Thursday, July 17, 2008

Great Gaming Music

Great games are very often made by great music. Over the past few days I've highlighted some of the best single tracks in the rich history of videogaming. Here, in no better order than the one in which I posted them, are all twenty. Click the links to see the post.

1: Kiss Me Sunlights
From Zone of the Enders

2: Sanctuary
From Kingdom Hearts 2

3: Halo Theme
From Halo

4: One-Winged Angel
From Final Fantasy VII

5: The 7th Guest
From The 7th Guest

6: Metal Gear Solid Main Theme
From Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

7: Max Payne Theme
From Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

8: Silent Hill
From Silent Hill

9: The Secret of Monkey Island
From The Secret of Monkey Island

10: Still Alive
From Portal

11: Katamari On The Rocks
From Katamari Damacy

12: Hymn Of The Fayth
From Final Fantasy X

13: Overworld Theme
From The Legend of Zelda

14: Theme 4
From Lemmings

15: World 1-1 Theme
From Super Mario Bros

16: Type A
From Tetris

17: Legacy
From Full Throttle

18: Atom Bomb
From Wipeout XL

19: Bubble Bobble
From Bubble Bobble

20: Hell March
From Command & Conquer: Red Alert


mwc said...

This was a really great series of posts. I thought you left some out, but what you included was all great. There were some games in here I hadn't played, or hadn't played in years, and it was great to be reminded of them and their quality soundtracks. Thanks!

Dan Bruno said...

Hi Greg,

I came here through mwc's blog, and I agree -- very cool series. Analyzing game music is a personal hobby of mine, and it's great to see that others' enthusiasm for the medium.

Rather than being nitpicky about your choices, which is of course tempting, I'll just say that I loved Myth and it pains me to see you toss it onto the rubbish heap. De gustibus non est disputandum, eh?

Greg Tannahill said...

Mr Clarkson - thanks for the comment, and thanks for putting in your own suggestions! You're right that the Beyond Good & Evil piano track is fantastic.

Dan - Thanks also for stopping by. All I can say is that my experience with Myth was short and unhappy. That particular style of strategy game just doesn't do it for me, unfortunately, so it may be I'm hating the genre more than the particular implementation.

Matt said...

Came here via Sparky's blog, and not that I disagree with you, but from a personal perspective I have to add the Chrono Cross soundtrack to the list. Specifically "Dream of the Shore Bordering Another World". That song haunted me through college.

Greg Tannahill said...

I'm Australian, so I've never laid eyes on a legal version of Chrono Cross. Although I should think we're likely to see a DS remake of it after the inevitably massive sales that Chrono Trigger DS will pick up.

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