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Happy birthday, Ross!

 

 

I wouldn't say I'm much of a freak when it comes to video game soundtracks; generally I just listen to artists I enjoy, but occasionally I'll come across a game with a soundtrack that really sticks with me for one reason or another. You may or may not be able to get into it, but I'll share it all anyway.

 

 

I also don't have any direct links to any downloads for most of these OSTs since it's almost exclusively licensed stuff that's for sale somewhere on the internet, but I'll try to avoid linking you to hosting sites that mess with the quality of the music since I AM a freak about that. I'll also try to supply you with links to purchase the music for yourself if you happen to want it.

 

 

 

First is the OST for FEZ, composed by Disasterpeace. The game is absolutely worth playing if you're into platformers, but I always come back for the soundtrack alone. "Beacon" in particular is my favorite.

http://music.disasterpeace.com/album/fez-ost

 

 

Next is the OST for Machinarium, composed by Tomáš Dvořák. I haven't actually played this game, but I have seen a playthrough to the end and kind of regret not trying it myself. I really enjoyed the OST for this game the same way I enjoyed it for FEZ. It's just great for zoning out or trying to focus on work. I listen to "By The Wall" the most.

http://store.floex.cz/album/machinarium-soundtrack

 

 

The next one is a pretty big change of pace: The OST for DmC: Devil May Cry. This one was composed in two parts: a heavy/power metal soundtrack by Combichrist, and a drum and bass/electro soundtrack by Noisia. I really only enjoyed the Combichrist half while I was playing the game, and it wouldn't be something I listen to during my free time, but that's just personal taste. It also has a lot of singing so I don't think you'd get into it. You can track it down pretty easily if you're still interested, but I prefer Noisia's work. Particularly "Lilith's Club". There's a download link for both iTunes and Beatport in the description, but personally I'd recommend Beatport since I avoid iTunes like the plague.

 

 

The last video game OST that comes to mind is an old favorite of mine: Bomberman Hero, composed by June Chikuma. This was an N64 game I played a whole lot back in the day, and it was one of the first games that I think ever had a drum and bass soundtrack. A lot of the tracks on it are really catchy, and in particular I wake up with "Zip" and "Redial" in my head more often than I feel is normal. The only issue with this soundtrack, however, is that I don't think it's for sale anymore. It's a pretty old game, though, so I think downloading from a third party shouldn't be too much of an issue. If that doesn't bother you, I found some downloads at KHInsider.

http://downloads.khinsider.com/game-soundtracks/album/bomberman-hero-original-soundtrack

 

 

As an added bonus, there's this old flash playlist I found years ago that has a huge assortment of video game tracks from all over the place piled together and put on shuffle. To my knowledge, it's still being updated every once in a while and I've even found two versions of it. One is the original and definitely has the most amount of music on it, and the other is smaller and seems to only have slower, more mellow tracks to sift through (with some rain going in the background for effect). They're both pretty awesome and definitely worth leaving on for a while if you want a good old dice roll to decide what to listen to. I've ended up stumbling across a lot more great music than I thought I would with this thing. The only downside, of course, is there aren't any download links for any of this stuff. You'd have to track them down on your own.

http://vip.aersia.net/vip.swf

http://vip.aersia.net/vip-mellow.swf

 

 

That's about it! Hopefully you can get into some of this stuff the same way I can. To cover my bases, I'll be sending this stuff to you through your e-mail, too. If one doesn't get through to you, maybe the other one will.

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Heres some choice favorites, in no particular order.

 

Marvel vs Capcom 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlw_BXRg7R8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tb0c0yb650

Marvel vs Capcom 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHZWZ7RzE-U

Chibo Robo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwOnn-ObtNo

Jetpack Joyride

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTWNB0C_lV8

 

I'm sure Ill think of some more and make another post later. This is just a few off the top of my head, that I'm guessing you've never heard.

 

And I know you don't like vocals n stuff, but I would still recommend checking out the ost for Metal Gear Rising: Revengance.

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Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece Metropolis is a classic sci-fi film with utterly incredible effects for the time. For me, however, the best part is the soundtrack. The original score is perhaps one of the best ever written, and I highly suggest watching the movie with it.

Link to (youtube, sorry Ross) playlist:

 

 

You can buy the full album somewhere else.

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The Adventures of Batman and Robin (sega genesis - 1995)

 

This whole soundtrack by Jesper Kid is worth listening to, lots of electronic beats. Here's one of my favorite tracks: http://www.sigmaecho.com/batman/music/extreme_boss.mp3

 

And of course the complete score if you're interested, i couldn't just pick the best songs because most of them are really cool as well: http://www.sigmaecho.com/batman/batman.html#anchor

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Happy birthday again :D

 

So far as I know via search and stuff, noone has mentioned "Night in the Woods" yet, apart from the fact that the trailer gives me goosebumps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUZDxMgxguY

 

The soundtrack, or what I've heard of it so far at least, is absolutely fantastic, there's these games that have 'feeling' to them, undertale is a good recent example in that sense, where a lot of the music reaaaaaaally fits a narrative, a style, a story, whatever... And I feel "Night in the Woods" does that perfectly, and though the game isn't out yet, I cannot wait for it, I hope it'll be the experience it promises to be :D

 

Here's a link to some of the soundtrack:

 

https://infiniteammo.bandcamp.com/album/night-in-the-woods-preview

 

I mean, it's from the guy who did Aquaria, also a game with a fantastic soundtrack :D

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The "Timesplitters" series has some great music. Timesplitters 2 in particular-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWtqc4ERo4A , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cykxQLTDf4s , etc.

