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Game music of the day: Beyond Good & Evil

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.

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13 comments

  • adrenaguy - December 18, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    i just coincidentally downloaded the ost not a week or two ago. damn fine soundtrack, good pick :3
  • RandyTandy - December 18, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    Propaganda is amazing when you walk into that bar. As much as Beyond Good and Evil is fantastic, it's mightily hard to get back in to. The story is a little out there so having gone back to it 4 hours in, I have no idea what's going on. I'll just wait for the HD remake. I definitely remember it being unique as hell though.
  • CombatCat120 - December 18, 2010 6:13 p.m.

    Ah, that takes me back when I first played the game when I was 10. And then the game's audio broke somehow. Never to be played again. Thanks, Mikel!
  • JohnnyMaverik - December 18, 2010 4:11 p.m.

    I agree with this choice...
  • philipshaw - December 18, 2010 12:18 p.m.

    I only played this game in summer and do remember the music being top notch,thanks for posting this article Mikel to remind me of how awesome this soundtrack is
  • flabslapper - December 18, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    you know what's weird? I JUST picked this up at gamestop, and I'm loving it
  • CH3BURASHKA - December 18, 2010 2 a.m.

    The ending of the game was bullshit, though.
  • 4fromK - December 18, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    Still halfway through this game from a bargain bin purchase... loving it, but never really consciously noted how much I was enjoying the soundtrack 'til now I love the extremely subtle use of reverse sound in mammago - like at around the 23 second mark - I never really noted that in the game, its a lot less straight-reggae style then I remember it because of the sampling and stuff.
  • CH3BURASHKA - December 18, 2010 12:30 a.m.

    Good choice, Mikel, excellent pick for today! I actually have the soundtrack on my Zune. Too bad that it's not a "good" soundtrack, per se - tracks such as the "Dancing with the DomZ" (the first one) are basically ripped from the game as opposed to being created specifically for an OST format. It's hard to describe, but suffice to say it's not arranged well. Anyways, Chris Heral did a magnificent job with the entire soundtrack. I hope he's working on the sequel (that Ubisoft still won't officially confirm, the bastards). I can only hope that further promotion of the game via GMotD's and the upcoming HD update will convince Ubisoft to not only accept the game as a reality, but embrace it as a AAA game worthy of a big marketing push. Though you picked good tracks, Mikel, I'm afraid you'll still have to commit seppuku for missing the greatest track, by far, from the game, the "Hyllian Suite": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p48dpXQixgk In fact, one of my most favorite OCRemixes is a BG&E medley with a heavy focus on the "Hyllian Suite": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2uMVmKkEIs As for the game, I'm frankly amazed how much I've personally played it - it has absolutely no "New Game Plus" features, making replays basically repetitive as hell, but I must have replayed the entire game, start to finish, at least 5 times. I simply adore the world Michel Ancel created, and I cannot wait to return to it, hopefully sooner than later. I encourage anyone to scour their Gamestop used bins for a copy and give it a try. You won't regret it. Not to drag this out even more, but speaking of M. Ancel, aside from the BG&E sequel, I'm pretty stoked for the Rayman reboot coming out soon-ish. Seeing as how the Rabbids stole all of his thunder (still don't know how), I hope that the reboot will spawn a new trilogy.
  • Sniped50 - December 18, 2010 12:28 a.m.

    Loved that game. This makes me want to play it again. reCAPTCHA: Due Raignaly Indeed...
  • batmanboy11 - December 17, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    Good stuff.
  • abhorerofmoppets - December 17, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    I forgot about the music in this game...yeah, I need to play it again.
  • urwifemykids - December 17, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    FIRST that is all

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