I recently got a chance to listen to the official soundtrack of Irrational’s cult-classic, System Shock 2, which was released for PC’s back in 1999. I’ve never play the game before, but after going through the entire soundtrack multiple times, I’m dying to experience all that is Von Braun.
The game is an RPG/FPS hybrid that takes place on an experimental space ship, the Von Braun, the very first space ship that is capable of traveling faster than the speed of light. But of course, with something this amazing in terms of technology, something has to go wrong. And it does. I won’t spoil the rest though, as it’s possibly the coolest plot-line I’ve heard in quite awhile.
As for the OST, it’s filled with a lot of ambient and moody tracks. The game is said to be quite scary, and the music conveys that pretty well. It’s got a space-traveling/futuristic vibe to it, but it’s also quite foreboding and spooky.You’ll get sucked into its universe very quickly when listening to the OST.
There are a few fast-paced/techno songs thrown in for the action sequences, and they all sound great. If you’re a fan of the types of songs in Half-Life 2, the SS2 OST will quench your thirst.
One cool thing that reminds me of the God of War OST was that they included a few cut-scene audio clips from the game. They have the first two intro scenes, and the ending one, which basically spoiled the game for me. Hearing the main villain talk, though, was really freaky, fully making me understand why “it” is rated as one of the greatest villains of all time.
If you can get your hands on the OST, be legally or not, I suggest checking it out. You may pee your pants after listening, but just know it will all be worth it.