Prepare for the Sounds of Vanquish

September 14, 2010Written by Allen Tyson

Platinum Games is serious about creating an enveloping experience when you play Vanquish.  To that end, they have created a soundtrack that attempts to break the norms of what is found in a typical third person shooter; and they want to share it with you.

The Vanquish Original Soundtrack is releasing in Japan on October 27, 2010 for 3990 yen ($47.00). All the intense and gritty music from the game will be spread across a three disc set. Included in the set are feature tracks from the collaborators on the project: Masafumi Takada, of The Silver Case, killer7, God Hand, and No More Heroes and Masakazu Sugimori, composer on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (GBA) and Viewtiful Joe.

Erina Niwa, Vanquish composer, had this to say about the approach to the game’s soundtrack:

With a lot of Western TPS games, the soundtrack is either rarely used, or when it is used, it seems to lack punch, but one of the things that Mikami-san told me that he wanted for the Vanquish soundtrack was for the music to “be the backup dancers for the game.” As we developed the game, a clear sense of speed emerged, as did the game’s hook, so the background music had to match that. This all lead to the up-tempo, banging soundtrack in the game today.

Even within PlatinumGames, there were those who said that the soundtrack didn’t sound like a shooter soundtrack, but since Vanquish is so aggressive, we made the soundtrack more along the lines of something from an action game. It is a blending of genres, from techno, to industrial, to breaks, metal, jungle, and even some Hollywood style scoring.

Of all the collectors items I enjoy for a game, a soundtrack is at the top of my list. Despite the price, this may be worth the import.