…But on the subject of favorite music, I don’t quite know what my favorite modern game music is, but I will be happy to bring up what I think is one outstanding underrated example: The last few Splinter Cell games.

Chaos Theory is probably one of my favorite soundtracks for how unique it sounded (maybe it’s just my lack of exposure to electronica) and for how interactive it was. Amon Tobin’s sounds were just something that kind of put a new yet fitting dress to Splinter Cell’s espionage theme. On top of that there was how the music of each level would change based on what was going on: each stage had at least three different versions of its theme for “stealth” “suspicion” and “alert”. Just check out how the Bank theme progresses below:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LOKM5xS-LE&feature=related
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHC-f3iHnEI&feature=related

A similar example is how the music adds a bit of bounce between each round in Street Fighter III. I for one thought 3rd Strike’s hip-hop music was actually quite good:

Crowded Street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETP7R5ORk6E&feature=related

Back to Splinter Cell though, by far my favorite theme in Conviction was in fact the sole piece for the game done by Tobin – the Main Menu Theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDNd0iosWyA

On the subject of Halo Reach, I actually like that game’s main theme, a lot.

With a lot of movies (and some games) there seems to be a sort of “main theme” that permeates throughout the score in different forms. The Halo composer even knows this. Where the previous games just re-played that (admittedly great) piano theme from all the escape sequences, Reach went and had its own unique theme which I thought was equally good at getting me ready to kill a motherfucker (like during the underground defense battle). The difference with Reach though was how that theme reappeared in equally awesome forms like what happened when the final waves of covenant started approaching during the campaign’s final battle:

Main Theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d01tFnjYJlY
Alternate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF7Bwt2Edsw (skip to 5:53)