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| "KOF Music Thread" , posted Wed 24 Sep 17:08|
KoF12's changes getting you down? Let's take a load off and reminisce about the good old days. What are your favorite tracks (and/or their remixes) and do you prefer the OST or AST versions? (Odd question, I know, but there are a few tracks that I honestly prefer the OST).
KOF'96: AOF's "Kamikirimushi", Ikari's "Rumbling on the City", Chizuru's "Fairy" and of course "Esaka?"
'97 is hit or miss, especially with the stupid ambient tracks. Shingo's "Still Green", New Face's "Bloody" ... Iori's "Cool Jam" rules! But I still wish the AST ver. had the little guitar riff from the OST. Also like the little piano/guitar song that plays right before you fight the Orochi Team , wish there was an AST for that. Credits music was good too.
'98 was my first serious KOF game, I'd flirted with Fatal Fury and '94 before that but never got drawn in. The selection for that game was near perfect, but the only thing I never got was why they used the '95 China theme instead of "Psycho Soldier". Wish they used the OST arrangement of Arashi no Saxaphone 1 in the AST, as I much prefer that smoothe little buildup than just getting saxblasted from the start. Oh, and the original "Cipher" blows the UM version out of the water.
'99 had an absolutely PERFECT soundtrack. No commentary neccessary, except that "Tears" is the best KOF song EVER.
2k: "Good-bye Esaka", "Will", "The Trooper", "Inner Shade". Love the techno-bloopy feel of "Ice Place". OST "Crystal" was a nice farewell to the series.
...or so we thought. 2k1's tracks mostly sucked, but I always thought the Hero, Psycho Soldier, and NESTS themes had remix potential.
2k2 had good selection, if nothing else. Out of the new songs, the Netherlands theme was enjoyable, and the intro had that "KOF is back!" feel. "Progress" was cool, and "Napolitan Trance" redeemed the 2001 sampleset.
Now I'm probably the one who'll mention NeoWave tracks, but "The Dark" wasn't bad, and "Arena" needs to be in a DDR game STAT.
2k3's trax dissapointed me greatly. It seemed like only the bad guys got cool music! Ash, the Outlaws, Adel, Chizuru/Maki...
XI: Joker, Queen, Pure ~ Good Old Days, and New Order are okay, but KDD-0075 pwnz them all!
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| "Re(1):KOF Music Thread" , posted Wed 24 Sep 17:42|
KoF 96's soundtrack is one of my favorite fighting game soundtracks EVER. In fact, KoF 96 is one of the few games that I play JUST for the soundtrack. I've never really been too big on KoF's gameplay, but the soundtrack for this game alone is what keeps me coming back.
Favorites (I don't know the names of the songs): the Korean team, the Ikari Warriors team, the Iori team, the Women's team, Chizuru's, Goenitz' and most of all the AoF team's.
KoF 99's was great too. Once again the AoF teams was my favorite (some of my least favorite characters but with some of my favorite songs), the elevator stage, the women's team, and Krizalid's stage.
KoF XI's soundtrack was kinda eh. In fact, none of the songs really stand out to me at the moment.
Now KoF 98 was just awful. Lots of people claim this is the best KoF. Fine, but I say that the soundtrack is just awful. Some of the worst mixes of songs that have been remixed time and again.
As for the rest of the series, I've never played KoF 95, and i didn't play any of the other KoFs in a place where I could actually hear the music.
Okay, I'll shut up now.
| "Re(3):KOF Music Thread" , posted Thu 25 Sep 05:57:|
Don't get me wrong, '94/'95 had some okay tunes as well, but I think it really started coming together in '96. Of those early tunes my faves are the original Esaka (I once cut the AST intro onto the '98 AST song), Jungle Bouncer (what can I say, I like Faith No More ^_^), China's 95 theme, Flute In the Sky, and Rugal's theme AST (I think it was called Ketchaku R&D?). One thing I will give the older stuff is that the KOF Symphonic Soundtrack was top notch. One other song I'll mention is Slum No. 5, the first time I heard it I thought it was the most obnoxious thing I'd ever heard, but the remix from KOF Dance Trax redeemed it for me. Dance Trax is underrated ... sure, half the songs sound nothing like the originals, but the few that did were pretty good!
[this message was edited by Shindekudasai on Thu 25 Sep 06:10]