Does Sonic have the best soundtrack in all gaming?

KDR_11k

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Nov 10, 2017
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Nah, it's just one of the few games that could make the Mega Drive produce good music. But even then you got stuff like Contra Hard Corps.
 

Sciz

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With respect to Mega Man, Castlevania, Final Fantasy, Kirby, and all the other long-runners consistently putting out great music, yes.
 
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Sonic has some fantastic stand-out tunes, but if I'm being brutally honest with myself, it doesn't even have some of the best music within its own era.
 

Soul Skater

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I think just in terms of volume and longevity of the series and just how it’s been pumping out tracks that absolutely it deserves some sort of special recognition.

the series has had its ups and downs but the music has been consistently amazing for 30 years
 

Polnareff

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Can we get a Sonic Adventure 2 Remake/Remaster finally, that music is so good, as is the game.
 

Wamb0wneD

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For FUCKS sake no. Just no.
Zelda
Persona
Shadow of the Colossus
Final Fantasy
Xenoblade
Bloodborne

I could go on like this.
There are some good tunes, but equally as much cheesy trash.

Fuck no man.
 

Kapryov

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A somebody that grew up with the 16-bit originals, and used to hold a tape recorder up to the TV to make OSTs from the sound tests...

... no, not definitively.

You can make a case for top 10 very easily, maybe top 5, but there are just too many great series with fantastic soundtracks out there.
Even as much as I loved the S1/2/3K soundtracks as a kid - and I LOVED them, I always will - I still loved the Ecco 2 soundtrack just a bit more.

Can we get a Sonic Adventure 2 Remake/Remaster finally, that music is so good, as is the game.
It already got a HD/widescreen version a few years ago.
It's currently available on PC and backwards compatible on XB1. It's a decent remaster.
 

Lost Knight

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It has some great music, but not so sure if I'd call it the best of all time. I mean it has some serious competition from the likes of Zelda and Silent Hill which are also strong contenders.
 

Jimnymebob

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Probably. It's certainly more well known overall, I'd say. Something like Mega Man has a great soundtrack, but unless you're a diehard Mega Man fan, you'll probably only be able to pick out songs from 1-3 and X.
 

BGBW

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If people would listen to something other than the main themes and character themes, they'd realize how freaking great the music is from the Dreamcast era and beyond.

"Buttrock" is the absolute dumbest complaint people have. The Sonic franchise has a wiiiide variety of genres within its music.
When you see the selection Sega chose to rep Sonic with in Smash you can't really blame people for having this impression. They even went as far as to remove the Sonic R tracks in Smash for Wii U making the selection skew towards buttrock even more!
 

Shadoken

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Sega in general have some of the best OST in gaming. And are very consistent with it.

Also you can put any franchise in there OP and you ll have the usual hate bandwagoners pop up and say how “x” game is better than whatever you put.

Most people just listen to the Buttrock character themes and dismiss the entire soundtrack. It’s definitely in the S tier of gaming soundtracks with very few other franchises.
 

Giga Man

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When you see the selection Sega chose to rep Sonic with in Smash you can't really blame people for having this impression. They even went as far as to remove the Sonic R tracks in Smash for Wii U making the selection skew towards buttrock even more!
And that's a major problem with Sonic's music in Smash in my opinion. Too much of it is vocal theme songs and not level themes. There's a ton of Green Hill clones they can grab music from if they wanted to fit the stages, and a lot of them are great tunes.






What even is "buttrock"?
 

zedox

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The fact that none of you fools have Ice Cap Zone or anything from Sonic 3 up here is a travesty.
 

Bgamer90

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I would put it pretty high if it wasn’t for the switch to the cheesy Christian Rock-sounding tracks during this 21st century.

The tracks from the ‘90s games hold up very well.
 
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Without question for me. Sonic is a series where you can play a random track from any number of Sonic games, not tell me what it is, and I'll probably be able to tell you what game and level it's from. There's no game music I love more than Sonic music, and Sonic just seems to get so many genres right.
 

Starsunder

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Sonic has some good stuff, but I vastly prefer Mega Man (OG, X, and ZX versions), Castle-fucking-Vania (shoutout to old Mini-bosses YT video), Final fantasy (specifically IV, V, VI, and XII), and a lot of others, frankly. M

but I do enjoy Sonics music, particularly 1-3&k and Mania
 

Hodgy

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its actually crazy how good the music in the franchise is for how bad some ofthe games are, they have no right to be so good
 

wideface

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Of course, OP! Not only does it have the best soundtrack in gaming, but it also has the best soundtrack outside of gaming too!
It also has the best writing and design, maybe! Hell, I think we could say it’s the best franchise of interactive media ever produced.
Scratch that. The best franchise ever, just in general. Scratch that. It’s the best thing that has ever been created, full stop.

Real answer: Katamari Damacy.
 

Symphony

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If we're taking the entire franchise as a whole entity, I'd say so, because with only a couple of exceptions the Sonic games have fantastic soundtracks and are highly memorable. Every other long running franchise has a number of significant stinkers (like Mario with entire NSMB line), whereas Sonic at its lowest point (2006) still has a fantastic soundtrack. I wouldn't say any one particular Sonic game is deserving of the crown though, Unleashed is a serious contender but Nier is still the GOAT.
 

Jon_Sama

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If you look past its lows, yeah it's up there. But man does it have some stinkers in between the gold.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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If you look past its lows, yeah it's up there. But man does it have some stinkers in between the gold.
The only main series Sonic game with a soundtrack that isn't a 10 is Forces. And Lost World I guess. And then you've got side games with killer soundtracks on top of that like the Sonic Rush games. Where are the stinkers? You're gonna have to dive in to spinoff shit to find non killer Sonic soundtracks.
 

King_Moc

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Nah, it's good though. If you're judging entire series, I'd probably go with Final Fantasy. An rpg series allows for a lot of different styles and tones that an action platformer can't necessarily get away with.
 

Nocturnowl

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Some of the best and most varied in the industry, that gets snubbed by some because some of its most known tracks are very your mileage may vary lyrical tracks

Of course we gotta do one of those thread titles though huh?
 

Damn Silly

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If it's the series as a whole, then absolutely.

Compared to other long-running franchises (because Sonic has so many great songs, only other similarly lengthy franchises have a chance to even compete), the only one I'd have even close is Zelda.