The Banner Saga 2 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score The Banner Saga 2 by Austin Wintory.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 72
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0%
The Banner Saga 2 is a tactical role-playing video game developed by Stoic and published by Versus Evil. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and OS X on April 19, 2016, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions due later. It is a sequel to The Banner Saga from 2014. The Banner Saga is an epic role-playing game inspired by Viking legend. Hand-painted landscapes portray a world eerily suspended in perpetual twilight. Cities and towns begin to crumble into chaos. Heroes abandon their hearths and homes to traverse the snowy countryside, gaining allies along the way to help battle a strange, new threat. The score is composed by Austin Wintory.
The Banner Saga has become quite a nice little franchise with both games getting good reviews. I remember the score for the first one was pretty good too, but it wasn’t as great as I’d hoped. Maybe this one will improve on that. The score opens with ‘An Oath, Until The End’, an exciting opening cue that sets the mood with some very nice percussion and horns. What I liked about the first score was it’s authenticity. It felt real, it felt like it was music for a great viking saga. That is continued with this one and I love the instruments used. It’s easy for me to get swept away into that world, living through the adventures on my own. Maybe the viking world isn’t for me though. I appreciate it, but musically something doesn’t quite fit. Maybe I’m more into medieval music or Asian music. For me, the vikings have a certain epic-ness about it an the music doesn’t quite give me that.
I have yet to hear a viking score that gives me that epic feeling and I find it baffling, but maybe it’s just me who wasn’t got it right all along. I had to see a let’s play video on this game just to hear it in context and sure enough, it’s great. Nothing wrong with the score at all, it’s just not made for me and my taste, at least on album. It’s a shame because I love the whole vikings era, it’s a time of politics, conflicts and all out wars. Of course there’s the whole mythology aspect as well which is even more enticing. I hope I can find a viking score that will appeal to my tastes one day.