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Billy's right

Billy's right

LucianLegacy

Videogame soundtracks are basically the same as movie soundtracks, and those win legitimately recognized awards


nonresponsive

Final Fantasy has literal concerts too. The first time Dear Friends toured in the USA will always be a very vivid memory for me, and it was packed. It was incredible not just hearing the music being played live, but all the people who clearly care about the music. It was honestly amazing.


DuelingPushkin

Hell Id say videogame soundtracks are even more difficult to get right than movies because in movies the beats of the story happen at perscribed points. In videogames you have to craft music and tone shifts that fit with people taking wildly differnts paths and time to get where they are going


chronicly_retarded

Devil may cry has a really good system where it plays cooler parts of the song if you play better


MalignantLugnut

SSX series did the same thing. The better you boarded, the better the music was. If you started doing badly you lost things like lyrics and main melodies and were left with just baseline.


LonePaladin

Hang on. It would play lyrics? More than just... Ah. Dammit.


Tornado76X

You must've had a faulty copy!


Drgon2136

T R I C K Y


peteroh9

No, SSX just had really boring music no matter how well I played!


cooliochill

The Untitled Goose Game did something similar!! If it detected you were being caught or in danger, it would rapidly play Debussy's Prelude III on the piano. Once you hid or got out of sight, the piano notes would slow and eventually stop, and not like fade either, like actual piano notes. Really cool stuff


FrostByte62

Cooler parts of the song? https://youtu.be/scytYIenltc


daedra9

The fire emblem games have been doing a similar thing where they seamlessly kick up the intensity when moving from overview to a fight, and back, without changing the actual song.


make_love_to_potato

Tangentially related but I had gone for a business meeting to Japan and our bosses took us out to this sleazy karaoke place. If you sang well, a girl on the video on the karaoke screen would start undressing and doing sexy stuff and if you sang badly, she would look miffed and start putting her clothes back on, and if you sang really badly, a guy would show up in thongs n stuff, and do creepy stuff. It was hilarious!


JukesMasonLynch

Agreed. I love it when a game can sort of detect the pace of what I'm doing and dynamically play appropriate music for that context. Very old game, so I'm actually pretty impressed, but Total Annihilation was an RTS from the late 90s. The music was literally just music tracks on the disc, you could play them on your CD player (composed by Jeremy Soule, so you know its good). Half the tracks were low tempo "building" tracks, dark brooding ambient pieces. But then fast tempo orchestral sweeping "battle" tracks would come on if you engaged the enemy. It was so ahead of its time, I still remember these details to this day, I was probably around 12 when I played it.


nonbog

Jeremy Soule is a genius


Fenrys_Wulf

Back on the N64, Banjo-Kazooie would have 5 or 6 different versions of any given song with different instrumentation and such that would seamlessly switch depending on where you were on any given stage, i.e if you were running around a stage and hopped into a lake, then dove under the surface, it would switch to the "underwater" version of the track and start playing it from the exact moment you left off with the previous version of the track. Really helped with immersion.


mistressfluffybutt

Sideways has a really good video essay on this! https://youtu.be/HZB2_hlgKoA


Rhaedas

Going way back, but I loved how the music in X-Wing would shift between the various songs based on where the enemy was. Just like in the movie, the tension built up and released just as the action started.


nhaines

iMUSE was best MUSE.


MisterGoo

And music in movies usually doesn’t repeat. In video games, you have to have a music that repeats itself without becoming obnoxious. Sometimes you fail, though.


ihileath

Yup. Some tracks need to be tracks you can listen to for *hours* without getting tired of them. Which ain't easy.


Nufulini

In witcher 3 I was getting into fights just to hear “LELELE” because it was that good


happyft

I hate mini-games in my video games, but I went out of my way to play gwent whenever I could so I could hear the music. “back on the path” is one my favorite songs of all the games I’ve played


Starlos

You bet! The first time I beat Ornstein and Smough in Dark Souls 1 I actually didn't mind having to go at it for a couple hours because DAMN is the music so good. I mean sure it's just a bunch of brass which makes it epic by default but still, it's a really good one.


peppercupp

Civilization 4 won a Grammy in 2011 for its intro song "Baba Yetu". Amazing song and composer, and it was great seeing vg music finally getting mainstream recognition.


