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Game music of the day: Mass Effect 2

Game: Mass Effect 2

Song: Callista (Afterlife Club)

Composer: Saki Kaska


Above: Callista from Mass Effect 2

Games try their damndest to immerse you in a virtual world, to make you forget you're sitting on a couch staring blankly at a television screen. One of the best ways to secure such immersion is audio - the more realistic the effects and music, the more believable the world can become. Mass Effect 2 is tremendous at this, and nowhere is it better exemplified than the seedy, smokey Afterlife club on Omega.

The first ME had some small nighclubs and "sketchy" areas, but they still felt remarkably clean. Afterlife, on the other hand, is a garish, glitzy assault of colors and sound, and feels more like a real place than 90% of the areas we've seen this year. But without this perfect background club music to tie it all together, it'd be just another well-designed room with no soul.


Above: A nice sample of strolling through Afterlife, plus the Asari who runs it all

I was so taken with this track that I started to look into the ME2 soundtrack solely so I could hear it again. To my surprise, Callista wasn't on the OST I paid for (thanks, EA), which naturally turned me to the internet. After some quick browsing I noticed Callista was a licensed song, not something composed for ME2 - that explains why it's not on the OST. However, that also means it could be licensed elsewhere...


Above: Derp, futuristic nightclub atmosphere ruined

So not only was Callista used in another game, it was used in a 1999 Need for Speed, by EA, who later published Mass Effect 2. Oh it's still a great song (along with the entire ME2 OST), but it's always a little heartbreaking to find out something you thought was unique has actually been used before... nearly 10 years ago.

 

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30 comments

  • alexk2064 - March 30, 2011 9 p.m.

    Derp? what are you talking about? NFS: High Stakes' soundtrack has a constant presence in my MP3 player/car. In fact, by brother bound into the room to show me that this song was in ME:2. I thought it was awesome! Great feature BTW, many wonderful entries about music that I thought only I appreciated, including this one.
  • Spybreak8 - December 11, 2010 7:53 p.m.

    Oh hell yeah, loved the soundtrack so much I bought it! Was surprised to see something here I wasn't expecting, the Afterlife Club music. Wasn't on the soundtrack but it's a sweet atmospheric tune. Yeah now that you mention NFS it sounds like it's similar to the Forza 3 OST.
  • WtfInternetguy87 - December 11, 2010 6:32 p.m.

    The guy who does the voice for lamborghini is same dude that voiced the codex entries in mass effect 2 lol. Fucking EA.
  • zanthox - December 10, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    ME2 has such great music.
  • HitmanSB07 - December 10, 2010 3:49 p.m.

    I much prefered the techno-style song in the downstairs section of the afterlife, it's probably my favourite music from any of the Mass Effect games.
  • philipshaw - December 10, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    Great choice, but now where I have heard the song in another game, I can't unhear it
  • Psylockerules - December 10, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    when your heading through the omega 4 relay is my fav track, also Kasumi, overlord and Shadowbroker have some amazing music scores, if you wanted to do them for GMOTD then i really wouldn't mind ;)
  • SexyJams - December 10, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    It's just a bunch of bleeps and bloops ;)
  • Gahmah - December 10, 2010 8:03 a.m.

    this and ME1 sounds were boring as all hell you ask me, but I listen to Saint-seans and Tchaikovsky recreactionally so I'm probably a bit stuffy.
  • goochbiscuit - December 10, 2010 6:49 a.m.

    I was also kind of disappointed that the songs in the various ME2 clubs weren't included on the otherwise fantastic soundtrack.
  • festafreak - December 10, 2010 6:31 a.m.

    GAH!!! I played the first video and then HAD to sign in to let you all know that that was from NFS: High stakes. I forgot my password and had to go through all that stuff. Then I scroll down to add a comment and the high stakes video is there. I'm so glad you didn't miss that one! Whew! Love NFS:HS but didn't really enjoy ME2. Still haven't finished it.
  • practicallyhitler - December 10, 2010 6:03 a.m.

    Damn, I'm slightly crushed. That song worked so well for Afterlife, it's tough to believe it wasn't an original work. Oh well, still a great choice for excellent music. Personally, the galaxy map music is my favorite, even though it is unchanged from ME1. If it ain't broke...
  • CoktorBloktopus - December 10, 2010 5:32 a.m.

    mass effect for the frackin win I love everything about that series. And the music really does add another level of depth to the game. Im just a totally sucker for these games.
  • babyhenchy1 - December 10, 2010 4:54 a.m.

    I love the music in ME2 even more than the music in ME1, just another one of the great improvements to the series.
  • Randomwordcombination - December 10, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    Good choice!!
  • soren7550 - December 10, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    ME2's music is pretty good, but overall I think that ME1's was better.
  • smikey1123 - December 10, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    very good choice brett, I love the ME2 music.
  • Chewrocka - December 10, 2010 2:14 a.m.

    I wondered what happened to this track... And the "Legion" track is my favorite!
  • G0D - December 10, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    Just dont drink the blue stuff....
  • Radagast107 - December 10, 2010 1:41 a.m.

    Good Choice

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