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for many years, i have thought the music in video games have never gotten the credit they deserve. There are a great deal of moments in my gaming Career that definitely would not have been the same without the proper music to accompany it.Much like in a movie when a bad song choice for the soundtrack can completely take you out of a scene. However, this rarely happens in the video game world. A phenomenal example of game music is the song “one wing angel”. This is the song that plays during the final battle of Final Fantasy 7. Its haunting orchestra and chants have embedded themselves into the hearts and minds of gamers across the world. However, long before One wing angel. We had many other memorable tunes from the 8-bit era of video games. from the unforgettable themes of Super mario brothers, Legend of zelda , River city ransom, and double dragon. As time went on, more generic and forgettable music was used in games. I believe that this trend changed around the late 90’s. Many games of today often license music from popular musicians or hire conducters to make original scores for their games muchl ike some hollywood films do. games like Shadow of the colossus and Soul calibur which both utilize original orchestra music for its soundtrack definitely benefitted from the latter. Of all the video game genres, Fighting games suffered the most when it came to soundtracks. Most games were filled with generic battle themes. In time this improved with series like “the king of fighters”. I really cannot remember any fighting that had such amazing music to fight to. now as far as fighting games are concerned , Guilty gear and Blazblue has the best fighting game music ( both soundtracks were composed by daisuke ishiwatari). Hopefully some day all game developers will realize the importance of music in games. Below i have added a few of my absolute favorite game soundtracks ever.

Street fighter 3 3rd strike definitely went in a creative direction with its soundtrack. featuring a unique blend of hip-hop , jazzy & techno tunes which blend perfectly with the backgrounds and the action on screen.
favorite tracks: Jazzy NYC 99( Alex& ken’s theme) , beats in my head(elena’s theme) , twilight(ibuki’s theme), killing moon(akuma’s theme) , the longshoreman( sean& oro’s theme)

Shadow of colossus’ soundtrack was just as brilliant as the game itself. quiet and ambient when you travel the large open terrain , Powerful and melodic as you fight the colossus.
favorite tracks: Revived power , counter attack

Suikoden 2 has a well crafted soundtrack mixing various classical stylings from several different cultures around the world.
favorite tracks : orizzonte, due fi umi , theme of a moonlight night

the King of fighters franchise has some of the most memorable tunes in fighting game history. it is because of this that i could not pick a single incarnation and instead chose the entire franchise. K.O.F used many different stlyes of music over ther years from hard rock all the way to classical music.
favorite tracks: ground creeping bass (women team 95), arashi no saxophone 2/the stormy saxophone 2 (yagami team 96) ,Esaka!?( japan team 96) , psycho soldier “KOF version” (psycho soldier team 94) ,Terry115 (fatal fury team 2000) , wild party (korea team 2000) , Tears (kyo kusanagi 99 ) , Cool jam (iori yagami 97,

the guilty gear series exploded onto the fighting game scene with its amazing gameplay, graphics , and intense heavy rock influenced soundtrack. out of all the multiple versions of the game’s soundtrack, the “Heavy rock tracks” version is by far the best.
favorite tracks: Babel nose( jam’s theme) , blue water blue sky (may’s theme) , a solitude that ask nothing in return ( venom’s theme) , keep yourself alive 2 (sol’s theme) , kagematsuri/ shadow festival ( I-no’s theme)

using the same composer as the guilty gear series was a wise decision for BLAZBLUE. Blazblue’s sound however tends to lean more toward symphonic power metal tunes mixed with more faster pace heavy rock.
favorite tracks:Rebellion ( ragna’s theme) , lust SIN (jin’s theme) , oriental flower (litchi’s theme) , marionette purple (carl’S theme) , reppu (Bang’s theme)