Video games are great. Music is great. Therefore video game music is great. It's simple math folks. I've played a lot of games in my time, but it wasn't until later in life that I really started appreciating the music that accompanied what I was playing. I've been listening to a lot of video game music lately and so I've decided to share some of my personal favorite tracks, along with fan remixes of most of them. I've tried to pick tracks from different eras of gaming so as not to just have a full list of SNES tracks, which would be easy enough to do on its own. Here we go!
Mega Man X - Armored Armadillo's Theme
Mega Man X is one of my favorite games. Growing up it was probably the game that I played through the most. It's full of great tracks to compliment its excellent gameplay and visuals. Armored Armadillo's stage is home to probably my favorite track from this entry and when you hear it I'm sure you'll understand why. If that alone isn't enough for you then have a listen to an awesome OCRemix of this track by clicking HERE.
Dark Souls - Gwyn, Lord of Cinder
Dark Souls is a pretty fantastic game, as I'm sure most of you already know. A game with such a dark and lonely atmosphere needs an equally mood setting soundtrack. The most amazing placement of a piece of music in this game, in my opinion, is that of Gwyn's theme while fighting him. The context of this track is what really makes it shine. Making your entire way through the game to finally meet with Gwyn and have your climactic final battle with this wonderful track playing in the background is perfectly haunting. As before, you can listen to a fan remix by clicking HERE.
Sonic Adventure 2/Sonic Generations - Escape from the City
The Sonic series is full of great tracks but this ridiculously fun song is by far my favorite. It's used in both Sonic Adventure 2 and its equivalent stage in Sonic Generations and it is a blast to have going while you're "rolling around at the speed of sound." This song hypes me up so much that I listen to it at the gym from time to time.
Transistor - We All Become
Really this spot could be pretty much any track that has been in either game from Supergiant Games. Darren Korb is absolutely brilliant with his music in both Bastion and Transistor and Ashley Barrett's vocals are always beautiful. The music in each game is so unique and Transistor really nailed it with these amazing tracks that fit both as a piece of a video game soundtrack as well as fitting into the canon of the game through the protagonist, Red, being a singer herself.
Final Fantasy 6 - Decisive Battle
Final Fantasy is another series that is full the brim with great tracks, from battle music to character themes, but Final Fantasy 6 has always stood out as my favorite and this particular track has always stayed in my memory. This really does nail down the fantastic boss fights you'll get to experience through the game and the track manages to both make the threat known to you as well as get you pumped to put an end to your adversary. In lieu of a fan remix for this one, how about a Smooth McGroove rendition? It can be found HERE.
Persona 4 - Heartbeat, Heartbreak
I went far too long in my life before playing Persona 4. I played Persona 3 when the Vita came out thanks to the PSP backwards compatibility, but it wasn't until P4 Golden that I finally got to play this amazing game. I enjoyed P4 so much that I played through it in its entirety over the course of 5 or 6 days, and that's about a 70 hour game. I practically lived the life of the protagonist for that week. Both 3 and 4 have some great tracks but this one really has me chilling out when walking around Inaba. For a great rendition of this track, you can listen to Destructoid's own Dale North perform it HERE.
Chrono Trigger - Corridors of Time
Ah, Chrono Trigger. It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that this is probably my favorite game of all time. I've even been considering doing an in depth write up about exactly why that is. I'll try not to gush too much over it here, but the music, along with everything else in Chrono Trigger, is amazing. This track has stuck with me through the years without fail; a mysterious and magical track for the equally mysterious and magical kingdom of Zeal. For an incredible fan rendition of this track click HERE.
[Honorable Mention] Dragon's Dogma - Into Free
You can say you hate it, but deep down I know you love it.
Well that's all for now folks, I hope you've enjoyed listening!