Soundtrack Review: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Soundtrack Review: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Civilization VI Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Civilization VI by Geoff Knorr, Phill Boucher & Roland Rizzo.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 87.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 106.1
Album Excellence: 40.6%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is a turn-based 4X video game and the sixth main title in the Civilization series. Civilization VI was developed by Firaxis Games, published by 2K Games, and distributed by Take-Two Interactive. The game was released on October 21, 2016 for Microsoft Windows and on October 24, 2016 for OS X. A port for Linux is planned sometime later. As with other games in the series, the goal for the player is to lead their fledgling civilization from an early settlement through many millennia to become a world power and achieve one of several victory conditions—such as through military power, technological superiority, or diplomatic leadership—over the other human and computer controlled opponents. The score is composed by Geoff Knorr, Phill Boucher & Roland Rizzo.

If I take all the game series I’ve played and try to figure out what I’ve spent most hours on, it’s not that hard. Ever since the first Civilization game came out, I’ve been hooked on this game series and Civ VI is no different. There’s something about creating a world, inventing stuff, raising hell on other opponents and soaking in the atmosphere which this game series has in abundance. This atmosphere is important and the music in the series have always been a big part of it from original music to classical music to original music again. The 6th game in the series have two soundtracks. The normal one is around 2.5 hours long, but the 25th anniversary soundtrack which I have is almost 4.5 hours long. I want it all.

The music might not be mind blowing to most people because it’s basically a number of musical pieces divided by country and era. This however is amazing while playing. It’s not too unintrusive and fits the various factions well. There are a lot of factions you can choose to play as in Civ 6 and every faction has music, lots of it. There’s America (which the score opens with), Arabia, Aztec, Brazil, China, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Kongo, Norway, Rome, Russia, Scythia, Spain and Sumeria. A lot of choice there and each country is divided into different eras like Ancient, Medieval, Industrial and Atomic. Geoff Knorr has composed most of these pieces and let me tell you, every country has a distinct theme which follows through the ages, but with different arrangement because of the change in each era. For example the ancient era usually has very rudimentary music, while the medieval era expands on that. Industrial era is far more modern sounding than medieval era. The America cues for example go from simple guitar play to more extensive guitar and strings to woodwind instruments like horn until finally some electronic and orchestral mix in the atomic era.

I love all eras and it’s interesting to start with the simple and expanding on it, and it sounds great as well. There are many themes in this collection and it’s hard to choose the best one. The theme for America has a beautiful quality to it, same with England and Germany. I also love the uplifting music of Brazil. I could probably go on and on about the various factions, but all you need to know is to expect different music from each faction, most of it good, some of it great. If I had to chose a favorite era it would have to be the atomic era which feels the best because of the power it has when it all comes together in one final symphony. As is expected, the various factions have music and instruments that feels right for their region and that’s very exciting as well. This is a must for Civ fans naturally, but not only that, this is great music to stand on it’s own, specially with it’s variety and unique expression.

1. America – The Ancient Era
2. America – The Medieval Era
3. America – The Industrial Era
4. America – The Atomic Era *
6. Arabia – The Medieval Era
8. Arabia – The Atomic Era
13. Brazil – The Ancient Era
14. Brazil – The Medieval Era
19. China – The Industrial Era
20. China – The Atomic Era
25. England – The Ancient Era
26. England – The Medieval Era
27. England – The Industrial Era
28. England – The Atomic Era
29. France – The Ancient Era
33. Germany – The Ancient Era
34. Germany – The Medieval Era
35. Germany – The Industrial Era
36. Germany – The Atomic Era
39. Greece – The Industrial Era
40. Greece – The Atomic Era *
42. India – The Medieval Era
43. India – The Industrial Era
44. India – The Atomic Era
68. Scythia – The Atomic Era
72. Spain – The Atomic Era
76. Sumeria – The Atomic Era

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Sid Meier's Civilization VI, 7.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings


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