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NeoGAF’s Official Game Soundtracks of the Year 2010 (Voting Ends January 6th)


Aug 1, 2009

Welcome to NeoGAF’s first official game Soundtracks Of The Year thread! GhaleonQ and I decided to create this thread as an experiment, with GAF’s annual Game Of The Year threads serving as a model. Video game soundtrack discussion is already common on GAF, and many posters highlight soundtracks as one of the most important components of the games that they play. By creating and maintaining this thread, we hope to accomplish the following:

1) Create a common point of reference for GAF’s favorite soundtracks from 2010.

2) Expose people to soundtracks for games that they haven’t played, including those from relatively niche titles.

3) Create an extensive archive of this year’s soundtracks for future enjoyment and reference.

4) Give credit to the talented composers in the gaming industry.

To head off a couple of critiques early, we feel that music can be enjoyed separately from play experience in a way that other aesthetics can’t. Music’s abstraction prevents it from being entirely game-dictated. Composer continuity is much more noticeable among otherwise different games, too. Video game composers also tend to be much more visible and organizationally independent than visual artists and game designers. Finally, as the many new owners of Nier can attest, quality game music CAN drive purchases. Obviously, though, we’d love further criticisms or support.
This thread will both conduct a poll and feature an archive.

Voting Rules

To keep things simple, we have opted to use a tiered three vote system. For your vote, pick your three favorite game soundtracks of the year and rank them in the order of your preference (listing only the game’s title). Your first pick will receive three points, your second pick will receive two points, and your third pick will receive one point.

If you can’t think of three soundtracks, it is okay to vote for only one or two; keep in mind, however, that these points aren’t flexible (no selection will receive more than three points, and only one selection can receive three points), so selecting less than three soundtracks will reduce the weight of your vote. If you want, you can also provide links to any specific tracks that stand out to you, but this isn't required.

Sample Ballots

1. Game A (Will receive 3 points)
2. Game B (Will receive 2 points)
3. Game C (Will receive 1 point)

Honorable Mentions (if any)


1. Game A (Will receive 3 points)
2. Game B (Will receive 2 points)
3. (Blank, no additional points allocated)

Honorable Mentions (if any)


1. Game A (Will receive 3 points)
2. (Blank, no additional points allocated)
3. (Blank, no additional points allocated)

Honorable Mentions (if any)

Voting will end on January 6th at 11:59 PM (PST). Vote tallying will not begin until after the voting period closes, so feel free to edit your posts (if you change your mind) up until the year’s end.
Although only three selections can receive points, you are encouraged to mention any other soundtracks from this year that you enjoyed and want to promote. If you wish to highlight some relatively obscure soundtracks, it would be helpful if you would also list the composer(s) attached to them, but this isn’t required. Any soundtracks mentioned in this thread will be added to the archive, which is explained below.


In line with the general goals set out earlier, this thread will feature an extensive archive of game soundtracks released this year. The majority of the soundtracks included will come directly from those voted for and discussed in this thread. For each soundtrack featured, there will be links to several songs for people that would like to try them out. If any soundtrack that should be there is missing, feel free to make a post (or send GhaleonQ or myself a PM) and we’ll add it in. The general format for an entry is as follows:

U.S. title/title from country of origin (databases like VGMDb and online retailers often catalogue by native titles); composers; VGMDb or otherwise helpful link; song titles/links to YouTube, DailyMotion, Nico Nico Doga, or other APPROPRIATE websites

Here are our choices for soundtracks of the year to get you started. Our top 20 are in order (with the top three comprising our votes), followed by the rest of the archive.


Aug 1, 2009

01. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX/Pac-Man Championship Edition DX; Taku Inoue, Toshio Kai, Akitaka Toyama, Hiroshi Okubo, Hiroyuki Kawada, Junko Ozawa; http://vgmdb.net/album/21961
Pac Avenue
Pac Dimensions
Pac Rainbow

02. Gray Matter/Grey Matter; Robert Holmes; http://vgmdb.net/album/21820
David's Theme
Never Going Back (Instrumental Version)
The Vision Laura

03. Super Meat Boy/Super Meat Boy; Danny Baranowsky; http://vgmdb.net/album/21665
Can O' Salt Retro
Forest Funk
Devil 'N' Bass

Scott Pilgrim Versus The World: The Video Game/Scott Pilgrim Versus The World; Anamanaguchi; http://vgmdb.net/album/20713
Another Winter
Leave The Past Behind
Shrine Brothers

VVVVVV/VVVVVV; Magnus Palsson; http://vgmdb.net/album/17623
Passion for Exploring
Potential for Anything
Pressure Cooker

Sonic Colors/Sonic Colors; Kenichi Tokoi, Tomoya Otani, Fumie Kumatani; http://vgmdb.net/album/21444
Aquatic Park Act 1
Planet Wisp Act 1
Terminal Velocity Act 1

