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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 2:26PM Monkey D Luffy said

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@Lenn. I even explained it in the simplest way possible and you still didn't comprehend. *Facepalm*
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 3:23PM Lenn said

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@Monkey D Luffy Right back atcha!
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 3:34PM (Unverified) said

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@Monkey D Luffy

Damn right... There is a reason why a little game that never even came close to the subscriber numbers of most other MMOs out there has an actual touring symphony playing its music. FFXI has one of the best overall soundtracks and it is one of the only games to actually expand on its main theme song throughout its existence. The main theme is Memoro de la S^tono and has more than several versions used throughout the game not just its title screen. I feel sorry for the author of this "list" as he obviously has an anti FF/Asian bias.

check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DQhPRiZofM&feature=related for a live performance from one of the many symphony performances of it.
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 3:38PM Lenn said

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@(Unverified) Would you people please, for the love of all that's dear to you, check out part 1 of the list? Please?
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 3:44PM Ehra said

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@Lenn

Seriously, both of us pointed it out. I don't know if this is hilarious or sad.


Nah, it's hilarious. Got to love "I didn't see the song I like on this list, the author must hate all things that come from Asia!" comments.
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 4:36PM Lenn said

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@Ehra The leap from "I assume the author hates FF" to "therefore he is anti-Asian" is truly logic-defying.
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 6:22PM Vunak said

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@Monkey D Luffy

If this were my list FFXI theme would be at the top. They are so moving, and Nobou is an amazing composer. That CoP theme isnt even as good as the main FFXI theme. The main theme will give you chill bumps as you recall your adventures through Vanadiel
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:31AM (Unverified) said

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I've gotten into Star Trek Online since it went f2p. But every time I hear that song out in space - the one from the 1:30 mark, it bothers me. It doesn't fit. I can't put my finger on exactly what bothers me. Not a bad song in and of itself, and 10 million times better that that Enterprise song.

A song with a similar kind of sound but one I think would be more fitting is this rendition of a Zelda song, at the 30 second mark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-qmF1_SnDk

For space travel, I think I like that more open sound. The current song makes me think of end credits and just feels too heavy for the moments it is played in game.

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:32AM Jayle said

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Hearing the WoW main theme makes me want to go back and play it.

The STO main theme just makes me want to watch STTNG.

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:40AM (Unverified) said

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That first image brings be back to all those great hanna-barbera cartoons from the 70s.

And then that leads me to Sealab 2021 which is just PURE GOLD!

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:40AM Sorithal said

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LotRO's was amazing.

And I still remember WAR's intro theme even though I only played that game for... a week I think. So I'd say that one was fairly good.

RIFT's is also nice too.

WoW's is so nostalgic... really miss the original intro song.

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:41AM Leandra said

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I've always really loved the opening themes for Rift and Aion. And LotRO.

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:50AM Critical Mass said

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The various Battlefield themes are pretty cool imo, except the latest one for BF3.

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:54AM bugse82 said

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i just love the whole ddo ost. it's one of the most unique soundtracks out there.
it can vary from this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WhQqScC_SU

to weird and creepy tunes like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0TgNHttAH4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuVCrmKzy3k&feature=related

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:58AM Yarr said

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Aion's log-on theme is far better than many of these 20 themes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBNqP_WLTl0

but then you'll never see anything positive about Aion from Mr Olivetti, considering the bashing and links to outright false info on the game he daily posted on his personal blog. Lame, to say the least.

Granted, music is a personal taste and I would agree on several of these, Runes Of Magic being a favorite (actually, they've had several), and GW2 is just incredible. And yes, I like Ultima Online's theme too.

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:58AM Makovorn said

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Pretty good list. I loved Yang Bang Ean's very avant-garde music score for AION - a nice blend of modern and old. Jeremy Soule is of course an amazing composer ... I just wish ArenaNet had the budget to employ a real symphonic orchestra to perform his works instead of using the synthetic variety (albeit incredibly well done) we hear in the Guild Wars games, The Elder Scrolls series etc.

I guess the OST's I listen to the most, has to be that of World of Warcraft, especially after they switched to using a real orchestra in Burning Crusade and onward. When Cataclysm was released, a lot of the older "synthetic" or "sampled" orchestra tracks were re-recorded with a live orchestra, which makes those old tunes just super special now (e.g. Orgrimmar theme etc.)

David Arkenstone, Rusell Brower, Derek Duke and all of Blizzard's in house composers are aces in my books. :) I'm surprised Age of Conan didn't get a mention in the article - amazing stuff there as well!

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 1:29PM Makovorn said

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@Makovorn For those of you who didn't see "part 2" in the title (*blush*), here is the link to part one: http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/01/12/the-perfect-ten-best-mmo-theme-songs-part-one/

Thanks Lenn :)
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 12:05PM Yarr said

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Also, wouldn't it be nice if games that have had multiple theme / log-on music over the years would have a drop down menu to let you choose which version you'd like to have as default?

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 1:04PM Lenn said

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@Yarr @Makovorn You both did see the "part 2" in the title, right?
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 1:06PM Lenn said

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@Lenn Not Yarr, but Xaielao below this. Damn it, Massively. WTB a proper commenting system.
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