Didn't play enough of the Ultima Underworld games, but I am a huge fan of the original System Shock OST, a weird combo of early EDM and industrial influences with some ambient elements mixed in. Given that UU laid the groundwork for this game, Thief and Deus Ex, it all ties into a thread here. (I'm hearing about a spiritual successor to UU called Underworld Ascendant, which makes me pretty excited)
(BTW, in looking for this clip, I realized that one of the composers for System Shock 2 is Ramin Djawadi, who wrote the music for Game of Thrones, the Warcraft Movie, Iron Man, etc etc. I guess everybody starts somewhere)
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Post by outofseason on Dec 27, 2016 9:21:38 GMT -5
Pretty sure i've posted this before on the FB page, but this is one of my all time favorite games and soundtracks..... The music creates such an atmosphere of mystery (and also triumph) that fits so perfectly with the game.
Aw hell yeah, Shadowgate! The new "remaster" or whatever of it on Steam is really good too, a lot better than those types of things tend to be at least. I'd also recommend a game called "Tormentium" on Steam -- completely original game but gives me serious Shadowgate vibes.
To stay on topic, I've been replaying Icewind Dale, so this is in my head:
"I am a knight of Solamnia. I am the hand of Paladine, of Kiri-Jolith and of Habbakuk on this world. You are on Krynn. You are mine, Queen of Darkness."
Post by andrewwerdna on Dec 30, 2016 8:36:12 GMT -5
Gothic 1-3 have been some of my favorite games since the first one was released (and Risen, the more recent Piranha Bytes series, is also great). They're extremely atmospheric, very much a dungeon atmosphere, I highly recommend investing the time and effort (you'll want to download the community patch for Gothic 3 btw). And the music (by Kai Rosenkranz) is beyond excellent.
Certainly an oddity within the JRPG canon, IMO - the flavor was much more dark overall, fitting the game's mood of being an endless dungeon crawl, and the composer Hitoshi Sakimoto admitted taking inspiration from Mark Snow's work on the X Files, and you'll notice some brilliant use of some extended harmonies and partial dissonances that really add to the atmosphere in both the chilled out tracks and the battle themes as well:
Great thread, so many fantastic soundtracks have been made it's diffikvlt to mention just a few! But the Castlevania series has always been one of my favorites when it comes to videogame music so I'll start with Super Castlevania IV and Castlevania Symphony of the Night. I'll never grow tired of hearing these masterpieces.
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Post by andrewwerdna on Jan 21, 2017 8:23:17 GMT -5
Lucasarts adventure games were very important to me growing up. I love the music, and still listen to a few of the soundtracks all the time. I think The Secret of Monkey Island and especially Loom had the best soundtracks. Well, Loom is just a condensed 90's soundcard midi Swan Lake, but it's still a great listen in the same way that Switched-On Bach is.
Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1) is my favorite FF game (with IX in second place), and it's soundtrack is regarded as one the very best Squaresoft has ever put out. Composed by the always great Hitoshi Sakimoto (together with Masaharu Iwata) this OST is a pleasure to listen to. So I have to post a song of this masterpiece:
Post by outofseason on Feb 10, 2017 11:12:47 GMT -5
I've been playing through Dragon Quest I-VI (SNES versions w/ English Translations), and as much as I love the NES sounds, these symphonic suites of the OST are really magnificent to listen to. Anyone else a fan of this series? Its probably my favorite of all time. I stopped playing after VI pretty much, but absolutely love them up to that point.