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My latest musical obsession is from one
of my most hyped games this year. It beat out Watch Dogs and even Super
Smash Bros. 4. I can’t wait to get a PS4 and rock this game like you
wouldn’t believe. However, this review isn’t about my abundant hype for
Infamous: Second Son, this post is about the equally hyped soundtrack.
Ever since it’s reveal at E3 of last
year, I wanted the song that was in the trailer. No, not the Nirvana
song…. not that Nirvana is a bad band per say – and it was only a cover
of one of their more popular songs – but the other song. The one that
started the video off. The one that slowly built up till about halfway
through the trailer… well, just watch the trailer for yourself.
Needless to say, I was hooked on that
riff. I needed to find that song, otherwise, it would be stuck in my
head constantly. There was no escaping that amazing bass, that deep
resonating piano, or those pounding drums. So I did what any nerd who is
worth their salt would do. I searched the internet for it. I traveled
across many sites, but the results were always the same:
“What is the song in the Infamous Second Son E3 trailer?”
“It’s a cover of Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana.”
“No, the one before that.”
“Uh, I have no clue.”
All of the results were but a mere
variation of this theme, so I waited. As it turned out, it appeared that
this particular song was an original, meant for the score of the game.
Now, it was uncertain at the time whether or not this game would receive
a legit soundtrack release. I could only hope to be so lucky. Not all
games with amazing soundtracks get releases
So that earworm from Sucker Punch
continued to burrow it’s way into my head. Occasionally I would watch
the trailer again and again just to hear those haunting notes. I was
ecstatic when news that the soundtrack was going to be released reached
my brain. ECSTATIC. At last, I could listen to what great mastery the
composers over at Sucker Punch had made. I would finally be able to get
my hands on that beautiful grunge sound. And they didn’t disappoint
Though I would go so far as to say that
there really isn’t one bad track on this soundtrack, I will, however,
point out the songs that steal the “show”. The song that was in the
trailer which I had obsessed over ever since summer of last year, was,
unfortunately, not featured on the soundtrack, however, the more
stripped down version is.
It’s the main theme of the game, and is titled Second Son. What an original name.
This serves as the main theme for the
game and definitely helps to set up the rest of the score rather well.
What I love about this track more than anything though is that driving
bass. It propels the entire song forward, setting up a rebellious romp
through a chaotic world.
While track one does an excellent job of
setting up the game, it is far from being the only good piece of music
on this score. What follows are a few of my personal favorites tracks
from the score.
Freedom and Security:
Smoke and Mirrors:
These are probably my top five favorite
tracks from the album. This is single-handedly one of my favorite
soundtracks/scores now, and I won’t stop jamming out to these tracks for
a long while. There are several more tracks I wish I could highlight,
but you should just experience them for yourself. Overall, this is going
to be an OST to remember for a long while.
There is no one set of motifs or sounds that is more prevelant than another, giving this soundtrack a unique sound, but not a repetitive sound.
The Final Score:
I am thinking about making this a long running series, if there is interest, sound off in the comments. Also, don't ask about the image at the top, even I can't explain it. Do you have a favorite OST? Drop it off on my wall and I'll give it a listen.