The big guns came out swinging this month, as the most noteworthy games for October include multiple blockbusters, including (obviously) one of the most anticipated games in arguably the history of the medium. And these titles of course brought with them some absolutely incredible music. So without further ado, let’s hop in!
Rockstar’s previous entry in this series pretty much never left the public eye after launching to pretty much unanimous acclaim eight years ago. So it’s not terribly shocking just how good the follow-up is. The previous game had an excellent soundtrack, and the same holds true this time around. The soundtrack has recruited an intense number of different groups and voice to contribute the music to this monstrous title. We put up an article about this stunning variety recently as a matter of fact, and you can find out a little more about the game’s ensemble of musicians here. But the brunt of the score is still handled by Woody Jackson, who worked on the score for Red Dead 1 as well.
As far as AAA games go, there are few series that are able to so consistently avoid having generic sounding scores. If anything through the past few entries in the series, the scores for Assassin’s Creed titles have been getting better. Austin Wintory’s score for Syndicate was sublime, and Sarah Schachner’s Origins score has one of the most intriguing main themes we’ve heard in years. So it’s no surprise that the score for Odyssey continues this trend of quality, courtesy of The Flight (a duo who some may recognise for their contributions to Horizon: Zero Dawn). May Ubisoft’s series ever continue to offer amazing music.
Lovecraft is often stated as exploring the terror of the unknown. But one thing we do know is that the soundtrack for French developer Cyanide’s title is absolutely phenomenal. With music by Markus Schmidt, the score offers a decidedly chilling and unsettling score that is easily up to the task of draping itself around the title’s landscapes. Listen to this one with the lights out.
As a big fan of Swery65’s very unique take on video games to begin with, The Missing was one I was already very excited for. The first game released under his new studio White Owls Inc., The Missing falls very much in line with Swery’s previous titles; that is to say, it’s fascinating, strange, and phenomenal. The music in Swery games are no slouch either, and The Missing continues this trend, with an absolutely stunning score.
And that does it for this month’s titles before we regroup and do it all again next month! As we inch much closer to the end of the year, we'll present a more definitive “best of the best” type list for 2018!