Dante’s Inferno Score Reviews:
Original Sound Version - score review
Score Notes - score review
Screen Sounds - score review
“The audio is very good and is probably the best part of the game.” “The music is chilling and epic in nature, and helps drive Dante onwards as he reaches deeper into the pits of depravity”Terminal Gamer
The soundtrack to Dante’s Inferno is a work of art in itself. The score follows the darkness of Hell fittingly and enhances the overall mood of your journey.Telegraph UK
…note-perfect and the menacing orchestral score by Garry Schyman (who also composed the music for the recently released BioShock 2 is excellentCheat Code Central
“The game's packed with a movie-quality soundtrack”The Sixth Axis
It is the musical score written and produced by Garry Schyman and recorded by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Metro Voices Choir at Abbey Road Studios which so perfectly accompanies the action as Dante journeys through the nine circles of hell.Gaming Target
“The soundtrack is comprised of haunting orchestral numbers, sometimes grand and other times eerie. It fits the game perfectly.”ZTGameDomain
... some truly inspiring music.IGN UK
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…the soundtrack too was a fantastic compliment to the game.Got Game
The score successfully creates the blockbuster feel when it heightens areas. Boss fights have some of the best music in the title. When the score is augmented by screaming, the title hits that “epic” mark.Brutal Gamer
There are huge orchestral scores soaring away in the background like some tragic German Opera and they all capture the tone of the game perfectly.Elder Geek
Rounding off the excellent presentation is a haunting score by Garry Schyman, the composer behind Bioshock and its sequel.Amazon
The musical score compliments the titanic battle scenes well, as well as the generally unsettled feeling of the whole setting. Crank this game up on a 5.1 surround sound system to truly enjoy its cinematic splendor. Soundtrack: haunting and powerful, orchestra and opera-style vocals provide additional feelings of being trapped in a place of loathing and incredible power for which one should "abandon all hope, ye who enter here"Shogun Gamer
By now I’m probably sounding like an overly critical game nerd but the one part of Dante’s Inferno that absolutely shines is the sound design, soundtrack and voice acting. We all know that EA always brings it to the table with the production values of their games but listening to the haunting score of Dante’s Inferno almost makes me think the bar has been raised for future EA games. The soundtrack perfectly captures that grand feeling as you travel through Hell and each section of course has its own theme which at times can be quite chilling due to the string heavy orchestrations, especially when you hear an almost gothic choir track start playing as you walk by a massive structure or descend into a place that you know is filled to the brim with things that want to kill you.3D Juegos
Finally, speaking of the sound, it is noteworthy that this is probably the most solid section of Dante's Inferno. The music is simply great…IGN
The soundtrack is notable, thanks to the orchestral score and choral presentation.
BioShock 2 Score Reviews:
Film Music Magazine - CD Review
Sounds from the Lighthouse - The BioShock 2 Soundtrack Album Review
A Fiddler’s Delight: Garry Schyman returns to score BioShock’s soundtrack and once again captures the desolate nature of the game through strong overtones of solo violin tracks. The game also features classic songs from the 1950s that provide a strange juxtaposition to the events happening in the game.God Is Geek
The score to Bioshock 2 was composed by Garry Schyman with the aid of a 60-piece ensemble and it certainly shows. The music is consistently fantastic throughout the course of the game, especially during the Big Sister battles. The sheer panic of those moments and many others is captured perfectly through the stunning score.Ultra Review
The soundtrack has been crafted by the award winning composer Garry Schyman that exemplifies and reflects a distinctive appeal that forms a hall mark of the Bioshock 2 game play exclusive sound architecture.The Elder Geelk
Rounding off the excellent presentation is a haunting score by Garry Schyman, the composer behind Bioshock and its sequelTwin Galaxies
Aside from the iconic settings and characters of Rapture, one of the strongest atmospheric features of the original BioShock was its orchestral score. Therefore, fans will be delighted to hear that the composer, Garry Schyman, has returned to work on the upcoming sequel.GamePro
“Garry Schyman, BioShock's award-winning composer also returns with another skillfully crafted score that expertly captures Rapture's distinctive aesthetic while complementing the game's stellar voice acting and ambient sound design.”IGN Australia
…plus a wonderfully moving orchestral score.” (Score of 9.5 out of 10 in the “sound” category)GameZone
“The music and sound effects are also fantastic. The soundtrack features an atmospheric score complemented by songs from the era, just as in the first game. The sound effects also make for some terrifying ambience and sound great. The voice acting is also nicely done.”MS Xbox World
“The music featured throughout the game, and even in the menus, is nothing short of staggering. It's not 'quite' what we listen to these days, but that dated and calm sense the music has doesn't half fit all too well in this beautifully battered, aged and eerie underwater city.” (score of 9.5 out of 10 in the “sound” category)Cheat Code Central
“The background music, effects, and voice acting are amazing.” (score of 4.7 out of 5 in the “music/sound FX/ Voice Acting” category)Game Informer
“One of the best soundtracks I’ve heard in awhile.”Destructoid
Interview with the BioShock 2’s Audio Director Michael Kamper and Creative Director Jordan ThomasTelegraph UK
Garry Schyman manages the trick of being creepy, beautiful and jarring all at the same time.
