Lost Planet – Extreme Condition (2006, 2007) was one of the games I wanted to get an XBox 360 for. This was the type of game I’d wanted to make (though with a bit more exploration and a bit less cheap boss design). Humans have colonized an ice planet that is infested with giant bugs called the Akrid and so must fight the bugs, the environment – and each other – to survive. Run around in the ice and through blasted cities or jump in mechs and go fight the bugs. It’s a pretty cool concept, and while it wasn’t as well-balanced as it should have been (the last level is a pain in the butt and impossible to control), Capcom did well enough on it to make a sequel (which reminds me of Star Wars: Battlefront and is supposed to come out second week of May). The special edition came with a bonus CD that contained much of the music in 192kbps mp3 format. Here is the “Main Themes”, my favorite track.
The “Main Themes” is one of the more strongly melodic pieces on the album; most of the other tracks are atmospheric and discordant, consisting of environment and battle themes. As such, the melody stands out even more as a nice piece of hero music dominated by brass and dramatic percussion – particularly the metallic clangs of soldiers and mechanical suits on the move. In the final third of the song, a choral line is added for greater glory. Overall good, solid work.
Jamie Christopherson is a relative newcomer to the vgm scene, having composed Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth (2004) and Bionic Commando (2009). I think he’ll be doing the music for Lost Planet 2. The demo has been out for awhile and well worth it.