Dark Souls II Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Dark Souls II by Motoi Sakuraba.
At a glance:
75 minutes of score
Geek Score: 70.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 2.13
Album Excellence: 3%
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Dark Souls, the highly anticipated action role-playing video game returns. The composer Motoi Sakuraba returns as well and fans of the first score will no doubt look forward to this. I have heard the first score, but not in its entirety. I liked some of what I heard and wonder if the sequel can keep it up or better yet, improve on the previous score. The problem is that you need to buy the Collector or Black Armor Edition of the game to get the soundtrack. I wish the soundtrack was sold separately as I’m sure there are lots of people who just want to hear just the soundtrack.
This score is Sakuraba through and through. He has his fans and thos will get his share. It’s very dark, hellish even, similar to what I heard in the original score. Lots of choir and very manic orchestration. It can be a tall order to listen to this to be honest, but there are some great action sequences to be had if you skip the fluff. The problem with this score is that all the good stuff get lost in what I would call messy cues. They sometimes just either tries to hard to be epic or hellish or not trying hard enough. Overall, it was a bit of a disappointment and I don’t think I want to finish the first score either.
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