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Batman – Arkham City

Music Director : Nick Arundel

Track Name Artists Rating
Arkham City Theme Nick Arundel ★★★★★★★★★★
I Think You should do as He says Nick Arundel ★★★★★★★★★☆
You Should Have Listened to My Warning Nick Arundel ★★★★★★★★★★
Mercenary Panic at the Disco! ★★★★★★★★★½
Drown in You Daughtry ★★★★★★★★★★
Only You Mark Hamill N/A

 

1. Arkham City Theme

Composer – Nick Arundel

Start the Game and you are welcomed with the sinister background throughout the menu, setting up the tone for the grave gameplay to come and also a perfect match to the brooding Dark Knight himself. The heavy strings are a treat to listen, especially with Batman’s cinematics in the background changing and giving the theme, a surreal effect on us.

2. I think You should do as He Says

Composer – Nick Arundel

This track embarks the first among the many combat duels Batman encounters in the game. The track starts off slow and gains momentum in the middle, which corresponds to Batman ‘whaming’ the goons mercilessly, and slowly fading out, signifying the end of the roundup. This track appears sporadically in the game where Batman encounters direct combat.

3. You Should Have Listened to my Warning

Composer – Nick Arundel 

Aptly titled, this track is for the indirect strategic (read Gargoyle or platform) attack situations. The track starts once the goons discover Batman’s presence in the hall, but are clueless to his whereabouts! As Batman picks out the goons one by one, the music literally brings out the blood curling adrenaline surge . The highs and the lows, the spasmodic change in pace and rhythm, this excellent composition by Nick Arundel deserves Musicperk’s 10/10 .

4. Mercenary 

Composer – Panic at the Disco! 

The Pop-Punk duo popular for their “I write Sins, Not Tragedies” and “Pretty.Odd” has penned down an exclusive title for the game. Though the title may seem an ambiguous representation of the Dark Knight’s character, The lyrics echo the very cold words of the super villain Hugo Strange , which suggest there may be a darker side to the brooding Hero?! The song features in the Batman Arkham City –The Album which is used exclusively for the promos and not in the game.

5. Drown in You

Composer – Daughtry

Another of the promo songs for the game, this one not an exclusive though, has Daughtry Crooning ‘Is it real or just a crazy dream?!’. The track reverberates the dark melancholy of the Arkham City, especially the line “This city pulls me in closer than I've ever been… There ain't no way I can escape” describes Batman’s feelings so beautifully, his deep rooted sense of justice just wouldn’t let him ignore what he is.

6. Only You

Singer – Mark Hamill

Ok… I just had to include this… There was Mark Hamill, the one who brought the most epic antagonist ever in the history of comics, cartoons and movies to life, way before Heath Ledger. To listen him crooning the last words for the Joker, Nothing could shake us more that. Even Batman was left speechless watching the life ebb away with a smile on his face . The joker as we know it, ‘Only you… and you alone…”, Mr. Hamill, you will be missed.

Album ★★★★★★★★★★

Verdict : 

Batman – Arkham City is one such title where the only fault you can ever come up with is that, the game ends at some point, and you are left with wanting more and more. The gameplay and the music blend together so finely that u can’t say really which one drives the other. Not even 2 months since it’s release the album is already bagging trophies for it’s OST. An excellent composition for an outstanding game, Batman- Arkham City deserves the Crown for 2011.

P.S. Enjoy the gameplay using surround sound with PhysX enabled and you will realize, all that hype is really worth it.

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