will never be finished
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2006, 06:28:49 PM »

I know I'm digging up an old thread, but I just found out the link to Frank Klepacki's site, and he's the composer of many of my favourite old PC tunes! Most notably, many of the early Westwood Studios games like the Legend Of Kyrandia games as well as Dune 2 and many others. Just give it a try since you can listen to a whole bunch of tunes he made online!



http://www.frankklepacki.com/



Also, take a look at Sierra Music Central which offers a lot of music from the old Sierra games redone as MP3s.



The (or one of) site's owner is also working on putting together a soundtrack for the first Legend Of Kyrandia game at the request of Frank Klepacki by recording the original MIDI files with the right hardware. If you liked the music from that game (or are curious as to what it sounded like), then you can find a beta version of the soundtrack at http://www.smc.sq7.org/assorted/Lok1beta/. It doesn't sound that good by modern music standard, but considering these are old MIDI files, it's quite acceptable, and I find the musical composition really great and varied. It's amazing to see that songs you only heard on a single, unimportant screen ended up being over 3 minutes long Smiley !



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Current project that I really should try to finish:
-Drill Dozer (GBA)
-Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis)
-Naya's Quest (PC)
-Lilly Looking Through (PC)

Pending project:
-A ton of stuff that will never be finished
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2008, 10:06:39 AM »

Super Smash Bros.: Brawl soundtrack torrent here:

http://smashboards.com/showthread.php?t=141013
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2008, 02:44:06 PM »

Woohoo, necromancy FTW!



Yes, I've become a huge VG music enthusiast in recent times. Here goes my list:



NES



Mega Man 2, 3, 4, 6

MM2 and MM3 have arguably the greatest soundtracks on the NES. MM4 and MM6 follow in their noble footsteps even if not all their tracks are quite up to par. I don't know what happened to MM5, however; it just seemed so uninspired compared to its NES MM brethren.



Zelda 1 & Zelda II

Everyone knows how good the music of LoZ is. But not much attention is given to AoL, and I think that's a shame--heck, in many ways, I enjoy AoL's music better than LoZ! I especially like the battle/cave theme, improvised overworld, palace theme, the Great Palace, etc.



Super NES



Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2

These are among the two best ST's on the SNES, especially DKC2. Whereas the music in the Mario series is mainly dopey and kiddish, and you'd expect the music in these games to be the same, yet they're both groovy and profound at points. God only knows how the music in DKC3 turned out to be such a disaster after these two gems.



Mega Man X

When most people think of great Mega Man music, almost invariably MM2 and the other NES classics come to mind. This game, however, beats them all out as the greatest Mega Man soundtrack of all time, period--IMHO. Try to find a dud on here. Almost every single piece of music is either rockin', moving, thrilling, or some other component of pure awesome. All three ending themes, in particular, I can listen to over and over and over again. This game is only narrowly beaten out by DKC2 as the greatest game music on the SNES ever.



Mega Man X2

Not quite as awe-inspiring as its elder brother, yet this game also contains some of the best music in the series--and a couple tunes that even top anything else in the original X (e.g. X-Hunters Base theme 1). The distinct "guitar" sound on this one is what it gives it its unique flavor and lasting luster. Too bad X3 turned out to be such a dud musically (that seems to be a problem with SNES trilogies apparently).



Super Metroid

It has Norfair Ancient Ruins theme and Brinstar Vegetation theme. And Theme of Samus Aran, and Mother Brain's theme. 'Nuff said.



Yoshi's Island

Musically in contrast to the rest of the Mario series and their relatively annoying themes, this one is a gem. It succeeds at being childlike without being childish. Far and away the best theme on the soundtrack, however, is Crystal Cave, which almost sounds like it could fit in a Zelda game.



(I'll finish this list later, when I have more time. ;0)
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« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2008, 03:28:44 PM »

I note that you said that you thought Mega Man X 3's music was a dud - I don't remember enough to agree/disagree - yet for some reason I do remember one hypnotic track, that of Toxic Seahorse's stage.  I can recall it at any time, and it often can be stuck in my head.  Until it drives me nuts a day later, I do like it.  Too much.  Weird.
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« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2008, 04:42:57 PM »

Heck, practically all the music from the Classic Mega Man games is great. The only games with really poor music to me are Mega Man II (GB)(God only knows what happened there), Mega Man V (GB) which wasn't bad but quite forgettable and Mega Man VII which, although adequate, never really grabbed me. All the others I came to appreciate after playing through them a few times.



As for Mega Man X, I have to admit that only the music from the first game ever did much for me; X2 and X3 didn't do much for me, but then again I never really got into the X series aside from the first one.



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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2008, 05:21:26 PM »

Are you guys referring to the SNES or PSX version of the X3 soundtrack?  The SNES version was horrible, but the PSX version is immensely improved.  Weirdly enough, the PSX music sounds more like the SNES hardware than the SNES version does.  (I guess they re-recorded the music on the SNES chip.)
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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2008, 10:57:44 PM »

I'm not too sure about the classic games, being as I wasn't really allowed video games as a kid (a true shame I know), I feel I need to put a word in for more recent games.





I just recently finished playing Eternal Sonata/Trusty Bell -Chopin no Yume- on the X360, and for a game that obviously takes music as it central theme, it did not disappoint on the soundtrack either. It went so far as to win IGN's Best Soundtrack Award for X360 for 2007. There are unique compositions for each area, town, cutscene, all composed by composer mOtoi Sakuraba, along with interspersed compositions written by Frederic Chopin himself, giving an emotional feel to each chapter of gameplay, and a background story to why Chopin wrote each of the works in question, all played by Russian pianist Stanislav Stanislavovich Bunin.





The game's soundtrack is an amazing 4 disc set. Normally I'm not one to go out and seek and download game's entire soundtracks, but Eternal Sonata, even for just the Chopin works, was definitely worth it. There's just something about honest-to-goodness classical music that just moves you, and with in-game compositions that match, this game won me over.




Here's a link to a torrent for the OST, if anyone's interested:

http://www.mininova.org/tor/966820

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