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User Info: uffbulle

uffbulle
2 months ago#1
What's your favorite OST from this year?










Consider creativity, sound chip limitations and technical achievement, composition (melody or hook, progression, complexity), dynamics (range between quiet and loud, soft/diminuendo and hard/crescendo), pitch range, instrument and instrument envelope variety and quality, and so on. We're going by original release dates.

Try to say something about your favorite(s), it's more fun to read!

Links (multiplatform list):
https://minirevver.weebly.com/vgm-1987.html

For some perspective, besteveralbums' top albums of the year:
https://www.besteveralbums.com/yearstats.php?y=1987

Previous winners:
1983-1984: Balloon Fight
1985: SMB
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User Info: Mover_of_Zigs

Mover_of_Zigs
2 months ago#2
I almost picked Mega Man... but there's just something about that Zelda II.
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User Info: uffbulle

uffbulle
2 months ago#3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs3APS1U9LQ

More in-depth discussion about MM1's OST.

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Mover_of_Zigs
2 months ago#4
I like Elec Man's music, and how it faithfully creates the feeling of a great journey.
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User Info: uffbulle

uffbulle
2 months ago#5
Mover_of_Zigs posted...
I like Elec Man's music, and how it faithfully creates the feeling of a great journey.

Through the fantasy zone?
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uffbulle
2 months ago#6
Some faves from this year:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnBj-q3qg8o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej-UuUa78cA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuBLOH-XTns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pvAJg-EXhQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWKTf_4lqzk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ53Kg-O4eA
https://vgmrips.net/packs/pack/legacy-of-the-wizard-nes#10-lyll-worzen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-B94YQv9N8&index=13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU3ozESiqsc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_85SrCKb4K8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KvcIyfC81o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rNeul9QZ7w

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User Info: Celebratox

Celebratox
2 months ago#7
Other: Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Doesn't have many songs but it's among the most iconic music on the NES imo. Kind of surprised it wasn't one of the main poll choices over some of these but to each their own.
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User Info: zoogelio

zoogelio
2 months ago#8
Ranked from best to least best (of the more stand-out ones).

Renegade has tracks with real energy/spirit to them. Ironic that Technos's 2nd game (DD1) sounded not as smooth/familiar with the hardware as their 1st game. I have to rate it higher than some more notable games because of the volume of tracks and their quality and the fact it lacks any clunkers. It sounds like one of the best NES games from 1983-88.

Mega Man 1- The sound is somewhat rough in places (stage select, Guts Man, some level track instrumentation) compared to later games. It offered a full soundtrack- each level with its own track and each track feels like they put in effort composing it. It also has that classic Mega Man energy and upbeatness. Bomb Man's level was one of the best tracks in the series. Wily fortress 1st track is up there with the ones from MM2 & MM3. Mega Man games on the NES had some of the best OSTs.

The Goonies II- The starting area track was very strong at the time, of course it's an adaptation of a song but it sounds good on NES hardware. The rooms have a very Zelda 1 labyrinth sound to them. Very atmospheric. Most of the other area tracks are good, like the jazzy cave or underwater. Overall a strong OST but slightly short.

Life Force- has tracks for each level, Overall solid. Shows good style in some of the tracks, good variety too. Similar to Metal Gear in categories but better quality to its tracks.

FF1- The tracks aren't as smooth as other games but don't sound too rough. A lot of tracks were listenable for long blocks of time (as they need be for exploring a dungeon, walking on the overworld, etc). Obviously Square approved with later FFs, finding the right direction (some, like the town castle, ship, menu screen sound not quite like them later), but the OST was good at invoking moods. The victory tune was one of the better ones at the time. Ranked higher than DDP, Zelda II because while no track gets as good as their best, the OST achieves more over more tracks.

Metal Gear- pretty strong across it all. Ranked lower because it doesn't have too many area tracks vs. the above and no track is at wow level.

Doki Doki Panic had some great tracks. The overworld & underground tracks were easy enough to listen to across an entire game. Even though they didn't originate as Mario tracks, they sounded like they fit in enough. Of course, others didn't. Subspace had an Arabic theme (fitting the 1001 Nights motif), the Starman sounded like a segment cut out of a Kid Icarus track. The final battle music doesn't sound Mario-esque at all. Can't place what it sounds like though. The volume of tracks is on the light end.

Zelda II... what are we evaluating, the FDS or NES soundtrack? The overworld is a great (underrated) Zelda track, the town theme is a nice peaceful tune, the palace track was also good to listen to for a while (necessary with how long they take to complete). Not a fan of either title track. Both battle tracks were meh on FDS. The theme felt like it fit the boss battles fine, but not being used for everything. The NES fortunately expanded the boss track to have 2 short sections not the same section over and over like a record was stuck on the same section. The NES version really boosts up an OST that has just 3 good tracks.

Wizards & Warriors- Some tracks sounded cool (1st forest, tree trunk) but were way too short. It was the critical problem with the game's OST, like they were really concerned about space. At least it sounds smooth. It's best attribute is a sense of style and having a sort of medieval sound in places. The ice cave track reminds me of Metroid in places.

Rygar... sounds like an early NES game by music composition. It sounds rough, some 'tracks' are so short, it's like they didn't bother writing any more than the starting few notes (Dorago's Palace). That said, there's some nice things in it, like Eruga's Forest and a few others I can't remember where they are played. It felt like Tecmo needed a better handle on composing for the NES. We can see a similar progress over games from 1986-88 by Capcom, Konami, Tecmo, et al.

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mbd42
2 months ago#9
zoogelio posted...


Rygar... sounds like an early NES game by music composition. It sounds rough, some 'tracks' are so short, it's like they didn't bother writing any more than the starting few notes (Dorago's Palace). That said, there's some nice things in it, like Eruga's Forest and a few others I can't remember where they are played. It felt like Tecmo needed a better handle on composing for the NES. We can see a similar progress over games from 1986-88 by Capcom, Konami, Tecmo, et al.

Rygar in general has a kind of a rough, glitchy, unpolished feel. It may have been rushed or Tecmo wasn't that great at programming the NES yet, or both. It's still a great game and quite original at the time for its adventure/RPG elements.

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zoogelio
2 months ago#10
^
I think it's because it's one of their earliest NES efforts, not that it was rushed. I'm not sure how Mighty Bomb Jack or Solomon's Key are. Rygar has some minor graphical glitches in various places. The translation of course leaves a lot to be desired (I mean, Tone, Last, Attack & Assail? It feels hard for even adults to figure it out pre-internet). Musically, a lot of companies' first games (when they came out in the mid '80s- 87/88 or so) sounded rough. Technos feels like the only company where in composition skill for the system it took a step back from its 1st to 2nd game (and then leapt up for DD2). Graphically, Renegade -> DD1 saw a big improvement. We saw Capcom leap up from MM1 to MM2, Konami from Gradius 1 to Gradius 2 especially, but inbetween we can see how much better Castlevania, Goonies II, Metal Gear, et al are. Tecmo obviously got things down about 1 1/2 years later when they made Ninja Gaiden.
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