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Mars: War Logs OST
Catalog Number: SQEX-10365
Released On: August 2, 2013
Composed By: Sylvain Prunier
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: Spiders
Recorded at: Unknown
Format: Digital
01 - Main Theme
02 - Arrival at the Camp
03 - Sand Shower
04 - Welcoming Committee
05 - P.O.W. Camp 19
06 - Mean Dogs
07 - Camp: Crater Zone
08 - P.O.W. Camp (Fight)
09 - Camp: Drilling Well
10 - Camp: Drilling Well (Fight)
11 - A Queen!
12 - Camp: Cistern Area (Fight)
13 - Power Plant
14 - Power Plant (Fight)
15 - Enters the Technomancer
16 - Power Struggle
17 - Shadowlair
18 - I Am the Law
19 - Shadowlair: The Sand
20 - Shadowlair: The Sand (Fight)
21 - Shadowlair: Slums
22 - Shadowlair: Slums (Fight)
23 - The Old Friend
24 - Tierville
25 - Tierville (Fight)
26 - Shadowlair: Undercity
27 - Shadowlair: Undercity (Fight)
28 - Train Wreck
29 - The End of Innocence
30 - Agricultural Zone
31 - Agricultural Zone (Fight)
32 - Farming Village
33 - Industrial Complex
34 - Industrial Complex (Fight)
35 - Digging Deeper
36 - Technomancer Headquarters
37 - Technomancer Headquarters (Fight)
38 - Ladies’ Man
39 - Shadow Line
40 - Shadow Line (Fight)
41 - Drilling Worm
42 - The Source
43 - The Last Stand
44 - End Theme
Total Time:

A game like Mars: War Logs doesn't inspire verbosity, and if I have little to say about the game itself, I have even less to say about its soundtrack. After two competent opening tracks, the War Logs OST crumbles into unmemorable pieces: distant industrial sounds, broad synth groans, and mundane drum beats.

The first two tracks on the album, "Main Theme" and "Arrival at the Camp," capture a fragment of the cyberpunk edge groped for by the game, albeit rather generically. "Sand Shower" sounds like something that might have been scrapped by Sam Hulick or Jack Wall, and this half-science fiction sound returns time and again. "The End of Innocence" features the same limited sounds, for example, and the "End Theme" echoes some of the other themes without taking those few faraway synthetic noises to a new place.

Even event tracks like "Enters the Technomancer" barely register on the ears. When the music does amp up, as in "Power Struggle," one hears bland mechanical drums overlaying crunchy synth; we've heard it before. The ambient tracks fail to construct any palpable atmosphere, and the "Fight" tracks feel like broken shreds of the same track, strewn about the entire course of the album.

At best a collection of Mass Effect B-sides, at worst a failure of atmosphere and ambiance, the Mars: War Logs soundtrack is a forgettable hour and a half. Forty-four tracks is an impressive undertaking for a single composer, but as each track bleeds into the next, I can't help but wish more thought was put into fewer tracks. Perhaps all that is needed is a more powerful source of inspiration. Mars: War Logs, after all, probably isn't going to open anyone's creative conduit.

The Mars: War Logs OST can be downloaded free at the official Spiders site.

Reviewed by: Kyle E. Miller


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