5/07/2013

HBM's Top Ten Video Game Soundtracks

In my opinion, no game is complete without music. If there's no music, there's barely any atmosphere. But when there is music, and it works, the game just becomes even greater. So I'm going to count down the top ten best video game soundtracks today. Remember, this is all just my opinion, and you don't have to agree. Just like I don't have to make my agents not shoot you in the foot a few dozen times. Also, only games I've actually played.

#10: Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy


This game takes some of the greatest songs in the whole Final Fantasy series and makes them battle music. Considering it's a fighting game, that's no surprise. There are also some pretty kickass original tracks thrown in as well. The other songs for the menus, cutscenes, and story mode aren't bad either. There are some strange choices here and there, but nothing too bad. Not as bad as some of the choices in Theatrhythm, anyway...

#9: Banjo-Kazooie


Banjo-Kazooie is definitely a fun, happy-go-lucky game, and the soundtrack really exemplifies this. Most of the music is so happy, and the style always fits the level that you're in. When it needs to be creepy, it's creepy. When it needs to be frantic, it's frantic. Definitely one of the best game soundtracks, especially on the N64.

#8: Metroid Fusion


Metroid Fusion is one of the creepiest games I've ever played, and the music is a huge part of that. You really get a sense of how abandoned the ship is when the music is so eerie and ominous. It always fits, and there's even some frantic, awesome boss music. Really scary, but it works.

#7: Kingdom Hearts II


Kingdom Hearts is basically my favorite game franchise, so it makes sense the series would have awesome music. I think Kingdom Hearts II has the best music out of the series, because the battle music is the best in this game, the world music is done well, and the cutscenes always have just the right music to set the mood. Pretty well done, considering how shit Square has been for the past 6-7 years...

#6: Kid Icarus Uprising


Kid Icarus Uprising's soundtrack is like a combination of Banjo-Kazooie's and the KH soundtracks. On the one hand, when it's having a silly moment, the music is light and fun. But when it's being epic, the music is all bombastic and epic.The menus have perfectly fitting music, and the boss theme is one of the best in video game history. This game needs a sequel.

#5: The World Ends With You


Okay, you know how much I love this game and gush about it all the time, all that shit, whatever. Anyway, the music fits perfectly for the style of this game. When a game is mainly influenced by Japanese culture, it really fits when the music is J-Pop styled and done by Japanese artists. The battle music is great, and the world map music can be catchy. Definitely a soundtrack that will take a while to leave your head.

#4: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII


This game's soundtrack is basically a combination of Metal Gear Rising's and FFVII's. It has the adrenaline pumping metal, and is always perfect for the mood. However, It doesn't exactly have both of these traits to the point of the aforementioned two. Still, it's good enough to get high enough on this list.

#3: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword


I said in my review of this game that the music is fucking outstanding. The orchestral style makes it more bombastic, and non-battle music gives a serene feel. There's not a single track in this game that's out of place.

#2: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance


This game is so goddamn awesome, and the soundtrack is part of why. All the music is either extreme metal/techno and/or adventurish and subdued. It all works with whatever situation you're in, and the boss themes are some of the best ever. This may be one of the only game soundtracks that I would actually purchase.

#1: Final Fantasy VII


Final Fantasy VII is one of the best RPGs the world has ever known. A big part of this is due to the music. No matter what the situation, location, or fight, the music always fits perfectly. The eerie parts have eerie music, the epic parts have epic music, and the adventurous parts have adventurous music. This is the soundtrack that has something for everyone, with every type of mood being represented perfectly by the music. A soundtrack worthy of such an amazing game.

Well, those are my top ten game soundtracks. I'm gonna go get some pizza now. You're not invited.

HBM, signing out.

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