Soundtrack Review: Clandestine

Soundtrack Review: Clandestine

Clandestine Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Clandestine by Leonardo Badinella.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 90.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 23.1
Album Excellence: 48.1

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Clandestine is a 2-player or single player stealth/hacking game set in 1996. Asymmetrical co-op allows one player to take the role of the spy while a friend provides overwatch and assistance as the hacker, and unravel a post-Cold War espionage conspiracy. The year is 1996, five years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. A string of accidents and murders gone mostly unnoticed by the public eye have put the world of international espionage on high alert – veteran Cold War operatives from both sides of the former Iron Curtain are being assassinated around the globe. High-ranking officials of the CIA and the FSB secretly establish a joint task force to investigate the leaks. Codenamed The Kingbridge Executive, the group is funded with whatever money could be skimmed off of official projects and staffed by whoever could be spared from official operations. As field operative Katya Kozlova or hacker Martin Symborski, you will be deployed on dangerous missions across Europe and North America, chasing the source of the leaks. The score is composed by Leonardo Badinella.

Ah, the world of high espionage. I must admit I don’t remember any spy worthy real-life spy stuff in the 90s, but this looks interesting. Hey, anything that takes me back to the 80s or 90s already has achieved something great in my book. What about the score? It starts with ‘Clandestine Main Theme’, a nice and rocked guitar theme. I’m thinking 90s rock and the energy is definitely there, it’s a fun and engaging listen. I think it fits the premise very well. This is going to be a catchy score isn’t it? There’s a nice mix of synths and orchestral music in here and ‘Introduction’ is no difference. Badinella has a good sense of themes and what works. There’s something to be said for high-energy scores and in this case it’s a very good thing. I feel compelled by this score, even though the music is starting to feel a bit predictable after a while. I’m having a good time listening to it which is the most important thing.

I don’t honestly know if Badinella has cracked the 90s spy music because there isn’t any specific 90s spy sound. I suppose high energy is it, and this score got that in spades. The music sometimes switches over to dance mode, but it is the guitar which is the key element of this score, the one I enjoy the most as well. Soothing guitar music like ‘Preachers’ is just my style. There are plenty of cues like that, and although they are “cool” sounding, they don’t necessarily do anything for me emotionally, but in this sort of game there’s hardly time to be emotional. The score is very good, great even in parts, and I can’t really ask for more than that.

1. Clandestine Main Theme
2. Introduction
3. Justo A Tiempo
7. Elegancja Czerwony
9. Preachers
15. Otel Ekho
16. Iz Ognya Da V Polymya
17. Bye Bye D.M.
18. Figure It Out
19. There’s A Leak

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Clandestine, 9.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings


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