Soundtrack (Video Game)
Infamous


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ikarus14 USER (3 Reviews)
December 24th, 2011 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Activation plus six minutes. Pulse is 45, respiration 10. Looking good, Cole."

Infamous is a comic book inspired game that was released for the Playstation 3 in 2009. As though the mere thought of exploring an open world city and fighting bad guys with electricity based powers isn't appealing enough, the game itself plays very well with an excellent soundtrack to boot. It's a unique mix of load and mellow beats and rhythms that supports a lot about the electrifying experience that this game offers.

The soundtrack to the game was mostly composed by Brazilian DJ Amon Tobin along with composers James Dooley and Mel Wesson. The former is notoriously known for his heavily layered style of drum and bass with jazz fusion and makes the musician an appropriate choice for this video game. Tobin's sound and style supports the nature of the game very well with a lot of jungle style drums paired with electronica sound bites. To some, the beats might feel a little too dominating and random, especially on the track "Alden Strikes" but the drums are definitely the most memorable part because the snare and punch is so well worked out. It brings a real sense of anarchy and social chaos to your speakers that you don't even need to play the game to understand how black and white the universe of it is.

This sound makes up a good portion of the first half of the album but it isn't all random snares and madness. There are also a lot of tracks with a slower but eerie vibe that compliments the social decay of the game's environments just as much as Tobin's adrenaline driven beats. Such tracks seem to be well placed alongside the rest so the album has plenty of chances to exhale and mellow out in the ambiance.

Overall, Infamous is a well executed soundtrack. The epic stadium sound might feel a little bit pretentious in a few spots but it has a varied rhythm and vibe that keeps things interesting throughout. It's refreshing for the game's genre and it compliments a lot about it's themes and atmosphere. It's a unique piece of work that's a real pleasure for fans of the game to have on their mp3 players and if you haven't played the game or don't own a Playstation 3, then listening to this just might get you curious enough to check it out.


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Ikarus14
December 24th 2011


557 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty short review, I know. Also, it's my first done for the site but I just felt the soundtrack for
this game needed some attention, especially considering Amon Tobin. :L

==Edit==

Might elaborate on this review further if I think of anything else.

Gyromania
December 24th 2011


16088 Comments


Infamous 2 = possible game of the year contender,.

Ikarus14
December 24th 2011


557 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had some pacing issues with the second game's storyline to be honest. Still a great game, though.

Gyromania
December 24th 2011


16088 Comments


Just to let you know, I'd love to see you beef this up a bit, because what you have is good but could definitely be expanded on. I'll give you a pos though =D

I actually haven't played all of the second game but I love the mechanics. It feels so fluid and, overall, just fun.

Ikarus14
December 24th 2011


557 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Again, yeah, I'll probably elaborate on this further when I get the chance. Thanks though.

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
December 24th 2011


2719 Comments


2nd one < 1st. 1st was a borderline classic.

Ikarus14
December 24th 2011


557 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Regarding the story, most likely.

FelixCulpa
December 24th 2011


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bought this when it came out since I really dig what Tobin did with the Splinter Cell Chaos Theory OST. There are some really good songs on here but some don't work as well out of context of the game which I've never played. You should check out Working For Nuclear Free City's other stuff. Great band.

Ikarus14
December 24th 2011


557 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, their last track on this album is a decent bit of closure. Might check them out.

IAmKickass
December 24th 2011


840 Comments


I loved the ending of the game, though I wish I finished evil instead of good.

Tyrannic
December 25th 2011


3262 Comments


this is a lot better than your lulu review. pos'd

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2011


31620 Comments


paired with electronica sound bites.


Like what exactly? What is an electronic sound bite?

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence



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