|
Your continuous donations keep RPGWatch running!
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » The Top 12 Video Game Soundtracks @ Forbes

Default The Top 12 Video Game Soundtracks @ Forbes

September 20th, 2012, 12:39
No Gothic 3, Deus Ex 3, Age of Conan, Skyrim, and so on?

Mass Effect music is vastly superior to Dragon Age, in my opinion.

Can't say the list is one I agree with, but at least they have WoW and Arcanum there.
DArtagnan is online now

DArtagnan

DArtagnan's Avatar
Waste of potential

#21

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 14,468

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 13:06
No Baldur's Gate II? No Realms of Arcania?

No sense.

blackcanopus:
Steam is out of question. It's not convenient, it's not easy to use, it's not simple and fast. It's terrible.
"Where STEAM fails, the PHOENIX rises"
Sir_Brennus is offline

Sir_Brennus

Sir_Brennus's Avatar
Planeswalker

#22

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Germany
Posts: 361

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 13:11
ICWD, VTMB, The Witcher, Gothic games etc etc. Many good titles missing. SInce the tile is "Video Game Soundtracks" and not RPG only I would also mention Legacy of Kain series.

When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child. Now that I'm a man, I have no more use for childish ways.
bloodlover is offline

bloodlover

bloodlover's Avatar
Sentinel

#23

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Vivec, Morrowind
Posts: 481

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 13:54
The list can't be complete without the SSX series..
wabbit is offline

wabbit

wabbit's Avatar
Traveler

#24

Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 14:45
I guess the nostalgia alterates the taste, odd list but at least have it right with Arcanum, still if I saw in the list mention of Gothic 3 and especialy Is Nomine Vacans I would%
Igor is offline

Igor

Igor's Avatar
Watchdog

#25

Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 168

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 14:46
what no Turrican 2, the worst list ever!

But seriously, this list is particularly crappy - 12 soundtracks which apparently got more than one (!) mention on few channels + no attempt to describe what might make these soundtracks good.
The reasoning for including Dragon Age, but not Mass Effects is hilarious.
Pointless.

Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
at least they have WoW and Arcanum there.
I´ve always found Arcanum´s soundtrack a somewhat curious case.
The use of string quartet is original and gives the game a very distinct audio identity and the tunes themselves come with some nice and usually not run-off-the-mill melodies, yet I´m finding it one of the most annoying soundtracks in an RPG - it doesn´t feel like a particularly fitting audio underpinning of the setting to me and, more importantly, the arrangements are repetitive and most of the tracks have a sorta drowsy vibe, which results in me wanting to go to sleep after a while .
DeepO is offline

DeepO

DeepO's Avatar
deep outside

#26

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Prague
Posts: 2,327

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 14:59
Originally Posted by bagelobo View Post
Off the top of my head

Kings Bounty: The Legend / Armored Princess
yeah, that was nice work, too.

Also: What about Max Payne, or Homeworld?
Cacheperl is offline

Cacheperl

Sentinel

#27

Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 275

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 15:00
Originally Posted by DeepO View Post
I´ve always found Arcanum´s soundtrack a somewhat curious case.The use of string quartet is original and gives the game a very distinct audio identity and the tunes themselves come with some nice and usually not run-off-the-mill melodies, yet I´m finding it one of the most annoying soundtracks in an RPG - it doesn´t feel like a particularly fitting audio underpinning of the setting to me and, more importantly, the arrangements are repetitive and most of the tracks have a sorta drowsy vibe, which results in me wanting to go to sleep after a while .
Yeah, I can appreciate that - and I partially agree. It kinda dominates rather than supports the game.

Also, when I think of Arcanum music - it's always the main title sequence that I'm remembering. THAT particular piece of music was so powerful and so unique - and it did serve as a fantastic underpinning for the setting - but probably only because you're not playing while it's there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftvpi-6Z6qw

I think the main quality is that it's so melancholy and so fitting with the steampunk/victorian era atmosphere. It really promises a game that's not just fast food entertainment, but wants to do something more.

