Your Favorite Video Game OST?

Which Video Game Themes or Complete OSTs (Original Soundtracks) do you love the most? :slight_smile:

Here are a couple of mine:

  • Zelda - Main Theme
  • Halo - Main Theme
  • Skyrim - OST
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 - OST
  • Baldur’s Gate 1 - OST
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Some favorites, by sound technology, in approximate order of preference:

8 and 16 bit:

  • Bionic Commando (C64, Amiga) - Tim Follin
  • The Last Ninja 2 (C64) - Matt Gray
  • Silver Surfer (NES) - Tim Follin
  • Battle Squadron (Amiga) - Ron Klaren
  • Project-X (Amiga) - Allister Brimble

MIDI (OPL FM and GM/GS synths):

  • Doom - Bobby Prince (In particular Sign of Evil!)
  • Doom II - Bobby Prince

Modern (streamed audio):

  • Return to Castle Wolfenstein - Bill Brown
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood - Mick Gordon
  • Doom 2016 - Mick Gordon

The MIDI category is a bit thin, as I just didn’t play that many PC games from around that era. I was a Amiga user through most of that era, and then PC soon moved on to streaming audio from CD. Anyway, the Doom MIDI soundtracks stood out to me as musically interesting, and really creating an atmosphere, rather than just sounding “placeholder” to me, as most GM/GS music did. Also sounds great with both OPL (FM) and real synths. (Sounds fantastic with a Roland JV-1080 in GM mode!)

As for “Modern,” there are many, production quality is incredible etc, but strong, memorable melodies aren’t all that common after the “chip” and MIDI eras. (Wasn’t much else to work with back then, so it’s kind of logical.)

RTCW stands out to me, as I love the atmosphere of that game, and the soundtrack happened to be what got me seriously interested in orchestral music in the context of games.

As for Mick Gordons soundtracks, I love the dark atmosphere of The Old Blood, the Doom 2016 soundtrack is every bit as amazing and intense as the game itself.

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The whole Mario series OSTs are very nostalgic for me if we talk old school games! :smiley:

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hello
for me here is the list:

  • halo
  • world of warcraft
  • diablo III
  • unreal tournament
  • final fantasy
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  • The Secret of Monkey Island
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Baldur’s Gate
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Tropico 3
  • OutRun
  • Dune II
  • Star Control II
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i forget to mention the music of old game on pc

  • king quest V
  • alone n the dark
  • sonic
  • doom
  • wolfstein
  • duke nukem 3D
  • gran turismo on psx
  • rage racer on psx
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  • Myst 3: Exile
  • Neverwinter Nights (original game)
  • World of Warcraft
  • Skyrim
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Journeys
  • Assassins Creed 2
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Elder Scrolls Oblivion (Best of PC/Xbox 360/Ps3 era)
Shadow of the Colossus (Best ps2 fantasy)
Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 (best ps2 action)
Donkey Kong Country (best of the classic SNES era)
Divinity Original Sin 2 (best fantasy RPG music of the past 10 years IMO)
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Best JRPG OST)

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God of war -Bear McCreary really lovely OST with a Norse feel


Monument Valley- with a really lovely sound track

Final fantasy 8 probably one of the most cinematic of the series

https://open.spottily.com/playlist/3Juu6pldsJaUA0uJ5cINtC?si=-ZF-WsjFQGqErwnD34PROA

Journey, Austin Wintory/ beautiful score and an interesting and beautiful game

Uncharted series by Greg Edmonson- these games have amazing soundtracks that work so well with what’s happening on screen.

Also for sheer effectiveness is alien isolation - a game that genuinely creeped me out and the OST works so well with this aim

Honourable mentions - shadow of the beast - Amiga version, Nier, Witcher 3, red dead redemption, horizon zero dawn,Mass effect 2, Deus Ex human revolution. Metal Gear solid series,last of us…

There are so many good game soundtracks over the years. It always impressed me with C64, spectrum and the other 8bit games how good some of the music was with so little hardware.

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My favorite video game soundtrack is Zelda Majora’s Mask. I especially liked the Song of Healing, Stone Tower Temple theme, Ikana Castle theme, the Termina Field version of the Zelda theme, Oath to Order, and the song that plays when the moon is about to crash into the world.

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Hands down favorite of mine is The Last of Us soundtrack, it was the first game soundtrack that really moved me. I also have a soft spot for the Metal Gear Solid theme, especially the Sons of Liberty version.

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I haven’t played many video games, but I’ve heard some soundtracks that I’ve loved, for example:

  • Halo (before 2012)
  • Final Fantasy (Distant worlds album)
  • Lair (by John Debney)
  • Cuphead
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