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Assassin's Creed: Origins by Sarah Schachner (Review)

posted Jan 10, 2018, 11:50 AM by Leo Mayr

Having contributed to the scores for two previous Assassin's Creed games, Sarah Schachner finally has a full game for herself. Assassin's Creed Origins successfully reinvents the long-running franchise, breathing new life into the series after recent entries have become quite formulaic.

After all these years and countless games, it is quite impressive to hear Jesper Kyd's main theme still survive. Here, it's thrown into a synth heavy main theme that simultaneously represents the sci-fi elements of the narrative frame, as well as the game's setting. While the music immediately feels like ancient Egypt, it never really sounds clichéd. The mostly ambient score doesn't really have room for emotional moments or character development, so the album presentation feels a lot like "open world game", but big surprise, that's just what this is. The game world is insanely large, and Schachner does a great job at giving the vast regions a unique sound and identity. In the combat music, you can spot a few sneaky references to Schachner's previous work on the franchise, but for the most part, the music has a rather unique sound. Overall, the combat music finds the right balance between tense and fun.

While it's easy to get a feeling for what to expect from the first few tracks, Schachner has composed enough music to make for a varied and interesting experience that really justifies the lengthy album presentation. After Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Assassin's Creed: Origins, Sarah Schachner should be well on your radar.