In any case, it had a significant effect on me - and I have to give it credit for that.
DArtagnan is online now

DArtagnan

DArtagnan's Avatar
Waste of potential

#28

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 14,468

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 15:05
Originally Posted by DeepO View Post
I´ve always found Arcanum´s soundtrack a somewhat curious case.
The use of string quartet is original and gives the game a very distinct audio identity and the tunes themselves come with some nice and usually not run-off-the-mill melodies, yet I´m finding it one of the most annoying soundtracks in an RPG - it doesn´t feel like a particularly fitting audio underpinning of the setting to me and, more importantly, the arrangements are repetitive and most of the tracks have a sorta drowsy vibe, which results in me wanting to go to sleep after a while .
I have a similar opinion regarding the Arcanum soundtrack. It is true that the string quartet does give it a unique and distinct sound yet I also feel that it is not always as effective as a soundtrack.

I would have strongly preferred to hear more variety in instrumentation in order to better represent the contrasts in the world of Arcanum.
Asdraguuhl is offline

Asdraguuhl

Asdraguuhl's Avatar
Sentinel

#29

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Madrid, Spain
Posts: 399

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 15:11
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
THAT particular piece of music was so powerful and so unique - and it did serve as a fantastic underpinning for the setting - but probably only because you're not playing while it's there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftvpi-6Z6qw

I think the main quality is that it's so melancholy and so fitting with the steampunk/victorian era atmosphere. It really promises a game that's not just fast food entertainment, but wants to do something more.
Agreed.

I like pretty much all of the tracks on their own, yet in-game the music becomes detrimental to the experience quite fast for me. As I said, a curious case .
DeepO is offline

DeepO

DeepO's Avatar
deep outside

#30

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Prague
Posts: 2,327

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 15:16
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
I think the main quality is that it's so melancholy and so fitting with the steampunk/victorian era atmosphere.
I find it strange that many people claim that the music gives them a Victorian feel. The game is set in the late 19th century and the music does not sound as if it came from that era. In fact, the composer himself has stated that the composition was based on earlier styles.

A quote from the composer Ben Houge:
The first thing I was told about Arcanum was the central conflict of the game: magic versus technology. This idea was so interesting and unique that I considered carefully how to best reflect it in the music. I presented a couple of ideas to the guys at Troika, and we finally settled on a sort of musical anachronism: a score centered around the styles and textures of Renaissance, medieval, and early music, but performed by a characteristic ensemble of the Victorian era, the string quartet. This dichotomy is most evident in the main Arcanum theme, but it shows up more obliquely in the chant-like melodies and motives that recur throughout the score, as well as in the texture and motion of the individual parts. (For example, notice the main theme of "The Caladon Catacombs" and the "Towns" music.) In my writing, I've avoided the virtuosic ornamentation and extremes of tessitura that characterize much Romantic-era string quartet literature, turning instead to the counterpoint and phrasing of early polyphony. Obviously, some of the pieces stray from this original conception, usually for dramatic reasons, but it served as a fruitful point of departure.
Asdraguuhl is offline

Asdraguuhl

Asdraguuhl's Avatar
Sentinel

#31

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Madrid, Spain
Posts: 399

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 15:35
Originally Posted by Asdraguuhl View Post
I find it strange that many people claim that the music gives them a Victorian feel. The game is set in the late 19th century and the music does not sound as if it came from that era. In fact, the composer himself has stated that the composition was based on earlier styles.
I didn't say it sounded like it came from that era - but that it felt like very appropriate music for the setting of the game.

There's no such thing as a Steampunk era - and yet there's music that feels more fitting to that setting.

It's the same with the Victorian "feel" - and I think the Arcanum music fits incredibly well - at least with my vision of the Victorian era in a "steampunkian" fashion.

Can't say I'm too concerned with whether it's actually from that period of time.

