Game: Beyond Good & Evil
Song: Dancing With DomZ
Composer: Christophe Heral
Above: Dancing With DomZ from Beyond Good & Evil
We started this week by counting down overlooked games, so why not close it out with one of the most criminally overlooked (and, later, almost impossible to avoid) games of the past decade? Beyond Good & Evil's dismal sales in late 2003 ensured it a top spot on every critic's list of must-play games that nobody did, and for good reason: it was an amazing production, with a deeply involving photojournalist-against-the-state plot and some of the best, most varied action-exploration gameplay this side of Zelda. It also had an incredible soundtrack, as the above piece (which plays during your first big fight against the invading DomZ aliens) capably demonstrates.
Created by French TV and movie composer Christophe Heral, the BG&E soundtrack also covered a lot more ground than just menacing orchestral pieces. In fact, as a sort-of-free-roaming game, some of its best tracks played when there wasn't much action going on, like when you visited the Akuda Bar and were treated to the unforgettable Middle Eastern rhythms and Bulgarian lyrics of Propaganda:
Or the rapid-fire, Spanish flamenco stylings of Fun and Minigames, which played, well, during minigames and races:
Also strangely unforgettable is the mellow, reggae-inspired flow of Mammago's, the theme song for the Rastafarian rhino-owned Mammago Garage:
With around 80 tracks that range from New Age-y orchestral pieces to frantic, incomprehensible butt rock, the BG&E soundtrack can be a lot to take in. Fortunately, publisher Ubisoft made the whole thing available for legal download a few years ago, and you can grab it in its entirety right here.
Dec 17, 2010
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