Ken Levine (Creative Director BioShock)
On Garry's Score for BioShock
"Not only did you create an amazing score, you really changed my mind about the importance of music in games. I can’t imagine BioShock without you."
Primotech Game of the Year Awards 2007 - BioShock - Best Original Score
"But what really set the music of BioShock apart was the brilliant original score, provided by composer Garry Schyman.
"Accompanying the visuals, an erudite soundtrack by Garry Schyman fills in the immersion gap, with moody piano ballads and claustrophobic cacophonies establishing the player's mood perfectly."
"Top notch orchestral musical composition makes this game a treat for the ear as well as the eye."
"The musical score is equally impressive and offers an incredibly ambient setting in which to play."
"The fantastic musical score can't be overlooked either, as it's among the best ever heard in a video game."
"The soundtrack is worthy of a feature film. It perfectly sets the mood and creates just the right sense of awe, mystery, wonder, suspense, and terror and all the right times."
"…the soundtrack on this game is amazing, … early 20th century music, random sounds, traditional tonal tunes, and late romantic stuff. The composer, Schyman, has even used musique concrete..."
"The music is incredible"
Music 4 Games – Score review
"…intimate orchestral, aleatoric passages, virtuoso solos, masterful piano and even environmental sound design. Dark brooding strings that never ever overpowers anything but fleeting thoughts. Percussion that glibly stabs and pulsates in your gut. Violin solos that jerk at your brain, your heart, and anything you hold dear or thought was safe. It's music, and such that can be easily enjoyed outside of the game, but takes on a whole new meaning while playing."
"…eerily placed music, are all very much from the period, helping set the tone."
"Arguably even more striking than the visuals are BioShock’s music… BioShock takes other cues from the film industry. Atmospheric music is beautifully handled, alternately setting various moods and palpably evoking tension. The score is varied and high-quality throughout, but not heavy-handed enough to impinge upon the player’s sense of disbelief."
"…an amazing musical score that seems to kick it up a notch at all the right moments."
“Sound: 10 - … gorgeous soundtrack.”
"The music really enhances the game on so many levels. It can make it feel like someone is watching you from the shadows (which is probably true) or it can make you feel like you’ve just done a miraculous thing by saving a Little Sister. I cannot say how happy I was to know I didn’t have to switch out the game’s music for my hard drive music."
“The music ranges from upbeat 40's tunes such as "Beyond the Sea" to adrenaline pumping orchestral scores that perfectly suit the moments in which they are utilized.”
"…with the game’s orchestral soundtrack create a chilling atmosphere."
“…you'll get some terrific music that helps set the creepy, uncertain mood.”
"The soundtrack is wonderful as well. You will probably find yourself finding a place to hide just to hear the music."
“Great score” – “a stirring score”
“The first thing you notice about Rapture is how beautiful it is. Bioshock, running off Unreal Engine 3 technology (the same technology that brought us Gears of War) is mind-blowingly beautiful. Credit given where credit's due: it's the texture work, the lighting, the music, the water and level design that stun”
Official Xbox Magazine UK
"The soundtrack on this game is amazing. The optimistic classics of the 1950s era are shoehorned in with early 20th century music, random sounds, traditional tonal tunes, and late Romantic stuff. The composer, Schyman, has even used 'musique concrete', sounds of the real world - ranging from footsteps on stone to a diseased man's breathing man (for the Big Daddy we think). Everything else in the world is equally well composed, from the catchy tunes of the vending machines to the clunky reloading of your shotgun."
“The audio is excellent, with fantastic music matching perfectly with the art deco theme of Rapture”
Game Informer - "BioShock" - 10/10
"Games just don’t come any better than BioShock"