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Black Swan composer Clint Mansell gives Shepard a dramatic score for Mass Effect 3

02.09.2011

If you spent many hours glued to your chair keeping the galaxy safe from Sovereign and the Reapers, you'll be excited for any interesting news about the MASS EFFECT universe. While most gamers have their preference between the first two (I personally prefer ME2's gameplay tweaks, deep-space DIRTY DOZEN approach, and lack of Mako missions), both games will likely be blown away when MASS EFFECT 3 arrives later this year.

And one thing's for sure: ME3 will have a score worthy of a feature film. You've heard the work of prolific composer Clint Mansell in movies such as BLACK SWAN, SMOKIN' ACES, MOON and REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (and reused in countless trailers), and he's also contributing to the cinematic sci-fi epic when the MASS EFFECT trilogy closes. Mansell discussed it in a recent interview with The Quietus:

Do you do much work for other outlets like computer games? Mike Patton, for example, has most recently voiced The Darkness.

CM: I'm doing a video game this year actually. Mass Effect 3. Funnily enough, talking about Mike, we've exchanged emails about the possibility of doing a show featuring the Quartet and people they've collaborated with. It'd be a Kronos show, with different rooms for other people to do their thing, then bringing it all together. It's pretty cool-sounding.

I'm definitely interested in different outlets – that's one of the reasons I get involved in short films. It's not so much that I can experiment as it is to be in a situation where nobody's looking over your shoulder. Short films are usually made by young people and they've got ideas I can bounce off. They can take me in a different direction.

So in a game, the character might arrive at a big boss and you have to have a piece that can quickly become dramatic.

CM: That's what I'm figuring. As I was saying about Public Enemy and re-working old hip-hop tunes for Requiem, and kind of re-working old ballet tunes for Black Swan, with something like Mass Effect you're more like a DJ, with all these elements. You've got the holding pattern, then the big explosion where you need the score to kick in. Then you need to take it off on a tangent. You've got all these different elements that change depending on what the player does. You have to figure out an overall symphony, but be able to break it down into component parts. You can bring the pain when required.

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Extra Tidbit: I've recently been replaying ME2 as a renegade FemShep, and I gotta admit I like the female voice actor way more than the dude. Anyone else want to share a fave Shepard (class, attitude, romances, etc.)?

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3:56PM on 02/10/2011
Vanguards are the most fun.

I love when Liara discusses here races' mating habits one of your options is "that's disgusting" and when you pick it shepard says "so you'll have sex with anything?"
Vanguards are the most fun.

I love when Liara discusses here races' mating habits one of your options is "that's disgusting" and when you pick it shepard says "so you'll have sex with anything?"
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8:45AM on 02/10/2011
I have the MOON soundtrack on my iPod, and thought Mansell would be perfect for ME. Well what do you know...
I have the MOON soundtrack on my iPod, and thought Mansell would be perfect for ME. Well what do you know...
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4:30AM on 02/10/2011
I am still in love with his MOON soundtrack.
I am still in love with his MOON soundtrack.
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1:32AM on 02/10/2011
Clint Mansell's work in The Foutain is magnificent. I'm very pleased to hear developers considering movie composers for their games.
Clint Mansell's work in The Foutain is magnificent. I'm very pleased to hear developers considering movie composers for their games.
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1:10AM on 02/10/2011

Epic...

That teaser was the best for any game...ever.....EPIC!
That teaser was the best for any game...ever.....EPIC!
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12:30AM on 02/10/2011

The Fountain

His score is alot of the reason why it's my favorite movie of the last 25 years. Mass Effect 2 is just about the equivalent when it comes to games. When it comes to classes you really cant mess with a Sentinel Commander Shepard with an assault rifle chosen as your extra gun.
His score is alot of the reason why it's my favorite movie of the last 25 years. Mass Effect 2 is just about the equivalent when it comes to games. When it comes to classes you really cant mess with a Sentinel Commander Shepard with an assault rifle chosen as your extra gun.
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12:04AM on 02/10/2011

Wow.

This is the best news that's ever been anywhere for any reason.

As for me, I actually slightly prefer Mass Effect 1. While 2 is obviously a much higher quality game as far as production values and writing goes, they committed two cardinal sins against the first game:

1. They toned down the RPG elements almost ALL the way for average-joe shooter fans. I agree that they needed to streamline it SOME, but taking out the entire thrill of getting new equipment and optimizing your character?
This is the best news that's ever been anywhere for any reason.

As for me, I actually slightly prefer Mass Effect 1. While 2 is obviously a much higher quality game as far as production values and writing goes, they committed two cardinal sins against the first game:

1. They toned down the RPG elements almost ALL the way for average-joe shooter fans. I agree that they needed to streamline it SOME, but taking out the entire thrill of getting new equipment and optimizing your character? Even Call of Duty has more equipment management than that. And no armor for your teammates? Less powers to work with? Getting experience at the end of the mission, instead of per action? Give me a fucking break, guys.

2. They took out the element of exploration entirely. There is absolutely none in 2. While I agree with those that think the Mako missions were a bit bland, I absolutely loved them because it gave me the thrill of exploring an alien universe unlike any other game on the market. You never knew what to expect when landing on planets and the game gave you several ways of handling things.

Instead, in ME2, we have super scripted events on very select planets with obvious firefight zones, linear gameplay, and no exploration. Why would you take out one of the greatest strengths than the video game medium can provide?
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10:51AM on 02/10/2011
Couldn't agree more.
Couldn't agree more.
11:44PM on 02/09/2011

So F'n awesome...

this news reminds me of hearing about Harry Gregson-Williams (Enemy Of The State, Narnia) doing the score for Metal Gear Solid 2, except now I have a bigger broner for this news.

BTW, I'm currently listening to "Death Is The Road To Awe" from The Fountain soundtrack, and I swear if the score is anything like that when the game arrives, I think I'll cry tears of joy.
this news reminds me of hearing about Harry Gregson-Williams (Enemy Of The State, Narnia) doing the score for Metal Gear Solid 2, except now I have a bigger broner for this news.

BTW, I'm currently listening to "Death Is The Road To Awe" from The Fountain soundtrack, and I swear if the score is anything like that when the game arrives, I think I'll cry tears of joy.
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11:42PM on 02/09/2011
mansell is great, but i have REALLY enjoyed Jack Wall's scores for the first two games and am slightly disappointed he won't be doing the third.
mansell is great, but i have REALLY enjoyed Jack Wall's scores for the first two games and am slightly disappointed he won't be doing the third.
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11:35PM on 02/09/2011
Love these games. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this universe already surpassed Halo's and rivals Star Wars and Star Trek. May not be there yet but hopefully this next game will push it there. The new trailer of the Reaper assault on Earth got me pumped
Love these games. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this universe already surpassed Halo's and rivals Star Wars and Star Trek. May not be there yet but hopefully this next game will push it there. The new trailer of the Reaper assault on Earth got me pumped
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11:53PM on 02/09/2011
ummm Halo is ghey
ummm Halo is ghey
12:24AM on 02/10/2011
that's probably why it got passed so easily
that's probably why it got passed so easily
12:31AM on 02/10/2011
I know it's cool to hate on Halo, but I really think they are quality games with good lore behind them, although the games do a pretty poor job of showing it.

Reach is a masterpiece though, and I thought ODST was pretty killer; the soundtrack was great.
I know it's cool to hate on Halo, but I really think they are quality games with good lore behind them, although the games do a pretty poor job of showing it.

Reach is a masterpiece though, and I thought ODST was pretty killer; the soundtrack was great.
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