Red Dead Redemption/Red Dead Redemption; Bill Elm, Woody Jackson, Jose Gonzalez, Jamie Lidell, Ashtar Command, William Elliot Whitmore, Kreeps, Misterio; http://vgmdb.net/album/22081 http://vgmdb.net/album/21962
Born Unto Trouble
El Club De Los Cuerpos
Far Away

Super Mario Galaxy 2/Super Mario Galaxy 2; Mahito Yokota, Ryo Nagamatsu, Koji Kondo; http://vgmdb.net/album/19454
Cloud Garden
Magma Monster
Lightning Storm Of Clouds

Mass Effect 2/Mass Effect 2; Jack Wall, Sam Hulick, David Kates, Jimmy Hinson, Brian DiDomenico, Sacha Dikiciyan, Cris Velasco, Chris Lennertz; http://vgmdb.net/album/17601 http://vgmdb.net/album/21024 http://vgmdb.net/album/21418 http://vgmdb.net/album/21925 http://vgmdb.net/album/22257 http://vgmdb.net/album/22258
Suicide Mission
The Normandy Reborn

Art Style: Light Trax/Art Style: Light Trax; Suzuki Kazuomi; http://www.nintendo.co.jp/artstyle

Nier/Nier; Keiichi Okabe, Kakeru Ishihama, Keigo Hoashi, Takafumi Nishimura; http://vgmdb.net/album/18248
Radiant Winds Blowing On A Hill
Quicksand Temple
The Lost Forest

Shantae: Risky's Revenge/Shantae: Risky's Revenge; Jake Kaufman; http://vgmdb.net/album/21289
Hall Of Magic
The Labyrinth
Through The Trees

Final Fantasy XIII/Final Fantasy XIII; Masashi Hamauzu; http://vgmdb.net/album/15980 http://vgmdb.net/album/18604 http://vgmdb.net/album/15676 http://vgmdb.net/album/17766
Lightning's Theme
Dreadnought Berserk

Professor Layton And The Unwound Future/Professor Layton And The Last Time Journey; Tomohito Nishiura, Ann Sally; http://vgmdb.net/album/10925
The Research Facility
Professor's Trunk (Minicar)
Theme Of The Last Time Journey

Shank/Shank; Vince De Vera, Jason Garner; http://vgmdb.net/album/20799
Other Side Of The Tracks
Red Lights

Bit.Trip Runner/Bit.Trip Runner; Petrified Productions, Anamanaguchi; http://vgmdb.net/album/20554
Impetus Type B
Triumph Type B

Kirby's Epic Yarn/Yarn Kirby Of The Star; Tomoya Tomita, Jun Ishikawa; http://vgmdb.net/artist/6058 http://vgmdb.net/artist/328 http://vgmdb.net/artist/475
Butter Building
Green Greens
Fangora Boss Battle

Alan Wake/Alan Wake; Petri Alanko; http://vgmdb.net/album/20130 http://vgmdb.net/album/18149
The Poet And The Muse
Tom The Driver
Welcome To Bright Falls

The Oil Blue/The Oil Blue; Jonathan Geer; http://vgmdb.net/album/20220
Reclaiming The Island
The Final Hour

Crossfire/Crossfire; Luke Schneider; http://radiangames.com/?page_id=168


Aug 1, 2009

01. Patchwork Heroes/1,000,000 Tons Of Debris; Hideki Sakamoto; http://vgmdb.net/album/17710
Holding 1,000,000 Tons Of Bravery (Piano), Holding 1,000,000 Tons Of Bravery
Carefree Satisfaction
Strange Battleship

02. Kirby's Epic Yarn/Yarn Kirby Of The Star; Tomoya Tomita, Jun Ishikawa; http://vgmdb.net/artist/6058 http://vgmdb.net/artist/328 http://vgmdb.net/artist/475
Green Greens
Blub-Blub Ocean
Lava Landing

03. Cladun: This Is An R.P.G./Classic Dungeon: Assistance Of The Magic Binding Circle; Kaori Tsutsui, Syntaro Jimbo, Yo Oyama; http://vgmdb.net/album/17649
A Knight Of A Foreign Country, A Knight Of A Foreign Country (8-bit)
Till Dawn, Till Dawn 8-Bit
Crimson-Moonlit Night, Crimson-Moonlit Night 8-Bit

Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger Versus Darkdeath Evilman/Absolute Hero Remodeling Project; Masaharu Iwata, Manabu Namiki, Kimihiro Abe, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Noriyuki Kamikura, Azusa Chiba, Yoshimi Kudo; http://vgmdb.net/album/17282
The World's Demise
Theme Song (Squadron Hero Version)
Last Battle (Chiptune Version)

