Soundtrack Review: Champions Of Anteria
Champions Of Anteria Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Champions Of Anteria by Jeff Broadbent & Dynamedion.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 95.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 66.9
Album Excellence: 79.66
Champions of Anteria is a single-player real-time strategy and action role-playing game developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte and published by Ubisoft. The game was originally part of the The Settlers series and was known as The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria, but Ubisoft renamed the game and turned it into a new property in April 2016. The game was released on August 30, 2016. In Champions of Anteria players can command five champions, each skilled with using one main elemental power of water, fire, metal, nature or lightning. Players will pick three champions to fight each mission, strategically choosing the powers they will bring in battle to give them the upper hand on the field. The score is composed by Jeff Broadbent & Dynamedion.
The score opens with ‘The Siren Song Of Home’ by Jeff Broadbent, a heroic and bashful opening theme like it should be. I like a good theme and this certainly is one. ‘So That Was The Welcome They Had’ is next and it retains the positive feelings from the first cue, but remains more exploratory in nature. That makes a lot of sense to me and the game is about building and defending which means a lot of the music will be background music just doing these things which can be a very rewarding experience. Dynamedion’s first track is ‘It Started Small, Like These Things Do’ which use a flute to create a fantastic version of the main theme. It almost has a celtic feeling about it. Chills. Now that was great.
The great thing about this score isn’t necessarily the main theme, but the instruments used. I feel like I’m in some medieval magical world with the strings and flute particularly making an impression. In ‘Picturesque Burn-Out Ruins and Bleached Skeletons’ the violin has a very distinct folksy feel to it and I love that. It all makes it more authentic to me and more fun to listen to. I love it when the music becomes almost worthy of campfire stuff with cues like ‘Anslem Remembered This Place’ which has elements of a medieval fantasy town music. It’s a little bit of a fantasy for me this score. It takes me places, wonderful places. The only time it yanks me out of my dream sometimes is some of the action music which doesn’t feel quite as good as the normal day-to-day stuff. There are exceptions though. I love the dark epic going on in the latter stages of ‘Come For The Troll-Infested Mountains’ and the positive epic going on in ‘No One’s Unstoppable’. Overall though I am sold on the fantasy and I can imagine myself being in a Settlers-like world building and enjoying myself with the music as a dear old friend. The score works great on album as well feeding your inner fantasies.
1. The Siren Song Of Home
2. So That Was The Welcome They Had
3. It Started Small, Like These Things Do
4. Picturesque Burn-Out Ruins and Bleached Skeletons
5. …But Times Change…
6. Oh, And More Bandits
7. One Ray Of Hope
8. Anslem Remembered This Place
10. And Maybe Help With The Bandits..?
12. Come For The Troll-Infested Mountains
13. They Had A Right To Party
14. No One’s Unstoppable
16. The Desert Is Eternal And I’m It’s Queen
17. She Could Hit A Fly In The Unmentionables
18. Let The Eat Rocks!
20. They Never Had Time For War
21. Graceful, Deadly, Beautiful
22. This Armour Will Protect Me!
24. At Least, That’s What He Told Us
25. The ‘Terrible-Vengeance-On-Those-Who-Cross-Me’ Sort!
26. The Social Skills Of A Rampaging Troll
28. A Job Well Done…Hero Pose!