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The Greatest Video Game Music 2

November 6, 2012 | Format: MP3

$7.99
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Label: X5 Music Group
  • Copyright: 2012 X5 Music Group
  • Total Length: 1:09:39
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  • ASIN: B009XTXLDM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,218 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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The first volume in what I hope will be a long-running series, "The Greatest Video Game Music", was focused on two major types of music, with one foot in whimsy ("Tetris", "Angry Birds") and the other firmly entrenched in the martial melodies of military shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty. With the second volume, the tone steers away from both, moving towards the recent video game trend of the "angelic female" vocalist, as evidenced on tracks such as "A Future for the Krogan/An End Once And For All" and "Assassin's Creed - Revelations: Main Theme."

A wide range of games are still covered, touching on some classic themes, such as Chrono Trigger and Super Metroid. Most of the arrangements work well; they're slavishly faithful to the originals, so they don't make many mistakes along the way. The lone clunker is "Still Alive", which doesn't really work with the vocalist chosen. I've heard the original version of the track, Jonathan Coulton's own voice, and the version he released on his latest album, sung by Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara, and this interpretation is easily the worst rendition. The song simply isn't designed to be sung the way it is here. It's designed to be silly and a bit small. "One-Winged Angel" also lacks some of the dynamism of the version from the album "Final Fantasy S Generation", though it would be hard to match that harrowing and dramatic arrangement.

The recording quality is strong, and aside from a few minor flaws, it's a solid album that does a good job of covering the many niches of gaming, from classics to modern titles, big-budget blockbusters to little indie efforts. With the breadth and depth of the entire field available, I can't wait to hear what music is chosen for the next volume.
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This album and its predecessor are both fantastic! The creative arrangements made by Andrew Skeet of some of the worlds most iconic video game music are absolutely stunning and the London Philharmonic Orchestra as always does a phenomenal job performing the music to its highest musical degree!

Looking forward to future sequel releases of this album and other product releases from X5 Music Group!
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As a huge fan of video games, I originally got the album because of the Luigi's Mansion theme. As I listened to it, more and more caught my ears' attention. The Metroid medley could rival a Star Wars theme, Assassin's Creed has beautiful melody while the theme for Sephrinoth is downright creepy. Of course, it is hard to muck up a Chrono Trigger song (or a Final Fantasy one) when Nobuo Uematsu supervised the composer; it's one that would feel right at home on the game itself. The one song that takes the cake, pun totally not intended, is Still Alive from the game Portal. It's gorgeous and creepy and completely fun to hear.

So why get it? One, it's done by a prestigious musical group. Two, there's some really cool songs on the album. And three, the music sounds modern and classic at the same time. For me, I love to listen to this when I'm driving home after a long day--especially when leaving classes.
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Look at the cover. Look at how its idea of juxtaposing "Video games" and "music" is to us a violin to represent the latter and a bland gray military fellow. As anyone who actually plays video games--specifically, the games whose tracks are orchestrated on this CD--can tell you, that simply isn't accurate. This decision feels phoned-in, as if the people behind this collection didn't really care about their product--and the same is true of the music.

It really feels like the London Philharmonic Orchestra was just handed sheet music and told to play it. There's little in the way of creative remixing, no notable re-imaginings.

So what do we have? A collection of relatively high-quality re-orchestrations of music from popular games. Some are actually good (Like the Chrono Trigger and Arkham City ones) and some are just mind-blowingly awful (Whose idea was it to remove the chiptune bits from Fez?). Most, however, just sound mostly identical to but slightly worse than their original in-game pieces.

Ultimately, the three stars says it all: There's some quality work here, but you're better off going to OverClocked Remix and finding more creative renditions.
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Ok, so there isn't any rage, but this album will certainly make any old-school gamer itch for their childhood. My obvious favorite being Chrono Trigger theme. It's a wonderful rendition of the song, a whole brand new approach to it while maintaining the excitement that you felt while playing the game. I would pay $5 for that song alone, so this might be a biased review... My other favorites are Luigi's Mansion, and Legend of Zelda.

Let's just be honest here though, they're all really entertaining to listen to, they are recorded and performed very well, and with a $4 price tag, a real steal for anyone that enjoys video game music...ahem....or just good music in general.
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I'm a big fan of video game music, and while I'm definitely not old, i've been playing for a while and was hoping to hear a few more songs from not too long ago with some great accompaniment but instead its mostly songs that I've heard from games in the past 1-3 years. While these songs are usually pretty well done, I've heard them already. Hopefully in the next album we see a few more like the Tetris or the Chronotrigger maybe even something from Final Fantasy 6 (eh, eh?) Overall though it was pretty good.
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