Awesome Music / Unreal

The Unreal series, among its loads and loads of overlooked aspects, had AWESOME soundtracks along all of its games. Including the Dork Age ones.

Unreal and Return To Na Pali

Alexander Brandon and Michiel Van Den Bos joined forces to create the soundtrack of Unreal and Unreal: Return To Na Pali.
  • When you open the game and check the flyby from the intro, you have a nice taste of what you'll be going into... and the music which will make you to get into the atmosphere of the game.
  • Surfacing, an upbeat and magical piece from Gateway to Na Pali.
  • Have a gander at Nightvision too (also by Brandon).
  • "Isotoxin", by Necros (Andrew Sega), (who also provided a song for Unreal Tournament, see below) a song borrowed from an obscure gamenote  is featured in the level Outpost 3J.
  • The darkly evocative Vortex Rikers theme, which perfectly suits the ghost ship it accompanies.
  • "Dusk Horizon", the first track you hear upon stepping out into an alien world. Sounds even better when combined with the natural chirps and bird cries of Nyleve's Falls.
  • The industrial-sounding "Dig (Shareware version)" that plays in the Rrajigar Mine levels has 3 great sections; the progressive, upbeat main theme is complemented by a threatening minor key intro (starts at 4:34) and a truly awesome action track (2:40 - 4:33).
  • "Chizra" and its darker twin "Seti", from the Nali temple levels.
  • "Nali Chant", the ominous piece that accompanies the Dark Arena.
  • "Hub 4", the dark and threatening track from the level Noork's Elbow.
  • "Ruins" from the Temple of Vandora.
  • The sombre ISV Kran theme, the best of 3 similar tracks that play on various decks of the overrun human vessel.
  • The atmospheric "Hub 3" that plays as you explore the Sunspire (especially the progressive but tragic section 2, starts at 5:35).
  • "All Hallows Sunset" from Na Pali Haven.
  • "Bluff Eversmoking", the powerful piece that drives the level of the same name.
  • "Unreal 7", the suite used in Cellars of Dasa - especially the action section (starts at 3:38).
  • "War Gate", the unsettling theme from Nali Castle. Also, the upbeat piece that plays during the boat ride through Serpent Canyon (starts at 3:55).
  • The tense "Demon Crater" from the level of the same name.
  • The raw orchestral power of the mind-blowing Warlord theme.
  • Appropriately enough, the Ending Theme has to be the crowning music in a soundtrack full of CMOA; twisting through triumph, sadness and suspense about what the sequel will hold, it ends the game in epic style.
  • Even the Expansion Pack, Return To Na Pali, has a great Intro song. Of course, made by both Brandon and Van Den Bos.
  • "Twilight Horizon", an extended remix of Dusk Horizon from the previous game that accompanies the first level, is also great.
  • "Neve's Crossing", which gives strong backing to the level of the same name.
  • "Journey" from Nagomi Passage follows in the footsteps of Chizra and Seti, producing an upbeat, mystical track with a truly beautiful pan pipe melody.
  • "Black Wind" from the Foundry Tarydium Plant level.
  • The ethereal "Gala's Peak" evokes its icy surroundings perfectly.
  • And just for laughs, the "Unreal Euro Dance Mix" - a bonus track on the CD that came free with the game's strategy guide.

Unreal Tournament

Brandon and Van Den Bos would later join forces again for Unreal Tournament. Their awesomeness is still intact.
  • Unreal Tournament Title: It's impossible to listen to this epic song without thinking in that awesome intro with that Rousing Speech about the Tournament.
  • Mechanism Eight, the song of DM-Zeto and AS-HiSpeed, a cool, bouncy, yet tempo-moderate track. Gets a remix for Unreal Tournament III for a reason.
  • Go Down, the iconic track of two of the most iconic Unreal deathmatch maps ever: DM-Deck16][ and DM-HyperBlast. Both those maps and the song itself became classics for the remainder of the series, and for MANY good reasons.
  • Foregone Destruction, the iconic song of the most iconic Unreal CTF map ever, Facing Worlds. Like the Deck maps mentioned above, Facing Worlds is a Crowning Level Of Awesome and one of the hallmarks of its gameplay mode (Capture the Flag). Part of that is the level design. Part of it is the jawdropping milieu. And part of it is this music.
  • Save Me, the track of DM-Morpheus map, can certainly get you in the mood to kill everything that moves while trying to dominate gravity.
  • Razorback, an uncredited contribution from Peter "Skaven" Hajba, featured in the maps DM-Gothic, DM-Liandri and DM-Peak.
  • Fire Breath, the track of CTF-Coret, and an uncredited contribution from Tero "Teque" Kostermaa. Just by listening to it you can see yourself going down those hallways searching for that enemy flag.
  • Lock: The awesomeness of the track isn't tamed by the fact that it's featured on one of the most hated Unreal maps ever (DM-KGalleon). It's THAT awesome.
  • Run, a very bouncy song best known for being the track for that great map which is DM-Turbine.
  • Superfist, a rocking track featured in the BP1 map DM-HealPod][.
  • Colossus, a tune that doesn't disappoint in capturing the tense atmosphere of an Assault match such as AS-Rook.
  • Mission Landing, the track of AS-Frigate, usually the very first map of the gametype players have possibly ever played. And fitting for the overall mood of the Assault gametype. Bonus points for including the original Unreal flyby theme inserted in the calmer part of the song.
  • The Course, a bouncy theme which gets you in the mood while you learn the basics of Deathmatch/Domination/CTF/Assault. Or play DM-Curse][.
  • BotMCA #10, the song of DM-Tempest, also pretty cool.
  • Skyward Fire, the quiet theme song of CTF-LavaGiant and AS-Mazon, which also got an UT3 remix.
  • Underworld II, the theme of DOM-TombOfSesmar.

