What are the best main menu themes of all time?

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#1 Posted by charizard1605 (54466 posts) -

Music are an integral part of a video game's ambience and experience, so it is of the utmost importance that the mood be set properly right from the get go.

Most people probably don't even think twice about it, but how the main menu sounds can affect your perception of the game radically in so many subtle ways.

With the explanations out of the way, what would you say are some of the greatest main menu themes of all time? I'll start us off, feel free to add in your own recommendations:

Metroid Prime (Gamecube)

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (PC)

Age of Mythology (PC)

God of War II (PS2)

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)

Persona 4 (PS2)

Halo: Combat Evolved (Xbox)

Goldeneye 007 (N64)

Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)

How about you all?

#2 Edited by Blabadon (25211 posts) -

Deus Ex Human Revolution

Really, I don't think there is any other answer

Edit: Fine, here are some far away runner ups

2) Halo Combat Evolved

3) Persona 4 Golden

#3 Edited by charizard1605 (54466 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

Deus Ex Human Revolution

Really, I don't think there is any other answer

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#4 Posted by Blabadon (25211 posts) -

@Blabadon said:

Deus Ex Human Revolution

Really, I don't think there is any other answer

Link us all so we can revel in its glory.

Site doesn't deserve such glory

#5 Edited by PhazonBlazer (11385 posts) -
#6 Edited by R3FURBISHED (10042 posts) -
#7 Edited by xWoW_Rougex (2749 posts) -
#8 Posted by Slashkice (12980 posts) -
#11 Edited by LegatoSkyheart (24284 posts) -

Hearing Persona 4's theme for the first time convinced me that I was going to be playing an amazing game.

#13 Edited by Desmonic (12682 posts) -

Personally I always felt KH's menus and their music had a big impact while being super simple and minimalistic:

KH2 (PS2)

#14 Edited by Slashkice (12980 posts) -
#15 Posted by Stringerboy (6890 posts) -

MGS2

Halo

Gears of War

Mass Effect 1 and 3

#16 Posted by bbkkristian (14746 posts) -

@PhazonBlazer: I salute thee. But the first ost that popped in my head was Zelda. A Link Between Worlds to be specific. Kingdom Hearts is really fantastic as well. but yup, the king is Xenoblade's main theme.

#17 Posted by GotNugz (638 posts) -

Zelda clearly has the most iconic menu theme

Pick one link to the past

Ocarina of time

Wind waker

#18 Posted by comptonst88 (232 posts) -
  • Twisted Metal (PS3)
  • Uncharted series
  • Halo series
  • Alice Madness Returns

Just some examples off the top of my head of some games ive played that have great menu themes, debatable on which ones are the best though.

#19 Edited by SonicNextGen2 (3371 posts) -

Sonic Adventure 2:

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

Sonic 2006:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6sTAd36tiE

Dangan Ronpa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6ZFTgG5yXU

God Eater 2:

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

Guilty Gear XX:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0TbQz7BXK8

#20 Posted by Legend500 (127 posts) -

PES 5 Iconic and nostalgic. My childhood.

MGS Very cool sounding.

As others said as well Kingdom Hearts etc. Condemned and Elder Scrolls also have very cool menu themes. ACIV. I could be here all day lol.

#21 Posted by freedomfreak (38226 posts) -
#24 Posted by AsadMahdi59 (6540 posts) -

metroid prime hunters

kingdom hearts

cod4

gears 2

god of war 1

mass effect

#25 Edited by PrincessGomez92 (3233 posts) -

Halo series

Metroid Prime trilogy

Lollipop Chainsaw

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

#26 Posted by drummerdave9099 (603 posts) -

I find the Super Mario 3D world main theme/menu music extremely charming. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_hA50Z8s2Y

Halo of course

Donkey Kong Country

Yoshi's Island

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#30 Edited by Alucard_Prime (2614 posts) -

@charizard1605: Nice topic, off the top of my head I can think of:

FC:Blood Dragon(probably my favorite)

Deus EX Human Rev.

Aces of Galaxy(XBLA game)

Dead Space 3.

I'd have to do more research to remember the older games, I'm sure there are many of them but I just remember these for now.

#31 Posted by osan0 (12544 posts) -

rome 1 and empire total war had brilliant menu themes. empire especially...captures the sheer epic scale of the game and the period very well.

i was quite dissapointed with the way creative assembly went for the music in rome 2. i could see what they were trying to capture...the classic roman epic movie vibe....but no. not suitable at all.

#32 Edited by pelvist (4468 posts) -

I used to think the Shadow of the Beast 2 title music was great. I loved the music in that game, same goes for Beyond the Ice Palace but the best title theme of all time ever has to go to Cannon Fodder for me.

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#34 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5474 posts) -

Hard to go past Halo CE... every time I hear it it reminds me of how much fun I had playing it for the first time.

#35 Posted by silversix_ (13627 posts) -

I don't know of all times but i enjoyed the one in Fallout 3 a boatload. I listen to this and its like im back in 08

#36 Edited by farrell2k (5180 posts) -
#37 Posted by lundy86_4 (42658 posts) -

Persona 4's is just so ballin'.

#38 Posted by with_teeth26 (5993 posts) -
#39 Posted by AppleFan1991 (3022 posts) -
#40 Edited by SEANMCAD (5464 posts) -

my favorite game music sound track is still No One Lives Forever 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNZKHfanM40

#41 Edited by FoxbatAlpha (5889 posts) -

Halo 2 was epic with Joe Satriani's lick as its coming on.

BF2 on the PC was so damn catchy with the different countries each having its own load screen music. I still have them stuck in my head.

#42 Edited by Heirren (15985 posts) -

-Mike Tysons Punch Out

-Ninja Gaiden

-Super Mario Bros 2

-Super Mario World

-A Link to the Past

-Starfox

-Mario 64

-Metal Gear Solid

-Blast Corps

....off the top of my head.

#43 Edited by cfisher2833 (1506 posts) -

The only title screen that ever really amazed me and stuck with me in the long run was Metroid Prime's title screen. The only other one I really enjoyed was Legend of Grimrock's: this is the theme that's played here

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#45 Edited by yokofox33 (28955 posts) -
#46 Edited by charizard1605 (54466 posts) -

Seriously loving how many mentions Persona 4 is getting on here.

#47 Posted by foxhound_fox (86920 posts) -
#48 Posted by foxhound_fox (86920 posts) -

@MirkoS77 said:

Surprised it took this long. Agreed.

Are we talking intro themes or menu themes? Because if intro themes, then yes, Super Metroid, but it's menu theme is just a repeating soundbyte.

#49 Edited by PyratRum (547 posts) -

Gonna go with something a little different since most of the same (and greatest) have already been listed.

The Homefront multiplayer menu theme was always one of my favorites. Really set the tone for the game

#50 Edited by Zaraxius (205 posts) -

To list one that hasn't already been named, I'd say Paper Mario. It was great!