The Assassin's Creed franchise has been one that has always kept trucking along these past years. The game, while quite fresh and new at the start, has begun to wear thin as most games do after half a dozen entries. One constant aspect of the games though has always been Jesper Kyd. Jesper has been the voice of this franchise from the beginning, and fans all over have identified his sound with the franchise. So, I found it quite interesting that Lorne Balfe of all people joined the franchise very late in the game. While I have loved everything Jesper has done so far to this point I can't deny I was looking forward to what Lorne was going to bring to the table. Lorne had apparently done a trailer for the game and the folks at Ubisoft loved it so much that they asked him to join Jesper and give the game a cinematic flair. With Lorne Balfe coming off the successful Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 he was ripe for the job. Now here's the interesting part; the two composers have never met or have even talked.
It seems that Lorne did his stuff and Jesper did his own, and neither of them knew what the other was doing. So with that in mind I find that the overall experience is quite impressive. This game has lots of music and a lot of it is represented here in this 3 disc's worth release. Jesper's signature sound mixed in with Lorne's grander textures combine to make one great experience. Lorne gives the game an anchoring theme and an overall cinematic scope while Jesper keeps the story flowing through the gameplay segments. It's a great 1-2 combo and given that the composers never discussed their approaches I find it incredible the result is what it is. There are some discernable contrasting styles, which has to be expected. So the flow maybe isn't as good as it could have been if the two worked together. Then again if you were to listen to the score not knowing the information I already told you then you'd be hard pressed to tell of any flow problems. The execution is top notch and in the end makes for a worthy listen even if 3 disc's worth can be a bit exhausting.
Assassin's Creed fans will enjoy the soundtrack immensely as it expands on the world Jesper has built over the past games. Lorne adds some new flavors that are most welcome, and the textures he brings give it a fresher feel. While Jesper Kyd is totally capable of handling the franchise on his own I'm always in the mindset of "the more the merrier". The 3 discs may grow tiresome for a few, but if you want to enjoy some great cultural flavors I say jump on in. While there are 3 "discs" worth of score this release is only available digitally.
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