Kinda surprised there isn’t a video game soundtrack thread already!
I love the mix of imagination and functionality that a lot of soundtracks have because of the technological limits of the consoles, anyway here is a few of my favourites to start:
Regularly just put on a walk-through of this or IRL footage of dolphins with this soundtrack on in the background. It’s a masterpiece eh?
Or Shackleton on the N64 as I like to think of it. I don’t really like first person shooters and I didn’t have an N64 growing up but I mind seeing Turok at a pals and just being shit scared, probably because of this soundtrack.
“look up a video on aquatic life, mute the vid, put up this song, enjoy a half hour of soothing, relaxing, nostalgia while admiring marine animals.” - top YouTube comment, yup.
Actually the only game here that I had growing up and the first FFX I actually completed. I played FF VII but was too young to really know what was going on just thought the characters were cool. I couldn’t afford 8 or 9, so it was a big deal for me when I finally got a PS2, and FFX was one of the few games I bought and owned for it. It get’s a lot of slack, but I love it, and the soundtrack, although it’s total cheese in parts is up there with my favourites.
So much of my enjoyment of soundtracks has been discovering games later in life that I had no chance of playing growing up. This is so romantic and lovely and it makes me nostalgic for a childhood of playing games and watching anime (that I didn’t really have). Hoping that my laptop is good enough to play this now it’s just about to get re-released, but then again maybe it’s better to just leave it to imagination!