From Baldur's Gate to Call of Duty, Those Ex-Mass Effect Composers Are Doing Just Fine

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While many composers worked on the Mass Effect soundtracks over the years, Sam Hulick and Jack Wall are the names most commonly associated with the game. Wall composed that emotional menu music that was hidden in Mass Effect 3, while Hulick composed the music that plays while navigating the galaxy map.

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Both composers have gone on from Mass Effect to do big things—Jack Wall will be composing the score to the biggest game of the year, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. I've never cared for the music in Call of Duty games, Zimmer or no, so I'll be looking forward to seeing what he'll do with the music.

Just today, it was announced that Sam Hulick will be adding new music to Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, which is very exciting. It's a cool idea, since his music won't replace the now-iconic Baldur's Gate music but rather, it will accompany new parts of the game. I'll admit, I'm half excited about this news because I'm just excited about Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, but also because I'm glad to hear that the music will be in good hands.

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Hey now, let's listen to a track from Baldur's Gate.


Inns always have the best music, don't they?


And here's a great round-up of musical highlights from Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn.

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You walk as a mortal, taking no advantage from your heritage, from your talents within. So many things of flesh are greater than you. Walk among them, these beasts that are less than you are. See their strength; see how easily you fall to their muscle and skill. Why do you stand for this? Why do you submit to the flesh when death is bred in your bones? Do you realize the power you might hold? When the world of flesh is beneath you, even creatures mysterious and magical will fall!

...Damn it, now I want to play through it again.