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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2023 @760.51 »

I think the very first Professor Layton theme is as iconic as it gets.

Oh my gosh YES, the Professor Layton soundtrack is SO iconic. I feel like, when people know anything about it, it's the soundtrack. And though I do admittedly wish the story got more recognition, I am beyond happy that people seem to remember the bopping tunes, if anything.


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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2023 @116.48 »

Riverside Station from Paper Mario:ttyd is one of my go to picks. Relisting to VGM always reminds me of, y'know, the experience of playing through the area where a song plays. And exploring an abandoned train station as the sun sets... just an incredible liminal space.

For a more obscure pick that's nevertheless very iconic to me: Jacob Geller has this really great video essay about the beauty of calm music in moments of reprieve in horror games. And I have potentially a very silly example of this. The maintenance room theme from Hatoful Boyfriend (the pigeon dating sim) ((this song only plays after the game reveals its hand as actually being a psychological thriller)) is such an exemplar of this trope for me. Just after a whirlwind of chaos and tragedy, and hearing this song in the one place that's momentarily safe... this song still fills me with an emotion difficult to identify.

And seconding some earlier responses, I'll also agree that "Don't Ever Forget" from PMD is a great pick. And that Sonic Adventure is chock full of iconic music (my pick for "most personally iconic" there is probably Sky Deck A Go Go)
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« Reply #17 on: July 14, 2023 @940.44 »

I've got a nice big list for y'all. Mostly stuff from Squaresoft games, but there's some MegaTen and other stuff in there too. Most of these are iconic to me because they provoke feelings of urgency, of an impending titanic struggle, or armoring oneself in defiance and drawing swords forged of love and determination to defend everything that ever mattered to you.

And then there's "Rock'n Rocks" from Soul Nomad and the World Eaters, which is basically Ogre Battle: the March of the Black Queen on crack, with wise-cracking anime edgelord version of Michael Moorcock's demon-sword Stormbringer.

Chrono Trigger: Undersea Palace

Secret of Mana: Star of Darkness

Secret of Mana: Prophecy

Final Fantasy IV: Boss Battle

Final Fantasy IV: Four Fiends Battle

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version 2:

Final Fantasy IV: Zeromus Theme

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals boss theme

“Deadline” from Persona


Eternal Punishment remix:

Decisive Battle with Saruin from Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song

Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner battle themes compilation

The Last Remnant: The Gates of Hell

The Last Remnant: Schismogenesis

SaGa Frontier 2: Feldschlact I

SaGa Frontier 2: Missgestalt

SaGa Frontier 2: Todesengel

Persona 3: Memories of the City

Persona 3: Battle Hymn of the Soul

Persona 4: I’ll Face Myself

Persona 5: Will Power

Final Fantasy XIV: On Blade’s Edge

Final Fantasy XIV: Scream

Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne: Large Map, Last Area

Rockman 2: Dr. Wily, Stage 1 (Rock Mix)

Soul Nomad and the World Eaters: Rock'n Rocks


rock operatic science fantasy and more...
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2023 @978.39 »

mine has to be the music from hollow bastion in kingdom hearts. i think it's so iconic in the first game when you get there and hear that theme because it captures the increasing seriousness of the game which has been really silly and fun but the danger is starting to become more real as you reach the end of the game and the plot becomes more intense, and i just remember the feeling the music gave me so strongly.


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« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2023 @662.57 »

Oh yes this is my kind of thread. I've seen music I know and love, and music I've never heard before! I need to check everything.

There's sooo much I want to share, but I think I'm just going to post four links for now, from video games I enjoyed.

Harald's Theme (.hack) by Chikayo Fukuda

Departure (Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles) by Kumi Tanioka

To a World Becoming Impure (Valkyrie Profile) by Motoi Sakuraba

Limestone Quarry (Vagrant Story) by Hitoshi Sakimoto (Expect me to post a lot of him in the future)

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« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2023 @673.87 »

An Empty Tome from Castlevania Order of Ecclesia is my pick for most iconic, to me at least... It's the title theme, basically, but it never actually plays in-game until after Shanoa reclaims her agency and sees past the manipulation she had been subjected to. An Empty Tome scores perhaps the first real decision she's made of her own free will- storming Dracula's Castle. (It's also got a shared leitmotif with her brother's theme ;_;)

And it's a bop!!!!!!!

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