My coworker Phil always makes fun of me because I have the MechWarrior 2 soundtrack in my iTunes share. It’s the first game soundtrack that I ever could toss in a CD player and take around with me, and is also one of my first encounters with ambient music. Since MW2 is pretty much abandonware, and the soundtrack itself isn’t available anywhere, I’m thinking about putting it on my site as properly-tagged mp3s so that other fans of the series can reminisce. Unfortunately, CDDB has a completely bunk set of track names (i.e. Mechwarrior Soundtrack 1, 2, etc.), and it would be nice to get a little text context into each piece of music. I don’t have time to do this all by myself, but if anyone wants to help, it would be a fun way to promote one of my favorite game soundtracks ever.
Here’s some proof that i’m not the only person who loves this soundtrack:
The game’s soundtrack was amazing as well. Not only did it fit the theme of the game, but many of the redbook audio tracks were good enough to listen to on their own in an audio CD player.– http://www.gamespot.com/gamespot/features/all/greatestgames/p-49.html
The Mechwarrior II seriers from Activision gets my vote for best video game sound track ever. (Although WoW is pretty dang good) These techno/tribal tunes really helped to set a mood better than any game prior to it, IHMO. And I believe it still holds true today. Actually, I have the sound tracks on my IPOD and listen to them quite regularly. True, they lost something in the 2nd and 3rd installments of the game, but still top notch. ~T.D.~– http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=146552&cid=12276984
If any feature of Mechwarrior 2 could measure up to the computer voice, it would have to be the music. The music on the game CD was so good that I would usually leave it in the drive and play it through the speakers as I was working — in fact, I am listening to the music right now. It’s still good, after all these years (tracks 03, 09 and 14 in particular… ah, heck, they’re all good). The missions were worth playing just to hear the next music track, which usually matched the feel of the mission (quiet sneaky staccato music for stealth missions, grand vocals and crescendos for all-out assults). Once again, my opinion may be biased — because I have always been a fan of electronic music — but others have said the same things, so I know I’m not completely nuts.– http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2003/7/9/33821/10218
Also, if you have reason to believe that MW2 is not abandonware, please contact me so that I don’t make any mistakes. 🙂