“The music was a great enhancement to the game, containing relaxing traditional Japanese string and wind instruments that gave you the feel of being in a Japanese garden. The stronger drums and gongs added to the intensity of battle situations. The more modern music adds some more classical elements not usually associated with traditional Japanese music, but that core is still there. Songs like “Battle of Shinobue” and “Northern Wind,” from the original, encapsulate the very essence of the samurai, while “Winds of Fate” and “Beautiful Blade,” from Fall of the Samurai, retain the same instrumental elements but with a tone of sadness, as you leave tradition behind. The result is a subtle shift in music that mirrors your decisions in the game.”
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Kotaku Best Game Music of 2011
Total War: Shogun 2
Jeff van Dyck was back for Shogun 2, and he’s been steadily building the accolades for the powerful Japanese-themed soundtrack that accompanied the game. Kotaku have given us a warm-glow-inducing commentary on their “Best Game Music of 2011″ feature, waxing lyrical about the atmosphere Jeff’s soundtrack stirs in the air.
“Shogun 2 draws you into the Sengoku period of Japanese history until you’re up to your eyeballs in it”, they said, “giving you a sense of being and place that most other strategy games can only dream of.” High praise indeed.
Kotaku go on to say, “the end result is a soundtrack that, if you close your eyes, not only transports you back to 16th century Japan, but perfectly conveys the scope and scale of the Total War games themselves”.
A massive pat on the back from the whole studio to Jeff. He absolutely deserves it for the tireless hard work and relentless talent he exhibits with every soundtrack he writes.