Valkyria Chronicles II/Valkyria Chronicles 2: Gallian Royal Military Academy; Hitoshi Sakimoto; http://vgmdb.net/album/16703 http://vgmdb.net/album/18270
Farewell, My Academy
Liberation Battle
Autumn In Lanseal

Super Mario Galaxy 2/Super Mario Galaxy 2; Mahito Yokota, Ryo Nagamatsu, Koji Kondo; http://vgmdb.net/album/19454
Squared Timber
Dash Yoshi
Starship Mario 3

Inazuma 11 3/Lightning 11 3: Challenge The World; Yasunori Mitsuda; http://vgmdb.net/artist/146
Miscellaneous 1 (not necessarily the best)
Miscellaneous 2
Miscellaneous 3

Sin And Punishment: Sky Successor/Sin And Punishment: Successor To The Universe; Norio Hanzawa; http://vgmdb.net/artist/1587
Grainy View

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth/Turnabout Prosecutor 1; Noriyuki Iwadare, Yasuko Yamada; http://vgmdb.net/album/13686
Inquiry – Cornered
Announce The Truth
Enemy Who Transgresses The Law - Carnage Onred - Quercus Alba

The Magic Obelisk/Shadow Walker: The Boy's Shadow And The Sprite Of Light; Takahiro Nishi, Keigo Ozaki; http://vgmdb.net/album/17712
The World Of Shadows – Ending
Title Screen
Beyond The Snowfield

Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep/Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep; Yoko Shimomura, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Takeharu Ishimoto; http://vgmdb.net/album/22167
You're A Codfish
Working Together

The King Of Fighters XIII/The King Of Fighters 13; Tetsuhiro Ogawa, Iku Mizutani, Toshihiko Hiraguchi, Tomonao Niiya, Makoto Suehiro, Tasuku Mizutani; http://vgmdb.net/album/19571
Each Promise - Elisabeth Blanctorche - Duo Long - Shen Wu
Tame A Bad Boy - Kap-Hwan Kim - Hwa Jai – Raiden
Diabolosis - Ash Crimson Crazed By Bloodlust

Last Ranker/Last Ranker; Yoko Shimomura; http://vgmdb.net/album/19567
The Flower Blooms On That Bank
Stand On The Earth
The Black Waltz

Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City/Labyrinth Of The World Tree 3: A Visitor From The Star Ocean; Yuzo Koshiro; http://vgmdb.net/album/17639
Unrest - Their Own Brand of Justice
Seascape - Grand Voyage
Waterfall Timberland

Final Fantasy XIII/Final Fantasy XIII; Masashi Hamauzu; http://vgmdb.net/album/15980 http://vgmdb.net/album/18604 http://vgmdb.net/album/15676 http://vgmdb.net/album/17766
Dreadnought Berserk
Blaze Edge
Hope's Theme

Gray Matter/Grey Matter; Robert Holmes; http://vgmdb.net/album/21820
Misleading Signs
David's Theme
The False Laura

Nier/Nier; Keiichi Okabe, Kakeru Ishihama, Keigo Hoashi, Takafumi Nishimura; http://vgmdb.net/album/18248
Kaine – Salvation
Shadowlord's Castle – Memory
City Of Commerce

Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins Of The Moon/Fragile: Farewell, Ruins Of The Moon; Riei Saito; http://vgmdb.net/album/12819
That Is, To Have Trusted
What Would

Blue Roses/Blue Roses: The Fairy And The Blue-Eyed Warriors; Takashi Okamoto; http://vgmdb.net/album/20910

Last Window: The Secret Of Cape West/Last Window: Midnight Memory; Satoshi Okubo; http://vgmdb.net/artist/3560
Sharp Edge
Waking Dream


Aug 1, 2009
3D Dot Game Heroes/3-D Dot Game Heroes; Shinji Hosoe, Ayako Saso, Yosuke Yasui, Shoichiro Sakamoto, Teruo Taniguchi, Takahiro Eguchi, Norihiro Hurukawa; http://vgmdb.net/album/15340
Rejakku Village
Go to the Wilderness
Theme of the Legendary Hero

3D Picross/3-D Picross; Yasumasa Yamada; http://vgmdb.net/artist/3174

999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors/The Absolute Limits Of Escape: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors; Shinji Hosoe; http://vgmdb.net/album/16078
Digital Root
Extreme Extrication
Quinary Game

After Burner Climax/After Burner Climax; Keisuke Tsukahara, Masanori Takeuchi, Fumio Ito, Hiro; http://vgmdb.net/album/4992
After Burner Climax
Volcanic Islands
Return to Base

Akai Katana/Red Katana; Ryu Umemoto; http://vgmdb.net/album/21346
Scabbard Throat
Nirvana Gate
1 Flower Petal

