Are we scared yet?
Reader review by Daniel K
If I may be so bold to say so myself, I see myself as somewhat an expert on horror music - from movies to games, or just the usual dark ambient releases, I collect all that I can. So naturally I have raised a pretty high standard on what I consider to be a truly good horror score. Since the branch of game music that can be called "horror" is very small, and since a lot is not even released (like the excellent music from the "Alone In The Dark" games), it's even harder to find good releases in this field. Sadly I must say that the OST to the third game in the "Resident Evil" series falls into the "forgettable" category.
This is a double-CD set, but there isn't much to hear here. The intro track "The Last Escape" is very good, a dramatic, pounding piece with an underlying techno rhythm. Too bad it is only 18 seconds long! The only other track I would call "very good" is "Free From Fear", the track which plays in the save rooms. I have always liked the save room themes in the RE games, and I do believe that this one is the very best of them, which says a lot about its quality. It's quiet, melodic, and just beautiful. There are a few other good ones, like "Options Screen", "The Clock Tower", "Mysterious Orgel (Correct)", and "Her Determination". But that's about it. Not much, considering the CD has 86 tracks in all! All other tracks are purely forgettable. This CD could be recommended if it only was one disc, but this is two discs, with 120 minutes of (mostly) boring music, and unless you're a BIG fan of this game stay away. If you don't believe me just listen to "Nemesis' Theme" (disc 1, track 14). This track is just so dorky, and it makes me wanna laugh instead of making me scared. If you want a good Biohazard CD get any one but this, and if you're looking for a good scare get "Silent Hill OST".