No order because 'tis only a nomination thread
Shadow of the Colossus - Revived Power
This is a bombastic kick of orchestral energy that never grows old. It is just so grandiose and adventurous.
NieR - The Dark Colossus Destroys All - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUfkJrt4dLI
I like my boss music bombastic, what can I say. This is a swashbuckling, dramatic track, with NieR’s signiature vocals upping the stakes and intensity to the limit. Shadowlord, my runner up, is more emblematic of NieR’s soundtrack as a whole with its bittersweet melancholy and buildup, but The Dark Colossus Destroys all is such a direct dopamine rush of a track that it ultimately edged out.
Persona 5 - Rivers in the Desert
Every lyric is iconic. That chorus is a banger. It’s just got this drive and swagger to it. When this track first played in the game, I turned my speakers up so high my chair vibrated.
Metal Gear Rising Revengance - A stranger I remain
The Metal Gear Rising soundtrack reminds me of my emo phase. Unlike my emo phase, this song is self-aware, cheesy, fun, and fantastic
Okami - The Sun Rises - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya3yxTbkh5s
Okami is a work of art that represents an awful lot in terms of gaming history - Kamiya at his peak, the swan song of Clover Studios, the moment where games attempting unique visual styles became a subject of praise rather than scorn, and most of all (alongside Persona 3 and 4 and God of War II) the end of the PS2 era. In that sense, this track is the ultimate summation of this game’s triumph - a track so beautiful and perfect it is nigh-on-indescribable.
NOTE: Only 2 links are included because I am a newcomer and there is the link limit. Sorry about that.