Thank you Shore Fire Media for sending us a digital version of this CD to review!
As a proud owner of the first two Greatest Video Game Music CDs I’ve been very happy with their symphonic renditions of many video game songs that I hold dear to my heart. I can even appreciate songs from games I have yet to play. The first two CDs were performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and they did not disappoint. The third entry features the Oprhei Drangar, an 80-piece Swedish choir and the female vocalist, Myrra Malmberg.
The track list spans though several popular game series including Assassin’s Creed, Dragon Age, Final Fantasy, God of War, Minecraft, Portal, Skyrim, The Last of Us, and World of Warcraft. There are thirteen tracks in total and some games have multiple tracks like Final Fantasy X and Skyrim.
My favorite song on the CD that I’m already familiar with is Skyrim – Dragonborn. I was also familiar with Portal’s Still Alive, but I’m still a fan of the original rendition (though the choral version is still nice.) Even though I haven’t played Dragon Age: Inquisition, the theme is really well done and is a pleasure to listen to. The choir is very prominent (and rightfully so!) in most of the songs, but I couldn’t tell if they actually sang in the Minecraft song, Sweden. The symphony did an excellent job and my kids enjoyed that song the most on the CD, but the choir was either not performing in it or were drowned out by the orchestra.
Gamers who have played any of the games mentioned in this review should check out this CD and its predecessors. The audio CD sells for $11.99 on Amazon or in digital form on iTunes for $9.99.
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