Soundtrack Review: Sword Coast Legends

Soundtrack Review: Sword Coast Legends

Sword Coast Legends Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Sword Coast Legends by Inon Zur.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 98.2
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 50.5
Album Excellence: 91.8%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Sword Coast Legends is a role-playing video game developed by n-Space, in collaboration with Digital Extremes, and was released worldwide on October 20, 2015 for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux, with PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions coming out in 2016. The game is a role-playing video game set within the Dungeons & Dragons universe. It features typical races and classes of the Forgotten Realms setting. The game is set in the fictional Sword Coast region of super continent Faerûn on planet Toril. Graphics are in 3D with an “isometric” viewpoint. It resembles older Dungeons & Dragons games such as the Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights series. One major addition to the game is that it allows players to be a “dungeon master” (or DM). Thus, the game will resemble the tabletop version of Dungeons & Dragons. It features single-player and co-operative multiplayer modes. The score is composed by Inon Zur.

Zur is on a roll these days having just scored the great Fallout 4. I’ve experienced many sides of Zur, the epic side which I hope he will conjure up for this score is my favourite. I remember when I heard his Lord Of The Rings game score, I was mighty impressed. Some of that wouldn’t go amiss. The score starts with the main theme ‘The Fury Of Dawn (Main Theme)’ and this is a side of Zur I like. He can craft a theme if he wants and this certainly is a great fantasy kingdom theme. The motif is really good and it sounds epic and heroic. Yes, it’s a theme of epic adventures and that is what this game is all about. Zur brings the horns for ‘Laduguer’s Anvil’ and as it should have, anvil percussion. This is sounding awfully good at the moment and I’m worried. Can we keep this up? I love the “evil” sound of that anvil. I mentioned earlier that I enjoyed his Lord Of The Rings score and ‘Forged In War’ sounds like Shore’s Lord Of The Rings. I feel like Zur is channeling the Uruk-Hai. Love the sound of it. Sure it doesn’t have the big orchestra Shore had, but it brings me right back into that world.

The score has started strong and very aggressive giving us a taste of the evil, but it has a brighter side as well such as the beautiful ‘City Of Sails’. It has an old fashioned crafty romance feel about it, fantasy medieval style. Love it. Same can be said for the gorgeous ‘The High Road’ and these are cues I enjoy the most. The action music is epic fantasy though, the kind you’d expect in Lord Of The Rings and other fantasy epics. Zur has really turned up the epic notch to 11 and went on from there. It is delightful to listen to and imagine epic battles. This reminds me of many great scores in the fantasy realm such as Morrowind, Skyrim, Elder Scrolls Online or World Of Warcraft. If you enjoyed those, you’ll surely enjoy this one. I did.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. The Fury Of Dawn (Main Theme)
2. Laduguer’s Anvil
3. Forged In War
4. City Of Sails *
6. The High Road *
7. Avenge The Fallen
8. Ruins Of Illusk
9. Abyssal Assault
10. Redemption *
11. Face Down In The Cutlass
12. Sanctum Of The Dead
13. Demonic Onslaught
14. Forlorn Cliffs
15. Turning The Tide
16. Safe Haven *
17. Victory Is Ours
18. Outside The Gates *
19. A Call To Battle
20. Through The Wilds *
22. The Will Of Helm

GD Star Rating
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Soundtrack Review: Sword Coast Legends, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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