Neil Davidge
Halo 4 Original Soundtrack


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (498 Reviews)
March 12th, 2023 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not the best game in the series, but a solid soundtrack to accompany it.

It’s difficult to notice whilst firing an array of incredibly noisy weaponry at aliens, but Halo 4’s soundtrack is quite compelling. It may not be talked about so much in comparison to previous entries, yet a good one it remains. Loud, militant percussion, strings, horns, and some atmospheric singing — it is all here. What you might not expect is how well it comes together.

The tracks on hand do much more than the bare minimum. For the fourth game in the series, there’s no sign of the composer slacking off. One could’ve easily stolen melodies from other games and called it a day. Instead, Neil Davidge infused loads of personality in their one and only contribution to Halo soundtracks. Neil does not stoop down to the mediocrity of so many composers. Namely, the atmospheres painted are not bare bone afterthoughts with sudden and very artificial horns blaring to make up for a lack of creativity. Rather, the soundscapes are vibrant, lush, and lavished upon. It feels like a richly lived world, and it captures the game’s visual style elegantly.

Surprisingly, the soundtrack is beautiful. The melodic, sci-fi synth work with ditties and effects is stunning in itself, but it’s only one portion of the satisfying experience. Expect a movie-like symphonic soundtrack, one that understand deeply what creates a great Halo vibe. The strings are active in their role to produce excitement, with great hooks occurring. Throughout the progression of tracks, instruments and sounds collide and are added to/or create rhythms continuously to produce a fuller melody, and a busier, more urgent atmosphere. If the gameplay doesn’t gather enough excitement, the soundtrack is sure to get the blood pumping.

While ideas weren’t stolen from previous Halo soundtracks, a little nod to the old games would’ve appeased. There is no real main melody or hook to rely on, only a collection of ideas held together with the sci-fi soundtrack motif and fitting instruments. Consequently, it is an album without memorable melodies despite how catchy the soundtrack often is, as the drums and synths join as one powerful force. One can definitely remember the synth-y, sci-fi sound of the soundtrack, it is distinct enough to be noticeable while playing the game. Quitting the game, you may find the songs escaping from memory, but you may not forget the atmospheric intensity of the music. It’s a fairly fun soundtrack in the end, nothing that special, but it is well made and justified with enough oorah to get you through the campaign.



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pizzamachine
March 12th 2023


19673 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I’ve been playing through the Halo games, good times.

Purpl3Spartan
March 12th 2023


5554 Comments


Good game yeah

MarsKid
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2023


18393 Comments


Overhated game

Best soundtrack is Reach imo

Pikazilla
March 12th 2023


24821 Comments


shit game

fighting same 3-4 enemies across the entire campaign in the most underwhelming encounter setups and locations in the entire franchise

ost is dece though, yeah

MoM
March 12th 2023


2154 Comments


Halo’s the shit. Especially the multiplayer, goddamn

9Hammer
March 12th 2023


402 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was literally listening to 'Green and Blue' and 'Solace' on my walk today, nuts that it got reviewed lol.



Lots of memories playing Halo 3 and Reach, and a bit of 4. Still have memories of being excited for Halo 5, thinking that it was gonna change everything. That was shortlived.

pizzamachine
March 12th 2023


19673 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Halo 5 is where Halo broke.

mrdogthrow
March 12th 2023


2078 Comments


^^
halo 4 was a great first attempt from 343, how they managed to fuck up past that is beyond me

Drifter
March 13th 2023


20101 Comments


fucking love the menu theme for this game. people hated cause it wasn't marty but neil held it down

RogueNine
March 13th 2023


5235 Comments


Great game, great music.

Emim
March 13th 2023


33488 Comments


Campaign was meh outside of Chief and Cortana, music is great, multiplayer was mostly decent. The supply drops kinda screwed the flow of games where people would get crazy power weapons out of nowhere. You could dominate a match by lucking out with a SAW from one of those.

MarsKid
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2023


18393 Comments


lol the SAW felt fucking amazing to shoot but was so frustrating to go up against. One random bloke strutting around with it and you're just deleted in a second.

Campaign's heart was strong and definitely had promise for future games. iirc the lead writer(s) behind this concept departed, leaving a team of newbies that opted for fanficiton-esque scenarios and pandering. Both landed with a thud.

I think the lead writer for this at the time was experiencing a parent going through dementia (could be wrong, just from what I recall), which is probably why the Chief/Cortana dynamic is the highlight here and the most emotional.

The ending cutscenes were a gut punch.

Trebor.
Emeritus
March 14th 2023


59243 Comments


awful game



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