The final Guild Wars
soundtrack not only took the first game out in style but instantly became one of the best of the series to date. I'm not willing to put it above Prophecies
, but it's not too far behind, either. As a whole, it's a wonderful symphonic journey through new lands and new themes, and just about every track is quite listenable.
You can't deny that this is Guild Wars
to its very core, as composer Jeremy Soule
only adds on to the franchise's legacy rather than supplants it with a different direction. Even so, it represents a mastery that wasn't quite there in past albums. If I listened to this soundtrack without knowing its source, I would have pegged it as a major motion picture release rather than a video game with angry bears.
It was definitely a difficult score to pick a mere six examples from; I'd recommend that soundtrack enthusiasts listen through its entirety. For a Guild Wars 2
player, it's really interesting to go back and hear the early versions of tracks that Soule would later reprise for the sequel.