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SOCOM 4 – A behind the scenes look at the music

Submitted by on Sunday, 17 April 2011One Comment

Of all the aspects that went into developing SOCOM 4, one of the most unheralded may be the musical score. Proper music can take a gameplay experience to a much deeper level of immersion.

Perfecting the score of SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs was an undertaking that Sony Computer Entertainment took very seriously. This video is certainly proof of that.

For SOCOM 4 the goal musically was to blend the very distinct sounds of both eastern and western instruments. The mixture of the two reflecting the game’s narrative. A cliché musical accompaniment was never an option.

Finding the right composer for the job was imperative. Luckily SCE was able to land accomplished composer Bear McCreary.

For McCreary, best known for his work on the modern Battlestar Galactica television series, the chance to work on SOCOM 4 meant that he had the opportunity to shape the latest edition of the military shooter of which he is a fan.

As the notion of what it means to craft an immersive gameplay experience evolves, gamers can expect to see an increase in instances of televison and film composers lending their talents to the video game industry.

The score composed by McCreary alone is a very interesting and engrossing piece of work. Combined with the game, the end result is an emotionally diverse experience.

So the next time you find yourself playing SOCOM 4 at some ungodly hour make sure to turn the volume up not down so you can fully appreciate the work that went into creating the score. No doubt your neighbors/roommates/significant other will thank you for exposing them to such fine work.

For more information on SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs take a listen to what the game’s developers had to say about the development process. If it’s more more of composer, Bear McCreary’s work your after head on over to his website.