Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Original Soundtrack

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Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Original Soundtrack
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Composed by Akihiro Honda / Kazuma Jinnouchi / Nobuko Toda / Norihiko Hibino / Takahiro Izutani / Yoshitaka Suzuki
Published by Konami
Catalog number GFCA-52
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 44 Tracks
Release date December 12, 2006
Duration 01:13:15
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Overview

After the two moderately successful Metal Gear Ac!d titles, Hideo Kojima embarked on another PSP-based Metal Gear titles while this time preserving the characteristic gameplay of the Metal Gear Solid. This brought 2006's Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops, a prequel set in South America that was accomplished technically and graphically. Its score featured six composers in total. It reunited most of the Ac!d series' musicians, brought back Norihiko Hibino after his successful scores to Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater, and introduced a few newcomers. Rather than be a stylistically diverse score, however, it was directed to retain the familiar style Hibino had developed for the series. This results in a fluid score, but does it sustain interest during its length?

Body

The soundtrack opens with the ending vocal theme "Calling to the Night", composed by Akihiro Honda, directed and arranged by Norihiko Hibino, and sung by Natasha Farrow. It's an evocative theme with semi-operatic qualities, somewhat reminiscent of the haunting compositions of Phantom of the Opera. The melody is stong despite a few contrived moments while Farrow's performance adds to the passion of the theme. However, the instrumental arrangement is its most impressive aspect. The orchestration is well done while the prominent saxophone work in the introduction is delicious. The theme peaks around 1:14 with the addition of piano, drums, and backing vocals in a spectacular moment. Unfortunately, its melody isn't too flexible for integration in instrumental themes. Honda references it again on an ethnic string instrument in "Nukes" arrangement on an ethnic string instrument feels unconvincing

"Imprisonment" encompasses numerous abstract sounding sections, but the core elements are actually very superficial — whether prepared piano chords, reverberating ambient noise, or a digging electronic motif — and do not actually come together.

Summary

Overall, the official soundtrack to Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty feels a little empty. Its focus on Gregson-Williams' compositions makes a definitive statement of 'games can do Hollywood too', reflects favourably on how well the music fits some of the game's cinematic sequences, and seems representative of the dark futuristic feel of the game. Nevertheless, the sheer majority of Gregson-Williams' compositions use derivative cinematic underscoring techniques through mixing electronica, ambience, and mostly strings or brass. This makes the soundtrack unfulfilling from a musician's perspective and, from a layman's perspective, rather colourless. Every piece has some merit, but the collective effort isn't especially good. As a consequence, it's left to the clear highlights of the score — chiefly the main theme, vocal theme, "Opening Infiltration", "Here Comes the Big Boss!", and Hibino's contributions — to redeem it from mediocrity. With Hibino's 'The Other Side', the work of a far more creative, colourful, and individual musician is reflected, but the highlights are subtle rather than obvious. I'd thus be inclined to recommend 'The Other Side' above this, but still think the official soundtrack is a decent purpose for someone who wants the highlights and doesn't mind generic cinematic music.



Album
7/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Chris Greening

001
"Calling To The Night"
Produced by Norihiko Hibino (GEM Impact Inc.)
Lyrics by Nobuko Toda
Music Composed by Akihiro Honda
Music Arranged by
Norihiko Hibino (GEM Impact Inc.) & Akihiro Honda
Lead Vocal: Natasha Farrow
Background Vocals: harario
Solo Soprano Saxophone: Norihiko Hibino (GEM Impact Inc.)
Violins: Haruko Yano, Yukiko Iwato
Viola: Sachie Onuma
Cello: Akiko Yano
Programming: Akihiro Honda
017
"Sad Man's Theme"
Solo Trumpet by Kenichi Ishii
038
"The Legacy"
Original theme is from "Ocelot Youth" in Metal Gear Solid 3, written by Norihiko Hibino.
002 004 006 030 034 037 038 039
Music by Kazuma Jinnouchi
003
Music by Nobuka Toda
005 018 019 020 022 023 031
Music by Yoshitaka Suzuki (GEM Impact Inc.)
007 008 009 011 012 017 025 029 036
Music by Norihiko Hibino (GEM Impact Inc.)
013 015 016 027 033 035 043
Music by Takahiro Izutani (GEM Impact Inc.)
014 041 042
Music by Akihiro Honda
010 026 040
Music by Akihiro Honda & Kazuma Jinnouchi
021 024
Music by Nobuko Toda & Kazuma Jinnouchi
032
Music by Akihiro Honda & Takahiro Izutani
044
Sound Effects Edited by
Ryoji Makimura & Hiroyuki Nakayama
Album was composed by Akihiro Honda / Kazuma Jinnouchi / Nobuko Toda / Norihiko Hibino / Takahiro Izutani / Yoshitaka Suzuki and was released on December 12, 2006. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Konami.

CD 1

1
Calling To The Night
03:14
2
Opening Title
01:09
3
Imprisonment
02:32
4
COMM Base
00:56
5
Intermission
02:05
6
To Arms
01:04
7
Soviet Patrol Base
01:13
8
Research Lab
01:04
9
Diversionary Ops
00:43
10
Town
01:05
11
Dynamite
01:01
12
In the Wilderness
01:10
13
Place of Prophecy
01:13
14
Nukes
01:00
15
Warheads Storage Facility
01:15
16
Python
01:57
17
Sad Man's Theme
01:43
18
The Hunt
00:53
19
Airport
01:17
20
Null
01:41
21
Hot War
03:13
22
Rescue Effort
01:17
23
Evasion
01:46
24
Elisa
01:50
25
Destiny's Call
00:57
26
Before Dawn
03:00
27
RAXA
02:14
28
Substation
01:11
29
Break for the Fortress
00:59
30
The Frank Hunter
02:22
31
Null's Revenge
01:51
32
Silo
01:08
33
Fortress
01:02
34
Revelation
03:03
35
Cunningham
02:08
36
Gene
02:17
37
ICBMG
02:40
38
The Legacy
01:55
39
Comradery
02:04
40
Show Time
03:03
41
Mission: Failed
00:14
42
Mission: Complete
00:10
43
Match
01:37
44
SE Collection
02:59
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