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Why We Shouldn’t Be Excited Clint Mansell Is Scoring Mass Effect 3

Why We Shouldn’t Be Excited Clint Mansell Is Scoring Mass Effect 3

Okay, I’ll admit, I’m only writing this blog so Chris reads it and gets annoyed.

But hey, it’s a valid point too. The soundtrack for the original Mass Effect, by Jack Wall and Sam Hulick, is still the best I’ve heard this gen and maybe the best I’ve heard in gaming. The only other soundtrack that I’ve fallen in love with is Final Fantasy VIII and obviously, the Seventies sci-fi synth of Mass Effect is worlds apart from that.

These tracks show the variety and scope of Mass Effect’s soundtrack as well as any…

And just to prove it’s not all sci-fi synth, there’s the orchestral drama of the final assault…

What about Mass Effect 2? Meh. It was the same composers but the music just lacked something. I obviously can’t review music – hell, I can barely review games – but there weren’t any standout tunes that made me hit Youtube afterwards to listen to them again, seeing if they work as well outside the context of the game. Maybe that’s why EA made the change. Maybe EA thinks Clint Mansell will do a better job than Jack Wall and Sam Hulick ever did. Maybe the drama of Mass Effect 3 will demand a different style altogether.

But knowing we’ll never hear another track as haunting as that on Ilos accompanying Shepard as he shoots his way around the galaxy… well, that’s why we shouldn’t be excited Clint Mansell is scoring Mass Effect 3.




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  • Chris McMahon

    Your mum.