In most game music I like, nostalgia usually plays a big role. Like the broken record I am, I'll say that I really enjoy Mega Man X music, it gets me pumped and in the appropriate mood for side-scroller ass-kicking (though I thought Mega Man X3's soundtrack was a little repetitive).
Earlier today I tried playing Republic Commando for PC, but it didn't load right and it would crash a lot, but the title music still played and god dammit I love it (really sets the tone IMO). Apparently you could download the game's music for free from the homepage, but it was taken a down a long time ago (got it from a fan site instead).
The music for some RPGs can be pretty enjoyable, like I have a soft spot for quite a few Final Fantasy 7 tracks (usually boss fight music).
I seem to recall being blown away by the music for Halo when it first came out, and I really liked the music they had for Conker Live & Reloaded multiplayer maps.
This post has been edited by ChewySmokey: 30 July 2012 - 04:24 AM
Pretty much anything from the SaGa related games. They've always got awesome music, especially the battle themes. Damn shame Kenji Ito isn't given as much praise as Nobuo Uematsu. Though that might be because most SaGa games aren't particularly popular.
My favorite sound track has to be Romancing SaGa: Minstrels Song, a PS2 remake of the first Romancing SaGa title for the SNES.
Chewy I love Megaman X music. Storm Hawk's theme is my favorite.
LuckyCat: Mother 3 is one of my favorites, and it has a lot.
Vigtyr: I think Kenji Ito is part of the "Squaresoft Quartet", but I think he is the least good one.
I don't like video game music that tries not to sound like video game music (aka "real music") much -- I think people only like that stuff just because they're from games that they really like, and those people who like it (like Moosack) are untasteful and uninteresting. Video game music is a medium, but it founded its own sub-genre when it had to make music within its restrictions, and it relied on making unique and interesting melodies, and I look down on composers who aren't inspired by that.
I don't mean that video game music shouldn't be orchestrated, as there are many that are like that and can be good, but I think there's kind of a distinct influence from them that they should embrace.
Hard to explain what I mean, but this is what I constitute as "video game music"
Here are some more of my favorites.
<-- I really recommend you listen to this; it's extremely catchy.
I don't like showing off Final Fantasy music cause it's a bit too popular, but I have a particular attachment to the Rebel Army Theme (At this point I don't think anyone cares oh well)
This post has been edited by Seppucrow: 06 August 2012 - 04:39 PM
I have a soft spot for orchestrated music. I've attended two Zelda concerts, and they were both amazing. I'm pretty open to different types though. I own soundtracks to the Layton Series, Ace Attorney series, Zelda series, Xenogears, and Chrono Trigger (although it's like, two songs :T). I'm hoping to get more soundtracks.