Soundtrack Review: Guild Wars 2 (2012)

Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack

Guild Wars 2 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Guild Wars 2 by Jeremy Soule.

“It’s full of mystery and intrigue, full of great themes and glorious action cues.”

Guild Wars 2 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by ArenaNet and published by NCsoft. Set in the fantasy world of Tyria, the game follows the re-emergence of Destiny’s Edge, a disbanded guild dedicated to fighting the Elder Dragons, a Lovecraftian species that has seized control of Tyria in the time since the original Guild Wars. The composer is Jeremy Soule with Julian Soule composing additional music.

Track List

CD 1

1. Overture 100
2. The Seraph 100
3. Bear’s Spirit 80
4. Call of the Raven 100
5. Out of the Dream 80
6. Heritage of Humanity 100
7. Snaff’s Workshop 100
8. Eir’s Solitude 80
9. The Walls of Ebonhawke 100
10. Battle With the Tamini 80
11. The Sea of Sorrows 100
12. The Vigil Goes to War 100
13. Mepi’s Ranch 100
14. Legion of Flames 100
15. Farren’s Theme 60
16. Ruins of an Empire 80
17. Ventari’s Legacy 100
18. Tears of Stars 100
19. Logan’s Journey 100
20. Tyria Reborn 100

CD 2

1. Tyria Awaits 100
2. Farahr 100
3. The Tengu Wall 100
4. Zhaitan 80
5. Lornar’s Pass 100
6. Dawn in Shaemoor 100
7. Fallen Comrades 80
8. Straits of Devastation 80
9. Kormir’s Whispers 80
10. Shadow of the Behemoth 60
11. Zojja and Mr. Sparkles 80
12. Michoti Battle March 100
13. Smodur the Unflinching 80
14. The Darkness Will Fall 100
15. Change Versus Comfort 60
16. A Land Restored 100
17. Explorers and Artifacts 100
18. The Shiverpeaks 100
19. Plains of Ashford 100
20. Sunrise Over Astorea 80
21. Blighted Battleground 100
22. Rytlock 80

CD 3

1. Hero’s Canton 100
2. Journey Through Caledon 100
3. Melandru’s Calm 80
4. The Stars Shine on Kryta 80
5. The Saga of the Norn 100
6. The Last Great City of Men 100
7. The Great Wall Has Fallen 100
8. Gendarran Fields 100
9. Bandits’ Expanse 80
10. Almora’s Revelation 60
11. Battle of the Vanguard 100
12. Caithe’s Daggers 100
13. The Grand Gamble 100
14. Promenade of the Gods 100
15. Hope Falls 100
16. The Vaults of the Priory 100
17. Knight of Embers 80
18. The Charr Triumphant 100

CD 4

1. The Orders Unite 100
2. Raven Speaks 100
3. Journey to the Mists 60
4. Once Friends Now Enemies 60
5. Of Tides and Quaggan 80
6. Whispers in the Dark 40
7. The Pact 60
8. Adelbern’s Ghost 40
9. The Hammer Falls 80
10. The Heart of Rata Sum 60
11. We Fight! 60
12. Malchor’s Leap 60
13. Sparkfly Fen 80
14. March of the Legions 80
15. Here Be Dragons 100
16. Scales of Issormir 100
17. Trahearne’s Reverie 80

It’s fantastic having Jeremy Soule back! We get no less than over 3 hours of music from the free to play MMORPG Guild Wars 2. I can’t really complain about it because I am an advocate for more music, complete music, etc. you know the drill. Still, there are some blemishes here in between the awesomeness that is Guild Wars 2 and it all becomes slightly tarnished. There’s a part near the end of the score where the quality is just not the same, let’s just call it CD 4. Let’s not spoil the party though because you get so many amazing cues here that I don’t know where to begin.

Let’s start at the beginning shall we with the opening cues ‘Overture’ and ‘The Seraph’ which are phenomenal choral cues that is barely an appetiser of what to come. You have wonderful themes, action cues, calm cues and everything within the great world of Guild Wars 2. It is a marked improvement on the previous Guild Wars scores which I also liked, but here it finally feels right.

Basically everything you hear in the first three CD’s has got to be some of the best fantasy video game music out there. It just sounds so good, so polished. It’s full of mystery and intrigue, full of great themes and glorious action cues. Enjoy it! I’ve been knocking CD4 quite a bit, but without it we wouldn’t have awesome cues like ‘Raven Speaks’, ‘Here Be Dragons’ or the massively epic ‘Scales of Issormir’. Oh I need to mention that the cue ‘Call Of The Raven’ on CD 1made me cry, it’s so damn powerful.

Conclusion

Not much to say here except go get this wonderful piece of video game score history. It is truly a wonderful score, and my personal opinion is that it is much stronger than Skyrim that was released last year. If you are into fantasy games with great fantasy scores, you are truly spoiled because here is another top notch score to match the brilliant game.

GEEK SCORE: 87.5

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Soundtrack Review: Guild Wars 2 (2012), 9.2 out of 10 based on 5 ratings
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  • http://www.thoroughmas.com/ Thoroughmas

    I like it, but no where near as much as you! :P

    • http://soundtrackgeek.com/ Jørn Tillnes

      Well we can’t all enjoy it as much as me ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/spacecadetbling Benjamin Ling

    Your review’s pretty helpful in getting me started on this. 4 CD’s is pretty daunting, and rarely a bum track in this soundtrack and Skyrim’s. Love it!

  • Julian Pedersen

    The soundtrack, overall, is a very enjoyable piece of musical artwork, but what particularly stands out for me are the hidden gems that are the “exploration” pieces. In particular, Logan’s Journey, Explorers and Artifacts, and Hero’s Canton are all superbly-layered masterpieces that continue to surprise me each time I hear them.

    Explorers and Artifacts also has brilliant, sweeping, and very rapid interplay between the oboes and the horns, with strings supporting and adding to the maelstrom. It’s a shame that it’s only 2 minutes. I highly recommend listening to it, but I can’t help wishing there was more…

  • Mark Goninon

    I was more critical with my review of the GW2 soundtrack – I’m not a big fan of ambient tracks lacking melodies but like you, I take a methodical approach to soundtrack reviews by rating each track. Also like you, I ended up liking this soundtrack better than Skyrim’s. Good review overall.