Musically, the Assassin’s Creed franchise has always been top notch. Jesper Kyd did a wonderful job with his scores. When the franchise demanded a change of pace it was Lorne Balfe who was brought in. He split scoring duties with Kyd on Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and took over completely for Assassin’s Creed III. The Tyranny Of King Washington is a DLC expansion to the game, and Lorne delivers more of his great action scoring.
If you’re familiar with his Assassin’s Creed III score then there won’t be any surprises here. Balfe keeps the same tone and that 90’s action sound. The melodies and tracks are all great even if they sort of run out of steam. Game scores can easily suffer fatigue if they’re required to fill every space of silence, which seems to be happening here. You’ll find tracks sounding similar from one another or melodies stretching further than they should. It doesn’t detract or deny the quality of the scoring, but it embodies the qualities of a game score and that of an expansion pack as well. The heart of Balfe’s score can definitely be found in the main storyline. You’ll find plenty here with over an hour and a half of new music, but the main effort is definitely in the central score. Consider this a companion piece much like the DLC is was composed for.
Lorne Balfe has found an amazing niche for his writing in video games from Modern Warfare 2, Skylanders, Crysis 2, Beyond: Two Souls, and Assassin’s Creed III. His work here is an expansion of his fantastic core score for Assassin’s Creed III, but with so much music needed it’s hard to find the true heart of this score. Entertaining melodies and themes make it a great listen, but there is not much depth underneath this expansion.
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