Alchemia/Alchemia; Julian Winter; http://www.julianwinter.de/alchemia
The Den
Computer Mountain Troll

Amnesia: The Dark Descent/Amnesia: The Dark Descent; Mikko Tarmia; http://mikkotarmia.com
Daniel's Ending
Guardian Attack

Arc Rise Fantasia/Arc Rise Fantasia; Yasunori Mitsuda, Shunsuke Tsuchiya, Yuki Harada, Tsuneyoshi Saito; http://vgmdb.net/album/17313
Holy Chorus
Before The Strong One
Rambling Through The Wilderness

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood/Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood; Jesper Kyd; http://vgmdb.net/album/21960 http://vgmdb.net/album/21691
Borgia - The Rulers of Rome
City of Rome
Roman Countryside

Aura-Aura Climber/Sky Jumper Sol; http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/CXbexDvbUXIZv5yr_vcwtndfi3ZzJD0O

Bayonetta/Bayonetta; Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Masami Ueda, Rei Kondo, Norihiko Hibino, Hiro, Erina Niwa, Takayasu Sodeoka, Takahiro Izutani, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Naoto Tanaka, Mitsuharu Fukuyama; http://vgmdb.net/album/15299
Fly Me to the Moon (Climax)
Temperantia - In Foregoing Pleasures
You May Call Me Father

Bejeweled 3/Bejeweled 3; Peter Hajba, Alexander Brandon; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bejeweled_3
Zen Mode

BioShock 2/BioShock 2; Garry Schyman; http://vgmdb.net/album/16399 http://vgmdb.net/album/17879 http://vgmdb.net/album/17878
How She Sees The World
Send Him Howling Back To Hell
Waking Up In 1959

Bit.Trip Fate/Bit.Trip Fate; Petrified Productions, minusbaby; http://vgmdb.net/album/21177
Anger 4
Left Sucka MCs
Patience 2

Blazblue: Continuum Shift/Blazblue: Continuum Shift ; Daisuke Ishiwatari, Yoshihiro Kusano, Norichika Sato, Yugo Sasakura, Ayumi Miyazaki; http://vgmdb.net/album/10946 http://vgmdb.net/album/13173 http://vgmdb.net/album/16134 http://vgmdb.net/album/21314 http://vgmdb.net/album/13668
Tsubaki Yayoi

Blaze Union/Blaze Union: Story To Reach The Future; Shigeki Hayashi; http://vgmdb.net/album/18704
Opening Piece
Iita's Theme
It Has Come, The Hour Of Decision

Call Of Duty: Black Ops/Call Of Duty: Black Ops; Sean Murray; http://vgmdb.net/album/21864

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow/Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow; Oscar Araujo, Claudio Ianni, Alejandro Roman; http://vgmdb.net/album/20762
Final Confrontation
Laura's Mercy
The Ice Titan

Cave Story/Cave Story; Yann Van Der Cruyssen; http://www.nurykabe.com/Intro

Civilization V/Civilization V; Michael Curran, Geoff Knorr, Ian Smith; http://vgmdb.net/album/20168
Catherine (War)
Darius (Peace)
Ramkhamhaeng (Peace)

Criminal Girls/Criminal Girls; Chuji Nagaoka, Junzo Yagami, Junichi Yoshida, Yuzo Koshiro, Noriyuki Kamikura, Kimihiro Abe, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Yoshimi Kudo, Azusa Chiba, Hiroto Sasaki, Nobuyoshi Sano, Takeshi Abo; http://vgmdb.net/album/20419

Dangan Ronpa/Bullet Disputation: The Campus’ Wish And A Hopeless High School Senior ; Masafumi Takada; http://vgmdb.net/album/21515
Beautiful Dead
Box 15
Hopelessness Syndrome

Darius Burst: Another Chronicle/Darius Burst: Another Chronicle; Shohei Tsuchiya, Hisayoshi Ogura, Shohei Tsuchiya, Hirokazu Koshio, Katsuhisa Ishikawa, Yasuhisa Watanabe; http://vgmdb.net/album/21670
Hello 31337
Suite - From Photoconductivity

Deadly Premonition/Red Seeds Profile; Riyo Kinugasa, Takuya Kobayashi, Hiromi Mizutani; http://vgmdb.net/artist/9145 http://vgmdb.net/artist/5937
Life is Beautiful

Deathsmiles II/Deathsmiles 2; Manabu Namiki, Noriyuki Kamikura, Yoshimi Kudo, Natsuko Naito, Tomoko Sasaki; http://vgmdb.net/album/18180 http://vgmdb.net/album/20436

Disgaea Infinite/Disgaea Infinite; Tenpei Sato; http://vgmdb.net/album/6827
Baby Pig
Demon Drops
Sir Laharl's Hymn

