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Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:46 am

I'd have to say Red Alert 2 Hell March

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WqwFhX6Cqg

The original Hell March is also very good:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-3FOHxPHhs

Also, I liked the small video sequences between the missions as well  
 
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Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:10 pm

GTA San Andreas.

And Revenge of Shinobi on Sega Megadrive  
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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:14 pm

NOTHING... I mean NOTHING beats the Janes Combat Sim intro. This brings back a lot of memories. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOaFJQ2G7Hs

Btw, it has lots of great US Navy footage! (Tomcats, etc)

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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:17 pm

I thought COD:MW2 music was very well done. Then again I'm a sucker for Hans Zimmer soundtracks: Crimson Tide, Broken Arrow, Dark Knight, The Rock.

Quoting AirPacific747 (Thread starter):
I'd have to say Red Alert 2 Hell March

I had never heard this song before but that was mighty good wake up music.
 
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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:25 pm

How about the end title to Sonic 3 (1993)?

Heck, most of the score on the game (The original Genesis release, not later releases) was written by Michael Jackson, no less (but not credited, thanks to his legal issues that arose when the game was being developed.)

Case in point: the end titles are an upbeat techno version of MJ's Stranger in Moscow (sans vocals,) which was written after that first legal battle was settled, and included in his HIStory album (1995.)
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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:33 pm

Quoting KPHXFlyer (Reply 3):

I had never heard this song before but that was mighty good wake up music.

It goes very well with the story in the game.. The soviets kidnap Einstein who develop a time machine, so they can take care of Hitler, and then invade Europe and the US without Nazi Germany being a problem 
 
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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:36 pm

FSX, Anyone?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s7wYbscncQ

I'm also a fan of Super Smash Brothers Melee:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpsz_99j-s4&feature=related

And a little old school with Jackal on Nintendo, specifically the level 1 music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfUnm-2WKoA
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Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:40 pm

One video game's music I absolutely loved listening to is TIE Fighter's, from the early-90s. I'd play the game just to listen to the music, and the way it very effectively changed moods depending on what was happening in the game was so effective and, in certain cases, pretty damn thrilling.

Here was the intro -- a really cool and creative twist on John Williams' themes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cozXQbUh4U8
I'd love to hear a real orchestra play that.

Here's the music in action during the gameplay (skip to 1:56 for the music)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boDiy4H2jBY&feature=related

The music in StarCraft II, although extremely derivitive of certain film scores, is still really entertaining in its own right.

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Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:12 pm

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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:37 pm

Mass Effect 2 has a pretty good theme and the overall soundtrack is darned good. Too bad the gameplay isn't as good as the graphics or music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYtj38KQxm4

Another one that brings back many memories is the soundtrack from Incoming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI0tgLudkZk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjqh0-TQrRg

Another favorite is Mirror's Edge. Damn good game and very moving music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xCb6gkVCmY

The theme is based on this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIvFrYoDqIQ&feature=related

Oh and how could I forget, another classic: Need for Speed 3, a surprisingly good mix-up of electronic and rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rea2Z14FzU0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhTe7NPx0p8

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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:26 pm

Halo 2.

end of thread.

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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:53 pm

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3EOibiVzq4

Sonic The Hedgehog.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFHvxuuOymo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Cy8BDipACE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbx9rYMoKlQ

Sunset Rider
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXrihmoMpmk

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 9):
Another favorite is Mirror's Edge. Damn good game and very moving music:

Loved every minute of that game, couldn't get enough of it.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 9):
h and how could I forget, another classic: Need for Speed 3, a surprisingly good mix-up of electronic and rock

Good times, good times!. When NFS wasn't "Fast and the Furious" crap.
I can't wait for the new Hot Persuit 3, though
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5imMoYoSwXc
Back to the roots, I hope.

Also, no Zelda?. You guys are lame  
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And for something different: An orchestral version of the Mario Bros theme
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yrjepmeYZk
And some of Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack
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Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:10 pm

World Cup 98 Soundtrack - Tubthumping
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRVnNFwFdUM&feature=related

It was in the soundtrack, but I'm not sure if it was an official theme song. .
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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:24 pm

Personally, the Zelda Theme is very beautiful and very "epic". But listen to this crazy piano version of ALL of the themes from the Original Mario up through the years:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFZki6TcY4w
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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:33 pm

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 12):
It was in the soundtrack, but I'm not sure if it was an official theme song. .

I remember it.. really good!

I really like the soundtrack to the Uncharted series for PS3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-Z23q7ZLEU&feature=related

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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:38 pm

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 10):
Halo 2.

  

Quoting Acheron (Reply 11):
I can't wait for the new Hot Persuit 3, though
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5imMoYoSwXc
Back to the roots, I hope.

Yeah I can't wait for them to release it later this year. NFS Porsche Unleashed was the last good one before the started with the rice rocket theme, it went all downhill from there fast. However, looks like they FINALLY took the hint. I have NFS Shift and its pretty good, focuses more on the actual racing part of the game, but you can still mod your car if you wish.

However NFS HP3 seems to be like an epic remake of the original NFS 3. Can't wait to play it   
 
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Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:50 pm

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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:45 am

Tetris- If for no other reason than it's amazing ability to get stuck in one's head...
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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:24 am

Here are some of my favorites:


"Hikari" from the game Kingdom Hearts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZVAvHah9io

"Cloud's Theme" from Final Fantasy 7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_oS8zsO2nU

And from a game near and dear to my childhood...

"Theme Of Legaia" from Legend Of Legaia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9Vq8hSRpOE

Also from Legaia:

"Title" (Main Menu theme)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcAvLAPlgXg&feature=related

"Ending Theme"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwE-go4Nofk


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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:54 am

The entire soundtrack of Vice City and the main theme.

Awesome!

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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:58 am

Most of these ar actual songs in their own right. How about the absolute classics like the GoldenEye scores for N64, and the Sonic games (already mentioned, but so worthy)?

Video game designers used to put so much into that... the good old days!

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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:08 pm

Zelda (NES)

or

Top Gear (SNES)
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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:23 pm

I don't know if Super Mario Bros. is necessarily the "best" from a compositional or musical standpoint, but I don't think that anyone can argue that it's certainly the most iconic (whatever that means in the context of video game theme music) video game soundtrack in existence.
 
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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:22 pm

I'd have to go with Joyride by Da Shootaz for the theme song for the oriignal Grand Theft Auto

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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Sun Aug 08, 2010 8:33 pm

Starcraft
Starcraft 2
HL2
Warcraft 3
WoW
Mass Effect 2
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RE: Best Video Game Theme Songs?

Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:22 pm

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 9):
Need for Speed

Agreed! Need for Speed used to feature very good song compilations. Now not so much anymore, imo.

I vote for Hot Action Cop – Going Down On It (NFS Hot Pursuit II) as the best video game theme song.
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