Visually, Red Steel 2 is the first game for the Wii in a long time that has made me say “I must play this!” And had the high-tech-Tokyo-meets-Old-West stylized look of the game not already grabbed my attention, the musical direction composer Tom Salta went in definitely would have. Salta created the score for the original Red Steel, but the anachronistic setting of its sequel has obviously let the composer get even more adventurous with his music palate. We’ve got some samples of the game’s score, ahead of its release on the 23rd, for the Swordsman in you, after the cut.
Tom Salta hasn’t just embraced the stylized nature of Red Steel 2’s look and setting, he has brought it to even more vibrant life. Listen to the game’s opening theme and you are instantly transported into a world where East meets Western.
Hybrid music styles, generally, either click perfectly or fail miserably. Salta’s Red Steel 2 music clicks brilliantly. Listen to this blend of Asian string instrumentation and Western aesthetics, including a wicked mouth harp run, which, come to think of it, might the first time you’ve ever heard those instruments played at the same time!
Now I have been a fan of Tom Salta’s compositions for a while now and have raved at length about his electronic alter-ego, Atlas Plug, but just hearing the three pieces Ubisoft were kind enough to let us share with you, makes me want to get a soundtrack album for Red Steel 2. Only one problem. As of now, there’s no official word whether or not there will be a release of an RS2 soundtrack album. There was one for the first Red Steel, but it took a while to happen. Maybe if you, the gamers/game music fans, make some noise or do some katana-rattling, maybe Ubisoft will hear you.
Red Steel 2 unleashes exclusively on the Nintendo Wii on March 23.