The London Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded 17 covers of famous songs from gaming. They’re going to release them on November 6th in a compilation called The Greatest Video Game Music 2.
Here’s the full list of songs covered by the orchestra:
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – Main Theme
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Far Horizons
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker – Dragon Roost Island
Final Fantasy VII – One-Winged Angel
Mass Effect 3 – A Future for the Krogan/An End Once And For All
Halo – Never Forget/Peril
Sonic the Hedgehog – A Symphonic Suite
Chrono Trigger – Main Theme
Luigi’s Mansion – Main Theme
Kingdom Hearts – Fate of the Unknown
Super Metroid – A Symphonic Poem
Diablo III – Overture
Batman: Arkham City – Main Theme
Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Icarus Main Theme
Fez – Adventure
Portal – Still Alive
Little Big Planet – Orb Of Dreamers (The Cosmic Imagisphere)
The album features tracks from both old and new games. Chrono Trigger’s main theme and “One-Winged Angel” from Final Fantasy 7 are some of the first tracks that jump out at you. They do a great job with both of those songs, sticking to the original sounds you remember while adding to the score. Mass Effect 3′s Cover “A Future for the Krogan/An End Once And For All” is really nice and both songs blend together perfectly. Halo’s Cover is also a really nice song. They do a really good job sticking to the original sound of the music in the games and it makes you feel like your inside the games again.
There is a couple covers that they did that was flat out terrible. Sonic’s “A Symphonic Suite” starts out with a VERY slowed down version of the invincible theme from the original Sonic the Hedgehog. After that there isn’t any memorable songs they cover from Sonic and the song is very boring. Luigi’s Mansion was another song that they didn’t do well. It sounds like the theme but they don’t capture the great orchestral and organ sounds the original theme had in the game. The cover they did on Portal’s “Still Alive” is different. I personally didn’t like the song at all, it sounded very weird and I actually had to look up the original song from Portal because I didn’t remember the original song sounding like that.
Personally I wouldn’t buy this album at all. Go to iTunes and download a couple of the songs but don’t pay the full $8. While I enjoyed the first CD they released of video game covers, this one missed getting it right. Go out and buy a couple of the songs but keep the rest of your money for something else.
PROS: There is a few really good covers on this CD that I would suggest people download. “A Future for the Krogan/An End Once And For All”, Chrono Trigger’s “Main Theme”, Halo’s “Never Forget/Peril”, and Final Fantasy VII’s “One Winged Angel”
CONS: The album isn’t worth $8. A few of the songs missed the mark completely that the original version’s had. While this isn’t the worst cover album ever to be made, it’s not very good. Save your money for something else.
Star Rating: 4/10
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