For Honor Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score For Honor by Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 83
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 5.7
Album Excellence: 10.2
For Honor is an action fighting game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. After a natural catastrophe that pitted the most fearsome warriors in the fight for resources and territory, the bloodthirsty warlord Apollyon believes the people of the Knights, Vikings, and Samurai have grown weak and wants to create an age of all-out war through manipulation of each faction. To this end the perspectives of characters within each faction are shown as events are shaped, battles are waged, and agendas are created as Apollyon works to ensure continuous sparks of conflict between the Legion, the Warborn, and the Chosen. The score is composed by Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans.
I don’t think it’s just me who was thinking “What?” when the world of video games, Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans clashed together, and particularly an epic looking fighting games with knights, vikings and samurais. Bensi and Jurriaans are most known for minimalistic film scores so this certainly raises some eyebrows. I hope that they are ready for the task and really shock me with excellence. The score opens with ‘Knights / Promises’ a dark and promising piece featuring choirs and strings. Epic? Maybe in a slow sense. I remember “Noah” from Clint Mansell, which I called a slow epic. This could be it. The interesting part starts with percussion. It doesn’t feel quite so connected with the horns, but it’s also kind of cool. Well I’m fascinated.
I’m a bit concerned that the theme for the vikings and knights feel a bit similar. Of course the samurai theme ‘Samurai / Devotion’ has to have elements that separates it from the two and it does. They are all constructed in the same manner though, a bit slow, but still very nice to listen to. Even though I had no idea what a Bensi and Jurriaans video game score would sound like, I’m not surprised that the score turned out to be the video game score equivalent of their movie score output. However, they do turn it up a notch in pure energy and power, but they had to. It’s not too different from “Far Cry: Primal” if you remember that, but I feel that Primal had more going for it. This is a score that I feel will get stronger the more I listen to it. I like Bensi & Jurriaans first big game score, it has the hallmarks of something great, but I wouldn’t say it’s there quite yet.
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