Soundtrack (Video Game)
Resident Evil 6


1.5
very poor

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
August 9th, 2013 | 112 replies


Release Date: 07/30/2013 | Tracklist


All forms of Resident Evil media, whether it be the movies or the games, have gone through having just about every briefly relevant style of music serve as the soundtrack for any of the games or films. The first to third Resident Evil games all had original scores that were chilling, morose, and downright terrifying even outside of the context of the games. Indeed, the soundtracks definitely played a substantial role in what made the golden age of survival horror games so horrifying, and Resident Evil games had soundtracks that at times rivaled even the industrial-powered eeriness of Silent Hill video game scores. Resident Evil 4’s soundtrack retained the somber and creepy atmosphere of its predecessors, while infusing more cinematic musical elements to dazzling results, and on the other hand, the soundtracks of the actual cinema adaptations of the Resident Evil franchise shifted with what was popular for the times; going through the nu metal, metalcore, and more recently, dubstep waves.

But regardless, here we are with the original soundtrack for the sixth Resident Evil sequel in the main video game continuity, and what is it essentially? A bloated 64 tracks comprised of vapid and lifeless orchestral music that’s completely devoid of excitement, and ironically really would have been better suited as an original score to a Resident Evil movie in how cinematic its goals appear to be. What’s unfortunate is that like the video game, there was clearly no priority (or any intention at all for that matter) in composing a score for a horror game. This is all solely generic and recycled classical music that was composed with an explosive action game in mind, and since Resident Evil 6 is basically a video game that apes the conventions of modern action-based games in every category, one would think that this score would be appropriate and fit quite well despite a lack in quality. However, while it’s unreasonable to expect creepy horror music on the soundtrack to an action game (though it would have most likely been more preferred by fans of the games), it’s inexcusable for any of the music composed by a wide variety of different artists on this double disc affair to lack any and all pulse, and be utterly vacant of intensity, interest, or appeal.

It’s laughable that there’s a good assemble of varying composers that contributed to the bulk of score music on this soundtrack, and yet the tracks are all so stylistically identical to each other that discerning one composer’s work from another’s without reference is a trying task. It’s not like it matters anyway though, seeing as how the soundtrack manages to pull off making orchestral score music seem outdated, as the album sounds like a culmination of clichéd stock film score cues ripped straight from every shoot-'em-up movie of the ‘90s rather than a score for a video game. Sure, you have your average couple of drab J-rock songs thrown in here and there (that haven't changed since the late '90s as well, and since then have been standard for what seems like every Japanese video game soundtrack), and there's of course the typical electronic elements that are too eagerly bombastic to ignite genuinely thrilling sensations (and would truthfully be more at home on the soundtrack to an espionage feature film instead), but all the same, the entire album is merely music made to only remain far in the backdrop of cutscenes from the game; simply adding a painfully traditional and barely noticeable musical effect to the scenes, and never standing out in a unique way on its own. Completeness as a collection of music from the game could factor in as a redeeming value, but all of these songs are so short and only fulfilled through the game that listening to individual tracks is pointless, and listening to the two discs worth of tracks as a whole is daunting and wearisomely boring.

In a nutshell, the Resident Evil 6 Original Soundtrack is a massive all-time low in creativity for the original music of the game series. The Resident Evil series has most certainly lost its way by trying to put cinematic action value before actual scares, and this is a sad example of how the original music of a series can easily sink along with the ship.



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breakingthefragile
August 9th 2013


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

A waste of time, and only meant to stay as the provider of a dull and barely noticeable backdrop to the equally bad game itself, but for some reason I still felt compelled to review this.

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HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2013


1675 Comments


There are songs from RE 3 that will put ice in my veins. Specifically the song that plays when you enter a safe room.

breakingthefragile
August 9th 2013


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah I feel exactly the same, wouldn't it be great if we could get back to music like that in Resident Evil games? Soundtracks like this with absolutely none of that make me lose hope in a return like that.

pizzamachine
August 9th 2013


12572 Comments


I'm never buying this game, solid review!

JokineAugustus
August 9th 2013


6603 Comments


RE4 and RE remake had some of the creepiest songs ever.

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spartanawasp
August 9th 2013


303 Comments


I actaully really liked RE5.

Gwyn.
August 9th 2013


15322 Comments


franchise was never good pre RE4

demigod!
August 9th 2013


45266 Comments


i played a little bit of this at a friend's and it seems pretty atrocious.

shame because RE4 is a contender for my favourite game ever, and RE5 was loads of fun too

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HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2013


1675 Comments


RE 6 is a mockery of the pacing and atmosphere that made earlier games in the series so brilliant. Its so pervertedly against everything the series stands for that if you swapped the number 6 for the word "Parody" it becomes a better game.

Gwyn.
August 9th 2013


15322 Comments


RE4 was good yes, series has never scared me even once tho so i never liked the other games

demigod!
August 9th 2013


45266 Comments


i think the story is pretty cool in a convuluted japanese bullshit way

Rev
August 9th 2013


9441 Comments


for as much shit RE5 gets it's really fun


I really wanted to like the RE1 remake but those controls are atrocious

Gwyn.
August 9th 2013


15322 Comments


I don't really get all the hate RE5 gets; I mean it's like exactly the same shit, so yea it's lazy, but what's there is well done so at least the game is fun

Played it for a while and never realized how much I played it, even got a platinum trophy for it when i didn't even really wanted to lol

demigod!
August 9th 2013


45266 Comments


yea i played a ton of RE5, great action game for sure. Sheva's a fucking dunce though.

Gwyn.
August 9th 2013


15322 Comments


She would've been alright if she was immortal on single player so you didn't have to baby sit her every 5 fucking minutes

spartanawasp
August 9th 2013


303 Comments


All my friends thought she was so hot so they always played her in the bikini costume XD, good times.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2013


1675 Comments


Sorry but something about gunning down 8 hours of black people grew tiring to me.

That, and it's near flat as a board pacing.

Gwyn.
August 9th 2013


15322 Comments


RE 1 to 3 all suck cock.

Silent Hill tho

BigPleb
August 9th 2013


37948 Comments


Wrong.

But SH rules yea, 2 is one of the best games ever made.

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Gwyn.
August 9th 2013


15322 Comments


If RE had scared me at least once I'd respect them but they didn't so fuck them (It's worth noting I
played them when I was 9 years old).

Silent Hill 2 made me have nightmares though that shit is WAG as fuck.



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