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Adam Corn Dec 4, 2017

Now that 2017 is drawing to a close let's hear everyone's favorite video game soundtrack from the year. Any new game music album released in 2017 is eligible - physical, digital, OST, official arrange, or fan arranged album.

For those of you who don't have a set-in-stone ranking for the year (there are a few weeks left to go after all), I encourage you to go ahead and throw out some early favorites so other readers can have a chance to check them out and perhaps add them to their own lists. Looking forward to hearing what comes out!

Results will be tallied January 30, 2018.

Adam Corn Dec 4, 2017 (edited Jan 28, 2018)

LOTS of catching up to do for the year but here's an early shortlist of my own favorites.

1. The Legend of Zelda 30th Anniversary Concert
2. Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Original Soundtrack
3. Distant Worlds IV: More Music from Final Fantasy
4. Horizon Zero Dawn Original Soundtrack
5. Valkyria: Azure Revolution Original Soundtrack
6. Rez Infinite Original Soundtrack
7. Rage Racer Remix -The 20th Anniv. Sounds-

Amazingu Dec 4, 2017

Only 3 real standouts for me this year, but they're all great:

1. NieR:Automata

I'm including the extra 8-bit CD in this as well, since it's part of the game's soundtrack.
What should I even say? It's NieR!
If you've played the original, you know the music is amazing, and this is every bit a worthy successor.

2. Persona 5

Another no-brainer.
You know you're getting quality music with Persona, and I love that Meguro went for a slightly more jazzy style instead of the usual J-pop. The new singer (sorry, I forget her name) has a much nicer voice and better English pronunciation too, so that's also a nice plus.

3. Flinthook

AKA the most underrated game of the year.
Maybe I got hooked (teehee) on the soundtrack because I loved the game so much, because it's fairly standard retro-styled chiptune stuff, but it found its way into my regular rotation somehow.
More than anything, I just want more people to be aware of this game. It rocks!

The_Paladin Dec 8, 2017

Definitely agree with NieR Automata and Persona 5.  I'll add in Bravewave's releases for Ninja Gaiden 1~3 and Pyre.  I know I'm forgetting stuff so probably need to edit later...

XLord007 Dec 20, 2017

1. Project Octopath Traveler - I know it's not eligible, but the demo had far and away the best new game music I've heard this year.

jb Dec 20, 2017 (edited Dec 20, 2017)

1. Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Original Soundtrack - Really enjoyed the new arrangements. Seems to be some general complaint about the lack of a live brass section, but I am PERFECTLY fine with that since I dislike most brass tones anyway.

2. Piano Collections Final Fantasy XV: Moonlit Melodies - Was disappointed that this album only had a handful of new songs (a lot were previously released on other albums/bonuses), but overall is a great album.

3. Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- Album - I liked this album far better than I liked Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath- Album, it just sounded much fuller to me.

4. Ganbare Goemon Sound Treasure Box - While not a complete box set (missing the N64/PS and beyond games) it's still a massive retrospective look at the Ganbare Goemon series from the beginning, many of which either never saw actual releases or are very old and rare. Coupled with the fact that Goemon has had very limited exposure in the West this was an amazing opportunity to get acquainted with the music and the series and I am very thankful it was released. Hopefully they will do another box set with the newer era games!

5. Brave Frontier Original Soundtrack Complete Box - I picked this up on a random whim with no prior knowledge of the series or the composer and really fell in love with it. It is relatively simple melodies and music but it feels like a throwback to the SNES era. Hikoshi Hashimoto is someone I will be watching going forward.

6. Distant Worlds IV: More Music from Final Fantasy - Overall pretty satisfied with this release. My previous comments ( … asy/tp8434) still mostly apply.

I still have a few releases from late 2017 ordered that won't ship before the deadline, so I don't know how they fare, but they are:

- SaGa Orchestra Concert 2016
- Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert
- Lost Sphear Original Soundtrack
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Promo Soundtrack

Releases in 2018 I'm looking forward to:

- Ni no Kuni II
- Seiken Densetsu 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert CD
- Secret of Mana Arrange Tracks from the new remake

The_Paladin Dec 21, 2017

Not sure how I managed not to list Cuphead, definitely agree that should be considered for top contention.  A couple indie game ones:
- Rakuen
- Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment
- Night in the Woods

Moses Jan 1, 2018

1. Cuphead Original Soundtrack

2. NieR:Automata Original Soundtrack



5. Distant Worlds IV: More Music from Final Fantasy

Adam Corn Jan 3, 2018

Happy new year everyone. Hope you all have good things in store for 2018!

I've extended the year-end poll till Jan 15 so everyone (myself included) can have a bit more time to catch up on some 2017 releases they may have missed. Those of you who have submitted picks already, feel free to edit them at any time (preferably before the tally date), and those of you who have yet to do so I hope will add some favorites as well!

