Two months ago, Crystal Dynamics came out with a sequel to the download-only Tomb Raider spin-off game, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Still set within the Legends timeline and not the new rebooted story, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris finds heroine Lara on a quest to Egypt where she must fight rival treasure hunters, undead warrior and ancient gods. A familiar premise and just another Tuesday for Ms. Croft, honestly.
I first took a listen to this OST upon my trip to attend MAGFest 13. It’s a fantastic orchestrated album with much grandiose elements. Upon listening, my first impression was that the music style sounded like a more subtle, toned-down mixture of God of War and the soundtrack to the movie, The Mummy. That is a good thing, by the way. Composed by Wilbert Roget, II (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dead Island 2), the music focuses on a lot of atypical middle eastern and Egyptian theatrical motifs, such as heavy string and flute flurries and double harmonic scales, but doesn’t go out of its way to dominate the tone of the game or upstage the gameplay.
“I’m very excited about this soundtrack as we got to work with some incredible classical and world-instrument soloists.”, states Roget on the soundtrack, which shows in the well-composed pieces. Though many pieces do seem to flow into one another at times, the “Finale” track might be my favored of the main game’s music, with its shades of John Williams peppered throughout.
The 36-track soundtrack, which includes two bonus remix tracks (The “Isis’ Lament” piece stands out to me), is currently free for download on Crystal Dynamic’s Soundcloud, and worth a listen for anyone who enjoys some good background ambiance. Who doesn’t enjoy free music?
Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris OST – Soundcloud
Wilbert Roget, II – Website | Twitter