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It's Not Zimmer, But Then It's Not Trying to Be
on December 6, 2013
Modern Warfare 3 serves as the epic, climatic finish to the Call of Duty Modern Warfare trilogy. With loads of twists and turns, and deaths you don't see coming 'till the last minute, the trilogy is one of the more well-made action trilogies for video games, and if they made this trilogy into a movie trilogy, it would be astoundingly epic. The music for this trilogy, though, is one of the series' high points, having themes of loss, honor and hope running throughout the action-packed intensity. In Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare, Harry Gregson-Williams (with a little help from Stephen Barton) crafted an emotional, gut-wrenching score that took you deep into the grit of modern combat, with incredible character themes and a jaw-dropping man theme that is still haunting today. Then, with Modern Warfare 2, Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe created a truly amazing score, weaving in and out of these themes with ease and precision, and found a balance between intensity and somber, heartfelt moments. With Modern Warfare 3, composer Brian Tyler (Timeline, Iron Man 3, Fast Five) takes the helm and hits the audience going full steam ahead. This score doesn't try to be Hans' masterpiece; no, instead it takes all the themes I mentioned above, adds sacrifice & remembrance, and creates a score fitting for the climatic finish, and they work perfectly.
My only personal problem with the score is that it isn't released on CD. Someone at Activision needs to release the scores for the Modern Warfare games in a box set with artwork and credits; they would make both bank and extra appreciation from CoD fans. But, since this is all we have for now, it will have to do. Anyways, a great score for the last Modern Warfare that lives up to Zimmer's score; well done, Mr. Tyler. Well done.