Audio Terror: Dead Space 2 Soundtrack

DS2_Nov09_09I am a lifelong gamer (since the days of Red Box D&D and the Atari 2600), and one of the ways I like to recharge my creative batteries is by immersing myself in a good video game. It probably comes as no surprise to you that horror games are among my favorites to play. I find that inhabiting a scary story is a great way to inspire my own creative process, and few experiences are as immersive and interactive as games.

One of my absolute favorite series of all time is the Dead Space series, and in particular the first two games of that series. It’s Ghost Month here at the Midnight Society, and so I am happy to recommend an absolutely haunting soundtrack to one of the best horror games of all time–Dead Space 2.

One of the running themes of the first two Dead Space games is that protagonist Isaac Clarke is haunted by visions of his girlfriend, a doctor who dies aboard a mining ship in deep space. Without even playing the game, you can feel the torment Isaac is enduring when you listen to the game’s soundtrack.

Composer Jason Graves crafted a masterpiece of a score for this game, and I frequently revisit it when I’m writing horror. You can hear one of the tracks (“Lacrimosa”) in the player below. It’s a perfect example of what you can expect from the entire soundtrack.

Pay your respects.