BIOHAZARD 2 COMPLETE TRACK

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BIOHAZARD 2 COMPLETE TRACK
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Composed by Masami Ueda / Shusaku Uchiyama / Syun Nishigaki
Published by Suleputer
Catalog number CPCA-1011
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 50 tracks
Release date August 21, 1998
Duration 01:19:25
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Overview

The most important thing to know about the Biohazard 2 Complete Track is that it is an additional score complementary to the Biohazard 2 Original Soundtrack. No single complete soundtrack for Resident Evil 2 has been released unlike other soundtracks in the series. This particular soundtrack features the pieces that were omitted from the best soundtrack — mainly pieces used in short cinematic sequences, transient or bonus areas, and bonus gameplay modes. There are plenty of interesting pieces to be found here that probably would have been welcome in the best soundtrack. However, there is a lot of superfluous material and short tracks too. Is this album worth your time and money?

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Despite being an additional score, there are quite a few tracks on the album that will be highly memorable for those who played the game. "Left Alone?" is an atmospheric theme for the arrival at the police station; it offers a tragic string-based recital of a secondary recurring theme to prepare gamers for the drama that will unfold. "Nothing More to Do Here" was one of the most notable omissions from the main soundtrack as it was used in several places during the police station chapter; it mysteriously combines slow glissandi between string notes, minimalist glockenspiel figures, and fulfilling chord progressions. Also notable is "Madness Under the Mask". Featured during the encounter with the police chief, it uses increasingly more prominent glockenspiel as the primary source of curiosity in a similar way to Resident Evil's "Vacant Flat". Other pleasing tracks include the bittersweet piano-decorated interlude "Hope Against Hope", the understated but beautiful sewers theme "Wandering Alone", and the excellently assembled RE4-styled noise music "This is My Nest". Wesker's secret theme used in the laboratory is also to be found here!

The action themes are all effective in context, but vary in enjoyment levels on a stand-alone basis. They range from striking modernist themes like "Above the Blood Pool" to slow-building preparation themes such as "Destined to be Malformed". The Psycho-influenced panic theme "Screaming Target" is striking in context too, but pretty unbearable during the 30 seconds it plays on the soundtrack. Others like "The Gigantic Alligator" or "'It' is After You" are pretty lacklustre out of context and don't inspire many emotions at all. While derivative and underdeveloped, "The Buildup of Suspense" and "Like a Shadow" do exactly what is intended in the game. Cinematic themes like "Who's That Lady" and "Women Squaring Off" also add mystery to the storyline by blending continuity with contrast. Beyond that, there are cinematic cues that are too short like "Now in Two Pieces" and "Heads Up" or so low-key that they come across as filler in the soundtrack such as "His Final Scoop" and "Drove the Passengers To Be the Living Dead". Evidently, there are a lot of superfluous cues here even if they're collectively tolerable.

"Fearful is No Word For It" and "Maximise Your Survival Instinct" are two themes used for the gameplay with Hunk or Tofu in 4th Survivor mode. They both revolved around a quirky augmented string motif that continually grows faster to reflect time running out. The Extreme Battle section features some remixes of established themes while taking more liberties with styles and instrumentation. Most of the themes focus on offering an atmospheric militaristic tone, however, and "The Daredevil Tour" even provides an introduction to Resident Evil 3's so-called main theme. Another bonus addition is the excellent eight minutes orchestral medley of Resident Evil 2 themes provided on the Biohazard Orchestra Album. It's wonderful to hear classic themes like "Raccoon City", "Escape From Laboratory", and "The Third Malformation of 'G'" presented with the emotion and power of a full orchestra. Most listeners would be better buying the full arranged album rather than limit themselves to this arrangement. The second disc merely features a sound effects collection, voice collection, and a composer interview all in Japanese.

