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Halo: Spartan Assault by Tom Salta (Review)

posted May 13, 2015, 6:09 AM by Leo Mayr

The music for the videogame series Halo seems to be following a certain structure. After having heard the Halo 2 Anniversary score and having played some other Halo titles, the musical approach to Halo: Spartan Assault is no surprise.

Slow and beautiful themes with heavy choir usage introduce us in “Legacy“, establishing that Halo ambience we have gotten used to by now. Spartan Assault feels quite similar to other Halo scores with a lot of peacful and emotional tracks, but composer Tom Salta manages to create a better balance between peace and action. Where Halo 2 Anniversary got repetetive, Spartan Assault bursts into mainly percussion based combat tracks (example: “Wolverine‘s Return“). but also a few orchestral action pieces (see “Rising Legacy“) that maintain the heroic feeling established by the score. Occasional electronics only add to the variety. Sadly there is not a huge amount of variety to be found. Most tracks follow similar structures but some (like “Castle Defense“) sound more like a movie score than a videogame score.

While Halo 2 Anniversary had a lack of action, (come on, it‘s a game about shooting things...) Spartan Assault delivers great moments that are definitely worth their time. While some tracks feel a bit repetetive, there are a lot of great highlights that offer a fun experience.