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Welcome to the Razor’s Edge Playlist. For the uninitiated, Razor’s Edge is an ongoing fanfiction series based off of the Mass Effect line of video games. Razor’s Edge portrays Male Shepard as he saves the galaxy, along with his Quarian girlfriend, Tali’Zorah. The purpose of creating a playlist for a novel, even a fan created one, is to provide the reader with the option to enhance their experience with an appropriate soundtrack. In essence, this is like temp tracking a film, just on a much larger scale, and the fact that there is no actual soundtrack designed for this series. The playlist has been organized in chronological order and by chapters for convenience. You can read Razor’s Edge and its sequels here. Put it this way, if you are a Mass Effect fan (that was dissatisfied with the lackluster presentation of the third entry) and someone who appreciates good prose, then you should at least check this out.
- SR-1 KIA (Opening/Birth of War – Joris de Man – Killzone 2) The opening deserved a strong piece that was both heroic and filled with dread. Safe to say that this fit the bill.
- Memoriam/Titles (Flying Over Afghanistan – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) Hints of an anthem start out before delving into a tech montage.
- Bad Dream/Sleep Ends (Heat – Brian Tyler – Far Cry 3) A transitional piece, kind of has that hazy texture before picking up speed, much like our protagonist.
- Illusive Man Beckons (Vespertilio – Hans Zimmer – Batman Begins) Has that dark edge that I just like, plus it serves as great atmosphere.
- Synthetic (Kick Your Teeth – Cliff Martinez – Drive)
- A Certain Quarian Girl (Look to the Stars – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel) In situations like this, it’s best to not go over-the-top.
- First Key Choice (CIA Recruitment – Patrick Doyle- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) A tender approach has to be utilized for this defining moment in the MShep/Tali romance.
- A Surprise of Our Own (Yippie Kay Yay, Mother Russia! – Marco Beltrami – A Good Day to Die Hard) Ah, finally some action. Now it gets good.
- Garrus Vakarian (Myotis – Hans Zimmer – Batman Begins) It only seems fitting that Archangel gets a theme worthy of the Dark Knight.
- “We Kill You First!” (The End – John Powell – United 93)
- The Krogan In the Tank (By Any Means – Gustavo Santolalolla – The Last of Us) Grunt needed a more brutish introduction, so I think the drums sufficed.
- Collectors on the Horizon (Synchrotone – Hans Zimmer – Black Hawk Down) This scene kept evolving in intensity and this song evolves along with it.
- Priority Alpha (For Love – Hans Zimmer – Rush) Shepard isn’t fooling around when Tali’s in trouble, this calls for fast paced action.
- Haestrom Assault (Reign – Hans Zimmer – Rush) Aggressively symbolizes Shepard’s rush to rescue Tali.
- Daughter of Rael (My Best Enemy – Hans Zimmer – Rush) Continuing the build-up of the previous established themes here, seemed appropriate as an ending.
- Surprises on the SR-2 (The Boy Was Right – David Hirschfelder – Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole) Tali’s exploration of the new Normandy.
- Clawing A Way Out Of Purgatory (Cornered – Paul Leonard-Morgan – Dredd) For such a grim place, it needs a grim atmosphere.
- An Unorthodox Testing of Cannons (Barbastella – Hans Zimmer – Batman Begins) I thought that the vocal solo was a perfect symbol of making difficult choices. I might utilize it later on.
- The View of the Presidium (I Drive – Cliff Martinez – Drive) Fateful moment when Shepard is staring at a friend.
- Protecting Orianna (Bike Chase – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) String ostinatos. Can’t deny their effectiveness.
- Crushed Knee (He Had A Good Time – Cliff Martinez – Drive)
- Foot on Throat (The Police Station – Joris de Man – Killzone 2) Shepard’s early incursion to recruit Samara.
- Prayer for the Wicked (Rectifier – Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy) Played when Thane assassinates Nassana.
- Liara’s True Colors (Xibalba – Clint Mansell – The Fountain) Somber, dark. Shepard losing someone he cared about.
- Black Death (Bonzo – Steve Jablonsky – Ender’s Game) This was tough to score. In the end, I decided on a more sound design approach as a way to capture the hopelessness of the situation. Plus there is a good cue for the slap.
- Inside the Collector Ship (Arm & Eye Surgery – Brad Fiedel – The Terminator) More sound design for everyone’s favorite level.