Disney Epic Mickey/Epic Mickey; James Dooley; http://vgmdb.net/album/22541
Junk Mountain Throne Room
Vs. Captain Hook

Donkey Kong Country Returns/Donkey Kong Returns; Kenji Yamamoto, Minako Hamano, Masaru Tajima, Shinji Ushiroda, Daisuke Matsuoka; http://vgmdb.net/artist/693 http://vgmdb.net/artist/635 http://vgmdb.net/artist/1720 http://vgmdb.net/artist/6628
Aquatic Ambiance Returns
Fear Factory Returns
Mine Menace

Dot Defense/Dot Defence; Yo Oyama; http://www.prisma.jp/web/products/dotdefense

Dragon Quest IX/Dragon Quest IX: Sentinel Of The Starry Sky; Koichi Sugiyama; http://vgmdb.net/album/13537
The Observatory

Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory/Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory; Koichi Sugiyama; http://sugimania.com

Elemental: War Of Magic/Elemental: War Of Magic; Mason Fisher; http://www.masonfisher.com

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes Of Light/The 4 Heroes Of Light; Naoshi Mizuta; http://vgmdb.net/album/15177
A Strong Enemy
Another Space
The Adventure Doesn't End

Front Mission Evolved/Front Mission: Evolved; Garry Schyman; http://vgmdb.net/album/21327

God Of War III/God Of War III; Gerard Marino, Ron Fish, Mike Reagan, Jeff Rona, Cris Velasco; http://vgmdb.net/album/18272
Anthem of the Dead
Poseidon's Wrath
Revenge Falling

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn/Golden Sun: The Black Dawn; Motoi Sakuraba; http://vgmdb.net/artist/166
Belinsk Opera House
Journey's Beginning Battle

Gran Turismo 5/Grand Tourer 5; Keiji Inai, Masahiro Ando ; http://vgmdb.net/album/21975 http://vgmdb.net/album/21995 http://vgmdb.net/album/22443

Halo: Reach/Halo: Reach; Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori, C. Paul Johnson, Stan LePard, Ivan Ives; http://vgmdb.net/album/20879
The Pillar of Autumn
Winter Contingency

Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar/Farm Story: Welcome To The Wind Bazaar; ?; http://www.bokumono.com/series/kazebaza

Harvest Moon: Hero Of Leaf Valley/Farm Story: Sugar Village And Everyone's Wish; ?; http://www.bokumono.com/series/sugarmin

Heavy Rain/Heavy Rain; Normand Corbeil; http://vgmdb.net/album/18123
Before the Storm
Ethan Mars
Lauren Winters

Infinite Space/Infinite Space; Masafumi Takada; http://vgmdb.net/album/13619
Setting Off
The Universe in Despair

Ivy The Kiwi/Ivy The Kiwi; Takase, Yam; http://b.bngi-channel.jp/kiwi http://www.ivythekiwi.com
Sky Of The Phoenix
Rat Woods
Lively Town

Keroro R.P.G./Frog R.P.G.: The Knight, The Samurai, And The Legendary Pirate Motoi Sakuraba http://vgmdb.net/artist/166

Ketsui Kizuna Jigoku Tachi Extra; Manabu Namiki; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketsui:_Kizuna_Jigoku_Tachi
Defensive Line - Lurk in the Darkness (Stage 4)
EVAC Industry - Judgment Day (Stage 5)
Interception - Noisy Town (Stage 1)

Mario Versus Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem/Mario Versus Donkey Kong 4: Mini-Land Assault; Lawrence Schwedler; http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/v2gj http://mariovsdk.nintendo.com/#/home
Something Sweet
Super Skywheel


Aug 1, 2009
Medal Of Honor/Medal Of Honor 2010; Ramin Djawadi; http://vgmdb.net/album/21240
High Ground

Mega Man 10/Rockman 10; III, Manami Matsumae, Yasuaki Fujita, Minae Fujii, Mari Yamaguchi, Yuko Takehara, Makoto Tomozawa, Shusaku Uchiyama, Akari Kaida, Takashi Tateishi; http://vgmdb.net/album/17834
Cybersheep's Dream
Desert Commando
Dr. Wily Machine

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker/Metal Gear: Peace Walker; Akihiro Honda, Nobuko Toda, Kazuma Jinnouchi, Jeremy Soule, Norihiko Hibino, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Todd Haberman, Takahiro Izutani; http://vgmdb.net/album/17314 http://vgmdb.net/album/20426 http://vgmdb.net/album/17335
Little Brother

Metroid: Other M/Metroid: Other M; Kuniaki Haishima; http://vgmdb.net/artist/1655
Title Theme
Vs. Vorash

Napoleon: Total War/Napoleon: Total War; Richard Beddow; http://lostvgm.com/vgmrush/artist.php?name=Richard Beddow
Campaign Map (Choir)
Naval Battle
Title Screen

Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting/NeoGeo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting; Yohei Shiokawa; http://vgmdb.net/album/19228

New Chapter Of Yakuza: Black Panther/Like A Dragon: Black Panther; Mitsuharu Fukuyama, Hidenori Shoji, Hyd Lunch, Sachie Sugawara, skankfunk, Itsuki Onagi, Kentaro Ishii, Koji Kinoshita, Eigo Natsui; http://vgmdb.net/album/21421

No Heroes Allowed/For A Hero, You're Quite Impertinent 3; Hideki Sakamoto, Takeshi Hama; http://vgmdb.net/album/17709

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle/No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle; Masatomo "VARI" Komakine, Jun Fukuda, FIBER JELLY, Kazuhiro Goto, Taku Yoshioka, Ryo Watanabe, Masafumi Takada, MACHINE HEAD, MARU, Yusuke Komori, Masahiko Hagio, Tomohiro Shirai, KIYO-SICK; http://vgmdb.net/album/21376
Dr. Touchdown
Feet on the Air
Sling Shot

Pang: Magical Michael/Magical Pan; ?; http://www.risingstargames.com/games/pang-magical-michael-nds.html

Phantasy Star Portable 2/Phantasy Star Portable 2; Hideaki Kobayashi, Takuya Yasuda, Kota Nakashima, Kenichi Tokoi; http://vgmdb.net/album/16310

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver/Pocket Monsters: HeartGold & SoulSilver; Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda, Morikazu Aoki, Shota Kageyama, Hitomi Sato, Satoshi Nohara; http://vgmdb.net/album/15237
Game Corner
Vs. Frontier Brain
Vs. Kanto Gym Leader

Pop'n Music 18/Pop'n Music 18: Civil War Chronicle; Hiroshi Shibazaki, Wataru Ujihara, YOFFY, Yuuya, Yoshiki Mizuno, Taiji Sato, Kenta Matsukuma, Tetsuya Komuro; http://vgmdb.net/album/19575

Pop'n Music 19/Pop'n Music 19: Tune Street; http://www.bemanistyle.com/index.ph...p-n-music-19-tune-street-yeah-that-works-1988 ; http://www.konami.jp/bemani/popn/music19

Resonance Of Fate/End Of Eternity; Kohei Tanaka, Motoi Sakuraba; http://vgmdb.net/album/17775
Battle to Pay the Debt
Cardinal's Manor
Fire After Fire

Rune Factory 3/Rune Factory 3; Tomoko Morita; http://vgmdb.net/artist/579

Sam And Max: The Devil's Playhouse/Sam And Max In The Devil's Playhouse; Jared Emerson-Johnson; http://www.basound.com
Stinky's Diner
Driving Montage
Max's Interior

Sands Of Destruction/World Destruction: Guided Purposes; Yoshihiro Ike; http://vgmdb.net/album/11097
Special Battle
World Map

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey/Goddess Reincarnation: Strange Journey; Shoji Meguro; http://vgmdb.net/album/15405
An Honor Befitting That Name
The Fear of God

Shining Hearts/Shining Hearts; Hiroki Kikuta; http://vgmdb.net/album/21896

Shiren The Wanderer 3/Shiren The Wanderer: The Sleeping Princess' Tricky Castle; Hayato Matsuo, Koichi Sugiyama; http://www.chunsoft.co.jp/games/shiren3/psp

Shiren The Wanderer 4/Shiren The Wanderer: The Demon's Navel And The God's Eye; Hayato Matsuo, Koichi Sugiyama; http://www.chunsoft.co.jp/games/shiren4/ds

Shiren The Wanderer 5/Shiren The Wanderer: The Fortune Tower And The Dice Of Fate; Hayato Matsuo, Koichi Sugiyama; http://www.chunsoft.jp/shiren5

Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces/The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces; Nakamura Kazuhiro; http://vgmdb.net/artist/1675
Critical Briefing
First Sky Duel

Solatorobo/Solatorobo; Chikayo Fukuda; http://vgmdb.net/album/20418
Tomorrow Will Come
And Then, To Coda
The Mission's Absolute Value

Sonic Free Riders/Sonic Free Riders; Tomonori Sawada, Koji Sakurai, Jun Senoe; http://vgmdb.net/album/21988
Final Factory
Frozen Forest
Magma Rift

Space Invaders Infinity Gene/Space Invaders Infinity Gene; Hirokazu Koshio, SoundWave; http://vgmdb.net/album/13019 http://vgmdb.net/album/15009 http://vgmdb.net/album/22058
Strategy (Evolution)

Starcraft 2/Starcraft 2; Glenn Stafford, Derek Duke, Russell Brower, Neal Acree, Cris Velasco, Sascha Dikiciyan; http://vgmdb.net/album/18675
Protoss 1
Terran 4
Zerg 2