Of the picks so far I won't be including Brave Frontier OST Complete Box or Project Octopath Traveler in the "official" results as the former I believe was a 2016 release and the latter has yet to have an album release of any sort. jb, feel free to add Brave Frontier to your 2016 picks if you like, and XLord007, I'm sure you'll have a full OST for Project Octopath Traveler to look forward to in 2018.

jb Jan 3, 2018

There were 2 extra discs in the Brave Frontier Box that came out in 2017 ( It is strange that they released 2/3 of a box and then added on to it a year later. I think I'm the only one voting for it anyway so no big deal tongue.

My release schedule is usually loosely based on years anyway, since I end up listening to late year stuff in the following year, either due to bulk ordering and receiving them late, or just not picking up on something in my listening backlog for a few months tongue

Qui-Gon Joe Jan 14, 2018

1. NieR: Automata Original Soundtrack - Easily one of my favorite game OSTs of all time, not just 2017 - easy pick for number one.  Shameless plug for my super long post here that nobody replied to ;_;

2. Yooka-Laylee Original Game Soundtrack - Just finished this game on Switch, and while the game isn't super spectacular (still fun and scratched a certain itch), the music is classic Rare material.  Kirkhope does the regular level/boss music, Wise does the minecart minigames, and Burke does the retro stuff.  I do wish they'd let Burke do more orchestral-type stuff, as Kameo is still one of my favorite OSTs, but oh well.

3. VALKYRIA : Azure Revolution Original Soundtrack - All my thoughts here: … ost/tp8443

Mitsuda is definitely back bringing his A game these days - I sooo desperately want a Xenoblade 2 full OST release (has any Mitsuda-helmed project NOT gotten a CD since he started Sleigh Bells?)

4. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - The Official Soundtrack - More Grant Kirkhope goodness, this time with a live orchestra.  Surprised by the lack of old Mario themes remixed in this one.  Anyone play the game and know if they just left those off the soundtrack release, or are there just none?

5. Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- Album - There were two KH orchestra albums released this year, but this was the one you had to pick up at the concerts.  A shame, since I prefer this one to the one that got a retail release (both are good, though).

6. Cuphead Original Soundtrack - Yeah, what can I say that hasn't already been said?  Love this soundtrack and love/hate the game.  I bought it and have been making friends better at video games play through it since I am AWFUL at it, but I love everything else about the game.

7. New Danganronpa V3 OST White/Black - I didn't quite know how to include this since I see the soundtrack as one full thing - I also am torn because there's a lot of reused (or only very slightly arranged) music in the game from previous OSTs.  That said, it's a great soundtrack to a game that I thought was mostly super awesome (with some very significant caveats near the end).

8. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA BREATH OF THE WILD SOUND SELECTION - Beautiful music from what is now probably my favorite video game of all time.  Simply criminal that this isn't getting a full OST release alongside Mario, but I like pretty much everything on this disc that came with the LE of the game.

9. GRAVITY DAZE 2 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK - Haven't given this as much time as I know it deserves, but I'm waiting until I've played the game to listen to more.  More brilliant stuff after the first one was a surprise hit for me.  A bit wary of the game itself from what I've heard, but the OST is definitely a winner!

10. FINAL FANTASY XIV Orchestral Arrangement Album - If this album had been longer, it probably would have ended up higher on my list.  I really enjoyed these arrangements, and I still am in love with everything related to the FFXIV soundtrack (The Far Edge of Fate ALMOST made this list this year for me, but I gave the edge to the album that's actually on a CD instead of a stupid Bluray).

Qui-Gon Joe Jan 14, 2018

I should also mention that my list could theoretically change if some of the stuff I have but haven't really had time to get into is as good as the samples I've heard.  Horizon, Persona 5, and Rime are all soundtracks I think I'm probably going to love, but have heard VERY little of so far!

Pellasos Jan 18, 2018 (edited Jan 18, 2018)


Persona 5

Gravity Rush 2


surprised i can list that many. I'm always behind on releases. Nioh is a lot more subtle than the others. everything else works well right out of the gate. i only listed games I've played. not sure if i listened to random albums blindly at all last year.

Adam Corn Jan 28, 2018

Seeing as it's almost February I'll be tallying these in the next couple days. The_Paladin and Pellasos, would you like to add your picks to the poll results? Click the Answer Poll button below if so smile

The_Paladin Jan 28, 2018

1. Cuphead Original Soundtrack

2. Persona 5 Original Soundtrack

3. NieR: Automata Original Soundtrack

4. Pyre Original Soundtrack

5. Night in the Woods Original Soundtrack (Vol. 1~3)

6. Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of Dana- Original Soundtrack -Complete-

7. Rakuen Official Soundtrack

8. Shovel Knight - Specter of Torment Original Soundtrack

9. Ninja Gaiden The Definitive Soundtrack (Vol. 1&2)


Thanks Adam, didn't notice the button.  There's a lot of Square stuff on people's lists I haven't gotten around to, but being way behind on things seems to be the norm lately.

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