Soundtrack Review: Anno 2205

Soundtrack Review: Anno 2205

Anno 2205 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Anno 2205 by Dynamedion.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 93.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 38.8
Album Excellence: 67%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Anno 2205 is a 2015 city-building and economic simulation game, with real-time strategy elements, developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte and published by Ubisoft. 2205 is the sixth game of the Anno series, and was released on 3 November 2015. As with Anno 2070, the game is set in the future, with players having the opportunity to set up colonies on the moon. In Anno 220, you join humankind‘s next step into the future with the promise to build a better tomorrow. You conquer Earth, establishing rich, bustling cities and grand industrial complexes, but to secure the prosperity of your people, you must travel into space. A scientific breakthrough in fusion energy promises to revolutionise all aspects of society. The necessary isotope, helium–3, can only be found in harvestable quantities on the Moon. Venture into space and settle on the Moon in the thrilling race for resource and power. Anno’s masterful economic gameplay is back and taking strategic city-building simulation to new heights, launching into space! The score is composed by Dynamedion.

Anno is a huge game series spanning six games and I remember enjoying one of the earlier ones set in 14 to 17th century. This is the second one set in the future, one that I sadly haven’t played as well as the Anno 2070 game. But one day… I will. Love these kinds of games. The game composer is listed as “Dynamedion” which is a German based composer team that includes composers like Alex Pfeffer, Pierre Langer, Tilman Sillescu and Benny Oschmann. I have no idea who scored what in this release as I couldn’t find the information sadly. I know that Anno 2070 were scores by Tilman Sillescu, Alexander Roder, Markus Schmidt and Jochen Flach so I assume that’s the case here. The score opens with ‘The Second Wave Overture’, a big sounding opener with a power theme featuring massive horn music but as overtures goes, this cue features a nice mix of more calmer elements as well. It is a great sounding overture mixing drama and action and the sound quality is great. This is obviously a big production. I love the science fiction parts with subtle choir around 4 minutes in. It’s a nice contrast to the good but generic action piece at the start. Choir seems to be an important element in this score as a male choir is added to the more subtle lighter choir in ‘Helium 3’. The violin music is almost unnoticeable if it hadn’t been for the nice theme.

The score is quite dramatic and “heavy” in the beginning. At this point I’m thinking that this won’t do for an build and resource management sim. It needs calm and nice music. This music is for wars, endless wars, and it’s great war music to be fair. ‘Global Union Anthem’ is more what I was thinking about when it comes to a more exploratory side of the game. It’s a bit too heroic though, but it’s so good so I’m not complaining. Love the mix of electronic music and orchestral music. It works so well. And the theme ostinato is just right. A stunning cue. But maybe the real “explore” cues are the ones lacking what I want the most? Not sure, but cues like ‘Thawing’ for example has elements of not doing anything for a character or scene, but more a background sound that would be good for trading merchandise, building a new warehouse and so on, but when I listen to it on album, I miss the power of the more emotional cues. Luckily for me, there are a lot of cues I emotionally connect with, but I’m very curious to hear what it sounds in the game. The latest civilization game for example had special “ambient” cues and I would be surprised if Anno 2070 didn’t have that as well, but maybe they aren’t present on this score? Also I’m thinking that this game has a big story mode and the music seems perfect for that because I feel the music is telling a story, a very exciting one. Ultimately this is a very exciting score as well, one that I really enjoyed listening to and will listen to again, hopefully while playing the game as well.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. The Second Wave Overture
2. Helium 3
3. Ibarra Foxcom
4. Megalopolis
5. Global Union Anthem *
6. The Stabilizers *
10. The Algorithm Of Mankind
11. Usoyev Cannot Be Trusted
12. Dear Distant Earth
14. Space Lift Engineering
15. The Vortex
16. Lunar By Birth
17. The Arc
18. Survival
19. Rope’s End
20. Revelation
25. Looking For Accidental Contact
26. The Truth Lies Hidden Beneath The Ice
27. Lunar Licensing

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Soundtrack Review: Anno 2205, 8.0 out of 10 based on 5 ratings

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