Are you going to think I'm strange because I think the music from the movie 2001 is fitting as well, and that it probably made the music in Elite (the game) even more appropriate?

A quote from the composer Ben Houge:
The first thing I was told about Arcanum was the central conflict of the game: magic versus technology. This idea was so interesting and unique that I considered carefully how to best reflect it in the music. I presented a couple of ideas to the guys at Troika, and we finally settled on a sort of musical anachronism: a score centered around the styles and textures of Renaissance, medieval, and early music, but performed by a characteristic ensemble of the Victorian era, the string quartet. This dichotomy is most evident in the main Arcanum theme, but it shows up more obliquely in the chant-like melodies and motives that recur throughout the score, as well as in the texture and motion of the individual parts. (For example, notice the main theme of "The Caladon Catacombs" and the "Towns" music.) In my writing, I've avoided the virtuosic ornamentation and extremes of tessitura that characterize much Romantic-era string quartet literature, turning instead to the counterpoint and phrasing of early polyphony. Obviously, some of the pieces stray from this original conception, usually for dramatic reasons, but it served as a fruitful point of departure.
It seems the Victorian era was specifically considered as well. So, if the composer deliberately wanted to channel something of that era - are you truly so shocked that people would find the music appropriate for that kind of feel?
DArtagnan is online now

DArtagnan

DArtagnan's Avatar
Waste of potential

#32

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 14,468

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 16:28
Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
I didn't say it sounded like it came from that era - but that it felt like very appropriate music for the setting of the game.

There's no such thing as a Steampunk era - and yet there's music that feels more fitting to that setting.

It's the same with the Victorian "feel" - and I think the Arcanum music fits incredibly well - at least with my vision of the Victorian era in a "steampunkian" fashion.
OK, fair enough. Perhaps a distinction is to be made between "fitting in terms of atmosphere" and "historically representative of an era".

Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
Are you going to think I'm strange because I think the music from the movie 2001 is fitting as well
Of course not, why would I? C'mon, you are underestimating me.

Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
It seems the Victorian era was specifically considered as well.
It is in the instrumentation, not the style. Although they could have gone perfectly with full orchestra as well, which is also a trademark of the 19th century. (And people would most likely still say it gives them a Victorian feel).

Originally Posted by DArtagnan View Post
So, if the composer deliberately wanted to channel something of that era -
are you truly so shocked that people would find the music appropriate for that kind of feel?
No, "shocked" is not the correct word.

But I cannot help but think the following: People hear string quartet —> they associate it with classical music from an earlier century —> Arcanum is set in a Victorian setting —> Victorian setting coincides with the 19th century —> Consequently, the music must sound Victorian.

Perhaps I am wrong about how people make that connection but I have read so many times that the music sounds Victorian.

It is like hearing Bach played with electrical guitars and then saying it gives you a 70's Rock feel . Or hearing the Stones being played with a church organ and say it gives you a Baroque feel .
Last edited by Asdraguuhl; September 20th, 2012 at 17:31.
Asdraguuhl is offline

Asdraguuhl

Asdraguuhl's Avatar
Sentinel

#33

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Madrid, Spain
Posts: 399

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 17:37
Originally Posted by bagelobo View Post
Off the top of my head

Kings Bounty: The Legend / Armored Princess
Total Annihilation
X3: Reunion / Terran Conflict
Icewind Dale
NWN2: Mask of the Betrayer
Spot on.
I'd add all the Heroes of Might and Magic games.
And Deus Ex 3.
And Legacy of Kain series, obviously =D
arthureloi is offline

arthureloi

arthureloi's Avatar
Visionary Vampire

#34

Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nosgoth
Posts: 172

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 17:40
@Asdra

People tend to associate things based on what they've personally experienced - rather than what's historically appropriate.

So, while I'm sure there are people out there who might consider the Arcanum music historically representative of the Victorian era - I think most are simply talking about the atmosphere and the emotional connection. Especially because it's a fictional universe without a direct historical parallel.

