Video game soundtracks rock!
It's no secret that video games have had a long standing history with music. There are tons of games out there that host powerful, emotional, moving music tracks and today it's becoming more and more popular for people to run out to get video game soundtracks instead of movie equivalents. Here are a bunch of games that hosted amazing music and will continue to live on through the ages as the pioneers of great arrangements.
1. Chrono Trigger - Chrono trigger's music was made by Yasunori Mitsuda and the arrangements are absolutely fantastic. From the famous Magus theme to the great battle music that comes all throughout the game, Chrono Trigger set the bar high for great video game soundtracks.
2. Final Fantasy 3 - Final Fantasy 3 hosted some great arrangements including the world scene and famous battle music. The battle music and victory song have spread throughout time to other games because of how great they were. Highly recommend you check out this soundtrack if you're looking for classic goodness.
3. Super Mario RPG - Anyone who has played this game knows that Super Mario RPG held a bunch of songs that were unique in character, because of how they played upon your emotions so well. If the game wanted you to be sad the song played perfectly to build that emotion. Great game with a great soundtrack.
1. Final Fantasy Tactics - My most favorite RPG in existence also had one of the best soundtracks. The unique instruments and composition was really well put together by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata. Great job to these geniuses and a big high five to this wonderful RPG.
2. Metal Gear Solid - Wonderfully and beautifully built in one big package, Metal Gear Solid packed on real good tension and emotion in all of its arrangements and I'm still to this day pleased when I turn these tunes on.
3. Wipeout 3 - Anyone who has played the Wipeout series knows that the game was pretty neat and tech oriented racer game, but what really made a lasting impression to me was the soundtrack. I still have a CD of all these songs sitting in my car and it's quite fun to turn these up when driving. Chemical Brothers did quite a number with their "Under the Influence" song and still blows my bass out to this day.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - It's impossible to argue that there is a better soundtrack to the N64 console games list than Zelda. The game is loaded with beautiful arrangements and unique sounds that still ring in my ear today as the king of soundtracks for adventure RPG's. I love the forest song called Lost Woods as this immediately puts the game into your mind and into the hearts of many gamers to this day.
2. Goldeneye 007 - Oh man classic James Bond action, this was THE first person shooter of its day and everyone wanted to get in on the multiplayer action. However if you take the time to listen, Goldeneye had a fantastic soundtrack very unique and appropriate to follow in the footsteps of the movie. The soundtracks were simple, yet elegant and did the job perfectly.
3. Super Mario 64 - Play this game for a few days and you will see that the soundtrack put together for this game is amazing. I love the Dire Dire Docks theme the most, but all of the arrangements were great and super enjoyable to listen to.
1. Halo series - Ok ok it's including both the first and second game, but I can't really choose between the two because both games for the Xbox held the top spot for the best soundtracks by far on Xbox. The emotional arrangements plopped right into the middle of the action just made each firefight that much more intense and emotional. I'll still never forget fighting the brutes and elites and hearing Breaking Benjamin "Blow Me Away" come on in the middle of the fight. Though that's not an original part of their soundtrack I still loved that moment.
2. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat - This game held some epic soundtracks for when the battles were intense and when things were calm. The game picked up moments perfectly and added a great deal of intensity and ferocity into each dogfight when the music pounded out the speakers. I still love this soundtrack even to this day. Great game and great music!
3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Full blown orchestra genius piled into a military first person shooter? This one really rings well in the ears and pleases the pallet of most hardcore gamers looking for any way to make the experience more intense. Having surround sound with Modern Warfare is nothing short of a movie quality experience.
1. Guilty Gear X2 - This fighter game wasn't the most famous by far, but the rock soundtrack done is still legendary on the internet today. In fact I'm convinced that the soundtrack for this game is more popular than the game itself. This fighter game was fun but the soundtrack just blew me away. I found myself frequently pausing the game and sitting there with the sound up wondering how a fighter game can have such epic music. Truly a masterpiece and I proudly own the soundtrack which gets frequently played in my car stereo.
2. Final Fantasy X - The game was alright, kind of cheesy but this article is talking about music, and Final Fantasy X delivered pleasantly. The various arrangements are all unique and have a flavor of Final Fantasy built into them even if you didn't know you were listening to a Final Fantasy soundtrack right off the bat. Excellent soundtrack for an ok game.
3. Shadow of the Colossus - This whole soundtrack was amazing, but what really captivates me is the soothing sounds of the majority of the content in this game. "Prohibited Art" just blew me away the first time I listened to that specific song, and the rest of the soundtrack doesn't disappoint.
More to come
There are many more systems with great games but I didn't want this article to explode in length. If you are looking to explore some of these soundtracks there are many places to listen to them such as youtube, or buy them on places like Amazon. Out of every single soundtrack listed in this article, I still stand strong on my point that Guilty Gear X2 soundtrack is the most epic soundtrack I have every listened to. Check out youtube and listen to a few and you will be pleased. Enjoy your music listening journey and remember to search for any soundtrack you love.