The Greatest Video Game Music Soundtrack
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London Philharmonic Orchestra, features classical orchestrations of the best-known video game themes including Mario Bros, Call of Duty, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Halo, World of Warcraft, the incredibly successful Angry Birds and many more. It allows the hundreds of millions of video game enthusiasts
to fully immerse themselves in the experience of gaming in a new way, and is the perfect gift for both avid and casual gamers.
Top Customer Reviews
I'd love to see the London Philharmonic do an album of CLASSIC video game music someday, just focusing on great 8-bit tunes; Castlevania, Megaman, Metroid, Ghosts n' Goblins etc.
Music that shouldn't be there but works.
The angry birds theme normally wouldn't fall anywhere near my list of greatest video game music ever, but the version included in this album is very well done, and is played around with enough that, while I dislike the game, I really enjoyed the piece. The Tetris theme is the only other song I'd put into this category, although it likely has some more merit in it's own right, the version included is surprisingly fun to listen to.
Music that should be included.
While this is just my opinion, the pieces from Advent Rising, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Mario, Uncharted, Mass Effect, Halo, Elder Scrolls, and metal Gear all work fine. They are either iconic enough, or simply translate well enough into orchestral pieces to work, although some work better then others.
Pieces that just don't fit.
These are the problem pieces, the pieces from Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, World of Warcraft, Battlefield, Bioshock, Fallout, and Dead Space.Read more ›
All in all, an amazing collection. There will be people griping about whats missing, such as a track from Shadow of the Colossus in my opinion, but that just gives you a chance to check out buying that album on its own!
That being said, some of the tracks on this album simply don't stand up to their original versions, most notably Liberi Fatali (FFVIII) and Reign of the Septims (Oblivion).
The arrangement for Liberi Fatali left me very much disappointed. Originally a bombastic, intense and sweeping work of art, this version comes across as rather "tinny" and very much lacks the punch. Some of this was due to the choir being severely understaffed for this kind of piece, and the arrangement which took the liberty of exchanging instruments for certain parts (tuba/trombone/french horn where there should have been piano, etc). Not that these things ruin the rendition, but while listening to this version I'm expecting it to at least equal or surpass the original in scope. Definitely not hitting the mark, and this piece was one of the primary reasons for purchasing this album.
Reign of the Septims from Oblivion... this arrangement exhibits the same symptoms as stated above, and again this is the other track on this album I was most excited about. I would listen to the original version over this one any day of the week.
I was hoping to hear a fresh take on the Zelda theme, however the one on this album is the same orchestrated arrangement we've heard for years and years (and not as effective as the original recording of it). Suffice it to say no (or very little) effort went into this one, they simply printed the sheets and played it.
On a different note, I have no idea what some of this music is doing on an album titled "Greatest Video Game Music".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For those who don't play video games, they have some of the best music around. :) Add that to London Philharmonic and you have a clear winner!Published 7 days ago by Emerald Dream
My boyfriend loves videogames and videogame music, so this was perfect.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Love, it. Im a big OST fan, listen to a lot of chiptune music too, but this is just beautiful. Even the songs I don't care for, *cough angry birds cough*, still sound great in this... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Some great stuff here. The music isn't a straight recording of the music as you hear it in a video game. The music has been rearranged or interpreted and scored for orchestra. Read morePublished 9 months ago by P. K. Bellville
One of my favorite albums ever. Amazing performance and music.Published 11 months ago by Matt Hunyadi