Soundtrack Review: Abzu

Soundtrack Review: Abzu

Abzu Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Abzu by Austin Wintory.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 95.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 45.7
Album Excellence: 77.5%

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Abzu (stylized as ABZÛ) is an adventure video game developed by Giant Squid Studios and published by 505 Games for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows. The game was released on August 2, 2016. The game emphasizes swimming and exploring peaceful interactions with aquatic animals. It simulates the shoaling and predatory behaviours between fish, and incorporates interaction with them. The game also incorporates elements of role-playing games such as upgrades to equipment. The progression through the game is linear, rather than open-world sandbox, though the environments are designed to be explored. Individual chapters of the game are set in different areas of the sea, including caverns, deep oceanic areas, coral reefs and flooded ruins.

You know, this is pretty exciting. Minutes after I saw a trailer for Abzu, I knew that this was pretty special. My thoughts went immediately to another beautiful game called Journey a few years back where the graphics and music was just zen. What’s more exciting is that the score is composed by Austin Wintory who did that amazing score for Journey back in the day. I hope I’m not hyping this up too much, because I don’t want to be disappointed. The score opens with ‘To Know, Water’ and it is indeed beautiful and kind of epic. The swirling opening reminds me of underwater scenes, and the rather epic choir doesn’t ruin that wonderful feeling of deep dark water and exploration. ‘Heaven Was Not Named’ is another calming piece with a bit of dramatic flair it has to be said. Whatever it is, I am loving it.

While Journey was a more of an uplifting adventurous dreamy score, this is more of an underwater mystery score, but it retains a beauty in it’s music. It’s not going into thriller mode, but parts of it feels like that. There’s something happening in the underscore which is great. It gives the illusion of exploration and danger at the same time. What if Journey was set underwater and it was a mystery novel, that’s what Abzu could be. I know this though, I am addicted to it. There’s so much happening with the music itself, the sounds and it just fires off in my head in all kinds of great ways. It’s not a new Journey, but it is something new and something wonderful. Wintory has created a world I want to explore and experience with his music for Abzu, a truly wonderful score for the mind.

1. To Know, water
2. Heaven Was Not Named
3. Seriola Lalandi
4. And The Earth Did Not Yet Bear A Name
5. Delphinus Delphis
6. No Field Was Formed
7. Caranx Ignobilis
8. Myliobatis Aquila
9. No Destinies Ordained
10. Balaenoptera Musculus
13. Arandaspis Prionotelepis
14. Elasmosaurus Platyurus
15. Ichthysaurus Communis
16. Osteoglossum Bicirrhosum
17. The Waters Were Mingled Together

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Abzu, 7.5 out of 10 based on 6 ratings


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