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What's your favourite game soundtrack? Do you listen to game music on its own? Do you buy game soundtracks?

Me? I've bought a few over the years. Always loved the Ico, Metroid Prime and Mass Effect soundtracks, all of which I own. But the best surely has to be Akira Yamaoka's work on the Silent Hill series. Mesmerising in its restraint, yet always imbued with a glacial menace, each game's score is a thing of unnerving beauty. He'll be sorely missed.

Oh, and "Forest" off the Silent Hill 2 soundtrack is perhaps my favourite. Though "A World of Madness" comes close.

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    Mechwarrior 2. Best Ever!
    Quake 2, close second.

    For midi, Crusaders of the Dark Savant (Wizardry 7) had excellent music (not the windows remake Wizardry Gold).

    Dooms music was heavily memerable too.

      Mechwarrior 2 hell yes!. Brilliant soundtrack.

      For MIDI back then, I'd say hands down Tyrian, a top-down shooter by Apogee, similar to Raptor: Call of The Shadows (but much better). It has some really fun tracks that cover a range of genres. Easily the best MIDI music I've ever heard in a 90's game.

      Mechwarrior 2 for the huge win!
      If you are interested, the artists name is Jeehun Hwang. I believe he also did soundtracks for Battlezone, Darkreign and a few others.

    Jet Set Radio Future - bam. Best soundtrack ever.
    Vampire Rain was pretty good too.

    Anything from Final Fantasy IV-IX.

    Some of my favourites are the Dirge Of Cerberus OST, Tekken 4, Mirror's Edge, Parasite Eve 2 & Vagrant Story.

    Of course the Silent Hill series deserve their own mention, amazing stuff. Goodbye Yamaoka ;_;

    I too love the music from Metroid prime. Also the soundtrack for Vamprie the Masquerade: Bloodlines.

    But my FAVORITE goes to Warhammer 40,000 chaos gate, strangely enough. The musical score in that was just all sorts of awesome.

    4 words: JET SET RADIO FUTURE!

    The purely non-mainstream, mostly foreign and funky to death music from JSRF has me struggling not to start grooving while sitting in my chair right now while just thinking about it.

    This still remains to be one of my favourite games of all time, and a game that I try and return to every now and then.

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

      ^^ this.

      The title song "Snake Eater" is probably the best title song of all game soundtracks.

      The best ST by far

    Gyakuten Saiban Orchestra Album - Gyakuten Meets Orchestra
    Phoenix Wright music awesomeness in orchestral form.
    What's better that being caught up in the moment and yelling "Objection!" at random passerbys? Doing it with a loud, booming orchestra backing you!

    ...Or really just anything performed by an orchestra. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but any game music rearranged as an orchestral track just makes it... better.

    A dead heat between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Killer Instinct.

    WHAT!!!
    What about Castlevania Symphony of the Night and the Guilty Gear Series!!! Those are the best ever!!

    Mechwarrior 2 end of discussion

    Oh yes! The Ace Combat series had some FANTASTIC pieces. Megalith/Agnus Dei from AC04, The Unsung War from AC5, and the utterly brilliant Zero from ACZ.

    Vice City!

    Tony Hawk 4

    Goldfinger, Bouncing Souls, Less Than Jake, Public Enemy etc

    perfect blend of pop-punk, ska and old skool hip-hop

    has not been topped so far

    I have so many to mention, but the Secret Of Mana soundtrack is still one I listen to regularly (and am listening to now), with the Diablo II soundtrack coming a very close second.
    Special mentions for Fallout 3's 40s/50s jive, Command and Conquer's (Tiberium Dawn) epic rock, Half-Life II's atmospheric lounge, and a shout out for King Arthur's World's (SNES) classical - amazing stuff.

    I'm not exactly an audiophile but after a little reflection the following games stood out for me in some way or another due to their music and or sounds.

    Warcraft - I think this entire series has some pretty good background tunes and if I'm not mistaken Warcraft 2 (or 3) also worked in a CD player as an album.

    Total Annihilation - I'll admit I had to lock it up to confirm but this soundtrack packed a 96 piece orchestral and it sounds great.

    Halo: Combat Evolved. Bungie go nuts for a good sound track and if not mistaken have one a number of industry awards for their efforts.

    Prince of Persia: Warrior Within - I understand a lot of folk hated the darker tones of the franchise reboot's sequel but I welcomed the change in direction and enjoyed the heavier sound track that accompanied it.

    Command and Conquer: Red Alert for the win.

    Had the most kickarse soundtrack, rocking it on with heavy guitar riffs with Hell March. Frank Klepacki rocks hard.

    The Legend of Zelda, all of them, such memories. orchestra version, as well as midi/game versions...pure classic

    My fave.

    Anything Megaman (2 and 3 in particular)
    Crusdaer No remorse / Regret.
    Castlevania Symphony of the night
    Super Turrican

    just to name a few.

    Halo 1 & 2 definately. It's the first game/s I played where it's an FPS with almost classically powerful orchestral score. I even bought the soundtrack to Halo 2. A very memorable tune for me was at one of the last levels in halo 2 where Breaking Benjamin's Blow Me Away (without the vocal track) was playing in the background during a massive firefight between 3 different factions... I died on purpose a few times just so I could hear the music again. I just wish I could find that song somewhere without the vocal track although the song is good with it, that moment when I played that level in H2 was an awesome gaming moment I'll never forget.

    Command and Conquer without a doubt

    This is hard, I like a whole bunch of game soundtracks for a whole bunch of different reasons. But if I had to narrow it down, Id say my favorites would have to be Chrono Trigger or FF8.

    Damn, that's hard. I can think of a lot of individual tracks that stand out to me but to pick a particular games soundtrack would require a lot of thought.

    I actually nearly exclusively listened to game music in high school (shifted more into anime/j-pop stuff later though). In fact most of my music collection came from http://ocremix.org/, I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is into game music. Actually it's been ages since I last visited, I should really catch up with that site myself.

    Also there's the Eminence lot (www.eminenceonline.com) which many here are probably familiar with. Definitely recommend seeing them live if you ever get the chance, plus the Echoes of War Blizzard music collection they made is amazing, and I never was really into Blizzard games that much. Can that count as my favourite game soundtrack.

    (To clarify before the fans jump me, Blizzard makes games I kind of like in genres I typically hate, so I actually respect them for that. However no matter what you do I'm never really get into an RTS, a Diablo style lootfest or the endless grind of an MMO)

    As for buying game music, I do have a few things (like the aforementioned Echoes of War), however in the past I've found tracking down game soundtracks to be quite difficult, or unreasonably expensive. Has this changed in recent years.

    Age of Conan, crappy game but an epic soundtrack. Also Himan blood money has a nice mix of classical and electronic music and would probably be my second favourite.

    I've been enjoying Bionic Commando Re-Armed, Shatter and No More Heroes albums. I'd also like to buy the Hustle Kings soundtrack if its ever available.

    But I'd have to say that Wipeout & Wipeout 2097 are still my favourites. I have these set to play in Wipeout HD. Brings back some fond memories.

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