Sadly, Video-Game music is often stereotyped as being “not really music at all.” Some think Video-Games will forever feature retro 8-Bit stylized music. While others find it humorous that anyone might sit down and listen to say, a well composed Final Fantasy album.
The point is that this genre of music as a whole is not well respected. Ironically, songs like the “Halo Theme,” The Immortals' set of Mortal Kombat tunes, or the “Mario Theme” can garner a universal following which is virtually unquestioned. Yet to the average non-gamer or casual-gamer, the Advent Children version of FF7's “One Winged Angel” for example might sound like a silly mush; and not the beautifully orchestrated piece it actually is. Here are some soundtracks to games that are not as well known compared to the likes of big-hit RPGs and classics.
Jet Grind Radio / Jet Set Radio Future
Genres: Techno, Pop, Rock
Notable Songs:“The Concept of Love,” “Sweet Soul Brother,” “Fly Like a Butterfly”
Both the Dreamcast and original Xbox versions of this game had excellent soundtracks. These aren't by any means unbeknown to gamers, but if you haven't played either form of Jet Set then you don't know what you're missing. Jet Set's entire mood was in place due to a pirate radio station providing the gangs with music to grind to. Hence the word 'Radio' clear in the title. This versatile soundtrack is a large part of what made Jet Set so enjoyable; even without the roller-blades and spray paint, these soundtracks are still catchy.
enres: Orchestra, Rock
Notable Songs:“The True Mirror,” “Vitriolic a Stroke,” “Chaotic Dance”
Genres: Metal, Orchestra, Anime
Notable Songs:“Bullet Dance,” “Queen of Rose,” “Lust SIN,” “White Requiem”
Genres: Techno, Metal, Orchestra, Rock, Rap, Pop
Notable Songs:“Dr. Stewart,” “Deathborn,” “Black Shadow,” “Captain Falcon,” “Blood Falcon”
Genres: Techno-Pop, Piano, Rock, Orchestra
Notable Songs:“Thinker,” “Precius Park,” “Remember,” “Someone is Always Moving on the Surface”
- Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 (Songs: Hell March, Soviet March)
- Forza Motorsport 2 (Great soundtrack, not an original though)
- Gex: Enter the Gecko (Generally well-done)Ninety Nine Nights (Breathtaking theme song)