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jayavictory Oct 10, 2015 (edited Oct 11, 2015)

We're getting steadily closer to the end of the year.. What are your favorite OST/arrange releases so far? I went through VGMdb's database for releases from 2015 and collected all albums that had four ratings or more into two lists. Does this match up with your vision of the standings?

OSTs (# of Ratings - Score)
8 - 4.94 - Tales of Zestiria OST
12 - 4.88 - Contra Chronicle Vol.1 coupling w/ "Hard:Corps Urpising"
4.75 - 18 - Mario Kart 8 OST
5 - 4.50 - Etrian Mystery Dungeon OST
4 - 4.50 - Sonic Runner OST Vol.1
15 - 4.37 - God Eater 2 & God Eater 2 Rage Burst OST
7 - 4.36 - Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- OST
7 - 4.29 - Ori and the Blind Forest OST
5 - 4.10 - Phantasy Star Nova OST
9 - 4.00 - Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold OST
7 - 3.93 - Metal Gear Solid V OST
8 - 3.88 - Legend of Legacy OST
5 - 3.80 - Bloodborne OST
4 - 3.63 - Legend of Heroes SORA no Kiseki FC Evolution OST
5 - 3.30 - Bloodborne OST
49 - 3.17 - XenobladeX OST
21 - 1.98 - Bravely Second End Layer OST

Arrange
9 - 4.94 - Legend of Mana: Promise
4 - 4.75 - Pianoschlacht Live: Masashi Hamauzu Music Works
6 - 4.50 - Re:Birth II -Ren- / "SaGa" Battle Arrange
10 - 4.35 - Final Symphony
10 - 4.20 - Bra*Bra Final Fantasy Brass de Bravo
7 - 3.79 - Distant Worlds III
4 - 3.75 - Okami Henkyokushuu Vol.3 Lounge

No surprise for the number one arrange! If there's an album you think should be on here, but isn't.. head over to VGMdb, rate it, and comment below, of course.

From VGMOnline's reviews:
OSTs
5.00 - Witcher 3 OST
5.00 - Ori and the Blind Forest OST
4.50 - AG Drive OST
4.50 - Axiom Verge OST
4.50 - Bloodborne OST
4.50 - Cities -Skylines- OST
4.50 - Great Ace Attorney -The Adventure of Ryunosuke Naruhodo- OST
4.50 - Etrian Mystery Dungeon OST
4.50 - The Legend of Legacy OST
4.50 - The Order -1886- OGS
4.50 - Rockman Dystopia
4.50 - Resogun OST
4.50 - Runbow OST
4.50 - Super Smash Bros 3DS/Wii U OST
4.50 - Trine 3 OST

Arrange
5.00 - Final Symphony
4.50 - Ace Attorney Meets Again ~Orchestra & Jazz~
4.50 - Legacy Sessions: GAME Generation 5
4.50 - Okami Arrangement Collection Vol.2 Jazz
4.50 - Pianoschlacht Live: Masashi Hamauzu Music Works
4.50 - Prescription for Sleep II

Jodo Kast Oct 10, 2015 (edited Oct 21, 2015)

So far, of the 2015 albums I've bought, I will be looking at these to decide my favorites. I've already removed the ones I've sold or have placed on my sale list. As of now, I am certainly going to rank one of the Etrian Odyssey albums at #1. The Gamadelic Reboot or Hiro's 30th will probably be #2.

Contra Chronicle Vol.1 coupling with "HARD CORPS:UPRISING" EMCA-0020-1~2
GAMADELIC ~Rebooot!!~ GAMA-0002
Hiro 30th Anniversary Album Thank you for listening! WM-0723~4
Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur Original Soundtrack -Battle Collections- SQEX-10449
MARIO KART 8 ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK NTDT-17298~9
Minna de Mamotte Knight ~Hime no Tokimeki Rhapsody~ Soundtrack Vol.1 SRIN-1125
Phantasy Star Nova Original Soundtrack WWCE-31357~9
Re:Birth II -Ren- / "SaGa" BATTLE ARRANGE SQEX-10491
ROCKMAN DYSTOPIA CPCA-10377
ROCKMAN UTOPIA CPCA-10376
SEIKEN DENSETSU / LEGEND OF MANA arrangement album Promise SQEX-10510
Sekaiju to Fushigi no Dungeon Original Sound Track FVCG-1340
Shin Sekaiju no Meikyuu 2 Fafnir no Kishi Original Sound Track FVCG-1334
Shinji Hosoe WORKS VOL.4 Alpha ~F/A Remix~ SRIN-1123
TEKARU HECTOPASCAL NCRS-0013
THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER MARIO BROS. MUSIC COCX-39270~1
THE LEGEND OF HEROES SORA NO KISEKI FC Evolution ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK NW10103330
XenobladeX Original Soundtrack DFCL-2135~8

Edit 1: And what I still need to purchase....

