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10. Tappy Iwase- Ahhh Tappy, you have created pieces of music that is
inspirational to all. Starting with my first Sony game I bought was
MGS1 I instantly fell in love with it and played the game through and
through. Every time I think back on playing it I just have to hum the
theme song to myself since it was so awesome. And with other work done on the series like Metal Gear Solid 2, 3, and the 20th Anniversary he has achieved global recognition all around the world. (MGS3 Snake Eater)
9.Masato Nakamura- For me Masato Nakamura is one of my favorite
composers if not my first favorite video game composer of all time.
Why? Because he composed both Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic 2 for the
Genesis. The music in those games were really great and just got better
as you progressed through the game. And who can forget the classic
Green Hill Zone theme? (Sonic the Hedgehog Green Hill Zone Theme)
8. Yuzo Koshiro- For me he is considered the Techno King of gaming.
Koshiro did works on the Sega Franchise Streets of Rage which was well
received because of it's great graphics, gameplay, and amazing
techno-like music. I don't think there is any piece of techno music out there that can beat the work of Koshiro. (Streets of Rage 1 Beatnik on the Ship)
7. Junichi Masuda- One of my favorite RPG's just got better with the
help of Junichi Masuda. Masuda San is best known for his work on the
popular GameBoy game Pokemon. The franchise started out as a instant
hit and soon to be a classic game. The music in it was super catchy and
awesome that I would fly back to a certain area just to listen to the music.
While the games have been lacking some, the music has stayed top notch
for over 10 years. (Route 1)
6. Michael Salvatori & Martin O Donald- Michael and Martin have
done work with the amazing FPS game Halo. The music in Halo is just
pure awesome from the theme song to the title screen. Michael and
Martin have done an amazing job over the years and there work on ODST just goes to show if Bungie were to take anything from any of the Halo games and add it into Reach, let it be the music design of ODST. (Halo 3: ODST track 2)
5. Nobuo Uematsu- Chrono Trigger is considered to be one of the
greatest RPG's on the SNES and Nobuo Uematsu helped out by composing
the music for the game. Uematsu composed many games including FF:XII
and the upcoming FF:XIV. Uematsu deserves #5 in this spot for the
great work that he has done for the past two decades. (Chrono Trigger Wind Theme)
4. Kenji Yamamoto- Another great composer Nintendo has is Kenji
Yamamoto. He did work on the beloved Metroid Franchise. Metroid is an
amazing 2-D/3-D game in itself but add memorable music and vibrant
level designs and you got yourself # 4 top spot in my list. (Kraid's Theme)
3. Hitoshi Sakimoto- Many people know him for perfecting the music that
is FF:VII. Along with many other FF games the music in that franchise
were really touching and always brought tears to someones eyes with the
great cinematics to go along with it. That is why he deserves the
number three spot in my list. (Final Fantasy 6-Terra)
2. Harry Gregson-Williams- If you asked somebody to name a composer
from a Sony game most likely will they call out this guy's name. Harry
has done phenomenal work with games, most notably MGS and also got to
compose the hit game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Harry and the MGS
franchise mix like peanut butter and jelly, they can't go wrong!
1. Koji Kondo- Pretty much 90% of all gamers have heard the great work
of Koji. He is the master mind behind great Nintendo franchises such as
Mario and Zelda. He has created such amazing music that I don't think
there will ever be a day where people won't mention part of his work.
Everything from the Mario Theme song to the work in Super Mario Galaxy.
Even hundreds of years from now people will look back and say Yeah I
remember that. That game was awesome and still remember the great work
of Koji and that is why he deserves the top Video Game Composer of all
time. (Super Mario 64 Bomb-Omb Battle Field)
Yuzo also did some awesome work on the Game Gear version of Sonic the Hedgehog. I prefer his Scrap Brain to Nakamura's. Good post.
Thanks. Scrap Brain was an amazing song. Another one of my favorites. Along with Chemical Plant Zone.
Nice list. Man, ODST does have an incredible soundtrack, doesn't it? A lot of good oldies here, too. I can never get enough of some Sonic or Chrono Trigger tunes.
I only really have one big one. and thats ED-BOON "Mortal Kombat"
oops, i read this topic wrong.
Aww, no Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts and Mario & Luigi), very nice list, I love all those composers.
Nice list, but Uematsu has nothing to do with the upcoming "FFXIII." It'll be the first Final Fantasy game where he will have no involvement whatsoever.
He left all of the composing to his successor (can't remember his name...).
He's composing "FFXIV," though!
Also, you say he deserves "#6," but you ranked him "#5?" You must have changed things around before posting it or something...
Not a bad choice of music
Oh, well before I heard he was working on FF:13 a couple of months ago. Maybe it changed now.
And sorry for the confusion. Fixed now.
I am a big Yuzo Koshiro fan. I used to go to the Streets of Rage sound test listening to it, now I have all the soundtracks on my hard drive. I gotta give you props for adding him to the list.
Hitoshi Sakimoto did Final Fantasy XII, not VII. For Chrono Trigger Uematsu-san only contributed a couple songs, the majority of the credit goes to Yasunori Mitsuda. Other then that, great list, I agree wholeheartedly that all these musicians are great :)
Sorry if I made some confusion. I just saw the song and liked it so I put it up there since I knew he did work on the FF games but not sure on which ones.
And thanks for the comments.
Hey I have a q for you, who composed the halo music?
oops never mind lol
If Nobuo Uematsu is on board, I'm on board. Genious.