Sharpymarkr

Christopher Tin is fantastic!


visk1

I fucking love that song


ttothees

I was bopping to Baba Yetu today, and usually at least twice a week


Rocinantes_Knight

Bopping to the Lord’s Prayer eh? I dig it.


reztola94

As someone who lost her hearing as a teenager I can say that some of my happiest music-related memories were from video game music. I can't hear the music now but every time I visit Tom Bombadil's house in LotRO I get choked up remembering this beautiful song in it. [Tom Bombadil Theme - LotRO](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3dPApPyIGs&ab_channel=Jdbye)


originallZ

*falls asleep to C418*


Rich1256

take me back to 2012 where every thing was simple. 1.2.5 will always be my favorite.


KAODEATH

1.2.5 brings back so many lessons from Paulsoaresjr.


MilkshakeRD

Ugh. Tekkit Classic. Voltz. Will forever be my favorite mod packs. The buildcraft quarries and pipes will always be my favorite memories


Saggiolo

Same bro, same


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TheDungeonCrawler

*Gwyn, Lord of Cinder has entered the chat.*


PurpOwl

*Literally Any DooM Song has entered the chat*


N7Vindicare

*Pontiff Sulyvahn has entered the chat* *Sister Friede has entered the chat* Most Dark Souls boss music are fantastic.


SevereArtisan

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JinterIsComing

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Just-Call-Me-J

*Kirby* has entered the chat.


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I agree. 3 especially nailed it, the multiple phases/movements add more depth to the music.


astroSuperkoala1

Nameless King has entered the chat. Iudex Gundyr has entered the chat. Gwyn, lord of cinder has entered the chat. Nameless Song has entered the chat. Soul of Cinder would like a word with you


MatrixReaper

The original Demon's Souls Soundtrack though. Don't get me wrong. The Remake is GLORIOUS! But the original is Iconic.


Connor301

Ludwig the Holy Blade best one


Generalmae

HollowKnight ost has entered the chat


Sharpymarkr

I'd like toss my hat in the ring for God of War (2018)


guns-trucks-beer

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AthleticSloth1

The Halo soundtrack is a work of art.


Mogetfog

Halo ce: the chanting of the ancients! Halo 2: hell yeah! rock and roll brother!!! Halo 3: join your voice with mine, and sing victory everlasting! Halo 3 odst: do ya like jazz?


drewmanchu74

Halo reach: gimme the drums Halo wars: minecraft x Halo


kingrex0830

Halo 4: Crank the epic sci-fi up to 11


n00bcheese

Ahh ahh ahhh ah ahh ahhhhh


harshbhatia7

Are you having an orgasm or are you having an orgasm


douche_flute

Marty O’Donnell.


raihidara

Have you ever played Halo 3? https://youtu.be/3o783uvy_Ew


tattooedpenis

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HavelsRockJohnson

Hey Mick, what instrument do you play? *Mick Gordon busts out a killer lawn mower solo*


Travistheexistant

The 9 string is ridiculous and I love it


MarthaYouSillyBitch

The loosened 9 string, fed through multiple amps, and melded with the sounds of a fucking chainsaw… all because the game directors demanded he not use a guitar for the soundtrack bc it would be “too generic”. I highly suggest people listen to his gamescom panel where het talks about the process of making the soundtrack. It’s an exercise in creativity and breaking the mold.


Hivemindtime2

[Doom music with a lawnmower](https://youtu.be/BjbOnfCCDN4)


Thankgoditsryeday

I was expecting a Bradley Hall reference, but this is also great.


