I'm surprised there hasn't been a thread about video game music, but I suppose I'll be the one to create it.
Video games are fun, because they're interactive. But looking back, it's the music I remember most. It's the music that makes the games so nostalgic, and what makes me miss playing them the most.
Through my childhood up to early adulthood, I've played who knows how many video games. I'll give you the top five video games with my favorite music. (Make sure the volume on your computer isn't turned up awfully high if you choose to click the links and hear the music.)
5. Super Mario Bros.
I'll start with the classic. These songs are 100% purely nostalgic, but they're also pretty catchy, too. Admit it, the Main SNES music puts a smile on your face every time you hear it.
4. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Jeremy Soule)
Upon inserting the rented KOTOR disc into the tray for the first time and hearing the theme of the Old Republic on the main screen, I wasn't aware that I was about to play the greatest Star Wars video game ever made. Jeremy Soule made the experience that much better. Even running around the apartment complex and browsing through the typical city life never felt like a waste of time, simply because of the music. Just imagine if your life sounded like this while walking around in public.
3. Spyro the Dragon (Stewart Copeland)
My top three aren't just single games, or a select few standout soundtracks anymore. These are whole franchises that have made a living creeping their way into my iPod with their music. Mainly known for his career with the band "The Police", Stewart Copeland has also found a home with my own generation of Spyro fans. "Jaques" is without a doubt the most recognizable song from the entire franchise, but it's also hearing bits like Evening Lake that make me yearn to go back to places like...well, Evening Lake.
2. Command & Conquer (Frank Klepacki)
And with that line, followed one of the most entertaining experiences I've ever had playing video games. Back when I was still in elementary school, I used to beg my older brothers to play this game. I longed for the power to control an unlimited number of tanks, so I could overwhelm those damned Obelisk of Light defenses.
1. Halo (Marty O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori)
The Gregorian chants. The orchestral beauty. The sense of scale every time you delved deeper into the intense science fiction world of the Halo rings. And to top it all off: the fact that the more down-to-Earth (literally and figuratively) ODST had absolutely none of that - and still had the best soundtrack out of any Halo game. This post is already long enough, so I'll just list a select few of my favorite tracks.
Honorable Mentions: These are examples of music from games that left an impact - albeit not quite as much those as my top five - but still enough that certain songs bring back good memories.
Tetris - Not much, but it's still iconic as ever.
Blinx: The Time Sweeper - There's just something about this beat that brings out your inner childhood.
MechAssault - ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US
Sonic Unleashed - Confession: I've never even played this game. But I discovered the music anyway, and I'm still having regrets about not playing it.
Kameo: Elements of Power - This music is worthy of any fantasy epic.
I hope others are willing to share their own flavors as well