- Harbinger (Gravity – Kazuma Jinnouchi – Halo 4) Ramping it up here! I love it!
- White Knight (Agent of Chaos – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight) The Batman stuff returns, I think it fits well.
- Delirium (Half Remembered Dream – Hans Zimmer – Inception) The Horn of Doom makes an appearance for everyone’s favorite quarian (albeit in the clinic).
- Memories Kill (Atlantis – Steven Price – Gravity) Sound design seems to be the norm these days for dream sequences anyway.
- Subject Zero (Slice & Dice/Never Again – Christopher Drake – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) Mood music for the Pragia sequence.
- Get Him Talking (Shadow Accounts – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit)
- The Vault (Stealing the Data – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit)
- That Will Buff Out (Get Out – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) That’s a lot of Doyle, but the sheer tension and speed makes up for it.
- Notification and Escort to the Rayya (Main Title – Joe Kraemer – Jack Reacher) The quarian fleet is the site of a dark chapter in Tali’s life.
- Father…Dead? (Stay Down – Steve Jablonsky – Ender’s Game) A trial shouldn’t have blaring horns, anyway…
- Let’s Go Shoot Some Geth (Like A Dog Chasing Cars – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight) Batmanning it up on the Alarai
- Rael (Are You Listening, Clark? – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel) Tali’s despair over losing her father and Shepard being there to comfort her.
- Vas Normandy (Star Trek – Michael Giacchino – Star Trek) Inspirational start followed by menace as the Conclave prepares their judgment.
- Stammer (All That Love’s About – Thomas Newman – WALL-E) Yeah, it may be a bit cliché but Newman’s quirky scoring just captures Tali’s personality so well.
- Tearing Through the Factory District (Soccent Attack – Steve Jablonsky – Transformers) Garrus’ rampage after Harkin leads to bloody results.
- Gray (Pakistan/Shabhazabad Military Base – Jamie Christopherson – Metal Gear Rising) Shepard wins the paragon battle against Garrus, I’d say.
- More Than A Mask (Rooftop Kiss – James Horner – The Amazing Spiderman) Piano always goes well with love scenes. Don’t you agree?
- Toe to Toe With A Krogan (The Hunters – Gustavo Santolalolla – The Last of Us) More percussion for the destruction-prone Grunt
- Varren (Hunt the Dark Knight I – Christopher Drake – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
- Klixen (Hunt the Dark Knight III – Christopher Drake – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
- Thresher Maw/PTSD (General Zod – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel) Dramatic turn as Shepard faces his fears
- Sole Survivor (Wind Guide You – Jeremy Soule – Skyrim) A nice interlude as characters develop
- None – transitional chapter
- “You Talk Too Much” (Invaders – Hans Zimmer – Crysis 2) Loud-mouthed Krogan gets what’s coming to him
- Brutal Experimentation (Rooftop Call – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) Mordin facing off against Maelon
- Guld, Meat (Heavy Resistance – Joris de Man – Killzone 2) The fight with Guld needed to be intense and percussion heavy.
- None – transitional chapter
- Psychotic Biotic (The Battle Room – Steve Jablonsky – Ender’s Game) Shepard’s training with Jack
- Shakedowns and Sons (The Search for Josefina – Jack Wall – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2) Shepard and Thane’s pursuit of Kolyat
- Damn! Another transitional chapter, but we’re getting closer.
- Shepard-Commander (Bank Robbery – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight) Electric cello for zombie map
- Core Offline (Pylons – Neil Davidge – Halo 4) Could go for some escape music, eh?
- A Matter of Perception (Airlock – Steven Price – Gravity) Tali is rather mad at Shepard for not understanding how much she hates geth.
- Legion (Old Souls – Hans Zimmer – Inception) Legion is up and running
- Sniping Under the Influence (Flaming Dart – Sean Murray – Call of Duty: Black Ops) This mission gets a badass theme but it quickly turns ugly as things don’t exactly go as planned.