Hopefully, people don't confuse atmosphere with history. I certainly hope I don't. For my part, I've never actually considered whether the Arcanum soundtrack was truly representative of the Victorian era. I've never had a reason to, until now

So, we might be underestimating each other

In any case, I guess it's the sort of thing you care about if you have a specific interest in history and music. Personally, I gave up expecting entertainment to be my history teacher a long, long time ago.

Maybe if the game was supposed to be a plausible representation of a specific period of history, I might be more inclined to understand your confusion.
DArtagnan is online now

DArtagnan

DArtagnan's Avatar
Waste of potential

#35

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 14,468

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 17:53
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
Despite how much I liked Chrono Trigger, I could never get into Chrono Cross. It was just too different and didn't feel like a real sequel to me. And those PS1 3D graphics…ugh.

I'm amazed that Square never developed another game in that series considering the huge cult following that Chrono Trigger still has.
I played Chrono Cross and nearly finished it. I thought it was pretty good. Not on the same level as Chrono Trigger for me, but I thought overall they did a pretty good job with the game.

I would love a direct sequel to Chrono Trigger though. Hell, I'll take any game in the Chrono universe at this point. It really is amazing that they haven't made another Chrono game yet. Makes no sense to me.
Fluent is offline

Fluent

Fluent's Avatar
RPG Fiend
RPGWatch Team

#36

Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2,236

Default 

September 20th, 2012, 22:33
Originally Posted by Fluent View Post
I played Chrono Cross and nearly finished it. I thought it was pretty good. Not on the same level as Chrono Trigger for me, but I thought overall they did a pretty good job with the game.
How good can it really be if you didn't even finish it?

I still have my original PS1 copy, and I've always meant to give it another try. Maybe I'll see how it runs and looks on ePSXe.
JDR13 is offline

JDR13

JDR13's Avatar
SasqWatch

#37

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Florida, US
Posts: 17,828

Default 

September 21st, 2012, 00:15
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
How good can it really be if you didn't even finish it?

I still have my original PS1 copy, and I've always meant to give it another try. Maybe I'll see how it runs and looks on ePSXe.
Honestly, I haven't finished more RPGs than I have finished. I usually get bored of games after awhile and that means never finishing them. I usually get close to the end too and just burn out.

I think I played it on ePSXe. The original game goes for over $50 on Ebay I think so I just used a ROM, hooked my laptop up to my LCD TV and played it that way. It really didn't look too bad but I'm not very picky at all when it comes to graphics. The sound was top notch, the story was very cool, the characters were pretty cool (there might be too many of them in the long run though - it has a sort of Suikoden feel where you can recruit a bunch of different people), and the atmosphere of the game was pretty nice. Definitely worth a play.
Fluent is offline

Fluent

Fluent's Avatar
RPG Fiend
RPGWatch Team

#38

Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2,236

Default 

September 21st, 2012, 06:33
Originally Posted by CountChocula View Post
Where the heck are Skyrim, Morrowind, Civ 4 and Civ 5? Those are my all time favorites.
Civ 4's "Baba Yetu" actually won a grammy last year making video game history so I'm really surprised it didn't make the list at all. It is one of my favorites. Wont complain to much as they did have some good ones but Civ4 was a major miss.
figment is offline

figment

figment's Avatar
Sentinel
RPGWatch Donor

#39

Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 514

Default 

September 22nd, 2012, 01:46
They left out so many other great soundtracks.

A few I can think of:

Blood Omen: Legacy Of Kain
Baldur's Gate II
Icewind Dale
Colony Wars
Persona 4
Morrowind

But I am surprised Arcanum made it - not because it isn't great but because it seems so far from the mainstreams compared to their other selections.

Oblivion cares about YOU!
Relayer is offline

Relayer

Relayer's Avatar
Keeper of the Watch

#40

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NYC
Posts: 758
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » The Top 12 Video Game Soundtracks @ Forbes
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 22:30.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright by RPGWatch