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A few months ago (issue 232) we asked readers what their favorite video game sound effect is. Nostalgia ruled the roost, with many respondents calling out sounds from 8-bit classics as their all-time favorites. Here are some responses.
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It may not be my favorite, but I love the sounds of the shotguns on CS:GO. When you kill someone with the Nova or Sawed-off it just has an extremely satisfying crunching sound.
Also, the sound the sword makes when you pull it out on Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. That game has the best sounds and music.
The death tune from Castlevania. Not necessarily a happy one, but the NES will forever be linked with that little failure anthem.
I really like the sound effect when Mario gets a mushroom in Super Mario World.
The Charger in L4D2's yell, especially when getting a death charge. Or the Zelda puzzle sound...or...Link spinning his sword..and...oh yes....OBJECTION!
The "puzzle solved" sound from The Legend of Zelda...yes.
There are too many to name here, but one favorite is the "loot sound" any time you pick up loot in the Thief series. So satisfying. Also the sound of your blackjack nailing the back of a guard's head, accompanied by a stifled "oof!" Oh yeah, and every time the Guildmaster telepathically tells you in the first Fable to "try and get your combat multiplier even higher" - he wasn't annoying at all.