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OverClocked ReMix, the web's largest hub for video game music remixes, turns a whopping thirteen-years-old today. I've been rocking out to their free-to-download, panel-vetted music since high school (oh god, now I feel old), and I thought it'd be nice to celebrate OCR's big 1-3 with my top five remixes.
I chose my top five based on personal preference rather than quality (though, there isn't really what you would call "low-quality" work on OCR), and I list them in no particular order. Turn up your speakers, open your ears, and enjoy.
Remix artist(s): B33J, Cerrax, Sixto Sounds, nonsensicalexis
Game: Shadow of the Colossus
Type: Badass rock
Clean out your ears, folks – this one's epic. Fitting for a game about stabbing the heck out of massive giants (who didn't do anything wrong, you monster!), don't you agree?
Remix artist(s):Trace Dragon XVI K
Game: Ecco the Dolphin, Sega Genesis version
Type: 2002's version of good dubstep
Cruise around town with your windows down and this dirty track blaring from your sub-par Oldsmobile speakers (or, was that just me?). Never thought you'd dig music based on a game about a magical dolphin, did you? Note: Ecco the Dolphin is actually a really incredible and really tough game.
Game: Kingdom Hearts II
Type: Dueling pianos
Pretend to play the piano (when are you gonna pay for lessons, mom? ugh) alongside this epic dueling pianos remix of KH2's "Darkness of the Unknown."
Remix artist(s): Draggor
Game: Final Fantasy VII
Type: Over the top electronic...or something
This Electric de Chocobo remix is either really stupid or the best Chocobo theme remix out there. It's been almost ten years since I started listening to it and I still can't decide. I'm leaning toward it being the latter, if only because it features a sick tempo change, a la The Surfaris' song, "Wipe Out."
Remix artist(s): halc
Game: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
I said that my top five tracks weren't listed in any particular order, and I only sort of lied. This track is my all-time favorite OCR remix. Even death metalheads (are those a thing?) will leap gleefully about to this excellent bubblegum chiptune mix. Also, I have an internet crush on the artist, halc, who recently worked on his first official soundtrack, for the game Bitstream.
Once again, a very happy thirteenth birthday to OC ReMix. Here's to another thirteen years of celebrating video game music through creative and quality remixing!
What are your favorite OCR tracks? Share them in a comment!
Ali is a former Game Informer editorial intern and is currently a
master's student at the University of Minnesota, where she studies
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