- Don’t Fuck With Shepard (Virus – Sean Murray – Call of Duty: Black Ops) Shepard barges into Afterlife to confront Aria
- No Translation Needed (The Burning Bush – Hans Zimmer – The Prince of Egypt) Heartfelt scene between Tali and Shepard about disparate cultures
- “Find Peace In the Embrace of the Goddess” (Katana Surgery – Marco Beltrami – The Wolverine) Last words before Samara kills Morinth
- Tablets (Sent Here For A Reason – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel)
- Quarian and Geth (Self Esteem Fund – Kelly Bailey – Portal) Tali converses with Legion
- Heretic (ISS – Steven Price – Gravity) Approaching the geth station
- Tali Rewrites (Fire – Steven Price – Gravity) Key character choice
- Trouble in the AI Core (Anvil – Sean Murray – Call of Duty: Black Ops) Tali and Legion get straightened out by Shepard
- My Hesh’la (Conversation by the Window/Love Scene – Brad Fiedel – The Terminator) Much like the movie, the scene gradually increases in passion between two people. (I really liked how well this music fit…in my opinion, not that it matters.)
- Omega 4 (I Will Find Him – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel) Annoyingly, most of the MoS soundtracks have been removed from YT so the only thing left are the clips with the pitches altered. Oh well.
- Vent (Molossus – Hans Zimmer – Batman Begins)
- Justicar/Hostage Rescue (Introduce a Little Anarchy – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight)
- Proto-Reaper (Nemesis – Neil Davidge – Halo 4)
- The End Run (Arrival – Neil Davidge – Halo 4)
- Hesh’alan (The Dark Knight Triumphant/End Titles – Christopher Drake – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) End of Razor’s Edge
- Opening to Dark Witness (Finale & End Titles – Joe Kraemer – Jack Reacher) Reprising the Rayya’s theme is the opening.
- Council Meeting (The United Nations – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit)
- Preparing for a Nice Dinner (The Engagement – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit)
- Dinner Ruined (On Deck – Jack Wall – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2) Back into the action, thought the hint of the ME theme would please.
- Interrogation in a Restaurant (I Know What You Are – Gustavo Santolalolla – The Last of Us) The original cue I had for this, Sean Murray’s “Revenge” from Black Ops, was replaced because I felt that the running time lasted too long and this piece had the right length and tension needed for this scene.
- A New Lead (Plan In a Van – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) Shepard and Tali meet with the Illusive Man
- Putting On a Good Show (The Window Reflection – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) Shepard squares off against an assassin in Liara’s office. Doesn’t really end well for the other guy.
- What She Hid (Second Great Depression – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) Shepard finds out where Liara went after her apartment.
- Collateral Damage (A Death In the Family – Christopher Drake – Batman: Under the Red Hood) Bombs in buildings tend not to mix
- Spectre Coward (Guerrilla Tactics – Hans Zimmer – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) Vasir flees from Shepard to safety. Bad idea.
- Enjoying a Skycar Chase (Batwing – Christopher Drake – Batman: Under the Red Hood) Look out for the trucks.
- Hostage Bumble (Space Suicide – David Buckley – Call of Duty: Ghosts) Rising chords are not good news.
- Unfortunate Consequences of Space Boosting (I Am the Hunted – Joris de Man – Killzone 3) Vasir miscalculates on the physics of foreign objects entering bodies.
- What About Us? (Fifth Confluence – Austin Wintory – Journey) One fateful act causes a helluva row.
- Executive Problems (Headshot – Rupert Gregson-Williams – Battlefield 2: Modern Combat) Miranda rushes to protect her sister from the Shadow Broker
- Courtesy of the Shadow Broker (My Name On a Car – Cliff Martinez – Drive) Tali receives a disturbing image in the mail
- No Turning Back Now (Commies – Sean Murray – Call of Duty: Black Ops) Shepard and the team infiltrate the Broker’s ship
- “Thank You For Your Assistance, Miss Zorah” (Watch the World Burn – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight)
- Shatter/Execution (Inferno – Hans Zimmer – Rush) Intense and somber for a powerful sequence.
- Alive and Awake (Picking This Life – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) Piano themes…they get to you.
- Cleaning Facilities (Watkins Glen – Hans Zimmer – Rush)
- Dark Witness (Shadow Recruit – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) Electronic heavy for a theme around electronic communication.
- Dishonorable Discharge/Titles (God Particle – Hans Zimmer – Angels & Demons)
- Vancouver Overrun (Philadelphia – Marco Beltrami – World War Z) You have to appreciate the malice and fear this performance gives.
- Commander Reinstated (The Lane Family – Marco Beltrami – World War Z)
- The Red Planet’s Less Than Stellar Welcome (Swat Team Attacks – Brad Fiedel – Terminator 2) Shepard and crew infiltrate Cerberus soldiers overrunning the Mars facility
- Non-Standard Issue (Explosive Rush – Jamie Christopherson – Metal Gear Rising) Chasing Dr. Core to a fast paced theme.
