Saven wrote:I just wish we got more OSTs with the quality that the original three had. Something that dropped (IMO) a bit in TTT, and was lost completely from 4 onwards.
Since chars stopped getting individual stages/themes, the music lost a bit of personality. It kinda gave us insight on what kind of music the character likes to listen to, or what would play if they were featured in a movie etc. That's one thing dislike about modern fighters, they've pretty much abolished the idea of char specific stages, which in turn takes a ton of individuality from each character.
100% agree with both of you - my favourite Tekken OST has always been 3, with the PS remixes taking the crown - I think they were pretty cutting-edge and distinctive when they came out actually, and still sound fantastic. There were some really quirky mid-tempo tracks added in there - which sadly seem to have fallen out of fashion - for the likes of Mokujin (taking riffs from other characters' music - great reference), Gun Jack, Doctor B. And the whole PS soundtrack seemed to gel extremely well.
TTT1 was quite a bit weaker to me, although the PS2 version of Ogre's stage was a triumph...
4 had its moments, and its strength was probably in the range of styles. It certainly didn't have the edge, but all the same, there are some good ideas - and it generally avoided moving into more common dance music styles or movie-like orchestral arrangements which have crept in since.
TTT2 has moments where it falls into that trap (albeit some inherited from previous series' mixes). But it's balanced by a bunch of interesting stuff - there's the remix of the Tekken 4 Arena which sounds great and is really respectful to the original feel, plus the nods to some of the older tracks. And the ambient synthetic sound in the Heavenly Garden is a very well-made piece of stage music.
I suspect I'm the only one with this view, but Heavenly Garden looks like some weird dream of a Tekken stage... Where you're imagining playing the game and the colours are wrong or altered, and things look 'off'... Deliberate design yes, but that was my genuine first impression. Esp seeing Angel shooting a laser into the purple sky - I honestly think Tekken is going to have a hard time coming up with anything as surreal as that in future!