EDrone29

SWEEP MAAAN


Catinchi

Figured he would use demon intestines


mr_bgi

NieR series has descended to human realm


Guywithquestions88

Nier: Automata has the best music I've ever experienced in a game *or* movie. There, I said it.


Timinator01

rip and tear billy ... until it is done


ThatOtherGuy_CA

The doom soundtrack is one of the greatest metal albums of all time.


agha0013

the Descent 2 soundtrack was made with the help of the metal band Type O Negative, really enjoyed that one.


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A_wild_so-and-so

Congrats on successfully >!kidnapping your princess!!< Edit: decided to add a tag for Braid spoilers


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A_wild_so-and-so

Yeah it was such a good reveal, I was blown away by that entire game. Thematically, mechanically, and aesthetically a work of art.


tupels

I was gonna have them use bastion's "mother, I'm here" song at my funeral. But then I realized I don't plan to die.


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Certain franchises like GTA have introduced me to a whole new genre of music. Vice City in particular made me a huge fan of 80's pop soundtracks. Furthermore most of the original score composed for the GTA games are memorable


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All of the gta main themes are bangers, especially gta iv


mixedliquor

I grew up in the 80s and Vice City turned me onto things I never knew about.


Lucas_Steinwalker

This kinda reinforces ~~Billy's~~ the other kid's point. The songs you are talking about are not "video game music" - they are music industry songs that happen to be in a video game.


5GUltraSloth

Yo, I found out that I super enjoy Run the Jewels because of CP2077. Never been a fan of anything outside rock until then.


Quasimdo

Eh, nitpicking but I'd argue soundtracks do not equate with video game music. Original scores like you mentioned at obviously good sources of video game music though


surfshop42

Total Annihilation


Silverfate2

Came here for Total Annihilation. The fact that that game had a built-in jukebox feature in the pause menu was a testament to just how fantastic the music was.


Cemanicus

da da da da DA da da da da DA du du du du Da, dun dun da da dun dun da da dun dun dun.....


_Aj_

https://youtu.be/ljDyp__ejco 4:36 "*Attack!*"


Rizzokun

Chemical zone theme from sonic 2 bega to differ.


UUDDLRLRBAstard

Debug mode music menu ftw


BumTulip

Oh my god I have this in my head like 97% of the time


Jay_Em

[Donkey Kong Country - Aquatic Ambience](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-14jmUtjE0) is a masterpiece.


Hibbity5

I maintain that David Wise is the best Western game composer. DKC2 and Tropical Freeze have absolutely amazing soundtracks with such variety between each song.


bankholdup5

Tropical Freeze is exceptional. Every time I play it I’m so happy I picked it up


battlemechpilot

Tropical Freeze is some of my favorite music to listen to when I'm working. Hell, every DKC is great.


DownshiftedRare

Grant Kirkhope also a contender, not to mention Graeme Norgate. What was Rare *feeding* them?


Ask_For_Cock_Pics

I went to college for Recording Technology because of that soundtrack


Heavenfall

And nowadays all people need to do is go to youtube for that soundtrack. Times are changing!


Fallenultima

Don't forget about DKC2's [Stickerbush Symphony.](https://youtu.be/lndBgOrTWxo)


not_the_hamburglar

I want this on vinyl so bad...


pchc_lx

I actually tried to upvote this twice


GustavGuiermo

https://youtu.be/MycI9ZOSPRk Related - one of my favorite channels does a deep dive on the music theory of this song (and others)


DownshiftedRare

I'm'a let you finish but [Stickerbrush Symphony](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ir0d7bjMIk) is the best Donkey Kong Country music **of all time!**


memoid69

Yoooooo persona gang


Javanz

The first mention of the *Persona* series is criminally low in this thread, at the time I wrote this


shadow--guardian

Absolutely! Had to scroll too much to find Persona


PyroticMadness

Memories of You... ;0;


LoneWolfThrowAway

Castlevania. Nier Automata. Souls games. Ducktales Remastered. Persona. If you want to get more experimental, literally any horror game, as well as stealth games like Thief and Splinter Cell. Oh, want some electronic? Deus Ex and Unreal baby, or Furi if you wanna go hardcore. With that said, I don't think anyone actually says this in real life... everyone recognizes VGM as music, same as cinema.


