Number 2: Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Sonic 3 & Knuckles, an ambitious game so large it had to be divided into two cartridges that locked into each other, is widely regarded alongside Sonic CD as the peak of the Sonic series, a peak it has yet to approach again. Incredibly huge levels, brilliant graphics and of course an absolutely jamming soundtrack put the game at a peak above its peers where it still stands today. Many a childhood (and adulthood) hour has been spent rocketing through S3&K's colorful stages while all the while tapping a foot away at the games catchy and addictive soundtrack. Even OC Remix home of some of the Internets best game remixes is forced to acknowledge the sheer amount of S3&K remixes they've been flooded with, many of them tackling the fan favorite Ice Cap Zone music.
To be honest, a large part of S3&K's success really is owed to its soundtrack. Sonic games have proven over the years that the soundtrack is almost as important as the rest of the game, and Sega's landing of Michael Jackson as one of the composers for the S3&K soundtrack was really made S3&K's sound for many people. There is a constant groove to the soundtrack, a beat that's always there in the back that moves you forward. The composition is tight, well constructed and never misses a beat. The tunes are almost immediately catchy, and if you're not careful will end up stuck in your head for the duration of the week.
S3&K scores high in all areas, even picking up both bonus points. Simply put, it's an incredible soundtrack, one of the best you'll ever listen to.
Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Stand Alone Quality: 4.75
Emotional Reaction: 5
Game Representation: 5
Non-Gamer Enjoyment: 1
The bottom line is that if you're looking for an impressive soundtrack, S3&K is a great place to start as this years 2nd best soundtrack of all time.
Number 2---Sonic 3 & Knuckles by Michael Jackson and Jun Senoue