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|Myst Soundtracks Ranked|
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Myst V: End of Ages Soundtrack
There really isn't that much to say about the music for the final installment to the Myst series, composed by Tim Larkin. A large handful of music here is quite similar to music found on the other soundtracks in the series. In fact, "Descent" and "The Great Shaft" are two pieces of music that had already been used in the soundtrack for Uru: Ages Beyond Myst. The highlights on this album are definitely the more ambient tracks, such as "Tahgira Ice Fields" and "Myst." With all things considered, the soundtrack for End of Ages seriously lacks material crucial for it separate itself from the rest of the series' music, which would have made it a great deal more interesting.
This is the game that started it all. Of the very few taking part in what was at the time a small project, Robyn Miller handled the responsibility of creating the game's soundtrack. The result worked very well during gameplay, but the soundtrack as a whole turned out to be a hit and miss. Miller uses the same themes for different aspects of the game multiple times during the game. This is perfectly fine for gameplay, but not necessarily for the soundtrack, since it might become annoying to hear the theme used for Achenar three to four times throughout the soundtrack. Another lingering flaw with the music here is the quality of the production and recording. Overall, Myst has a decent soundtrack that could have easily been cleaned up and improved with money they made after the release of the groundbreaking series debut.
Riven is by far my favorite Myst game. Composed by Robyn Miller, the music definitely does its part in making it my favorite of the series. Each piece fits its part of the game perfectly (the soundtrack is basically composed of dark ambient music, which makes sense since it is the Myst game with the darkest storyline). Listening to the music in soundtrack form, however, is a bit harder. Many of the tracks sound very similar to the point where one might forget what track they are on. Certain tracks are distinctive, such as the dark and calming "Gateroom" or the exciting "Moiety Theme," though for the most part the songs here are best heard when creating the atmosphere necessary for the gameplay (which they most certainly succeed at doing).
Uru: Ages Beyond Myst Soundtrack
Though not necessarily part of the series, I decided to include it since it is part of the franchise as a whole and an official soundtrack was released. The music in Uru: Ages Beyond Myst (and whatever pieces followed concerning Uru) was composed by Tim Larkin. The music includes several ambient pieces as well as some tribal-esque pieces (some of the music on here almost reminds me of something Steve Roach would make). While Uru's soundtrack contains some of the most beautiful music heard in the Myst series, it often lacks certain elements that give it the trademark Myst feel as well as certain elements that would have made it more exciting. Also, I don't feel that Rand Miller's voiceover was necessary in the opening track. It's still a great listen from start to finish, though.
Myst III: Exile
This was the first Myst game to not include Robyn Miller, co-founder of Cyan Inc., in the production of a Myst game. Because of this, Cyan was in need of someone to create Exile's soundtrack. Luckily, the company acquired Jack Wall and he composed the second sequel's soundtrack. Like Uru, Exile's soundtrack holds several of the series' most beautiful and entrancing pieces. However, the songs are generally too short, many tracking at only a minute or two long. This is also an issue during gameplay, where the songs might be repeated constantly if the player is stuck on a puzzle. Honestly, if some of the pieces were longer, it would definitely be the best of the series.
Myst IV: Revelation Soundtrack
It's pretty obvious that I think that Jack Wall was the best thing to happen to the Myst series concerning its soundtracks. The soundtrack he composed for the series' fourth game, Revelation, is one of my favorite game soundtracks ever. Revelation's soundtrack is exciting, beautiful, dark, and diverse throughout. It's an easy and engaging listen from start to finish. Some tracks are a bit shorter than I feel that they should be (a good example might be "Jungle Landing," a track that is featured in the game through two or three different versions), though the song lengths are definitely an improvement from Wall's previous work with the Myst series.
|2 and 3 were hard to determine. This definitely doesn't reflect my ranking of the actual games. Also, fuck yes for 100% album art|
|Seriously? No Myst fans out there? Shame =[|
|hmm. i would say 4 is the best. everything about Riven owned hard.|
|Best game of the series by far ^.^|
|yeah it is. i actually still need to beat Exile. i was like half way done with that game.|
|Awesome game, though definitely not my fav. Fun fact (sorta): the villain in that game was also Wormtongue in Lord of the Rings|
|Riven is my favorite. Very haunting music. Jack Wall's a fantastic composer as well. Peter Gabriel's song in Myst IV is cheesy as fuck.|
|Dafuq you just say about Peter?!|