Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Broforce by Deon Van Heerden.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 89.4
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 32.5
Album Excellence: 48.6%
Broforce is a side-scrolling run and gun platform video game developed by Free Lives and published by Devolver Digital. Development began in April 2012 as a game jam entry and continued with developer and popular support, existing as an Early Access game. The game was released in October 2015 for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux. The player-character is a bro, a hypermasculine action hero-style commando, who fights terrorists and rescues his bro teammates and prisoners of war from captivity. The levels end when the player defeats a foreign devil boss, hoists an American flag, and leaves via helicopter while the scenery explodes. The bro character names parody those of fictional action heroes such as John Rambo, Die Hard’s John McClane, Chuck Norris, Mr. T, Alien’s Ellen Ripley, and Terminator’s T–800 by adding the word “bro” (e.g., Rambro, the Brominator). The Broforce team is under direction from “Nelson Brodela”. The game’s destructible environments wear away with the player’s gunfire. The score is composed by Deon Van Heerden.
What a fun idea this is. It’s like The Expendables in game form where you have all the classic action heroes to take down an evil enemy. I’ve never played it, but seen a few videos and it sure looks like a lot of fun. I’ll probably get it when it’s on sale. I have no idea what the music sounds like though, but I’m excited to find out. Not a part of the score, but I have to mention the opening song ‘Broforce Theme Song’ by Strident a perfect heavy metal song for the game. The score opens with ‘Choose Your Destiny’, an action-filled track full of heroics and mayhem, just as it is meant to be. Great opening track. The next three cues are presumably for a level called “Vietnam Blue Sky”. There is a world map cue, a low intensity cue and a high intensity cue. The world map is a percussion based cue, probably just waiting for your decision. It ends abruptly but I suspect it’s a repeating cue since it’s actually called a “loop” in the cue name. The low intensity version is also percussion based, but has more “power” to it with a bass line. The high intensity version is more fun as it amps up the sound and ferocity quite a bit. The percussion sounds great now, and really high intensity.
What matters most though is that this is a score full of testosterone. You can sense it in every single cue wether it’s percussion, horns or guitar. This is a score with hair on it’s chest and it reflects the idea and the game perfectly from what I’ve seen. The good stuff isn’t inside the levels though, neither map, low or high intensity modes were good enough. The cues I love the most are those in between the levels and their “victory stings”. That’s where the gold is, that’s where the meat is. You build a score only with those and you will have a fantastic time.
2. Choose Your Destiny
5. Vietnam Blue Sky (High Intensity)
6. This Ends Now
7. This Ends Now (Victory Sting)
8. Vietnam Red Sky (World Map Loop)
11. End Of The Line
12. End Of The Line (Victory Sting)
16. Liberty Or Death
17. Liberty Or Death (Victory Sting)
20. An Unbreakable Force
21. An Unbreakable Force (Victory Sting)
26. The Alpha Xenomorph
27. The Alpha Xenomorph (Victory Sting)
31. We Meet At Least (High Intensity)
32. We Meet At Least (Victory Sting)
33. No Sympathy For The Devil
35. The Star Spangled Banner (Broforce Edition)
36. Trophy Room Victory Sting
38. Area Liberated
39. Second Amendment Rights (Deathmatch Victory Sting)
41. Vehicular Overcompensation (Pulse)
45. Man And Machine (Pulse)
50. The Bowels Of Hell (Pulse)
51. Expendabros Theme
52. Expendabros Theme (Metal Version)