As we walked into work this past Friday we were in a good mood and casually whistling the theme from Super Mario Bros 3. When we walked past a colleague, he smiled and began to whistle along with us. Soon after he remarked “what a great game”.
No, article is ridiculous. Reason Nintendo music is memorable, is you have heard it continuously for 30 years. And all Pre-PS1 era music wss midi files which are simple and play in a loop. Music is a key ingredient in a great game and games from Bioshock to TLOU to Red Dead Redemption to Halo would not be as great as they are without their powerful scores and play lists. Music is music, good music never dies.
HERE IS WHY: * Music used to contain Specific UNIQUE source sounds within the games. * Now that everyone is using "orchestrated" music, it all sounds the same.. Why? * All trumpets sound like trumpets...violins will ALWAYS sound like Violins. * With the SNES, it has a sampling aspect to it, so source sounds could be created into it. * Basically the music in video games used to consist of sounds that the sound designers and musicians used to have to create as well, or tinker with to be unique. * When you hear the sounds from Super Mario World SNES, they are unique. You INSTANTLY know where those sounds are from and which game, and even which level. You can't do that anymore. Everyone wants " THE BEST", which = Orchestra, but then it all sounds the same. The SOURCE sound is the problem...or thing to fix. THIS IS WHY electronic music in games is still useful, as you can craft your own wave sounds and tinker with them to make them unique. * Then, your game will sound unique compared to everyone else. Hopefully this explains it fairly quickly, as it's a bit more in depth than that. * That being said, When Orchestrated music is done right, and the notes being played are melodic and appealing, it can be epic.
this is a good point, and its true, utilizing the same palette makes the games sound the same. Not only that but it is true, the music itself just isnt melodic and memorable. not that its bad, but its hard to remember any of it. halo is the only game that comes to mind that has memorable music that i can think of. but just look at old school games, most of their music was memorable. look at megaman, mario, zelda, final fantasy, sonic, street fighter, and the list goes on.
Eh? Have you been paying attention to the soundtracks for Nintendo's latest games? The live instruments have really enhanced the experience of titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World. I can name a list of video game STs that I can't get out of my head. Goodness, don't get me started.
I think a lot of Nintendo games and thensome have awesome music. Most of the songs in the new Smash Bros. are amazing.
So you all agree Nintendo have great music... but what about other platforms/games?
Nier comes to mind immediately. Easily one of my favorite soundtracks ever, not just of last gen. Red Dead, already mentioned, is another great one. Journey, Lost Odyssey, Valkyria Chronicles. Killzone 2 and 3. Quite a few games with memorable soundtracks. And almost all of that was just on one console. Oh, Fragile Dreams, too. There's a huge number of games with good music. For some reason, you just aren't listening.
I want to add Persona 4's soundtrack to the list of music that I've enjoyed over the years.
Ni No Kuni's main theme (World map) is phenomenal. Music from Persona is memorable (Velvet room's theme, Aria of the Souls comes to mind). Child of Light's soundtrack is excellent. LittleBigPlanet always has a good selection of pop songs from diverse artists. Catherine's classical remix music was pretty good (I still listen to the soundtrack). Dragon's Crown stage selection's celtic hymn is great too. Disgaea's theme is always a nice and quirky listen (From Hour of Darkness and D2) ... So yeah, plenty of great game music available.
This.. I think Media Molecule finds some of the best and most creative indi artists in music.
@NukaCola Right? I still have Jim Noir's My Patch playing in my head from time to time, only because of that game!
After spending quite some time with Destiny I fell in love with its soundtrack, bought it the day it was released and listened to it from start to finish quite a few times already, its one of the best soundtracks I've heard in a long time. Deus Ex Human Revolution was another recent great games soundtrack. DmC was another good one but mainly as I'm a fan of Noisia :) It is strange though how gamers obsess over graphics and hardly ever talk about the music.
