Top 10 Soundtracks: ???

December 30, 2008

super-mario-bros-question-blockWith one article left and a many possible video games left to go, which could it be? There have been many possible considerations for this soundtrack, but there’s one that has stood the test of time. If you were thinking it was Final Fantasy… then you’re completely right. Mitsuda, Kondo, Shimomura, and Wise have all had their place and Uematsu has been absent other than through an assisting role. Now of course, which game is it?
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Top 10 Soundtracks: Secret of Mana

December 29, 2008

2773-secret-of-mana-1-ccxsp Secret of Mana is one of those soundtracks that defined video game music. All of the different musical styles and effects that were put into this game have become a standard when comparing any other game’s music these days. If it weren’t for one other soundtrack, I’d say that this was, without bars, the greatest soundtrack ever made.

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Top 10 Soundtracks: Chrono Trigger

December 28, 2008

chrono_trigger-hiiHave no fear, with only the top three soundtracks left to go, Chrono Trigger is here. Deciding to leave Chrono Cross out was difficult, but in the face of this game, it just wasn’t possible. Still, Chrono Trigger is easily a timeless soundtrack that will remain on this top 10 as sure as Yasunori Mitsuda composed it. Track after track is another standalone melody with astounding sound quality.

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Top 10 Soundtracks: Ninja Gaiden

December 27, 2008

ninjadistance Placing this soundtrack at fourth was an incredibly difficult task because I have long held this to be THE greatest soundtrack ever made. The game itself pushed the bar on video games because of its use of cut-scenes and there’s an excellent track behind each one. If there’s any two composers that deserve recognition (or at least a wikipedia page) it’s More Yamasan and B. Hasake.

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Top 10 Soundtracks: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

December 26, 2008

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Now who would have seen this game coming? Mario had done pretty well as a platformer and now he’s going to level up?! If anyone had concerns about the quality of the game, seeing Square as the developer should have solved all that. Square just makes some of the best (and worst) RPGs ever, but in any event, it also houses some of the best composers. In this case, Yoko Shimomura was chosen for the task.
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Top 10 Soundtracks: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

December 26, 2008

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Here’s a game that needs no introduction whatsoever. Even the composer is a man well marked by the video game music world as well. Some might complain that this game should be a bit higher in the soundtrack list, but, as fantastic as this soundtrack is, many of its themes are recycled from past games – now, of course, I’m not trying to say it’s not an amazing soundtrack, but in terms of original composition I wouldn’t place it at the first spot.

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Top 10 Soundtracks: Donkey Kong Country 2

December 24, 2008

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Number seven on our list of the top ten game soundtracks is none other than Donkey Kong Country 2. The work of David Wise and the Rare sound team is groundbreaking on this one. Though the first game set a precedent for how the games should sound, Rare went ahead and created four times as many songs for the second and they created many amazing tracks in the process.

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