Super Street Fighter 4/Street Fighter 4 2; Hideyuki Fukasawa; http://vgmdb.net/album/11474 http://vgmdb.net/album/12113 http://vgmdb.net/album/17782
Cammy Theme
Festival At The Old Temple
Hakan Theme

Supreme Commander 2/Supreme Commander 2; Howard Mostrom ; http://howardmostrom.com/Home.html

Tatsunoko Versus Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars/Tatsunoko Versus Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars; Yasumasa Kitagawa, Kota Suzuki, Akihiko Narita, Reo Uratani; http://vgmdb.net/artist/1548 http://vgmdb.net/artist/5560 http://vgmdb.net/artist/6013

The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom/The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom; David Stanton; http://benjaminstanton.com
Circular Conclusions
Just Desserts
Savory Salutations

The Polynomial: Space Of The Music/The Polynomial: Space Of The Music; Dmytry Lavrov; http://dmytry.com/index.html
Ton of Reverb

The Whispered World/The Whispered World; Periscope Studio Hamburg; http://vgmdb.net/album/22561
Kalida's Deep Sleep
Main Theme

Trauma Team/Hospital: 6 Doctors; Atsushi Kitajo, Ryota Koduka, Shoji Meguro; http://vgmdb.net/album/19932
A Brighter Day
Diagnostics ~ Mind and Machine
First Response ~ Critical Moments

Umineko No Naku Koro Ni - Chiru; http://vgmdb.net/album/20162
Final Answer

Utacchi/Utacchi; http://www.bemanistyle.com/index.php/news/utacchi-released-1711 ; http://www.konami.jp/products/utacchi/index.html

Vanquish/Vanquish; Erina Niwa, Masafumi Takada, Masakazu Sugimori; http://vgmdb.net/album/20640
Monorail Battle
Red and Blue

WarioWare: Do-It-Yourself /To Be; Made In Wario; Naoko Mitome, Masanobu Matsunaga, Yasuhisa Baba ; http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/uorj/index.html http://www.wariowarediy.com
Jimmy's Aerobics

What Did I Do To Deserve This My Lord/For A Hero, You're Quite Impertinent 2; Takeshi Hama; http://vgmdb.net/album/10469

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm; Russell Brower, Derek Duke, Glenn Stafford, David Arkenstone, Neal Acree, Jason Hayes; http://vgmdb.net/album/20763
Guardians of Nordrassil

Xenoblade/Xenoblade; Yoko Shimomura, ACE+, Manami Kiyota, Yasunori Mitsuda ; http://vgmdb.net/album/18946
Confrontation with the Enemy
Eruyt Sea

Yakuza 3/Like A Dragon 3; Hidenori Shoji, Kentaro Koyama, Takahiro Kai, Hiroyoshi Kato, Love Sound System, Yoshio Tsuru, Hideki Sakamoto; http://vgmdb.net/album/11409
Clay Doll on the Cradle
Entrance to the Chaos
Pure Malice

Ys 7/Ys 7; Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga, Saki Momiyama, Masanori Osaki; http://vgmdb.net/album/15682

Zac To Ombra: Maboroshi No Yuenchi/Zac And Ombra: The Amusement Park Of Illusion; Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Kimihiro Abe, Noriyuki Kamikura, Yoshimi Kudo, Azusa Chiba; http://vgmdb.net/artist/620 http://vgmdb.net/artist/621 http://vgmdb.net/artist/1826 http://vgmdb.net/artist/1824 http://vgmdb.net/artist/1827
May 2, 2008
1. Nier
2. Final Fantasy XIII
3. Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep

Honorable mention: Heavy Rain, it's got some really good pieces in there that are very memorable, Mars in particular

Honestly I don't think this will be even close, if the last soundtrack thread is anything to go by - Nier will win by a large margin, and so it should :) Almost entirely vocal soundtrack is just wonderful!

Some favourites from Nier;
Blu Bird
The Ultimate Weapon
Emil / Sacrifice
Kaine / Escape

The whole soundtrack is stunning, and I can listen to it happily on my Ipod


Aug 24, 2006
Milwaukee/Wisconsin Rapids/Hanover
Whew. Nert is pretty far ahead in the workload, so I'm doing the sums at the end.

Hopefully, people aren't burned out from previous topics. Even if you are, feel free to browse the choices for stuff you haven't played. Ideally, favorite soundtracks shouldn't just be a narrower subset of your favorite games. You should explore a bit. That's why we made the topic this way.

Tell us if it gets unwieldy and at what point you'd limit the archive. 75? 100? 125?

1st thought: it's way more readable than I thought it'd be.


