Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sound Test 2

It's that time of the month again! In honor of the recent announcement of the newest installment of the Elder Scrolls series (slated for November 11th of the coming year), I present to you this month's sound test.

Imagine a door in a dark room. It opens and light spills into your world. A hero stands surrounded by the light, creating a dramatic silhouette. Is he a axe-wielding barbarian, a swashbuckling rogue, or perhaps a venerable sorcerer? Maybe the hero is in fact a heroine (I'm just messing with you, a woman couldn't possibly defeat the evil Jagar Tharn and become the Eternal Champion of Tamriel, right?).

In The Elder Scrolls: Arena, you can choose to be any of these and a myriad more. Before you even begin playing, the game prompts you to create your character. There are eight races to be, 21 classes to choose from, and eight stats to be rolled. During the process a rousing tune plays. It is the subject this month's sound test.

I disdain the gross overuse of the word 'epic' in today's society, but this song has no other word to better describe it. It has a driving percussion sound that evokes the image of the mythical Hephaestus hammering out wonderous creations in the belly of a volcano. The song builds up from a simple beginning and continues to develop while a drum bangs out the 10/8 time throughout. It is a glorious song that shadows the meteoric rise of the player character from an anonymous prisoner to savior of an empire.
They don't make 'em like this anymore, folks:

TES: Arena Character Creation Music (Soundtrack Version)
Character Creation Process (Intro sequence, character creation, and first dungeon)

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