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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood by Jesper Kyd (Review)

posted Nov 17, 2010, 10:52 PM by Kaya Savas

Jesper Kyd's scores for the Assassin's Creed franchise have always been a stellar and mesmerizing experience. The second one really blew me away with the way and had some amazing modern approaches to a culturally influenced soundscape. The second score built off of what he composed for the first game and really pulled everything together for a very special and distinct voice. You were thrown into a world of mystery and intrigue and it had such an amazing progressive quality to it. This time around don't expect the same.

Brotherhood is a game that is more focused on the open world multiplayer than it is on a story. The music reflects that in a way. Where Kyd's previous score found the perfect balance of cultural sounds and modern techniques here things get a bit out of hand. The propulsive percussions can become headache inducing at times and the constant action cues just sort of blended together. The unique flavor of the score quickly disappeared.

As the score went along tracks didn't really progress a story nor did emotions come through. The music here is borderline trailer music as the major intention is to make things sound exciting. Don't get me wrong, in the right situations that kind of music works. I absolutely loved the track "The Brotherhood Escapes", but can you honestly say that's not trailer music? As the score trucks along the experience can get a bit redundant and by the end you don't feel like much was accomplished. The score has elements of what made the first 2 scores so great, but much of that is lost in trying to make this a super exciting action score meant to play in the background. Hopefully things get back on track for Assassin's Creed 3.