Jun 26, 2005
Are we allowed to post links to samples from what we vote for? I don't want to bog my post down with links, I just thought it would be cool to maybe link to a specific track that stands out.


Aug 24, 2006
Milwaukee/Wisconsin Rapids/Hanover
brandonh83 said:
Are we allowed to post links to samples from what we vote for? I don't want to bog my post down with links, I just thought it would be cool to maybe link to a specific track that stands out.

Definitely! Just emulate what we did. Since this doesn't matter THAT much, I don't really care how you do it. timetokill's strictness is necessary; this is just for education. I'm counting individually.


Aug 1, 2009
brandonh83 said:
Are we allowed to post links to samples from what we vote for? I don't want to bog my post down with links, I just thought it would be cool to maybe link to a specific track that stands out.

Absolutely, as long as it's still easy to read your top three choices.


hide your water-based mammals
Jan 18, 2007
The Confederate United States of America
1. Nier; Keiichi Okabe, Kakeru Ishihama, Keigo Hoashi, Takafumi Nishimura

2. Ys: The Oath in Felghana; Mieko Ishikawa, Masaaki Kawai

3. Red Dead Redemption; Bill Elm, Woody Jackson, Jose Gonzalez, Jamie Lidell, Ashtar Command, William Elliot Whitmore, Kreeps

Will edit more later.


Aug 24, 2006
Milwaukee/Wisconsin Rapids/Hanover
I will say that Cladun's my "objective" pick for best of the year, if you just want to try 1. It's back-to-front-awesome South American work. Plus, there's an in-game 8-bit version. I just prefer the styles of Kirby and Patchwork Heroes more.


Aug 24, 2006
Milwaukee/Wisconsin Rapids/Hanover
Oh, that reminds me. Post thoughts on soundtracks that aren't "original." Should arcade games be excluded if they'll definitely come to console? Should remake soundtracks count if they're significantly remade (Ys, Pokemon, Cave games)? Should arranged albums count? What if they're arranged albums that aren't tied to a game release?

I'd include Lunar and Guwange this year if I wanted to do it, and Nert definitely does and would have chosen Pokemon Generation 2.


Mar 26, 2007

1) Nier
2) Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
3) Layton and the Unwound Future

honorable mentions:

1) Red Dead Redemption
2) Mass Effect 2
3) Deadly Premonition
4) Bayonetta


May 4, 2006
San Francisco

1. Halo : Reach

* Winter Contingency
* Pillar of Autumn
* Ashes

2. Read Dead Redemption

* Triggernometry
* Far Away

3. Assassins Creed: Brotherhood

* Roman Countryside
* City of Rome


May 3, 2009
1. Final Fantasy 13 ; Hamauzu once again managed to make an amazing score but sadly for me unlike FF10 this game was flawed. I wish I enjoyed this game half as much I enjoyed 10 the first time playing through because the music would have had that much more impact on me.

2. Alan Wake ; Unique style of instrumental work that fit well with the environment at hand. Also the parts in the game that used tracks from Poets of the Fall made you feel badass. IE
The stage scene and when "War" played in the warehouse on the radio.

3. Assassins Creed : Brotherhood ; Love hearing Jasper's tracks while running around Rome just as I loved his work in 2.


Canadians burned my passport
May 10, 2006
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
2. Scott Pilgrim Versus The World: The Video Game
3. Mass Effect 2


Jul 10, 2009
2./Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

Honorable mentions
-999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
-Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney Investigations
-BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

EDIT: Added 999 to honorable mentions.


erotic butter maelstrom
Dec 15, 2008

Looks like you already have the links covered, but these tunes get stuck in my head.

"Passion for Exploring" GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD

2. Red Dead Redemption

RDR needed a badass western style soundtrack, and they nailed it. Sets the mood.

"Born Unto Trouble" - so perfect

3. Super Mario Galaxy 2

So far I like it even more than the first, a soundtrack worth of the game.
"Cosmic Cove", my favorite single song of the year.

Super Meat Boy has an amazing soundtrack as well, but I can't drop any of those tree


Aug 1, 2009
Oh, as a brief remark on updates, they will take place on a roughly daily schedule. In general, there will be changes made to the formatting (mostly to reduce url address clutter), videos will be provided for games that don't have any yet, and any new soundtracks brought up by posters will be incorporated. The final version of this archive will be included in the eventual results thread as well.


Oct 22, 2006
1. Gray Matter
2. Heavy Rain
3. Final Fantasy XIII

those three really stuck out to me. I really liked AC Brotherhood and Halo Reach along with a few other different scores but the top 3 won out


Sep 17, 2006
Puerto Rico
Main choices:
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2
2. Kirby's Epic Yarn
3. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

Honorable Mentions:
The Force Unleashed II
Fable 3
Halo Reach

DJ Hero 2
Rock Band 3
Guitar Hero Warriors of rock