 

999 has some pretty good music as well-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjQfY47pFNs , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GLYF5O1gMY . It's a great visual novel with a few (scarce) puzzles in the mix. I'd recommend it and its' sequel if you like good stories.

 

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is great too-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ3khsva6E8 , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxzU3wRZxcM . I wouldn't stray too far from saying it's my favorite game,and i'd recommend it to anyone. I'll put it as a request in the 'Game Dungeon wishlist' thread.
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I'm a fan of the Remember Me soundtrack. It's kinda futuristic orchestral. A couple of the tracks have vocals of a sort, but in general it's pretty nice. The game itself was ironically rather forgettable, but the soundtrack is fantastic.

One can purchase it as DLC on Steam, or it may be available elsewhere. Or if you simply refuse to buy it, I have a download for it here: http://www.mediafire.com/download/2qz9t2zqh84t7h9/Remember_Me_OST.zip

 

I'm also a fan of the Gone Home soundtrack. It's very slow and ambient, nice for chilling out. I'm sure it's available somewhere, but if you insist, here it is: http://www.mediafire.com/download/rebj4zylk3aw18p/Gone_Home_OST.zip

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Drakan: Order of the Flame

 

A game I loved as a child, and still love today. It's got some pretty memorable songs in it, too- so it was definitely the first game that popped into my mind. Thinking about it, I honestly think it's a game that you would absolutely lose your mind over. I know I did, and do. It's an action adventure game, it's story is- I'll be totally honest; completely forgettable, but the gameplay itself was phenominal. It's right up there with Dungeon Siege as one of my favorite games of all time. You venture into a lively fantasy world, use a whole cartload of different weapons, ride and fight dragons, watch everyone you know die before your very eyes...

 

It's a terrific game.

 

I found this link here for some of the songs in the soundtrack, but unfortunately, it doesn't have all of them missing two of them.

that contains the two songs that the other link does not. I'm sorry it had to come to that, but that's how it has to be, I suppose.

 

 

 

The Neverhood

 

This game is... a little bit different. It's soundtracks are particularly memorable- and the style of the music is... radically different. This game also ranks as one of my favorite games- in fact, it's my number one puzzle game of all time. Everything about it is so... Well, it's a unique game, to say the least. Made entirely from claymation, this game is absolutely fantastic and I urge and push everyone I meet to play through this game. I love it to death, it's just so charming.

 

An odd soundtrack for an odd game. That's the best way I can put it. Please, Ross. Please listen to this queer music and fall in love with it's strange charms and near-disturbing levels of silliness.

 

 

 

 

 

and there was never a sequel to Drakan don't even look it up don't

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Tides of War | A track from Warlords of Draenor that has the largest build-up to climax ratio ever, but I still greatly enjoy the strings. This is most easily accessed via iTunes as it came with the soundtrack CD. With every expansion, Blizzard always has at least a few diamonds in the rough and these first two are the most worthwhile from the latest WoW expansion.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYYrfxtBdzY - Malach H2 | This track has shamanistic vocals that I've never heard before in a videogame. Now, I know that you discouraged YouTube links, but this was literally the only copy of this track that I could find. I even braved the darkest corners of the internet where the Plague, rabies, and gingivitis breed in abundance to find lossless media for you! Alas, it was to no avail! This track only exists on YouTube and in WoW's game archives that are only accessible via tools like this.

 

Command & Conquer: Red Alert | Pretty much everything from this album. Also very easily accessed though iTunes, but since EA owns it now you may not want to get it.

 

Kid2Will | An indie artist (afaik) whose music I always enjoy, although his latest has noise in it on some speakers.

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Hey, Ross. Got two contributions. You may have heard both but just in case:

 

I absolutely adore Lord of the Rings music and the game "Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Unchained" has a superb soundtrack. There's some singing in a few tracks (apparently entirely in Icelandic), but it's mostly instrumental.

 

Here's a rip of the CD but I had to buy it myself. It was just that good:

 

iE9aOIk4AMM

 

You can buy the CD or MP3s from Amazon if you want.

 

 

And, since you say you're "less likely to play" some console exclusives, for a rocking happy fun time, the soundtrack for "Mario Kart 8" is a great choice, if you like funky instrumentals. ;)

 

WH1LYGj6aNY

 

No idea if you can purchase this one easily, though...

 

(I know these are YouTube videos, but they're only previews anyway.)

