Soundtrack Central The best of VGM and other great soundtracks

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Ashley Winchester Nov 12, 2016

I've been checking out some fighting game soundtracks lately and been finding some good stuff:

Mortal Kombat (GEN)
- forgot how iconic this sounded (SNES audio was disappointing IMO)
Mortal Kombat II (SNES)
- big leap over how the first game sounded on the SNES
Mortal Kombat III (SNES)
- I talked about this one earlier

AND

Primal Rage (SNES)
- this game completely blows but I forgot that the music is pretty good.

The funny thing is I checked out the disc releases for all these and I honestly like the game rips more. Again, the SNES sound chip is damn fine so that's not a surprise, but at least I won't have to shell out for any expensive, OOP discs.

I also like Street Fighter Alpha 2 on the SNES, but considering I've talked about that one already as well I'm alone on that one.

FuryofFrog Nov 13, 2016

I have a great love of fighting game soundtracks. If you get a chance give Weaponlord on the SNES by Brian Schmidt as listen. It is freakin' sublime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5bTUOx … 2DAE47A884

I never realized that Primal Rage got a disc release.

I really wish that ripping spc was a little easier though. The songs don't loop properly most of the time so you are bound by the original file to rip the exact length. Sometimes that means the song is woefully short.

Clayfighter 1 & 2 for SNES also had a pretty fun soundtrack.

Ashley Winchester Nov 14, 2016

FuryofFrog wrote:

Clayfighter 1 & 2 for SNES also had a pretty fun soundtrack.

Speaking of these, yeah, I like C2's music, but I can't seem to find the spc. files for it. I would think someone ripped them because the music is on youtube and people usually use spcs when they made those videos.

layzee Nov 14, 2016 (edited Nov 14, 2016)

Crappy fighting game x decent music thread?

"Rise of the Robots" (SNES) qualifies. Pretty good techno/mechanical-based tunes.

"Killer Instinct" (SNES) is actually a decent effort gameplay-wise (by Western-developed fighting game standards) but still crappy. The music is a nice variety ranging from gothic (Sabrewulf stage), hip hop (TJ Combo), techno (Fulgore), or just plain metal (Cinder, Main Theme).

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters" has an electronic/dance/techno soundtrack by Miki Higashino (Gensou Suikoden) surprisingly enough. The best track (April O'Neil stage) sounds like something Yuzo Koshiro could have done.

I'd also mention the Gundam Wing fighting game but I already mentioned that in one of your other threads, plus it's actually a good game so it doesn't fit above.

The_Paladin Nov 14, 2016

Seems a little strange to only mention SNES when you have the Soul Calibur series and Tekken series (both of which always put out quality soundtracks) and plenty of Neo Geo fighting classics, but in particular the arrange albums from The King of Fighters series.

Ashley Winchester Nov 15, 2016

The_Paladin wrote:

Seems a little strange to only mention SNES

Well, I was digging through SPCs sets for games I grew up with. When it comes to the soul series I have the Khan Super Session.

Amazingu Nov 15, 2016

layzee wrote:

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters" has an electronic/dance/techno soundtrack by Miki Higashino (Gensou Suikoden) surprisingly enough. The best track (April O'Neil stage) sounds like something Yuzo Koshiro could have done.

The game itself is terrible, but the soundtrack is pretty great, yeah.
The SNES version is completely different and has both a great soundtrack AND great gameplay.

Ashley Winchester Nov 17, 2016

The_Paladin wrote:

the Soul Calibur series

I'm not trying to pick a fight here, but am I the only one who kind of hates it when people call the Soul Series the "Soul Calibur series"? I know you're not doing it intentionally, but when you say "Soul Calibur series" I can't help but get the thought in my head that this phrase is negating the original Soul Blade.

I also know this is just a figment of my imagination, but I feel so many people (way too many people) completely forget the first game because it doesn't have "Calibur" in the name. Yes, I know many people probably have more fond memories of the first Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast, but damn it, I really like the original game and it looks phenomenal for PS1 game. It's probably the best weapons-based fighter on the system.

Okay, rant over. Also, because I mentioned Soul Blade I have to plug Star Gladiator, the second best weapon based fighter on the PS1.

(Note: To Ehrgeiz and Bushido Blade fans, I don't consider those games to be in the same exact category as Soul Blade and Star Gladiator.)

Jodo Kast Nov 17, 2016

Ashley Winchester wrote:

I also know this is just a figment of my imagination, but I feel so many people (way too many people) completely forget the first game because it doesn't have "Calibur" in the name. Yes, I know many people probably have more fond memories of the first Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast, but damn it, I really like the original game and it looks phenomenal for PS1 game. It's probably the best weapons-based fighter on the system.

Had Soul Calibur not been a Dreamcast launch game and showcase title, then I may have not ever played it. The fact that there was an earlier game in the series was not evident in the marketing campaign. I had actually heard of Soul Blade before buying a Dreamcast, but I didn't know there was a connection. A guy I worked with told me about his addiction to that game one summer.

Ashley Winchester Nov 17, 2016

Jodo Kast wrote:

Had Soul Calibur not been a Dreamcast launch game and showcase title, then I may have not ever played it.

I probably should have made this clearer above, but I understand why this made Soul Calibur more attractive. It was a killer app in the early going for the Dreamcast. It's just that so many features people loved Soul Calibur for have roots in Soul Blade that I wish a little more attention was paid attention to the latter.

The_Paladin Nov 17, 2016

I started with Soul Blade myself and loved that, but the whole swap between Edge and Blade had something to do with a lawsuit and so they made Calibur purposely misspelled so they could keep the series and not worry about frivolous lawsuits over the name.  So, they purposely wanted to make it the Calibur series.

Ashley Winchester Nov 17, 2016

The_Paladin wrote:

I started with Soul Blade myself and loved that, but the whole swap between Edge and Blade had something to do with a lawsuit and so they made Calibur purposely misspelled so they could keep the series and not worry about frivolous lawsuits over the name.  So, they purposely wanted to make it the Calibur series.

I did not know that. Interesting. I always wondered why Edge became Blade, and yeah, I guess misspelling Calibur would dodge a lot a copyright landmines.

Amazingu Nov 18, 2016

I thought Soul Edge/Blade was great, but I never really got into the rest of the series.
Even music-wise, I think Edge/Blade is by far the best of the bunch, although SC3 was really good too.

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