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Infamous: Second Son OST Review

The original soundtracks for the inFAMOUS games have always been somber, haunting, with a bit of the vibe of the city the game represented. The soundtrack for inFAMOUS Second Son, even though only one composer remained from inFAMOUS 2, continues this tradition. Seattle has always been known for its garage-style bands, dark tones in music, and strong guitar melodies. The Second Son theme kicks off with exactly that, setting the tone of both the music and the game perfectly.

The soundtrack is a collaborative effort between Marc Canham, Nathan Johnson, and Brain (worked on inFAMOUS 2), but you’d honestly never know that each track was written by a different composer. I couldn’t even detect a common theme that each composer tried to implement. For example, the Second Son theme was written by Marc Canham, and “The Bio-Terrorist Threat” was penned by Nathan Johnson, but Johnson expounded on the theme in such a way they sound like they’re from the same thought.

While you don’t have to have played the game to enjoy the music, a number of the tracks do not entirely fit outside of the game’s context. One such track that does, for example, is “Wavelength.”

One that does not is “Double Crossed,” even though the vocalist gives me goosebumps every time I hear her crescendo. As such, the inFAMOUS Second Son soundtrack is one of those that I cannot recommend to anyone who has not played the game. It has a bit of that grunge vibe and great guitar features that will make anyone bob their head at their desk, but is it something I’d play for others or talk to anyone about who hasn’t played Second Son? Not really. It’s not generic by any means, and it fits in gloriously with the game, especially with chase sequences, boss fights, and even the stencil art mini-games. But out of game context? It’s better than most, but it doesn’t have that standalone quality like the soundtracks for Lost Planet 3, Max Payne 3, or Bastion. Digital download received from label.

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