Soundtrack Review: Darksiders II (2012)

Darksiders II Soundtrack

Darksiders II Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Darksiders II by Jesper Kyd.

“Even though it’s different to the first score, it’s still a very good score.”

Darksiders II is an action-adventure and action role-playing video game developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ. It is the sequel to Darksiders and was released in August 2012 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, and was released for Wii U during launch day in all regions, except for Japan. The composer is Jesper Kyd.

Track List

1. The Makers Theme 80
2. Into Eternity 100
3. Makers in the Outlands 60
4. Story of the Makers 60
5. The Corruption 100
6. The Makers Overworld 80
7. The Makers Fight Back 60
8. The Floating City 80
9. Crystal Spire 80
10. Trouble in Eden 80
11. Stains of Heresy 80
12. The Abyssal Plains 80
13. The Rod of Arafel 80
14. The Crowfather 100
15. The Dead Plains 80
16. The Plains Await 80
17. Supernatural Desert 80
18. The Eternal Throne 80
19. City of the Dead 60
20. The Crypt 80
21. Death Brings Hope 80
22. Plains of Death 80
23. Demon Realm 100
24. Into the Shadows 80
25. Lord of the Black Stone 60
26. Dead Plains Reprise 80

I don’t trust myself. When I got Darksiders II, I went back to listen to the original Darksiders from 2010 by Cris Velasco and Scott Morton. For some reason I had decided to dislike that score back then. It’s crazy because it’s one of the best game scores of 2010 in my opinion. It’s bold, impressive and loud. It felt very similar to the God Of War scores, so violent and beautiful. For the sequel, they decided to use Jesper Kyd. After listening to the score, I fear that was a mistake.

Jesper Kyd is a great composer, but he has his style which rarely changes. If you listen to his Assassin’s Creed scores, they are beautiful but they don’t exactly explode in an all out action fest. It’s more laid back, very calm music for the most part. I feel the same is true for Darksiders II and that came as a disappointment to me after falling in love with the first score. I want more of the same. There is one cue that isn’t on the official score that you can hear on Jesper Kyd’s Soundcloud called ‘The Makers Guardian’ which is absolutely superb. Why isn’t it here?

Conclusion

So the review sounds too negative, but let’s not forget that even though it’s different to the first score, it’s still a very good score, it’s just a completely different mood. If you are looking for a new Jesper Kyd fix, this is brilliant, but if you are looking for more of the same like darksiders, then go get the God Of War scores instead. Then again, I don’t trust myself so in two years time I might end up loving this.

GEEK SCORE: 79.2

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Soundtrack Review: Darksiders II (2012), 9.0 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
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  • oliverseal

    This review is spot on. I’m a Jesper Kyd fan and this is basically a Celtic world he’s created. But absolutely this is not a Darksiders “feel”. (The game itself is very different, as well.)

    I have to admit, though: Cris Velasco and Mike Reagan’s soundtrack for the first Darksiders game was good on its own, it didn’t fit the mood of the game for me. (And I normally like Cris Velasco’s work.) When playing it I typically put on “The Book of Eli” from Atticus Ross. It fit perfectly.

    In the case of this Jesper Kyd’s work here though, I think it’s great. I went into it expecting a Jesper Kyd fix.

  • jewen07

    Into Eternity it’s already one of the most beautiful and talented pieces in the life and work of this genius called Jesper Kyd.
    The rest of tracks bind the adventure giving to this a dark tone and magic momemts.

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