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Posted: Jan 12th 2012 1:25PM Trololol said

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Posted: Jan 12th 2012 1:26PM Equillian said

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Anarchy Online, some of that music better be in there or they'll be comments to pay! You hear me?! COMMENTS!

Posted: Jan 12th 2012 1:31PM godot9 said

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I'm sure many of us get a hit of nostalgia upon hearing this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PttciaUv9s

Not necessarily the "best" in terms of musicality, but iconic in that "... follow[ing] a predictable pattern of charging an orchestra with "Be awesome! Be epic!" way.

-Godot

Posted: Jan 12th 2012 1:38PM MMOaddict said

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Didn't like the Darkfall one. It's no wonder too, because even the game has no meaningful soundtrack playing, one of it's many downfalls. I had the same issue with Ryzom.

Love the Blade and Soul theme, that's the first time I've ever heard it.

Mabinogi....no. Sorry, just no. Same with Runescape, and you put them before AoC?!!!

Otherwise, awesome article, can't wait for the next 10, I'm a HUGE fan of video game and movie music myself. The more orchestra the better.

I can already guess which games will be in the top 10. WoW, EQ2/Everquest, possibly Lotro, Aion, and Guild Wars of course. Will be interesting to see which other themes I haven't heard yet, which in itself is rare.

Posted: Jan 12th 2012 2:04PM Lenn said

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@MMOaddict LotRO's score is one of the best, in my humblest of opinions, but its opening theme is a tad on the "meh" side. It's not bad per sé, but it just doesn't leave you with that sense of anticipation that other MMOs' theme music does. It just lacks that goosebumpy feeling of, say, WoW's theme or TOR's theme.

AoC's score is awesome. Too bad Mr Breivik has tainted it somewhat. I've tried to like the game many a time, but that score is something I could listen to all day.

My guess for the next list: LotRO definitely, in spite of its meh opening theme; we ARE talking Justin Olivetti here, so it must be in. WoW is a good contender. Still a very impressive score. Guild Wars is a no brainer; Jeremy Soule is a musical god. EQ2 has some awesome stuff as well.
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Posted: Jan 12th 2012 4:28PM Softserve said

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@Lenn Hm, I actually think the opening theme is one of the better ones in the game :)
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Posted: Jan 12th 2012 1:55PM Poordevil said

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I still think Conan music is the best! You have to be out there on your mount, wind in your hair, blood on your sword, full of vengeance and lust to appreciate it!

Posted: Jan 12th 2012 2:04PM Ehra said

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I'm sure we'll be seeing WoW and Guild Wars making the second list :)


I hope the DAoC theme manages to make it too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMBopV7U4Is

I especially loved the ambient music they added with SI.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiTJMW6SHnw&feature=related


NOSTALGIAS. SO MANY NOSTALGIAS.

Posted: Jan 12th 2012 3:05PM Shazzie said

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@Ehra

I sure hope DAoC's makes it to the top, or close to it. Out of all the MMOs I have played, that one was the one that hit all the right buttons for me.

There are many themes I hope to see on this list (ah, EQ nostalgia!), but DAoC's is my vote for 'best'.
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Posted: Jan 12th 2012 9:43PM (Unverified) said

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I really liked when i zoned into Hadrians wall to pvp and heard the music
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Posted: Jan 12th 2012 2:09PM Balraw said

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If the Lotro theme isn't in the top 10 somewhere I am fire-bombing the massively office :P j/k That game has some really evocative music and I still get goose bumps when I hear the music that plays in the Shire.

I always thought The Age of Conan music was good as a mood setter for the games settings but if its not "your bag of chips" then that can't be helped I guess. The music was for me one of the few things I really enjoyed about that game.

Posted: Jan 12th 2012 2:13PM Omali said

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I never get tired of the Final Fantasy theme.

Posted: Jan 12th 2012 6:06PM (Unverified) said

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@Omali I have to agree... If the author of the post was really honest with himself the XI theme would be at least in the top 5. Hell, if the list was about the best collection of MMO music for a single game, XI would be the undisputed #1.

With the exception of the SWTOR theme (which is not truly a new piece of music) you just cant get better than the original opening theme for XI. Mind you, there are many versions of the theme, just as there have been with WoW. So I hope to see some other incarnations of the themes the higher we go. Oh and if WoW is in the top 10 we can just write this list off as being worthless to begin with.
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 6:43PM Vunak said

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Completely agree.
FFXI musical score is amazing. I still listen to it even when playing other games. Turn sound all the way down on most other MMO's I play now because there music pales in comparison.

Not to mention Nobou still does tours just to play FFXI music and Distant Worlds.
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Posted: Jan 12th 2012 2:19PM Doran7 said

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Guildwars themes still haunt my memory to this day as being the best I've ever heard.

Oh and bty Josie and the Pussy cats was not the best cartoon theme of all time.. it was Jonny Quest.

Posted: Jan 12th 2012 2:28PM Lenn said

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@Doran7 No, it wasn't. Ren & Stimpy wins every time.
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Posted: Jan 12th 2012 3:33PM pixledriven said

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@Lenn

This is a song about a whale.. NO! This is a song about being HAPPY!
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Posted: Jan 12th 2012 2:38PM Doran7 said

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ren and stimpy? yuck.

Posted: Jan 12th 2012 3:12PM Dumac said

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That's kind of a low quality version of the Runescape theme, there are better ones on youtube, like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7Qo2QZ8NE8

I loved Runescape music in general, I'm not really a fan of the style in general but RS did wonderful things with it.

Posted: Jan 12th 2012 3:26PM pixledriven said

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SHADOWBANE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVyzJn4BBAU

Dark dark game with dark dark awesome music.

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