Talk Amongst Yourselves

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DISCUSSION

10 words or less...nah....

I’d say 95% of my favorite music hails from the 8-Bit/16-Bit era. Today’s music in games does not appeal to me at all. Gears, Halo, MGS...it’s a lot more serious music in an epic scale like you would find in LOTR, Star Wars, with orchestras and huge ensembles which isn’t bad but to me it just doesn’t feel like video-game music. Maybe it has something to do with nostalgia but even now, the music from the the 3rd /4th Gen still hold its own and I say that because of the amount of remixes/rearrangement I’ve seen on websites like OC Remix and YouTube. There are many games with great music but only a few stands out to me. Not only are there memorable individual game tracks but also companies that on a regular basis, composed music of good quality on each game. Below is a list of musical gems from the 3rd and 4th generation of gaming (exception of one). There were many I wanted to list because there are so many good game OSTs but these are the top of the heap in my book.

Megaman 2 + 3 (NES) Capcom

Bionic Commando (NES) Capcom

Castlevania 1-3 (NES) Konami

Castlevania Dracula X/Rondo of Blood (SNES/PC Engine) Konami

Life Force/Salamander (NES) Konami

Snatcher (Sega CD) Konami

Streets of Rage (GEN) SEGA

Sonic The Hedgehog (GEN) SEGA

Rygar (NES) Tecmo

Ninja Gaiden (NES) Tecmo

Final Fantasy III (SNES) SquareSoft

Chrono Trigger (SNES) SquareSoft

Valis III (GEN) TelenetJapan/Renovation

Gaiares (GEN) TelenetJapan/Renovation

The Guardian Legend (NES) Compile

Deus Ex (PC) Eidos Interactive