ILikeToBeAnnoying

*Portal 2 soundtrack*


PhaseShift74

printer noises


ILikeToBeAnnoying

I think you’re talking about *the friendly faith plate*


PrezMoocow

The soundtrack of every FF game begs to differ


peppercupp

Haven't played FF since FFX, so I'm only familiar with Nobuo's work. How does the current composer(s) stuff hold up?


Bassch

I hope you've played final fantasy 7 remake, or at least listened to the sound track on YouTube. It's like how I remember the songs, but they're much better!


MiniDemonic

FFXIV composer Soken is awesome. Here is one of his greatest works performed live on stage: https://youtu.be/aBt4zT\_PBmw?t=32


smoomoo31

There’s this one song I heard during my trial of FFXIV that was just bonkers out of nowhere. Like some kind of pirate rock. I loved it.


MiniDemonic

Hmm, there's quite a few songs in FFXIV and can't immediately think of what song you are referring to. But with it being pirate my first guess would be Sastasha, Sastasha HM or Sirensong theme songs. [https://youtu.be/QJqKlUI-mYA](https://youtu.be/QJqKlUI-mYA) [https://youtu.be/klsAzpdQuQY](https://youtu.be/klsAzpdQuQY) [https://youtu.be/VslQLhb\_-18](https://youtu.be/VslQLhb_-18) Edit: on a second thought, Garuda maybe? https://youtu.be/zqJRnD5HuZw


smoomoo31

Found it! This one: [I Am The Sea](https://youtu.be/U7ForHMX-xs) Starting at 3:30


thehut

La HeE


MiniDemonic

https://i.imgur.com/IWCLb7r.png


Huttj509

Here's a piano/vocal piece from FF 14, performed at the recent fanfest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVv5Ud54dSA And a recent big boss theme (written while Soken was in the hospital, unknown to most of the developers at the time): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG8op2o8omQ There's a pretty solid mix of styles for different scenes, though Soken loves him some big rock sound for bosses.


Over_Way_329

Uematsu is basically the “main” ff composer but he is definitely less involved nowadays. Anyway, the music is still incredible. Soken from FFXIV has a clear growth into something amazing as you play through FFXIV and FFVIIRs soundtrack is probably straight up my favourite soundtrack ever, not only is it dynamic but it also manages merge both the old songs with new remixes and new songs all together to do some amazing stuff. It also has a really impressive variety, from gritty guitar to epic orchestra to synthy pop to basically straight up cyberpunk sounding lofi. FFXIIIs soundtrack is also fantastic and FFXV had a great one too. The one thing thats really consistently good in FF is the music, despite whos behind it, though they all have their own flavor. Heck, FFXIII and one of VIIRs composers worked on Xs ost alongside uematsu iirc.


Secret_Wizard

Here's some personal favorites from Final Fantasy XIV: [Sands of Amber](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7K_BowsTtw) (AKA theme of suspiciously chill desert) [Knowledge Never Sleeps](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmGF2iif0mM) (AKA the best town night theme, fight me) [The Twinning](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBIRYjP1NNM) (AKA everyone's favorite dungeon theme) [Beauty's Wicked Wiles](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiUp3DpksQY) (AKA theme of big snake waifu) [Shadowbringers](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guNh20WkmUk) (AKA best expansion main theme, no need to fight me because we all agree)


metalslimesolid

Nobuo Uematsu is in the Classic FM Hall of Fame


Seems_Khajiit

And I agree.


space_lasers

I actually stumbled across this post while listening to [Ghoul from FFVIIR](https://soundcloud.com/crystalchobo2/d5-9-ghoul-final-fantasy-vii-remake-ost) on repeat. 😁


Arcadif_g

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Guild Wars 2 has some of my favorite soundtracks of all time


Arcadif_g

This game and its soundtrack (especially core game and heart of thorns music) have a special place in my heart.


