MEDAL OF HONOR: ORIGINAL SCORE (RAMIN DJAWADI)


THE PLOT THUS FAR

For the first time in its 11-year history, Medal of Honor leaves the World War II theatre and enters the modern day setting of war-torn Afghanistan told through the lens of a small band of fictional characters. Medal of Honor introduces players to the Tier 1 Operator, an elite warrior and relatively unknown instrument of the U.S. Military that operates under the National Command Authority, taking on missions no one else can handle. Composer Ramin Djawadi explains “The fact that it is modern day with various locations asked for a completely different approach both stylistically and thematically. The score is very wide spread from emotional orchestral to edgy modern action. Western and ethnic instruments are used to represent the different cultures.”

TRACK LIST

01. From Here (3:50)
02. Watch Your Corners (3:20)
03. Heroes Abroad (5:11)
04. Streets of Gardez (3:56)
05. The Time Is Upon Us (2:02)
06. Hunter-Killer (2:21)
07. Falling Away (2:49)
08. Taking The Field (2:27)
09. High Ground (2:28)
10. Thirty Seconds Out (1:59)
11. The Summit (2:47)
12. Paint ‘Em Up (2:32)
13. Enemy Down (2:50)
14. All Rounds Expended (3:10)
15. Send In The Rangers (3:21)
16. Tariq’s Plea (4:08)
17. WFO (2:37)
18. Final Extraction (3:43)
19. H-Hour (2:13)
20. Wiyar (2:04)

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Operating directly under the National Command Authority, a relatively unknown entity of handpicked warriors are selected when it is crucial that a mission not fail. These are the Tier 1 Operators. There are over 2 million active soldiers. Of those, approximately 50 thousand fall under the direct control of the Special Operations Command. The Tier 1 Operator functions on a level above and beyond even the most highly trained Special Operations Forces. Their exact numbers, while classified, hover in the low hundreds. They are living, breathing, precision instruments of war, experts in the application of controlled violence. The new Medal of Honor game is inspired by and developed with actual Tier 1 Operators from this elite community. Players step into the boots of these warriors and apply their unique skill sets to fight a new enemy in the most unforgiving and hostile conditions of present day Afghanistan.

Djawadi does not seem as interested in creating a monster theme and riding it for a soundtrack. The opening track, “From Here,” introduces it’s theme after over ninety seconds of slow buildup. The theme arrives without much aplomb. Ramin Djawadi accomplishes a great feat in his Medal of Honor soundtrack. He has created a standalone piece that balances the action and emotion of war while still retaining the thrill of a dramatic presentation.

Michael Giacchino started this franchise off in 1999 and in a sense it launched his career. Christopher Lennertz also made his mark on the franchise. Were those incredibly high standards met? Sure, but that’s only if you agree to using such ill-defined parameters. First, this score is unlike most modern warfare scores in that doesn’t treat the game like an action movie. The score is so poignant and emotional that it absolutely floored me. The hymn-like motifs that Djawadi has crafted give the score a special emotional weight. If you are expecting pounding synths and percussions from front to end then you may be surprised at the refined approach that Ramin took.

When you get to the actual flow of high action music to the character pieces, you see that Djawaldi has thrown in a little more pre-planning than EA seemed to give the game. Taking an approach similar to most Post-Modern film composers, Djawaldi has gone out of his way to build a world with his score. Through the world of Tier 1, you feel the heat and grit of the desert in every track. I’d recommend a purchase. Your enjoyment of Djawaldi’s masterful score will go far past your enjoyment of the game. I’m sorry to keep bashing the game, but it was just so lackluster.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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