Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Original Soundtrack
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Original Soundtrack
Composed by Грег Эдмонсон
Published by Sony Computer Entertainment America
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 Digital - 26 tracks
Release date November 01, 2011
Duration 01:12:11
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Two years after the release of the critically praised Among Thieves — considered by many sites to be the Game of the Year in 2009 — Naughty Dog returned with the third installment in the Uncharted series, Drake's Deception. After winning a pair of BAFTA awards (and a host of other accolades) for his scoring of Among Thieves, Greg Edmonson was brought back to score Drake's Deception in a new studio across the Atlantic with a new team of musicians. Switching from the mountains of the Himalayas to the deserts of Yemen as the backdrop for the action, Edmonson does an impressive job of adding new ethnic elements into the score which somehow remains faithful to its two predecessors. The soundtrack was released in three forms: a short promotional release through Piggyback, a full-length digital release through Sony, and an extended two disc album through La-La Land Records. This review refers to the digital release.


I imagine that most game composers shudder when they're asked to compose music for a desert level or, worse, a game set in a desert. Unless they are given free creative reign over the score, and a sizable budget, the result will almost always sound like the nasal droning of Mega Man 6's Flame Man stage. Thankfully, Greg Edmonson is not a typical game composer and rose to the challenge of Uncharted 3 with the finished product being an exciting action piece that frames — and is not hindered by — ethnic instrumentation and vocals to help establish setting.

"Nate's Theme" returns to begin the soundtrack and although it is more or less unaltered from its earlier incarnations with its swelling, triumphant horn melody and tribal percussion backbeat, it is more polished and developed this time around. As an opening piece, this sets the tone of the album perfectly: the music you'll hear is undeniably Uncharted, but it will be interpreted through a different lens this time. Sweeping, broad pieces like "Badlands" which feature cinematic orchestral music supporting featured ethnic elements firmly establish the Arabian quality of the album. Yet if there were any lingering doubts, the beautiful and beautifully integrated vocals of Azam Ali — first featured on "As above, so Below" and highlighted in "Science and Magic" — will help transport the listener to Edmonson's vision of the desert.

Being an action game, it stands that Uncharted 3 would, like its predecessors, feature a good number of action tracks. In this department, Edmonson delivers more quality and variety than one would think possible. The pulse pounding brass and percussion of "Pursuit" plays wonderfully against staccato strings and nasal double-reed melodies. "Shootout" is a far more western offering, being quintessentially Uncharted from start to finish with tension built by a relentless string section and brass hits that recall some of the greater moments of 1950s orchestral big band scoring. "Oh no Chateau" stands out as my favorite action track for its title alone, and the dramatic and tense string work that follows the vibrant and multi-layered orchestral build in the opening 45 seconds never failed to make my hairs stand on end before the climax of the piece took over.

Like so much of the action in the Uncharted games, Edmonson's score relies heavily on dramatic tension and the very real possibility of falling flat on its face in order to be appreciated. Several tracks on Drake's Deception could be prematurely dismissed for being generic orchestral action tracks that one would hear at any given summer blockbuster. Yet the genius of Edmonson shines through in these tracks as you realize that he took these risks in order to set up some key musical moments on the album. For example, "Museum Bust" builds an air of tension with ominous strings over swelling low brass for the first two minutes before, of all things, a Flamenco guitar melody materializes over action-driven percussion rhythms.

My personal favorite near miss on the album was "The Settlement". This is a rich and vibrant ambient track (again featuring Azam Ali's vocal work) that segues into a near-forgettable action track which — while technically challenging — provides little in the way innovation... until it ends with a highly distorted sample of Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" that offers a wonderful elbow-in-the-side joke to elements of the game's main plot. The confidence with which Edmonson executes these tracks is almost as inspiring as the finished product. But note that a number of exclusives from the two disc edition — including the transformative "Stowaway", cinematic "Secret Order", and three powerplay remixes — are absent from this release.