Darth_Chain

the heart of thorns theme. fuck that is the song i listen to when i need to jazz myself up.


Ok_Ad_6407

Fallout


Shaggythemoshdog

Man. Leaving Earth and An End Once and for all give me chills


Renyx

I *love* GW2's music. Hollow Knight's is also fantastic!


Workshop_Gremlin

[Ultima Ascension](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsSHrIJ5AWM), [Icewind Dale](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSKGsmjbq2w), [Oblivion](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpqSdORmCX4) and [Skyrim](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWv3DfoiigM) are my favorite soundtracks.


Renyx

The guy who made the Skyrim music also did the music for the GW2 base game.


Deimosx

Someone hasnt listened to the Neir:Automata OST. The carnival theme can bring you to a whimsical fantasy carnival in your mind.


Jaalan

Do you mean Amusement Park?


kainprime82

I heard the soundtrack to both Nier games before I ever played them. That shit felt like raw visceral transcendent emotions congealed into a solid state and then ground down into a fine mist that washed over and through me, touching all the dark corners and crevices of my heart.


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PhaseShift74

absolutely


OldManTurner

Animal crossing’s hourly music is a whole fuckin vibe. Doesn’t matter which Animal Crossing game either, they’re all bangers


RandomnessGod

New leafs ones are the best imo


SayRaySF

No one says that tho.


colbat45

Nobody except Reddit cares


Bob_Juan_Santos

no one says that though well, no one that matters anyways


MythOfLight

yeah seriously who gives a shit if some random chucklefuck thinks vidya music isn’t “real” music? i definitely wouldn’t care enough to fantasize about shooting people with that opinion


YoyoDevo

It's easy to get lots of karma posting an opinion 100% of people share


MistressDread

Karma farming by posting a shitty meme about an opinion the entire website agrees with is this sub's MO. Just count the amount of "DAE SINGLE PLAYER GOOD????" Memes that get posted all the fucking time


BlitzkriegBomber

Surprised I haven't seen Skyrim here yet.


Melanthis

I created a Skyrim playlist that has the quiet/peaceful songs and let that play in the background at home. I LOVE IT.


Overjellyfish54

Deep stone lullaby anyone?


Horse_5_333

Enjoying yourselves, intruders?


pmo2408

You now face god like judgement, may it extend eternally.


Elestriel

I don't think I've heard someone say video game music isn't real music since the SNES era. Seriously. Once the next generation came out and actual instruments (as opposed to chip generated tones) could be used that argument basically died.


UpstairsSwimmer69

Doubly so seeing how games in 2006 started trending towards fully orchestrated soundtracks


evaned

There are plenty of examples even before 2006. Myst 3 had an orchestrated soundtrack recorded by real orchestra, and that was released in 2001. Total Annihilation I think as well, and that was 1997. Starcraft I don't recall if it was orchestrated, but I'm pretty sure it was real instruments, 1999.


salsrath

Stardew Valley has entered the chat. Honestly shout out to ConcernedApe, his music is awesome


eeanjay

"Simple and clean" is the greatest song i ever heard.


DerfK

Dearly Beloved gives me goosebumps in the first few notes. Every single game.


jaredongwy

WHEN YOU WALK AWAY


eeanjay

YOU DONT HEAR ME SAY!!!!


MiniDemonic

LA HEEE ​ ​ Oh wait, wrong song.


tbarnes1930

Didn't both the English and original Japanese versions predate kingdom hearts 1?


fob911

Yes. A remix was used for the games, officially known as the PlantiB remix


smoomoo31

Sanctuary is really good, I much prefer it to Simple and Clean


Joker_Unreal

The whole sonic franchise wants to talk to you


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Knock! Knock! HEY!! OPEN THE DOOR!!! FINAL FANTASY HERE!!


