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Music can do much more for atmosphere than nifty graphics and voice-out, I still catch myself humming the

from Ultima 7 now and then, just like
from Ultima 5/6 and of course
, let's not forget the
, joining the Britannia and Gargoyle theme, a masterpiece in its own right, and a worthy conclusion of your 200+ hours quest to end this war.

 

For me, when it comes to storytelling and atmosphere, Ultima 5 - 7.2 are still the measuring stick for any other (western) RPG. The BG series is a close followup but still doesn't play in the same league. PS:T almost made it there as well, just missing the music to compliment the storytelling. After these 7 games and their addons there is a large gap where each and every japanese RPG fits in before the rest of the western RPGs catch up.

 

Heck, for ol' times' sake:

 

 

 

Enough elder-school ranting for now (What? Bleary eyes? No that's just strain from staring at the monitor...)

 

What I also love in soundtracks is variations, like most Star Wars songs having some elements of the main theme, or the Variations of "Call of Magic" in Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim.

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I think the Drakensang series had a pretty decent soundtrack, ranging from merry fantasy to dark and brooding. It's worth a watch.

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NO FOLK. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO.

 

I charge into the enemy to butch choral chanting and drums, not some hippie on a lute dammit.

There is a lot of different folk music in the world, it's not really one genre. Sardinian folk music is different from slavic folk, which is a world of difference from American folk.

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NO FOLK. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, NO.

 

I charge into the enemy to butch choral chanting and drums, not some hippie on a lute dammit.

There is a lot of different folk music in the world, it's not really one genre. Sardinian folk music is different from slavic folk, which is a world of difference from American folk.

 

Absolutely, just listen to the Legends of Eisenwald soundtrack. It's epic but it's also got a lot of European folk influences, or dare I say renaissance music influences. That's what flutes and lutes are all about. Renaissance, man. Bring on the renaissance. Can't think of a game that has ever done that. All games are all epic drums and strings - can't stand that anymore. It's all the same.

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