30 Day Gaming Challenge: #8 – Best Soundtrack

Welcome, one and all, to day eight of the thirty day gaming challenge! Today’s topic is … best soundtrack.
OK, there are a lot of really good gaming soundtracks out there. There are a ton that I really love too, like the Sonic and BlazBlue franchises. When it comes to declaring one to the best though, there’s only logical choice: Final Fantasy VII.
At the time that I first played FFVII, I’d never heard anything so well put together. It was easily the closest that I’d come to seeing a game with a film score quality soundtrack. Everything on there is superbly atmospheric, and some of the tunes are outright icons of gaming music. And it’s not even just the originals. Both the full band versions from FFVII: Advent Children and the Piano Collection versions of the songs are also wonderfully performed. As examples, I’ll post one original, one film and, one piano track below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIqKWLkm2-g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh0a5sWJwDk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=715uFes44UA
 

22 comments

    1. Off the top of my head, I loved the soundtracks for:
      Sonic 3 & Knuckles
      BlazBlue Central Fiction
      Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero
      Alien Isolation
      Skylanders Superchargers
      Dust: An Elysian Tail
      Wonderboy 3: Dragons Trap Remastered
      Rock N Roll Racing
      There are probably a ton of others that’ll come to me later mind you.

      1. right…there are so many. I am a huge fan of Bear McCreary and quite enjoyed his music for “Dark Void”, and Christopher Lennertz’s “Warhawk” has a couple of fantastic themes

  1. Ooh, this is a great topic. Thinking back on my gaming days, I think my favorite one must be the soundtrack to Silent Hill 2. I loved that one. It was both creepy, but also very beautiful in a haunting kind of way 😊

          1. As is usual with (horror) sequels, the 2nd part just isn’t as good as the first part. There are some cool scenes, but overall it’s one that’s best avoided 😊

  2. For me, definitely the Ar Tonelico series. Inventing a language with different dialects, having the songs sung by the actual VAs and integrating them as central part of the plot and setting into the game? Just brilliant.
    Of course, they also sound great.
    For Western games, I’d have to flip a coin between TES: Morrowind and Mass Effect I think.

  3. Great choice, would also be my pick. Too bad Uematsu isn’t coming back for Remake, but I hope whoever does doesn’t mess too heavily with of the soundtrack. It’s still beautiful.

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