Deus Ex Human Revolution is one of my favourites, but I loved the original games music aswel
Complete rubbish, there's plenty of games with superb soundtracks, it depends how much you like music, me, I can listen to almost anything (with the exception of pop music) games and movies etc are another source for me to find great music, Hotline Miami for example the music made me buy the game, The Walking Dead, although slightly depressing (not something to listen to when you're in a good mood) had some amazing music The Final Fantasy games, GREAT music (most of it). I still listen to the Populous The Beginning soundtrack "garden center music" my girlfriend calls it, to hell with her, I LOVE it
I remember the first time I heard Earthbound soundtrack from its Virtual Console trailer,I feel the urge to buy Wii U just to play it. Its soundtrack are very atmospheric,I had a nightmare after grinding too long at its final dungeon! Pokey Means Business is one of those tracks that took full advantage of SNES' powerful Sony sound chip! Giygas' Stirs can make some going crazy. More recently games like L.A. Noire,Journey,GT5,GT6,Ni no Kuni and Mario Kart 8 had quite a soundtrack that fits well to the games. Search for Journey Apotheosis by Austin Wintory watch it and then tell me its not memorable.
The Ateiler games generally have really good soundtracks. Then again that can be said about all gust games, the soundtracks in the Ar Tonelico games are some of the best music the industry has produced. Qoga particularly with songs like Cosmoflips, Arphage, and Singing Hills - Tilia Harmonics. Ar Nosurge's To the Songless Hill was a great opening, especially for Ar Tonelico fans, and the song played during the final boss, Ra Ceila Reincarnation was on par with The Genesis (The song played during the fight with Izanami in Persona 4)
Depends what you've been playing but I've been all over 3ds over last few months nintendo soundtracks are always amazing and gta5, vice city was the one tho ;) Also just finished skyward sword but yeah nintendo soundtracks are always fantastic.
say what you want about destiny...its soundtrack is amazing
Go do Gwyn's boss fight in Dark Souls, the song, along with the fight is one of the most amazing moments I've ever played in a game. There are all it of amazing songs in gaming, not just Nintendo.
Castlevania Lords of Shadows 2 released shy of 8 months ago and has a great soundtrack, run it over a proper stereo setup and it's golden, shame they never released it in lossless.
Too many games so little time. We don't stop to enjoy the smallest things like we used too. I remember very well Final Fantasy 2/3 (U.S ) Very well. I was so sucked in their world it was epic. But in this day and age it seem we are not getting that involved anymore.
I believe melodic tracks are more memorable as they are something you can hum or whistle to easily. I find most Eastern game music to be very melodic.
the last game with great music that i played was burnout 3: takedown.
MGS4, Nier, Ni No Kuni & Final Fantasy XIII-2 comes to mind
There's a reason they sell soundtracks to games now. The Velocity soundtracks are all incredible. Killzone series, Halo series, LittleBigPlanet series, Heavy Rain, Super Mario 3D World, inFamous series, Resistance series, Metroid Prime series, Batman Arkham series, etc. Soundtracks/scores are just as good as they've ever been.
Oh goodness no, I still get a track or two in my head from Ni no kuni every now and then.
LittleBigPlanet has memorable music imo.
Final Fantasy XV's soundtrack looks like it is shaping up to be a masterpiece in my opinion judging from what we have heard from all of the trailers. Yoko Shimomura can stand toe to toe with the likes of the great Nobuo Uematsu, Yasunori Mitsuda, Hitoshi Sakamoto, and Koji Kondo. They still make great music for games today so i am not worried at all that music in games are losing their memorability.
Well, older video games had much smaller audio cards so the music must be simple. Simple "jingles" are really more memorable than huge orchestral scores. One is not better than the other.
Has anyone played super mario galaxy? Or more recently 3d world? It is hard to say the music in those games are not memorable. https://www.youtube.com/wat... https://www.youtube.com/wat...
The song of storms and the lost woods song will forever be remembered
I remember reading somewhere recently that if an article asks a question the answer is always no. Not sure if that's true but every time I've seen one since I've immediately heard the word "no" in my head. Anyway, to answer the topic, no.
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