View Poll Results: Who is the best music composer in gaming?

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  • Jeremy Soule (Knights of the Old Republic, Skyrim, Guild Wars 2)

    67 31.90%
  • Harry Gregson-Williams (Metal Gear Solid franchise, Call of Duty 4)

    10 4.76%
  • Jack Wall (Mass Effect franchise, Jade Empire)

    19 9.05%
  • Hans Zimmer (Modern Warfare 2, Crysis 2)

    23 10.95%
  • Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy franchise)

    81 38.57%
  • Akira Yamaoka ( Silent Hill franchise)

    10 4.76%
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    Who is the best music composer in gaming?

    As the title says, who do you think is the best music composer in gaming?

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    Over 9000! Tommo's Avatar
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    Easily whoever done Bastions music, its just brilliant.

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    LOAD"*",8,1 Fuzzzie's Avatar
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    Nobuo Uematsu. Did a lot (if not all?) of the Final Fantasy scores. Brilliant work.

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    Michael Jackson for composing SONIC music.

    Jesper Kyd for composing Hitman music.

    Kelly Bailey for composing HL music.

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    Pandaren Monk Darios's Avatar
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    Well that's a tough one, as we've seen in recent weeks Jeremy Soule continues to make great music. There's also Jack Wall who did an incredible job on the Mass Effect soundtrack. And I'm really a sucker for Michael McCann's work in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Final Fantasy has had a lot of good music over the years but the recent games have left a bitter taste on the series for me.

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    I am Murloc! Azutael's Avatar
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    Honestly, there's so much good music in games that picking one single composer would be extremely difficult, if not impossible for me.
    Most recent "omg this is awesome" moment has been with Darksiders 2, they did a great job on the music for that series.

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    None of Blizzard's games on the list?
    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wromthrax View Post
    None of Blizzard's games on the list?
    AFAIK Jeremy Soule did MoP's soundtrack

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    Herald of the Titans Porimlys's Avatar
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    No Russel Brower or Matt Uelmen? No Koji Kondo???

    Yet you got Hans up there for Call of Duty

    Last edited by Porimlys; 2012-09-19 at 01:27 AM.

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    Wow, no Koji Kondo, bad list.

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    Pandaren Monk Darios's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digglett View Post
    Wow, no Koji Kondo, bad list.
    See? It's nearly impossible to narrow down the list because there are just so many good game composers out there.

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    The Unstoppable Force Adam Jensen's Avatar
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    I can't vote for Jack Wall and Jeremy Soule at the same time!

    Jack Wall it is . . . for this:

    But Jeremy Soule for this:

    And an honorable mention to Clint Mansell for this:

    They ask me why I'm bringin' - A baby into battle - That's really irresponsible - And getting them rattled
    I say "give me a break - Get off of my back damn, it" - I didn't learn parenting - My daddy was a planet

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    High Overlord Cat1337's Avatar
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    Really hard choice! I'd have to say Akira Yamaoka, although Koji Kondo, Jack Wall and Clint Mansell are all really close.....It's a shame Akira left the SH Series, his music was the only thing the newer games had going for them: /
    Last edited by Cat1337; 2012-09-19 at 01:33 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darios View Post
    See? It's nearly impossible to narrow down the list because there are just so many good game composers out there.
    Yeah, but Koji Kondo is the grandfather of all composers.

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    I agree with Diglett. Kondo's not my favorite, but he's damn good and has been doing it a long, long time.

    My favorite is Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, Xenosaga, Chrono Cross, with credits on Shadow Hearts 1 & 2). His work on the Chrono Series is some of the most memorable music for me.

    I also really like Koji Kondo (like I said before), Akira Yamaoka, and Nobuo Uematsu. So many good composers out there though.

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    Scarab Lord Arkenaw's Avatar
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    Jeremy Soule > Masato Kouda (Monster Hunter) > Nobuo Uematsu > Koji Kondo

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    None of the above. Grant Kirkhope takes the award for me. But of the ones on there, I'd say Jeremy Soule.

  18. #18
    Too bad Yoko Shimomura isn't in the poll. She did the music for the Kingdom Hearts series and it's really great

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    I'd have to say Yoko Shimomura is. She composed the music for Legend of Mana which is to this day one of my favorite games.

    Last edited by Zarlk; 2012-09-19 at 03:14 AM.

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    Inon Zur, Martin O'Donnell, Micheal Salvatori are all really good as well. The music from Halo has to be some of the most moving from a game I've ever heard. It's hard to disagree about Jeremy Soule, but Hans Zimmer has never really appealed to me. His stuff is good, but it's not my thing. I won't try and not butcher their names, but the Witcher 2 has some great music. So far Borderlands 2 has some good stuff, with Jesper Kyd, Cris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan contributing.
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