Wildstar Vol. 1 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Wildstar Vol. 1 by Jeff Kurtenacker.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 83.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 26.9
Album Excellence: 37.3%
WildStar is a fantasy/science fiction massively multiplayer online role-playing game that is developed by Carbine Studios, published by NCSOFT and was unveiled on August 17, 2011 during Gamescom and released in 2014. The game takes place in a fictional universe on the recently discovered planet of Nexus. The planet, once inhabited by a hyper-advanced race of aliens known as The Eldan who have all but disappeared, is fought over by two factions both hoping to control the concealed lost technology of Nexus; The Dominion, an intergalactic empire forged by the Eldan with the goal of controlling the galaxy, and The Exiles, a group of refugees and outlaws who have all been driven from their respective homeworlds by The Dominion and have joined forces to fight them. The score is composed by Jeff Kurtenacker.
I’ve heard some good things about this one and I’m glad we get the music even though the game is cancelled. It seems to be a trend now because I remember we got some cancelled music last year and this year we got a couple of Fable Legends scores from that cancelled game. Bring it on I say! The score opens with the main theme ‘Wildstar Main Theme’ and I have to say it sounds very impressive. It feels like an adventure or science fiction film, with some animated antics included. I feel a space western as well in this impressive opening and that’s just icing on the cake. I like that the score has embedded n the cue names what the music is about. There are different themes and creation music and that makes me more immersed in what’s going on.
It’s a very thought-out score and you have music like ‘Into The Unknown’ which could be for something completely different but it’s in fact for the Wildstar character creation and that’s kind of awesome and appropriate. The music is mild and very long as well so you’ll have plenty of time to create your character while listening to a beautiful piece of music. The rest of the music is built on various themes and as a fan of themes, I can’t not be excited about this. Of course everything is lost if the themes are not good, but luckily the themes are well created and sounds really good. I feel the military might of the Dominion in ‘Systematic Domination (Dominion Theme)’, and although that theme isn’t the greatest, I feel exactly what it’s about and that’s great. The themes sounds very different as well, which they have to be, but it’s not a given in many scores. Here, Kurtenacker does a great job providing identities to the various factions and zones in the game. There are many great themes, but my favorite is ‘Our Perception Of Beauty (Drusera’s Theme)’. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of enjoyment here and since this album is called “Vol. 1” I assume we can expect more and I can’t wait for “Vol. 2” to appear.
1. Wildstar Main Theme
2. Into The Unknown (Wildstar Character Creation Music)
4. The Resolve Of Heroes (Exile Theme)
5. Our Perception Of Beauty (Drusera’s Theme)
7. Hymn Of The Six (Vigilant Church Theme)
11. Story Of Hope and Healing (Aurin Theme)
18. The Simplicity Of Home (Auroria Zone Theme)