Ken no Machi no Ihoujin Original Soundtrack
Tales of Zestiria Original Soundtrack
Imperial SaGa Original Soundtrack
Shinji Hosoe WORKS VOL.5 ~Cyber Commando~
TOKYO XANADU ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
DRAGON'S CROWN ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK
Metal Saga ~Kouya no Hakobune~ Original Soundtrack
Senjou no Ookami & TOP SECRET ORIGINAL SOUND COLLECTION

Edit 2: These just announced and I must have!

7th Dragon III code:VFD Original Soundtrack & Songs
MASAYA GAME MUSIC COLLECTION VOL.1 ~LANGRISSER I-II-III~

Edit 3:  Minna de Mamotte Knight is incredible 8 bit music and might be #1.

Zorbfish Oct 10, 2015

Top 10 releases so far for the year:

1. LoM ~ Promise
2. Undertale
3. Etrian Mystery Dungeon
4. Atelier Rorona Arrange Tracks
5. Legend of Legacy
6. Senran Kagura Estival Versus
7. Senran Kagura 2 Deep Crimson
8. Rebirth 2 -Ren- / SaGa
9. Mario Kart 8
10. Etrian Untold 2

Jodo Kast Dec 19, 2015

My tentative top 10:

1. GAMADELIC ~Rebooot!!~ GAMA-0002
2. Sekaiju to Fushigi no Dungeon Original Sound Track FVCG-1340
3. TEKARU HECTOPASCAL NCRS-0013
4. SEIKEN DENSETSU / LEGEND OF MANA arrangement album Promise SQEX-10510
5. ROCKMAN UTOPIA CPCA-10376
6. Shin Sekaiju no Meikyuu 2 Fafnir no Kishi Original Sound Track FVCG-1334
7. ROCKMAN DYSTOPIA CPCA-10377
8. Minna de Mamotte Knight ~Hime no Tokimeki Rhapsody~ Soundtrack Vol.1 SRIN-1125
9. Shinji Hosoe WORKS VOL.4 Alpha ~F/A Remix~ SRIN-1123
10. TOKYO XANADU ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK NW10103350

I'm currently listening to OBOROMURAMASA GENROKUKAIKITAN ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BSPE-1054~5, and, based on the first few tracks, the rankings are going to change. I still need to listen to Metal Saga ~Kouya no Hakobune~ Original Soundtrack and 7th Dragon III code:VFD Original Soundtrack & Songs. I have been listening to Dragon's Crown, but I don't see it making the top 10.

I'm not sure how to rank:

Contra Chronicle Vol.1 coupling with "HARD CORPS:UPRISING" EMCA-0020-1~2
Street Fighter II The Definitive Soundtrack GS-001
THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER MARIO BROS. MUSIC COCX-39270~1

While those are 2015 releases, they can easily push out brand new music, which skews the data. I'd rather if my top ten from 2015 showed new compositions and arrangements for the year.

Adam Corn Jan 6, 2016

Sadly 2015 was the least involved I've been in VGM since the site "reboot" in 2008, but of the very few albums I've heard this year here are a few I can vouch for.

Ori and the Blind Forest OST - Beautiful, earthy new-age music. Reminds me of Dust: An Elysian Tail in places and Avatar in others.

Final Symphony - The ambitious orchestral arrangements of FFVI, FFVII and FFX take quite a few chances, and though I find they don't all pay off to the level of Symphonic Fantasies, there's still no shortage of must-hear moments.

Bra-Bra Final Fantasy: Brass de Bravo - I'm not sure if the album as a whole is solid enough to put on a top-ten list, but there are enough smartly-arranged, nostalgia-inducing renditions of classic FF themes to make it worth consideration.

It was a slow year in general here for VGM discussion in 2015, so if any of you have favorites from the year that never received attention or deserve reiteration I would love to see your picks!

Ramza Jan 6, 2016

I did a tiny thing on OSV with my fav OST and fav arrange, with runner-ups for each. So that was just 2+2.

(they were Dropsy, Corpse Party: songs of the dead, LoM Promise, and CT/CC)

A more lengthy list would also include:

OSTs
--
Imperial SaGa (this needs so much more attention IMO. It's solid.)
Legend of Legacy
Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 (Shin Sekaiju no MeiQ 2, Knight of Fafnir and whatnot)

Arrange
--
SaGa Rebirth 2 -Ren-
Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies II
Prescription for Sleep: Lullabies of Mana

And then a special nod to the Langrisser box set. <3

There is a bunch of stuff I didn't get around to listening to this year that I still want to listen to. Chief among them are XenobladeX and Tokyo Xanadu.

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