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Soundtrack review: Unearthing Mars 2: The ancient war (Sid de la Cruz – 2018)

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Soundtrack review: Unearthing Mars 2: The ancient war (Sid de la Cruz – 2018)



“Unearthing Mars 2: The Ancient war” is a futuristic FPS VR shooter from beginning to end, featuring slow-motion superpowers, distinctive weapons and challenging boss battles. You will experience adrenaline-pumping FPS combat as you shoot down enemies and bend time to your advantage. Sid de la Cruz wrote the score.

The opening cue “Fear abyss” goes into trailer music territory with an explosive, percussion heavy sound that I love to hear on a game score, especially when it involves super powers and adrenaline rushes; I get that right from the start and I feel instantly pumped up. This seems to be the sound Sid went for and it’s the right way to go, without unnecessary bells and whistles or overcomplicated motifs. People come to play these games for the action, for the adrenaline rush, for the testosterone, especially a VR game and this is the kind of ballsy and powerful music the game needs to enhance the experience. Hell it makes me want to play the game even if there is nothing resembling a VR kit on me and I am staring at a small laptop screen.

I like it that even the cue titles are pumped up with steroid words like relentless, disaster, god, abyss, and they fit the music quite well. I just love a kick ass percussion heavy score like this. It’s not long which is a good thing because it’s concentrated in intense doses. If you enjoy the no limits pounding trailer music sound you will get a major fix with Sid de la Cruz’s lean mean composition. I am sure that if you are the working out or running kind of person you might add a couple of cues from “Unearthing Mars 2” on your playlists. Just beware not to get carried away and injure yourself. For me Sid de la Cruz has what it takes to join the team of composers tearing down the walls with the “World of Warcraft” scores, I’d love to hear his input there. Give this one a listen.

Cue rating: 90 / 100

2 NEVoid
3 The Territory Of God
6 Brave Glory
8 Defend Mountain

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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