I like to call this generation the "RPG generation" because it's clearly what it was. Then again it gave us a fair amount of platformer too so once again i'm confronted with a difficult decision that 5 songs only couldn't satisfy. Here's to another 10 songs!
Ahh yes, Super mario 64. Mario's transition to the 3D world was a brilliant one and we liked it! Going from world to world to fulfill various challenge in order to get the precious Stars would become some sort of staple that would be done once per console generation, or twice like in SMG's case. Bob-Omb field would be the first theme you'd hear in a world and damn is it catchy.
You totally expected an Ocarina of Time song huh? While i do love OoT i feel MM need more recognition, if not gameplay/story wise at least music wise. It's day two in Clock Town, its rainy and this happy tune plays. B-bu-but its raining, there should be a more sad song playing along! Yeah well, Clock town day 2 made rainy day badass, whenever its raining in your city, play this tune and you'll find yourself humming along with it.
The banjo serie on N64 is my favorite platforming games, who could think the idea of a bear wearing yellow shorts and carrying some bird in his blue backpack would be so brilliant? Just like Mario 64, the goal was to travel across world collecting jigsaw puzzles in order to unlock more world! What mario 64 did, banjo games perfected it.
The very first game adopting a metroid type of exploration which would become a staple for the serie in the future. It had flaws, but SoTN was brilliant, if the main castle wasn't confusing enough, guess what? You had the possibility to do it again but inverted! Gotta get that shiny Crissagreim/Valmanway. Michiru Yamane did a perfect job on the game's soundtrack and its one of the game's strongest point.
Syphon Filter was the best third person shooter trilogy on Playstation 1, while it had its frustrating moment it had solid missions, a robust weapon arsenal and some awesome music accompanying you during your missions. This following theme plays when you're under attack so you can't really hear it endlessly but it sure get the blood pumping while protecting those damn CBDC bomb squad.
This theme is brilliant, gotta be the best remix of the hammer bro's theme. These guys were battled in the first dungeon of the game and i used to just sit there and listen to the song instead of battling. These guys were totally dumb too but in a good way.
The Breath of Fire series was great, this game had the habit of throwing you a curve out of nowhere. Sometime you'd battle easy bosses, then suddenly "oh snap" a difficult boss that would wipe you out fairly easily. I've never finished any of them but III is the one i played the most.
This song is emotionally intense, the first time you hear it is in a destroyed city under the rain. This theme is also considered the theme of Beatrix, whom you fought 3 times in the game and guess what? She kick YOU back in the kitchen those three times and live to tell the tales. Hardcore isn't it?
Another emotionally powerful song. It still send shivers down my spine when i hear it and very few songs does that to me. This music and "People imprisoned by destiny" are amongst the best track i've heard in an RPG. I cannot find the words so i will let the song speak for itself.
I'm probably one of the only person in the universe who played this game. Anyway, the first comment sums it up well, the song will be burned into your mind, either because you died or got lost. Regardless the song give you an adventurous feel, unaware of the dangers ahead on your journey.
These are my ten songs for this generation, it was difficult because i didn't wanted to focus only on final fantasy games, so i made sure to select a different series exception made for Mario. Share your songs from the fifth generation below.