Unreal Tournament 2004 (Including Unreal Championship and Unreal Tournament 2003)

  • In Unreal Championship, the port of Unreal Tournament 2003, the music duties fell to Starsky Partridge.note  Several of the songs in there were later ported to Unreal Tournament 2004:
    • For a further proof, and a much more muted song than "Go Down" which borders on Soundtrack Dissonance, check out the simply named Level8 from UT2003/UT2004, the theme of the Tokara Forest stage.
    • The nameless tracks Level5 and Level6 are also extremely cool.
  • They were later joined by Kevin Riepl,note  the main composer of both Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict:
  • The main theme of Unreal Tournament 2003, even with the game falling into Canon Discontinuity, and which you can also find in Unreal Tournament 2004. The most epic intro for any of the Unreal games. It gives you the sensation of fighting a gladiator game.
    • The menu theme of UT2004 remixes and expands the '99 version - all on a full orchestra!
  • If you liked "Save Me", then listen to UT2004's MK-ish DM1.
  • The techno-orchestral remix of "Go Down", called Hyperblast Redux, is even more awesome than its counterparts from the other two games it was featured.
  • Check this trailer for Unreal Tournament 2004. It contains two songs: the opening track is Assault. And, near the end, when the Leviathan is showing up for serious Mighty Glacier asskicking, you hear the latter part of Atlantis, supplying some Ominous Latin Chanting, just to add even more awesomeness to the fray and making you to wish to play this game.
  • And then, there's the DM-IceTomb song, Infiltrate.
  • And KR-Rankin, DM-Rankin's song.
  • Corrugation - Rise, the theme for DM-Corrugation and, more famously, CTF-Face.
  • Run, from the first Unreal Tournament, has a worthy Spiritual Successor in the form of KR-Roughinery, DM-1on1-Roughinery's song.
  • The Mothership assault theme takes about 37 seconds to warm up, but then...
  • The Sound Design Groupnote  made the Onslaught songs in 2004:
    • Their big-hitter for UT2004 is Onslaught 01, ONS-Torlan's theme, which also had a remix for UT3. A very awesome song which wouldn't be out of place in games like Age of Empires.
    • The slow but awesome Onslaught 08, ONS-ArcticStronghold theme.

Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict

  • Riepl does the music of this game. Don't worry, it's still awesome in it's own right. The remixed version of the first Unreal Tournament's intro theme is even more awesome than the original version.
  • There's also Legacy (a.k.a. Anubis Fights Selket). It gets you in the mood for a serious ass-kicking against that bitch in the Rites' finals.

Unreal Tournament III

  • Finally, a lot of people thought that Epic scored big time when they called in two of the best in the field, Rom Di Prisco (Need for Speed, Prey (2006)) and Jesper Kyd (Hitman, Assassin's Creed) for the OST of Unreal Tournament III. Awesomeness resulted. If you want some proof, here's CTF-OmicronDawn's song, LockDown, by Kyd.
  • DM-ShangriLa's stage, World of Liandri, also by Kyd, gives a feeling which goes hand on hand with the japanese style of the level.
  • Rom remixed classic Unreal Tournament songs such as Go Down, (Deck's song) Foregone Destruction, (mentioned above) and even the obscure but just as awesome Mechanism Eight.
    • There's even a remix of SDG's Onslaught 01 for UT2004, WAR-Torlan's song, made by him.
  • His awesome remix of the main song of the game itself.
  • Rom's Firestorm, featured in the map VCTF-Containment, and Jesper's Nekrimanci, from the map DM-HeatRay. And the awfully short but epic Space Victory Theme.