- Nagging Doubts (I Have So Many Questions – Hans Zimmer – Man Of Steel) Shepard starts to doubt his resolve
- Husks Rushing the Compound (Ambush – Joris de Man – Killzone 2) Palaven starts to heat up when Reapers attack
- Best Damn Soldier (Main Theme – David Buckley – Call of Duty: Ghosts) Garrus’ introduction on Palaven
- Nightmare (Mind Game Part 2 – Steve Jablonsky – Ender’s Game)
- Eden Prime’s Secret (Burst – Sean Murray – Call of Duty: World At War) Uncovering Javik
- EDI (Rare Earth Elements – Jack Wall – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)
- Krogan Airdrop (Black Mask Strikes Back – Christopher Drake – Batman: Under the Red Hood)
- Nosy Cerberus (Future Wars – Jack Wall – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2) Sur’Kesh incursion
- Admiralty Decided (Aggressive Expansion – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight) The quarians are now going to war.
- Turian Bomb (Gotham’s Reckoning – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises)
- Lt. Victus Rides The Bomb (Fear Will Find You – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises)
- Boots on Tuchanka (Hamburg Invasion – Brian Tyler – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3) Shepard meets Wrex at the Hollows
- I Stand…. (117 – Kazuma Jinnouchi – Halo 4)
- Reaper Overhead, Shepard Underfoot (Risen From Darkness – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises)
- Kalros Wants A Bite (I Claim Your Sun – Steve Jablonsky – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
- Renegade Urges (We Are Tonight’s Entertainment – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight) Shepard refuses to shoot Mordin and the cure is delivered.
- A Future For the Krogan (It’s Hard to Kill A McClane – Marco Beltrami – A Good Day to Die Hard)
- Explanations Come Now (Optimus – Steve Jablonsky – Transformers)
- “They’ll Die…For You” (Playing Chicken With Trains – Harry Gregson-Williams – Unstoppable) Unpleasant noises come with unpleasant dreams.
- Admiralty On Deck (Death Is Certain – Mark Mancina – Training Day)
- Admiral Tali (Airbender Suite [to 2:09] – James Newton Howard – The Last Airbender) Had to cut the cue short as it would have gone on for 11 minutes.
- “Thank You For Having Me Over” (The Exoskeleton – Joris de Man – Killzone 2) Infiltrating the geth ship
- Fire Within (Fight the ATAC – Joris de Man – Killzone 2) First encounter with Pyros
- Creator Assistance (A Ruckus I’d Like You To Straighten Out – Christopher Drake – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) – Legion is rescued
- Creator Betrayal (Escape From Naboo – John Williams – Star Wars: Episode I) Creator ships fire upon the geth ship and Shepard escapes
- Gen’ro’sa Assault (Antarctic Standoff – Marco Beltrami – The Thing)
- Consensus (Macrotus – Hans Zimmer – Batman Begins)
- We Are Legion (Carrie Kelly/Robin – Christopher Drake – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
- One Simple Act (Dirty Martini – David Arnold – Casino Royale) Shepard fights indoctrination during a discussion with Tali
- One Simple Act (cont’d)
- Into The Rachni Tunnels (Spider Bot – Jack Wall – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)
- Hope-Singer (Legacy – Neil Davidge – Halo 4)
- “When Did You Stop Believing?” (Launch – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel)
- I Made My Choice (Tornado – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel) Shepard sacrifices himself to save the queen
- “Why, Shepard?” (Forgotten Memories – Gustavo Santolalolla – The Last Of Us) Tali visits Shepard’s cabin. One last time.
- Garrus Leads (Ascendancy – Neil Davidge – Halo 4) Garrus and the squad arrive at Grissom Academy
- I Made A Promise (This Is Clark Kent – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel) Shepard awakes
- Sings-of-Endings (Earth – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel) Crap, crap, crap. I can’t even find this one and I’m too lazy to look for another that fits because I like this piece so much. It’s streaming on Spotify now, or better yet, torrent the damn thing. No one will care.
