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PostSubject: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Wed 26 Apr 2017 - 18:00

Inspired by Persona 5 and its soundtrack making me say "oh, that's the best shop theme I've ever heard" or "that's the best final boss music I've ever heard!"

The idea of this thread is sharing what you think the "best X theme" is in video games. I've got a few categories in mind for several editions of this and I'll cycle them up every week or so, but eventually I will throw it to the floor for category suggestions. I'm expecting to hear the obvious picks, but I'm hoping for a few niche choices to add to my VGM playlist on YouTube! The game itself could be absolute gash, but we're focusing on the tunes here.

For the sake of the thread potentially taking forever to load, please don't embed the video straight from YouTube - link to them! I'll edit any posts that don't do that, just so you're aware!

But without any further ado, GNamer...

What's the best ice or winter theme in a video game?

I'm going to kick us off with an obvious pick in Phendrana Drifts from Metroid Prime. The plinky piano perfectly presents the icy nature of the level, but the track doesn't lose the sci-fi Metroid stylings either. I don't know what it is with piano and winter areas because off the top of my head, I am Setsuna and Undertale both combine piano and snowy areas. Odd.

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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Wed 26 Apr 2017 - 19:56

Best ice themes?

You're intruding on my shtick, and you're asking me for best ice themes?

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Grand thread idea by the way.
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Wed 26 Apr 2017 - 20:18

I know y'all ain't fans of the bleepy-bloops, but Iceman's theme from the original Megaman sticks in my head. I know it's only about 4 seconds long mind.
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Wed 26 Apr 2017 - 21:43

I've been meaning to do this exact thread for ages . . . looking forward to final boss week!

I'll have a little think and come back with some ice levels in a minute.
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Wed 26 Apr 2017 - 22:03

Don't worry Jimbobby I'm with ye on the bleepy-bloops & I'm picking the stranded ship stage from Shovel Knight.

Picture of the stage for those who haven't played it.:
 
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Wed 26 Apr 2017 - 22:07

It was snowing up here yesterday. SHITE.

Freezeezy Peak and Click Clock Wood from Banjo-Kazooie immediately spring to mind. Great tunes, brilliant ice levels, it's still a classic game.





Yooka-Laylee's ice world soundtrack is a worthwhile follow-up to those as well.



I can't remember if it's from an ice level or just a snow level, but bollocks to it, I've always really liked Alpina Blue from Yoshi's Story too.

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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Wed 26 Apr 2017 - 22:17

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I know y'all ain't fans of the bleepy-bloops, but Iceman's theme from the original Megaman sticks in my head. I know it's only about 4 seconds long mind.

Eh, I can tolerate the bloops so long as they're good bloops.  Those are decent bloops.

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Don't worry Jimbobby I'm with ye on the bleepy-bloops & I'm picking the stranded ship stage from Shovel Knight.

Of course you are Jas. Laughing SK's soundtrack is very hit and miss for me, and I'm afraid that's a miss.  Come 'first levels' week, mind...

The Cappuccino Kid wrote:
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Freezeezy Peak is an utter classic, and I predict that every B-K level tune will get a deserving place in its own week.  Glitterglaze is much the same, but more subtle: no bad thing.  (Check out the Kartos tune from that world too.)  And more Yoshi's Story is never a bad thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Wed 26 Apr 2017 - 22:31

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Of course you are Jas. Laughing SK's soundtrack is very hit and miss for me, and I'm afraid that's a miss. Come 'first levels' week, mind...

Hey! I know what I love & I'm going to champion it all damn day plus while there's others I could pick as well that is the first one that came to my mind. As for SK's soundtrack as a whole there's not one song on it that I don't like.
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Wed 26 Apr 2017 - 22:39

RIGHT.

Obvious it may be, but it would be a travesty not to include this all-time classic from Super Mario 64.

I expect, much like Banjo Kazooie, the 3D Mario games will be  putting in regular appearances.

At a very different end of the spectrum, Snowpeak Ruins from Twilight Princess just feels . . . cold. There's an element of spooky haunted house music here, but it gives me the chills in the best way and makes me long for that special soup.


And to join in with the more plinky plonky numbers, let's have some Snowpoint City from Pokémon Diamond/ Pearl.
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Thu 27 Apr 2017 - 19:24

My typical Kojima post
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Thu 27 Apr 2017 - 19:32

I nearly posted that one myself, but I associate it more with the events of MGS than the place. It doesn't sound especially snowy or icey, though it does sound like a cold wind.
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Thu 27 Apr 2017 - 20:12

Drunkalilly wrote:
Obvious it may be, but it would be a travesty not to include this all-time classic from Super Mario 64.

YASSSSSSSSS

Drunkalilly wrote:
At a very different end of the spectrum, Snowpeak Ruins from Twilight Princess just feels . . . cold. There's an element of spooky haunted house music here, but it gives me the chills in the best way and makes me long for that special soup.



Nah, you're dead on, this feels... not snowy, but genuinely icy.  Like a haunted house that's frozen over.  (Which incidentally would be the worst 2D Mario level ever.)

Drunkalilly wrote:
And to join in with the more plinky plonky numbers, let's have some Snowpoint City from Pokémon Diamond/ Pearl.

I have to say, I'm not a fan of any of the DPPt snowy pieces.  This is probably the least bad, but Route 216 and Mt. Coronet both start well and then balls it up.  This just sounds somewhat atonal and jarring. Meh

Want a great Pokésnowsong?  Get yer ears around Snowbelle City.


Mas' Nontendo thing is pretty good too I suppose.
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Thu 27 Apr 2017 - 20:22

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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Thu 27 Apr 2017 - 22:09

Some great shouts in this thread and I concur with Metroid Prime, Super Mario 64 and Twilight Princess but thought I'd mention some favourites that are a bit more left-field:

There's a very cold, very Russian feel to the snow-based Severnaya levels in Goldeneye 007:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzoOZgjaiYg

A massively underrated soundtrack is the Tony Hawks-esque modern punk from 1080 Avalanche:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljiwp1ucjlQ

But for me, and I know I bang on about it a lot, the best winter game (and given it has a perfect soundtrack too) is Shenmue and there a lot of great pieces that match the cold concrete-heavy, melancholic vibes of a December in Japan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xq-q30Y-IE
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Thu 27 Apr 2017 - 22:40

gjones wrote:
There's a very cold, very Russian feel to the snow-based Severnaya levels in Goldeneye 007
Opened that and immediately pissed myself at James' stretched face. I won't unsee that as long as I live.

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But for me, and I know I bang on about it a lot, the best winter game (and given it has a perfect soundtrack too) is Shenmue and there a lot of great pieces that match the cold concrete-heavy, melancholic vibes of a December in Japan

Weeabo that I am, I've still never played a Shenmue but everything I see or hear or read makes me wish I had. Nobody tell Mas that . . .
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PostSubject: Re: Music to my Ears (Ice Level Themes)   Yesterday at 20:54

Right.  RIGHT.  This was my thread, damn it, Jay.  My thread.  Or it should be anyway.  I'm going to show you what ice music really means.  See, ice music in videogames, proper ice music, is so grand it can't possibly be covered in single posts.  Not with some spoiler-tag jiggery pokery.  And I'm talking one spoiler tag per franchise, you understand.  Per franchise.

Let's get started.



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ADVERT BREAK - GO BUY METEOS
its snow music isn't great though
and the quality of the only YouTube I can find is bobbins anyway





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Don't worry, we're almost done.



And now for something completely different...:
 




And now, the grand finale...






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Phew!
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