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Halo 2 Anniversary by Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori (Review)

posted May 4, 2015, 7:18 AM by Leo Mayr

While I never really got into a Halo game (believe me, I tried several times), Destiny (and it‘s score) made me curious for Halo‘s music. And when the Halo 2 Anniversary soundtrack came along, I was positiveley surprised.

What made Destiny such an amazing experience was the perfect atmosphere for the mysterious depths of space in combination with fun and impressive action. Right from the start, Halo 2 Anniversary does just that: in “Halo Theme Gungnir Mix“ a calm choir establishes the theme before it bursts into a fast paced electric guitar section. The album then returns to a slower pace that rareley contains action segments before we get another version of the Halo theme in “Halo Theme Scorpion Mix“. The second half of the album is dominated by electric guitars and other electronic elements to the point where I felt like it was too much but it helps to add some variety to the mostly peaceful sections.
While thie album does have great tracks that cover almost anything from tragic to heroic and dramatic, the action side of things in my eyes is neglected. For a game about shooting, the music features a little to few action sequences but when things do get exciting, you do not want to miss it.

Despite the album feeling just a little too long, it does offer a lot of variety and some amazing action tracks. While the score does not feel as refined as Destiny, it still is a great experience that lacks a bit in terms of action variety.