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Game music of the day: Uncharted 2

Game: Uncharted 2
Song: Nate’s Theme 2.0
Composer: Greg Edmonson

       
Above: "Nate's Theme 2.0" or "Menu Theme" if you prefer

I love, love, LOVE the opening of the Uncharted games. Even though they’re both largely the same tune, I’m singling out Uncharted 2’s because it’s a just a tad more subdued than "Nate’s Theme 1.0." A lot of game composers get a hold of an actual orchestra and just go apeshit with blaring trumpets and bass drums, as if every minor crescendo moment were worhty of a Hans Zimmer March into Mordor. Yet, there’s evident restraint throughout both Uncharted’s soundtracks, most noticeably in "Nate’s Theme 2.0."


Above: Also, scoring Cop Rock was one of Edmonson's first gigs!

More interestingly for nerds like me, Uncharted composer Greg Edmonson also scored Firefly! If you don’t think that’s important, know this: Naughty Dog used some of the cuts from Joss Whedon’s late sci-fi western as a temporary score while developing the Uncharted and just said, “Screw it! Let’s hire this guy.” Don’t know about you, but I love it when two of my favorite things in the universe come together for any reason. Oh, and since I forgot to make with the funny in this article, here ya go:

Above: LOL More like "Drake's Misfortune" *rimshot* from our One Letter Off Games feature

Jul 13, 2010


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32 comments

  • lovinmyps3 - July 17, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    I love it!! I've sat at then menu just listening to the music more than any other game!
  • Austin_SJ - July 14, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    Uncharted and Uncharted 2 had absolutely superb soundtracks. I got my brother to play through Uncharted the other day and re-listening to all those songs made me realise that the music makes that game feel 10% more epic.
  • philipshaw - July 14, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    Uncharted 2 is still my favorite game of this generation, it's also the first game this genration that I bought the soundtrack for after beating the game. The music is great even out of the context of the game
  • CombatCat120 - July 14, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    btw you guys really need to do one about the old Battlefield theme. There's nothing more awesome than that.
  • CombatCat120 - July 14, 2010 9:52 a.m.

    Oh man I love the game's entire soundtrack especially this song, right next to GTA IV's soundtrack. Thanks to ol' Greg I didn't mind having to sit through the game's painful loading and multiplayer connecting times, I actually enjoyed them!
  • JayBeat - July 14, 2010 8:25 a.m.

    Awesome song, awesome game. Love the orchestral.
  • mrmorozov987 - July 14, 2010 3:57 a.m.

    Does anyone else besides me find it hilarious that a clothing store put an ad in the comments of an article with a picture like that? I totally wanna buy a pair of jeans now. Seriously, you're a damn fool if you own a PS3 and buy this.
  • mrmorozov987 - July 14, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    One of the many, MANY reasons I love the Uncharted series. The menu music does exactly what it's supposed to do: Get me even more excited to play the game after hearing it. Fantastic soundtrack, fantastic everything. Easily the best game of this console generation.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 14, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    Unsharted 2: Among Jeans... Haha u c wat i did thar lolol. Anyways, yes. Finally, this game gets the article it deserves! Thank you SP much, Mr. Antista.
  • Conman93 - July 14, 2010 12:01 a.m.

    Whenever I played online on this game, it was the only time I enjoyed the loading time for a match because this song was playing! U should have a God of War 3 GMOTD soon. THAT is one epic soundtrack.
  • TDUBBS - July 13, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    I love the Uncharted theme. I actually used it as the music playing in a project reel I made in my multimedia class.
  • HumorTumor - July 13, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    I actually bought this soundtrack a couple months ago. I love it to death. Just very beautiful music. First game album I ever bought actually. I used to take the cd-roms of my older games and try to see if I could listen to the music. This and Mechwarrior 2 are my favorite soundtracks.
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - July 13, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    @OneMoreRobot We've been doing these everyday since March, son! Peep this: http://www.gamesradar.com/f/game-music-of-the-day-compendinarium/a-20100611102417931026 Sorry, I didn't go into more depth, but I jumped on this entry at the last minute @Didijustshard Fantastic idea. I may devote the remainder of my day converting this into a ringtone @Strangleme PLAY IT! It's by far the best game on the PS3, if not the best of the last 5 years
  • Strangleme - July 13, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    Very cool. I just got this game in the 250gb PS3 bundle. Haven't played it yet but so far I love the music.
  • Didijustshard - July 13, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    Ya know what's funny? I wake up to Nate's Theme 2.0 every morning. It always puts me in the best mood and really helps me start my day out feeling like Indiana Jones. Very Epic Music. Also it is my top played song in iTunes. 97 Plays!!!
  • kompressorlogik - July 13, 2010 9 p.m.

    I love that you gave this song a spot on GMotD. Greg Edmonson's work is stellar and any extra exposure Firefly can get is a bonus. The sweeping string melodies in this tune really whisk you into the game, and the overall feel is triumphant and heroic, but melancholy, sort of the same words I always come back to with Terra's Theme from FFVI.
  • garnsr - July 13, 2010 8:31 p.m.

    I wasn't super thrilled with Firefly. While watching it I kept wishing I was watching Brisco County Jr. instead.
  • TURbo - July 13, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    Gets a lot of plays on TalkRadar when referring to the Uncharted 2.
  • OneMoreRobot - July 13, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    Game music of the day? That's an awesome idea! I'd love to see you go more in depth though. Provide more info about the composer, a few more samples and comparing them to prequels and/or other games in the same genre would be great. Definitely an interesting topic.
  • juicenpancakes - July 13, 2010 7:51 p.m.

    I had no idea that the Firefly composer was the Uncharted composer. That was a very sexy, appreciated tidbit.

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