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Don't know if anyone mentioned this, but the Cave Story remastered soundtrack is really good https://dl.dropbox.com/u/22696601/Audio/OST/CaveStoryOSTRemastered.rar

There was never an official release of the soundtrack as far as I know, and the above link is the only download I could find for it. It does appear to be missing a few tracks, however. The complete(?) soundtrack is on youtube, and the sound quality seems fine to me

 

My second recommendation is the Shatter soundtrack https://sidhe.bandcamp.com/album/shatter-official-videogame-soundtrack

Each track does drag on and become repetitive, but it's still good listening

 

Finally, I'm just going to link to my (current) favourite OCRemix tracks

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02808 Smartball 'Rainfall' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02925 Castlevania: Bloodlines 'Find Me' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02828 Metroid Prime 2: Echoes 'Bogged Down' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01372 Shatterhand 'Shattered' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00547 Killer Instinct 'Killer Instincts Enhanced' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02964 Gunstar Heroes 'Bullet Hell' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00963 Double Dragon 'Enter the Guru' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00964 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior 'Guile's Theme (R.A.H. Mix)' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00346 Mega Man X 'Sigmatism' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02918 Tyrian 'Data Flux' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02945 Donkey Kong Land 'Banaqua' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02984 Doom Troopers: Mutant Chronicles 'Skull-Head' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01745 Double Dragon 'The Secrets of Sosetsuken' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01082 Raiden Trad 'Thunderous Dawn' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01784 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior 'Clamato Fever' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01379 Unreal Tournament 'Club Showdown' remix (This one does include some voiced lines from the game, but it's minimal and doesn't impact the song too much)

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02219 Sonic the Hedgehog 'The Sound of Speed' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02504 MapleStory 'Sunrise over Mardia' remix

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01586 Shadow of the Colossus 'Snowfall on Forbidden Lands' remix

 

Hope you find something you like from this post :)

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The Command and Conquer series can't get enough love, and as mentioned before, Red Alert 3 has that great over the top music, but I have a soft spot for Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight. Sure, It's way too different from the original gameplay and is rather rough on the edges, but that soundtrack is unforgettable. My favorite is this one, Welcome Back, Commander:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiYrtbsCKNU

 

Endless Legend has nice ambient tunes, nothing too dramatic like something you would find in a fantasy game, a gentle soundtrack if you will:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GtyP_suH20

 

Far Cry 4 soundtrack revolves around contemplative and exotic music and suddenly changes to some tracks with fast tempo and modern beats, not unlike the game itself. This is a great soothing one, The Mountain Watches:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=welUaSIxUC0

 

Dragon Age Inquisition is a triple A game and likewise has a Hollywood level soundtrack, my personal favorite:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA0pbPfLm60

 

Broken Age from Double Fine Studios managed to create a quirky and interesting soundtrack:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IjbF0ZXMzk

 

Planetary Annihilation has possibly one of the most epic game soundtracks of all time, but that's a requirement when you are throwing entire planets at your enemies! As a side note, there are similarities between this soundtrack and Gustav Holst's symphony The Planets, so kudos for a great reference!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COzEWpOfwVk

 

Composed by Steve Burke, Kameo: Elements of Power has this powerful and fantastic music, way above your average soundtrack:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRomyx61cVo

 

Killzone 3 also is a heavy weight with it's full symphonic soundtrack, not far behind John Williams:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4vR5pNUp0E

 

Wolfenstein The New Order is a strange but beautiful one. There's this weird 60's vibe in the background, almost psychedelic, and then from nowhere it dives into a full throttle horror, as if someone started drilling your skull with an industrial grade power tool. Lobothomy has never been so sweet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx1hD_v83Ak

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I know there was a request for no Youtube links, so I'll try to add some MP3 download locations if I can, but they're rather difficult to find. I know they exist, but I haven't looked them up in years.

 

Battle Arena Toshinden (1):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bwx01foVgI

This is only for one of the characters, but trust me, almost every piece is great. I won't post them all to avoid spamming unless requested, but the names of the characters are as follows:

Eiji *****

Kayin ****

Sophia ***

Fo *****

Rungo *****

Duke ****

Ellis ****

Mondo ***

Gaia ****

Sho ***

 

Goemon's Great Adventure (AKA Mystical Ninja 2: Starring Goemon)

I'd hand pick the best tracks, but honestly I'd be including about 80% of the soundtrack as some of the best. Only a few are duds.

 

Jetmoto 1 & 2

Nightmare

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUtzVtfjgbQ

Much of the soundtracks of both games are very hit or miss, but Nightmare is a theme that has stuck with me for nearly two decades now.

 

Dreamweb ORIGINAL Original Soundtrack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhhe5mo0Gw0

 

And the Dreamweb RERELEASE Original Soundtrack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzNkX-B392A

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Here are some of my favorite soundtracks:

 

1. Bastion - My favorite game soundtrack ever. By Darren Korb

2. Turrican - This plus anything else by Chris Huelsbeck. Light techno style mixed with other orchestral tracks.

3. Portal 2 - You are probably familiar with this one, but I like it. Also it is available for free on the official website. http://www.thinkwithportals.com/music.php

4. Transistor - Haunting, great soundtrack.

5. Endless - By Fly By No, these tracks are long, but have some distinct tunes.

6. System Shock/System Shock 2

 

By the way, I would love it if you would do a playthrough of Bastion if you haven't already. You might like it!

 

If you need help getting any of these, let me know.

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