The Lost Planet 3 Soundtrack Review
Posted on Friday, September 27 @ 08:50:39 Eastern by Keri_Honea
I haven't played Lost Planet 3, and nor do I ever really intend to. Aside from getting less-than-favorable reviews, the game just doesn't sound like my cup of darjeeling. The only thing I really knew about the game when I received the soundtrack was that it was a sci-fi set game with planetary travel and aliens. So of course, I expected the soundtrack to emulate a sci-fi feel. Since its composer was the illustrious Jack Wall, I expected something akin to what he did for Mass Effect 2. I could not have been more wrong, and the soundtrack has been an extremely welcome surprise.
Instead of fanfare or sci-fi-sounding tunes, the soundtrack has a country/survivalist tone, not unlike the soundtrack for The Last of Us. Those who have played the game were probably as taken aback as I was upon hearing the music, as it's definitely not something anyone playing this type of game would expect. At first I was shocked, not sure of what I was hearing, but it only took two tracks to win me over.
Of course, the soundtrack isn't all steel guitar and fiddle. It actually has a split personality, and halfway through the track list, it becomes a more "typical" video game soundtrack, and a little bit more of what I would expect from a game of this type. It's now a full, traditional orchestra with brass fanfare and a complete string section that switches back and forth from being melancholy to creating a complete horror vibe.
However, this eclectic split doesn't detract from the soundtrack at all. Yes, it definitely has that A side/B side ring to it, but it still works well for the overall soundtrack. I'm glad it was constructed in that way instead of meshing it all together in the order it might have been presented in the game, because that would jump around way too much. It definitely wouldn't play in my car if it was organized in that way.
Once again, a soundtrack for a video game I have not and will not play has become one of my absolute favorites. In fact, Jack Wall's Lost Planet 3 soundtrack is my current frontrunner for video game soundtrack of the year. If the sample above appeals to you, I cannot recommend purchasing this soundtrack enough. Jack Wall has created another masterpiece that will be in my weekly soundtrack rotation for years to come.
A digital copy of the soundtrack was provided by the producer.
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