As the video games industry grows (and grows), more money becomes available and the consumer starts to demand something more sophisticated. The Splinter Cell series already boasts stories written by the author Tom Clancy (who wrote, amongst others, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears, which have all been turned into big Hollywood movies). However, for the third game in this series, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, that just wasn’t enough, this time around the game needed an impressive soundtrack too.
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Originally, developers Ubisoft planned to keep on acclaimed soundtracker Lalo Schiffrin (Shrek 2, Mission: Impossible, Sparky’s Magic Piano), who scored Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow but then, in a moment of madness, they dropped him and asked Amon Tobin to do it instead. Why? Well, once you’ve heard what Tobin has created, you’ll know why.
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Created electronically but with samples of acoustic instruments, this is not just a collection of spy movie-style tracks, this is a fantastically written and produced album. It’s so good, in fact, that Ninja Tune saw fit to make it the first ever video game soundtrack to be released (before you say it, all the others have been compilations).
Without doubt, this is the best soundtrack you will hear on a video game today (though I foresee more like this heading our way soon) and it may even be Amon Tobin’s best work yet too.
Label: Ninja Tune
Release date: 7th February 2005
- The Lighthouse
- Theme From Battery
- Kokubo Sosho Stealth
- El Cargo
- Ruthless (Reprise)
- Kokubo Sosho Battle
- The Clean Up