So Unreal Tournament III came out late last year for the Playstation 3 and PC and has finally made its way onto the Xbox 360. Sumthing Else Music, who published the soundtrack album for the game, sent me a copy of the two-disc set a while back for review. Well since I was planning on playing the game on the 360, I decided to wait to spin the album till the game dropped. Well friends, that was big old “mai bad” right there.
I‘m a huge fan of game soundtracks that play equally as a stand alone listening experience as well as with the game imagery they were composed for. Based on some of your recent comments, so do quite a few of you. Let me tell you, if you enjoy well composed electronic beats with rock, orchestral and even ethnic flairs thrown in, this double disc set of UT3 music is some of the best away-from-the-game listening I’ve heard in a long time.
Featuring the one-two musical frag of composers Rom Di Prisco and Jesper Kyd, the two-disc set features over 150 minutes of music from the game, including original compositions from both game music veterans and UT3 remixes of some classic Unreal pieces. Both composers’ styles are rooted in the fundamentals of electronica and both of them paint with sonic textures that would let some pieces fit right in on rave dance floors and others spin perfectly in a chill-out lounge. Need something to listen to on a long drive (or even as an alternate soundtrack to your fav driving game)? This is it. I haven’t picked up the game yet, but the soundtrack hasn’t left my CD player since I put it in. Except to change to disc two.
--Rick “Flak Cannon” Damigella