What is your favorite original game soundtrack? By original I mean: music created specifically for the game (as opposed to games like GTA or Guitar Hero that use other music already created by other artists).
For the past year, my favorite game soundtrack has been that of Portal. Ambient music, when done right, is simply amazing. There's so little to go on, and it's all so subtle, but it conveys just the right messages. From the cold, sterile, distant music you hear when inside the chambers, to the warmer, more emotive tracks when you're "behind the scenes".
First my favorite track was "Taste of Blood", but then after a while I switched to "Self Esteem Fund". I loved SEF forever and ever, and then I really started picking up on "Party Escort", which is now my current fave, and will probably remain there for a while.
Also, a point to consider is how the soundtrack supports the game. Sure there are many great game soundtracks out there when taken on their own merit, but how do they interact with the game? This is also why I love the Portal soundtrack so much. It fits the vibe and mood perfectly, and really takes the atmosphere and environment to the next level.
I also have to give major props to Harry Gregson-Williams for the second and third Metal Gear Solid games. Prior to Portal, these were my favorite game soundtracks (and still hold a dear place in my heart). The MGS series has always had that epic, action movie feel to it, and the soundtracks definitely reinforce that. Notable tracks include the pair of "Sidecar" tracks from Snake Eater ("Sidecar - Escape from the Fortress" and "Sidecar - On the Rail Bridge"). Both of these are extremely instense pieces of work, and when I played these parts of the game for the first time, I had a huge rush of adrenaline flowing, and felt shivers down my spine (and I still get that when I play for even the 100th time).
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