Summary

Casual players of Resident Evil 2 probably won't notice the omissions from the main soundtrack featured here. Only a few tracks like "Nothing More to Do Here", "Madness Under the Mask", and "Wreakage of the Mad Experiment" were particularly memorable in the game. Most of the rest of the material serves to enhance the cinematic sequences or maintain the mood of the game, but isn't interesting on a stand-alone basis. There are nonetheless a few bonuses, such as the well done 4th Survivor and Extreme Battle modes and the additional material for orchestra lovers and Japanese listeners. Those that find the Biohazard 2 Original Soundtrack should consider this, but it should only be a secondary purchase for the most hardcore fans.



Album
5/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Chris Greening

DISC 1
Syun Nishigaki
M01,17,19,21,26,27

Masami Ueda
M02~04,07,08,11,12,14~16,18,20,23,29~36,39,40,42

Syusaku Uchiyama
M05,06,09,10,13,22,24,25,28,37,38,41


DISC 2
M01(Cursor),M02~06 by Hideaki Utsumi, Wataru Hama.
M07 speech editing by apple_z





Executive Producer
Kenichi Tanaka (CAPCOM)

Producer
Mareo Yamada (CAPCOM)

A&R
Hidenori Shinohara (CAPCOM)

Composer
Masami Ueda (CAPCOM)
Shusaku Uchiyama (CAPCOM)
Syun Nishigaki (CAPCOM)

Sound Producer
Hideaki Utsumi (CAPCOM)
Wataru Hama (CAPCOM)

Dialog Data Edit
apple z (CAPCOM)

Translation of Song Title
Eiichiro Kojima

Mastering Engineer
Yoshihiko Ando (HARION)

Mastering Studio
HARION

Art Coordinator
Ayako Mori (SONY MUSIC COMMUNICATIONS)

Art Designer
Takayuki Ohta (SONY MUSIC COMMUNICATIONS)

Promoter
Yoshihiro Sudo (CAPCOM)

Special Thanks
CAPCOM "BIOHAZARD 2" Research and Development Staff
All Capcom Staff
Megumi Fujimoto (CAPCOM)


The second disc is a 3" mini cd containing mainly sound effects from the game. Its cat. number is CPDA-1003.
Album was composed by Masami Ueda / Shusaku Uchiyama / Syun Nishigaki and was released on August 21, 1998. Soundtrack consists of 50 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Suleputer.

CD 1

1
The evil eye
00:24
2
Prologue ~to know the true end~
01:06
3
Weapons don't give us relief
01:00
4
Falling victim to the ex-neighbors
00:33
5
Drove the passengers to be the living dead
01:18
6
Left alone?
01:24
7
The buildup of suspense
00:50
8
Screaming target
00:29
9
Above the blood pool
00:40
10
Nothing more to do here
02:44
11
Hope against hope
01:33
12
Who's that lady?
01:22
13
Madness under the mask
03:06
14
Now in two pieces
00:15
15
Embryo into its cradle
00:25
16
His final scoop
00:59
17
Destined to be malformed
01:27
18
Don't look up!
00:21
19
Dropping into the water
00:08
20
Wandering alone
01:40
21
Dropping again
00:22
22
Heads up!
00:16
23
Women squaring off
01:16
24
The gigantic alligator
00:52
25
"It" is after you
00:51
26
This is my nest
02:44
27
Like a shadow
01:49
28
The shadow is gone?
00:50
29
Wreckage of the mad experiment
02:02
30
Fearful is no word for it
02:14
31
Maximize your survival instinct
01:28
32
To another nightmare
00:28
33
The daredevil four
00:58
34
Your mission
01:07
35
Set about the mission
01:44
36
Mission accomplished
00:12
37
Under cover of darkness
01:36
38
Long and gloomy underground passage
01:57
39
We will never die
01:38
40
Find the final one!
01:53
41
Dawn never fails to come
01:15
42
"The ultimate bio-weapon" Medley
08:20

CD 2

1
Start~Cursor
00:41
2
Door
01:38
3
FootStep
01:18
4
Enemy
08:09
5
Weapon
01:30
6
Room
03:00
7
Character's Voice
00:59
8
Sound Development Staff's Voice
04:34
30.04.12
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