As an increasing number of Triple A games rely on derivative action soundtracks full of quasi-Latin vocals and metal pipe noises, the scores of the Uncharted series stand apart for their challenging orchestral arrangements and implementation of ethnic musical intricacies. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is an absolutely solid soundtrack that delivers cinematic tension, evocative ethnic elements, and a sound that innovates upon the previous two offerings in the Uncharted series and is one soundtrack that will not disappoint the most discriminating of game music enthusiasts. The digital edition is a focused and rounded soundtrack, but those that really wanted to explore the musical journey that accompanies the game should pay ten dollars more for the well-presented physical version.


Music in game


Matt Diener

Greg Edmonson (1-01~04, 1-06~11, 1-13, 1-15~23, 1-25, 1-26 ; 2-01~18)
Azam Ali & JD Mayer (1-05, 1-12, 1-24)
Clint Bajakian (1-14)


Original Score Composed by Gred Edmonson

Additional Music by Clint Bajakian, Azam Ali, Lora Ramin Torkian and JD Mayer

Produced for SCEA by Jonathan Mayer

Associate Music Supervisor for SCEA: Scott Hanau

Executive Producer for SCEA/Head of music: Chuck Doud

Score Mixed and Edited by Marc Senasac, Joel Yarger, Jonathan Mayer and Anthony Caruso

Soundtrack Mastered by Marc Senasac

Soundtrack Coordination by Tammy Tsuyuki

A&R: Alex Hackford

Manager, Music and Licensing: Jason Swan

Sr. Music Licensing Coordinator: Justin Fields

Music Department Assistant: Angelica Garde

Music Arranged and Orchestrated by J. Eric Schmidt, Alan Steinberger


Vocals: Azam Ali

Ethnic Woodwinds: Chris Bleth

Guitars and Ethnic Strings: Craig Stull

Ethnic String and Guitar Viol: Loga Ramin Torkian

Drums and Percussion: Brad Dutz, MB Gordy, Randy Gloss and JD Mayer

Orchestra Leader: Everton Nelson

Orchestra Conducted by J. Eric Schmidt

Orchestral Score Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London by Andrew Dudman and Marc Senasac

Assistant Scoring Engineer: Paul Thomason

Pro Tools Recordist: Gordon Davidson

Studio Manager, Abbey Road Studios: Colette Barber

Orchestra Contractor: Isobel Griffiths

Assistant Orchestra Contractor: Charlotte Matthews

Percussion and Soloists Recorded at East West Studios-Los Angeles, CA by Marc Senasac


Special Thanks:

Shuhei Yoshida, Scott Rohde, Richard Lee, David Murrant, Connie Booth, Grady Hunt, Sam Thompson, Amy Hennig, Evan Wells, Christophe Balestra and Naughty Dog.

Executive Album Producers for La-La Land Records: MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys

Album Art Direction by David C. Fein

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Album was composed by Грег Эдмонсон and was released on November 01, 2011. Soundtrack consists of 26 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Sony Computer Entertainment America.

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CD 1

Nate’s Theme 3.0
Greg Edmonson
Atlantis of the Sands
Greg Edmonson
The Setup
Greg Edmonson
Small Beginnings
Greg Edmonson
Bazaar Brawl
Azam Ali
The Settlement
Greg Edmonson
Greg Edmonson
As Above, So Below
Greg Edmonson
Iram of the Pillars
Greg Edmonson
Greg Edmonson
The London Underground
Greg Edmonson
Mind Games
Azam Ali
Sink or Swim
Greg Edmonson
The Empty Quarter
Clint Bajakian
Boarding Party
Greg Edmonson
Second-Story Work
Greg Edmonson
Maritime Malfeasance
Greg Edmonson
Drake’s Return
Greg Edmonson
Greg Edmonson
Oh No Chateau
Greg Edmonson
Science and Magic
Greg Edmonson
Museum Bust
Greg Edmonson
Searching for Sully
Greg Edmonson
The Caravan
Azam Ali
Greg Edmonson
Something Better
Greg Edmonson
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