KILRbuny

“Look, buddy, I got sixteen main entries and countless side games and spin-offs locked and loaded, and that’s not even mentioning the rest of our JRPG compatriots that have trained night and day on their soundtracks that teleport players to incredible worlds you can’t even begin to imagine. Plus, I know this dude called Master Chief and trust me… you don’t want to even begin to think about the mjolnir mix.”


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With our powers combine.


ImAOneTrackLover

Veni, veni, venias, Ne me mori facias Veni, veni, venias, Ne me mori facias Veni, veni, venias, Ne me mori facias SEPHIROTH!


ShneekeyTheLost

"You sound like chapters from a self-help booklet!" \*creepy organ music intensifies\*


YOOOGrandMa

Man with Machine Gun


Smurfaloid

Final fantasy 8? Laguna, Kiros and Wards battle music?


YOOOGrandMa

Yup that's the one. The FF series has some straight up bangers.


Speedemon12

terraria has entered the chat


MuckingFagical

Who the fuck ever said that?


CrazyCrackers14

Mario fricken Galaxy


lahankof

Nobou Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Yoko Shimomura and Jeremy Soule are geniuses


Lexinator04

Minecraft, Undertale, Outer wilds, Red dead redemption 2 and Skyrim all scientifically disprove this statement. Forgot Hollow knight.


GuavaTree

Skyrim is my ambient concentration music. Doom soundtrack is for when the deadline is in one hour!


Ning1253

My mum keeps telling me to play my games without music - ok firstly my RPGs would be 100% less satisfying without the amazing music to come along, and secondly, MUM I ALSO PLAY OSU! ITS A RYTHM GAME IT NEEDS MUSIC HOW DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT! And it's worse because she doesn't even care about the tapping of my keyboard or anything she just has a dislike for the music itself...


Peetskeet

Seashanty 2 has entered the chat


OtherAcctWasBanned11

The Battlefield 1 orchestral score is a god damn masterpiece and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise.


WaceMindo

May I add BFV's Under No Flag. One of the few positives of the game.


AgentLonewolf

Say what you want about that game but it had a certain feel to it. Like the devs poured in genuine love and appreciation into it and it shows. From the music to the war stories to the codex, it shows.


Phormitago

anything composed by Darren Korb is gold and I'll shoot anyone who opposes it doubly so if Ashley Barret is singing


Frequent-Ad-2964

Doom eternal 🤟🏻


blindhollander

nobody thinks this. if you think this, you are a nobody to me.


aohige_rd

If anyone tells me this after playing Persona 5 I would immediately remove that person from my social life forever.


FrostByte62

How I gotta scroll this far to see Persona? 4 and 5 both have excellent soundtracks.


c1on3

If this were someone's actual take then someone explain to me: * Why was Journey's OST nominated for a Grammy (and Austin Wintory's works are constantly used for music theory analysis and teaching), * Why did the title theme of Civilization IV win a grammy * Why are film composers regularly brought on for game OSTs e.g Brian Tyler (Assassin's Creed 4, Iron Man 3), Harry Gregson Williams (Shrek, Metal Gear Solid 2) * Why are the compositional decisions made by game composers regarding the use of leitmotifs traced back to Richard Wagner in the exact same way as film scores. I have no idea where you got this take from but I deeply hope it's a joke; just like my career in music.


Abdelrahman-Mohammed

NieR / NieR Automata wants to know your location


Rougz75

Nobuo Uematsu is one of the greatest composers of all time


Chrischtel_

Laughs in Destiny 2 Musik. (Michael Salvatori and his Team is just great)


MRC2RULES

Tell me how many times I've seen this.


BigJeffButNotBig

Who has ever said that?


GunnyStacker

Ace Combat brings the rain and the sickest orchestral music I've heard.


DarkLord55_

So of the best ones IMO Are Last of us games Halo Cyberpunk 2077 And other ones I can’t think of right now


BranchTr33

Kid clearly hasn’t heard Deep Stone Lullaby in Destiny 2, and it shows. I stand with Billy