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Post by KostaAndreadis @ 03:09pm 03/02/18 | 11 Comments
Where we continue our countdown of the best videogame soundtracks of all time, bringing you numbers 30 through 21. Once again this batch covers a wide range of genres, platforms, and time periods. From the arcade scene of the mid-1980s through to two examples of classic first-person experiences - one on PC and one for consoles.

A taste.

29. Starcraft



    Platform: PC
    Year: 1998
    Composer(s): Derek Duke, Jason Hayes, Glenn Stafford

When it came time to record the soundtrack to the classic sci-fi RTS (real-time strategy) game Starcraft, clearly no one at Blizzard told the musicians to turn down the reverb. In fact, if someone did bring it up the response would have been something along the lines of “Dude, we’re in space. We need as much reverb as we can get. Because if they can’t hear you scream they sure as hell aren’t going to hear my guitar. Unless we pump up the reverb of course.” Which is a good thing too, because the very clear overuse of reverb, seemingly added and then re-added to every instrument, is what gives Starcraft its unmistakable sound. And when you add in the wonderful acoustic guitar melodies, synth work, and orchestral flourishes, it’s no wonder Blizzard has a reputation for creating peerless and iconic music for its games.


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fpot
Posted 04:31pm 03/2/18
But even so, Doom’s gritty, heavy metal, MIDI-soundtrack was unlike anything else at the time.
uhhhhh



Many of the tracks were ripped off wholesale from metal tracks of the time. Still a cool soundtrack, though :P
KostaAndreadis
Posted 05:35pm 03/2/18
Ahh I meant in terms of music for games.
fpot
Posted 07:57pm 03/2/18
Figured but I couldn't help pointing it out :D I'm not a Metallica fan and when I first stumbled on that guitar riff I was wait a minute@!@!@

Really top notch article btw. Really great range of games and some extensive knowledge about those games on display. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it :D
ravn0s
Posted 10:06pm 03/2/18
i prefer the soundtrack for doom 2016.

KostaAndreadis
Posted 10:46pm 03/2/18
thanks fpot! that was the aim... I'm a big music nerd so loved researching for this feature...

I'm not really a metallica fan either and couldn't place the riff... might have disqualified it if I knew... thanks for pointing that out too...

oh and rav... plenty of room left for doom 2016 to make the cut
fpot
Posted 03:30pm 04/2/18
Number one predictions are always fun. I have a feeling it's going to be ChronoTrigger.
Rdizz
Posted 09:10pm 04/2/18
glad mirrors edge made it, that game has a sweet soundtrack
Raven
Posted 07:25am 05/2/18
Number one predictions are always fun. I have a feeling it's going to be ChronoTrigger.


AKA "Look at me, I'm edgy and play import games!"

Christ it wasn't even that good a game, it was merely popular because you couldn't buy it here. Even Secret of Mana was a far better game.
fpot
Posted 07:28am 05/2/18
Yeah Chronotrigger is a real niche game I'm surprised you've heard of it actually.

No wait, it is one of the most popular and played games of all time. I'm not going to argue whether it was good or not due to the whole personal taste thing. I thought the soundtrack was especially memorable.
Raven
Posted 11:54am 05/2/18
It was niche in the sense that it was only available as a JP or NA import. It was never released in the PAL markets.
Khel
Posted 12:03pm 05/2/18
Maybe not originally on the SNES, but its been re-released since then on DS and mobiles and stuff so I'd say its safely gone beyond niche by now
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