Bad*ss Menu Music

Spam1985

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What are some games that you start up but find yourself not actually playing for a couple of minutes because you just have to listen to the menu music for a bit?

Here's a few examples:

Spent a lot of time on Red Alert 2's main menu!

On Red Alert 3, if you stuck around past the first two tracks, you'd be treated to this extremely heavy version of "Hell March" from the original game.

Only ever rented this game. I didn't really care for it and don't actually remember much about it except this music:
 
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This one was a regular for me at one point, I'd just leave the game running on my Xbox just to hear this on loop as I did other things. **** the Master Chief's theme, this one is a masterpiece

Another one that I absolutely adore to this day(as well as the whole soundtrack) which I think is one of the coolest menu themes around. The multiplayer(combat simulator) menu was ****ing rad too!
 

Micah_DS

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THIS, more than the below ones:

I don't know if anyone else played Zone 66, but the theme really stuck with me:

Battlefield 1942 was the favorite of me and my friends with our LAN parties back in the day. This is technically the intro, I think, not the menu. Been a while since I've played.

There are a few others I could post, but I think those are the main ones that had me sitting in the menu listening to the music.
 
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Spam1985

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I used to own Perfect Dark! Yeah that music brings back memories, very badass and "moody".
The Halo and Metroid ones have a certain epicness about them, like you are about to embark on some grand galactic adventure.
No idea what Zone 66 is but I love that retro badass music there.

Battlefield1942 has a sort of military heroicness and epicness to it.
Reminds me of the early Tom Clancy titles, those had that kind of vibe to them:
 

Bart

WiseBart
Metroid Prime would definitely be a competitor for my number one spot!
The music of Perfect Dark is very nice, too. Such a great dark atmosphere it managed to create.

Two others that are very high on the list:

And then definitely also Oblivion, with that world map scrolling in the background giving a glimpse of that vast world you're about to explore:

This one probably doesn't fall under that "badass" label but it's one I'd always try to listen to (I'd go back and forth between title and menu until this theme would play):
 
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Spam1985

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That Oblivion intro really reminds me of Game of Thrones with the map showing the world along with the epic music.

Jesper Kyd's Hitman music is incredible, really added a lot to the tone and mood of the series and is sadly absent from the new games, as good as they are.
 

Mk.2

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Jesper Kyd
Speaking of:


I've timestamped the title theme song, but the whole OST is an excellent showcase of what the Mega Drive's soundchip is capable of in the hands of someone who knows how to use it. The sound really suits the style of music used in the game. Moody, cold and mechanical.
 
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Spam1985

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I am trigerred by the curse word in this topic's title. Please say "badass" not "bad*ss", because the character "*" reminds me of an anus.
Well I figured putting a swearword in the title would be breaking some sort of rule! Let me just leave you with this:
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I've timestamped the title theme song, but the whole OST is an excellent showcase of what the Mega Drive's soundchip is capable of in the hands of someone who knows how to use it. The sound really suits the style of music used in the game. Moody, cold and mechanical.
I'm not familiar with that game but I'm digging that soundtrack. I love a lot of Mega Drive music -a big part of that is nostalgia of course, but it has certain qualities that I just can't really put into words. So I will just say bad*ss again.
I've only really heard Jesper Kyd's name mentioned in regards to his Hitman work, but I believe he has done tons of other videogame music. I've probably heard a bunch of his stuff and just never known it was him.

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I'm going off topic in my own thread here since the game doesn't even have menu music, but I'm just going to mention Michael Giacchino's superb orchestral soundtrack for The Lost World: Jurassic Park - a console game that was released on both the PS1 and the Saturn. The film itself was scored by the legendary John Williams, but this game had a completely original cinematic soundtrack of it's own. I remember you could pop the disc into a CD player and just listen to the whole thing.
Curiously enough, Michael Giacchino would return to the franchise 18 years later, this time composing the score for the film Jurassic World (somehow the old game soundtrack is way better than the film score, but that's just like, my opinion man). He also did Medal of Honor's excellent cinematic music.

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Just to get back on topic again, here is Chuck Rock and his band playing his menu music for your pleasure:

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Mk.2

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I'm not familiar with that game but I'm digging that soundtrack. I love a lot of Mega Drive music -a big part of that is nostalgia of course, but it has certain qualities that I just can't really put into words. So I will just say bad*ss again.
I've only really heard Jesper Kyd's name mentioned in regards to his Hitman work, but I believe he has done tons of other videogame music. I've probably heard a bunch of his stuff and just never known it was him.
Another one by the same composer, again the whole OST is excellent.


Some more Mega Drive menu music:

 
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