Saturday, May 26, 2012

Film Score Friday - Video Game Special - Mass Effect 3

While Video Games still have yet to produced photorealistic graphics (although in 5-10 years they might.) The medium itself has gotten more and more film like in storytelling and budget over the years. The score for games also shares many similarties to films, so I felt this exception to the article wasn't too far fetched.

So without further ado, this weeks entry is the Mass Effect Soundtrack featuring the awesome Clint Mansell, who is a film composer, Sam Hulick, Christopher Lennertz, Cris Velasco, Sascha Dikiciyan, and an extra song by a band called Faunts.

Firstly, in case you are either not a gamer or just haven't played Mass Effect 3, here's the trailer:

Just like that trailer, the game is pretty freaking epic. One thing however that's always been pretty iconic about the series is the score. the first two had a perfect blend of electronic influence set atop orchestral elements that has worked fantastically well. The first two games were scored primarily by Jack Wall and Sam Hulick, this one however was helmed by Sam Hulick, with a lot of work by Cris Velasco & Sascha Dikiciyan.

This score, much like the game itselt, is the most intense and emotional of the three. A culmination of years of work and inspiration. Two tracks had Clint Mansell's hand on them, of which are both very emotional and very well done, and fit the rest of the score perfectly. Clint Mansell is a master composer if you ask me.

The score overall isn't really one to fall asleep too, but I feel it stands on it's own very well, primarily because of the electronic elements. It's a fun listen and definitely worth your time!

If you have spotify you can listen to it now!

Mass Effect 3 - Various Artists

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