Mass Effect OST
Catalog Number: N/A
Released On: November 20, 2007
Composed By: Jack Wall, Sam Hulick, Richard Jacques, David Kates
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: Sumthing Else Music Works
Recorded at: Unknown
Format: 1 CD, Digital
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01 - Mass Effect Theme
02 - The Normandy
03 - Eden Prime
04 - Battle At Eden Prime
05 - Saren
06 - The Citadel
07 - The Presidium
08 - The Wards
09 - Criminal Elements
10 - Spectre Induction
11 - Liara's World
12 - A Very Dangerous Place
13 - Feros
14 - Protecting The Colony
15 - The Thorian
16 - Noveria
17 - The Secret Labs
18 - The Alien Queen
19 - Fatal Confrontation
20 - Saren's Base
21 - Breeding Ground
22 - Virmire Ride
23 - Exit
24 - Love Theme
25 - Uncharted Worlds
26 - Ilos
27 - Vigil
28 - Sovereign's Theme
29 - Uplink
30 - Battling Saren
31 - In Pursuit Of Saren
32 - Infusion
33 - Final Assault
34 - Victory
35 - From The Wreckage
36 - The End (Reprise)
37 - M4 Part II
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Compared to Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 may have a more technically impressive and complex soundtrack, but I'll always like this one a little more, I think. Perhaps part of this arises from my memories of Mass Effect, my first foray into the current generation a few Christmases ago that made that winter very special. Impeccable area themes and hypnotizing synth melodies, however, give me greater reason to favor this over the sequel, which toned those down in favor of a more orchestral and cinematic score.

We begin with the "Mass Effect Theme," an indelible piece of video game history. One of the most inspiring main themes ever composed, the theme tells Shepherd's story without words. Hearing it is at once nostalgic and hopeful for the future, and I have no doubt we'll all hear this again soon. Tracks like "The Normandy" define why I favor this soundtrack: synth compositions that perfectly convey the cold mystery of outer space. Perhaps the best of these is "Liara's World," a cold and alien soundscape that creates a world by itself. The "Noveria" theme, the Citadel themes, and the pinnacle of the soundtrack, "Uncharted Worlds," all make incredible background music for exploring a science fiction universe. "Uncharted Worlds" remains one of my favorite pieces of video game music to date, and Bioware better keep it for the final game in the trilogy.

The cinematic tracks aren't always incredibly compelling out of context. This is where Mass Effect 2's soundtrack may have the edge. There are a few exceptions, however, such as "Citadel," which marks Shepherd's entrance to the majestic space station. "Uplink" stands out as well with its dramatic build to spiky synth bliss. A couple of ending tracks channel the main theme to create coherence and remind us all of the human behind it all.

Capping off the soundtrack is the wildly appropriate and unexpectedly stirring electronic rock track "M4 Part 2" by Faunts, an indie band from Edmonton. Using a licensed track could have been disastrous in a fictional future, but Bioware chose well, and I can't imagine the soundtrack having a better conclusion. Overall, Mass Effect's OST succeeds in and out of the game. Such a groundbreaking RPG deserves a fantastic soundtrack, and that's just what it has.

Reviewed by: Kyle E. Miller


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