Harry Gregson-Williams Turns This Game Into A Cinematic Expe
Kaya Savas | North Hollywood, CA | 10/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge Metal Gear Solid fan, and when I heard that Harry Gregson-Williams would be joining in to compose the second game I got so excited, and was even more excited when he stayed for #3. Hans Zimmer is my favorite composer of all time, and I absolutely love every composer that comes out of Media Ventures. Williams keeps the feel of the original soundtrack, but adds his trademark techno spin to it. Fans will recognize the same style in Spy Game, Phonebooth, and The Rundown. The game becomes a film all because of the amazing talents of Williams. It's also interesting that he composed all the music solely based on Hideo Kojimas descriptions of atmosphere and actions. Usually scores are composed when a finished film has been presented to the composer, here Williams worked only off of sketches and writings. But the price here on Amazon is very high, at GKWorld they sell it for 13 dollars brand new."
Very good music
Shayer | 12/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Keeps with the theme of the game, and the music is very good. Reminds me a bit of the work the RZA did in the Kill Bill Volume I soundtrack. I highly recommend this."
Amazing. Nothing more said.
TheEh | Australia | 05/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was absolutely outstanding. I have been a fan of Metal Gear Solid since I first bought a PlayStation 1 off a friend, and he gave me MGS1 with it. I was hooked. I loved the strategy, I loved the realism, and most of all, I loved the music.
I'm still stuck with a PlayStation 1, so theres no chance in me playing MGS3, but what I can do is listen to the soundtrack. And I gotta tell you, its extremely powerful. I love the Metal Gear Solid Theme, not just this one, but the ones from MGS1 and MGS2 just as much. Amazing."
Shayer | Amherst, MA USA | 03/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Awesome Soundtrack with a lot of variety. The first two songs alone make the entire thing worth it. Snake Eater(the theme song) is wonderfully sung and gives of the James Bond feeling that suits the game so well. The entire soundtrack goes perfectly with the game and there are a few tracks that you might feel chilling out too.
I get such an adrenaline rush when I listen to "METAL GEAR SOLID" Main Theme (METAL GEAR SOLID 3 Version), Clash With Evil Personified, Sidecar - Escape From The Fortress, among many others.
One of my favorite songs in this is Old Metal Gear, which brings back good feelings from way back.
The ending Song "Way To Fall" is also well done, it's very emotional and is comforting to listen to.
I say if you're a fan of the Metal Gear Solid series then you should definitely get this soundtrack and if you have Metal Gear Solid 3, you'll also find that it comes with a free(though useless) camo that is put in the CD. Highly Recommended."
Spectacular video game soundtrack
M. Azar | Portland, Oregon | 03/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After buying "Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence" early in 2007, I was treated to one of the best gaming experiences in recent times. There was one aspect of it that stood out to me: the music. The music was emotional, engaging and not just a little bit movie-like in quality.
Deciding that I wanted to be able to listen to the songs over and over again, I bought the soundtrack to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (which is essentially the same game, just without extra features) in June.
My impressions didn't change: the music was just as good, if not better played on CD. Harry-Gregson Williams and Norihiko Hibino are the main composers here, with a few vocal tracks done by artists either hired exclusively for the game, or licensed (such as Starsailor who did "Way to Fall").
Mr. Williams composed most of the dramatic non-battle music, including "Virtuous Mission". It's a rousing military piece and, along with the introduction of Naked Snake, sets the theme for the rest of the story. "KGB vs GRU" is one of the tracks that while energetic on it's own, works much better when viewed with the accompanying action. "Underground Tunnel" is haunting, mostly quiet with an intense part halfway though and manages to make the listener feel they are about to infiltrate a high danger area.
Mr. Hibino composed most of the battle music, including "On the Ground ~ Battle in the Jungle". This is played through most of the game, as Snake spends most of his time outdoors. It's my personal favorite, as it starts off slow, introduces some beats and then jumps right into a pace that uses wind instruments to really hammer in the danger of hiding ten feet away from enemy patrols. "The Fury" is a boss battle theme that, while keeping the player on edge, uses a small bit of guitar at 1:10 in a very nicely done transition. Finally, "Battle In The Base" is the fight theme used in the latter half of the game, and while it relies on remixes of prior Metal Gear music, it adds in it a bit of 60's superspy flair and flute to stand on it's own.
Both composers elevate the overall feel of Metal Gear Solid 3 from "well done video game" to "action-espionage movie".
I want to applaud series creator Hideo Kojima on choosing "Way to Fall" by Starsailor: it makes for good credits music and the lyrics match up VERY closely to the events Naked Snake experiences.
This soundtrack might be somewhat expensive on Amazon ($50) but is still an excellent buy for fans of video game and movie music as well."