Batman – Arkham City is impressive on many levels. Like I mentioned in my initial impressions of the game everything in the game is top-notch and improved over the already great Arkham Asylum. The game garnered enough attention to earn itself a bigger budget, both for the game and it’s marketing. Because of this, the Batman Arkham City Soundtrack features some big-time names from modern radio. Now for some of us, that time of music and/or those bands aren’t our thing. If you’ve ready any of my posts discussing film or game musical scores you’ll know I’m a big fan and collector of both types of music. The Batman Arkham Asylum Original Video Game score from composers Nick Arundel and Ron Fish blends in seamlessly with the game and retains the cinematic scope of the storytelling and overall production. Tracks range from the creepy and mysterious to pounding combat rhythms and often take on the driving militaristic tone of the Zimmer scores from the latest Batman films. Below is the full tracklist of the game with links to the full album and individual iTunes tracks as well.
Batman – Arkham City Musical Score (Updated Link 10/2013)
Batman Arkham City Original Video Game Score – Amazon (individual tracks are $.99, $.30 less than iTunes).
Batman: Arkham City – Original Video Game Score – iTunes Full Album
|1||Arkham City Main Theme||Nick Arundel||02:47||$1.29|
|2||Sorry, Boys||Nick Arundel||01:49||$1.29|
|3||A Monument to Your Failure||Ron Fish||01:56||$1.29|
|4||Have You Got My Location||Nick Arundel||04:20||$1.29|
|5||This Court Is Now In Session||Nick Arundel||02:16||$1.29|
|6||It Was the Joker||Nick Arundel||02:19||$1.29|
|7||I Think You Should Do As He Says||Nick Arundel||02:35||$1.29|
|8||Refusal Will Not Be Tolerated||Nick Arundel||02:43||$1.29|
|9||Wham. Gotcha!||Nick Arundel||03:28||$1.29|
|10||Let’s Hear Him Squeal||Nick Arundel||03:00||$1.29|
|11||I Know What You Guys Are Thinking||Nick Arundel||03:34||$1.29|
|12||It’s Initiation Time||Nick Arundel||01:59||$1.29|
|13||What’s He Doing Here?||Nick Arundel||02:14||$1.29|
|14||How Does It Feel, Pig?||Nick Arundel||02:19||$1.29|
|15||Call Him Off||Nick Arundel||04:36||$1.29|
|16||You Should Have Listened to My Warning||Nick Arundel||02:10||$1.29|
|17||You Need to Think This Through||Nick Arundel||02:43||$1.29|
|18||Bring Her Back to Me||Ron Fish||02:08||$1.29|
|19||It’s Not Even Breakfast||Nick Arundel & Ron Fish||03:50||$1.29|
Batman – Arkham City Original Video Game Score Review
Okay, I’ve finally had the opportunity to listen to all of the tracks completely and this is really a top notch score. The tracks serve to elevate the scope of the game and at the same time not get in it’s way at the quieter moments. It is dominated by Batman’s brooding and still has the touches of whimsy for the child-like nature of some of Arkham’s most insane inhabitants. Right of the bat, you’ll want to check out the Arkham City Main Theme, the undertones of this piece carry through the majority of the others, truly serving it’s purpose as the main theme and in my opinion is the strongest track appropriately enough.
I highly recommend the Batman Arkham Asylum Original Video Game Score it’s earned it’s spot near the top of Batman musical history, easily sitting next to Danny Elfman’s Batman 1989 and Zimmer’s Dark Knight.