- Vakarian, Spectre (On Thin Ice – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises)
- Memories of Space (Progeny – Hans Zimmer – Gladiator) Shepard begins his confrontation
- Saren Returns (Suicide Run/Kravchenko Interrogation/Anvil Again – Sean Murray – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2) Shepard witnesses the loss of his first love and the battle with Saren
- The Cerberus Plot (Jack and Aleksandr – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) The first stage in Cerberus’ assault on the Citadel
- Rise (Why Do We Fall? – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises) Shepard climbs out of the pit
- C-Sec Battle (The Fire Rises – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises)
- Songs of War (Tiangong – Steven Price – Gravity) The Rachni fleet assembles
- “Bring Your Whole Damn Fleet” (A Good Life/Good Enough – Christopher Drake – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) Shepard is now en route to the Citadel
- Rachni Armor (Oil Rig – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel) Shepard receives a new set of armor
- Thane Labors (White Blood – Harry Gregson-Williams – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots) Thane delays Kai Leng to let the Council escape
- “You Want A Fight?” (Peace Walker Theme – Akihiro Honda – Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker) Shepard handily wins against Leng. The prior piece I used for this scene (Patrick Doyle’s “Thor Kills the Destroyer”) was replaced because I didn’t think it had enough edginess to bring about the return of the first human Spectre.
- A Habit Of Resurrection (Despair – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Returns) Shepard reveals that he is alive (complete with horn burst)
- The Man She Knew (The End – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Returns) Conversations with Garrus and Tali
- Pesky transitional chapter
- Fleet Above Rannoch (All Out War – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Returns) Suiting up for the upcoming mission
- “The Homeworld. My World.” (Final Confluence – Austin Wintory – Journey)
- Making an Entrance (Fortification – Joris de Man – Killzone 3) Legion arrives with transport after a fight
- “Keep Your Mouth Shut!” (The Boys Are Back In Action – Joris de Man – Killzone 3) Those annoying geth just get in the way
- Not a Reaper Signal (Command School – Steve Jablonsky – Ender’s Game)
- Why Are You the One Running? (Enemy Planet – Steve Jablonsky – Ender’s Game)
- Keelah Se’lai(Peace Walker – Todd Haberman – Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker) Shepard v. Reaper. This piece was also replaced (Steve Jablonsky’s “Final Test”) because it ran for too long during this scene. Also, the majority of it was rather uninteresting compared to the piece I have in its place. You can’t beat dark choirs.
- “Right Now, I Have This” (Legends Never Die – David Buckley – Call of Duty: Ghosts) Fleet stands down, Tali and Shepard reaffirm love
- Yet another transitional chapter
- Cold Weather Is Not Conducive To Turians (Hammer – Joris de Man – Killzone 3) Mission w/ Jacob Taylor
- Making a Mess In Bryson’s Lab (Helghast Spotted! – Joris de Man – Killzone 3)
- No More Distractions (Goodbye Mariko – Marco Beltrami – The Wolverine) Tali and Shepard spend yet another night together
- TGES (Born In Darkness – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises)
- You Bring Only Death (Escape From Anthem – Jack Wall – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2) Garneau escapes from Shepard
- Take Me Somewhere Nice For Once (Pakistan Run – Jack Wall – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)
- Maze of Omega (Dark Skies – Jack Wall – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)
- Nyreen (Searchlights – Jack Wall – Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)
- Two Birds In One Stone (The Salvation Gates – Marco Beltrami – World War Z) Shepard and Samara arrive at the Ardat-Yakshi monastery
- Leng Flees For the Second Time (Zombies in Coach – Marco Beltrami – World War Z)
- Samara’s Code (Gluck – Hans Zimmer – Rush) Shepard prevents Samara from committing suicide
- Call Her Jessie (Operation Metro – Johan Skugge & Jukka Rintamaki – Battlefield 3) Frenzied combat on Omega
- Nothing Like a Little Resistance (Exosuit – Clinton Shorter – District 9) The team pushes onward toward’s Omega’s reactor
- Right is Never Easy (Water – Hans Zimmer – Angels and Demons) Carmichael is put in a rather unpleasant situation that only he can solve.
From here on out, I’ll be making up the story as it goes along. I will be a little more detailed in my descriptions as to let you know why I chose to underscore particular scenes with the music I chose. Don’t get too hopeful, I can almost guarantee that whatever story lines I come up with, will not be utilized in Requiem. As more chapters get added, I will edit the playlist to make it more current, but I’m going to sort them by mission for now. Enjoy!
- Wrath of Aria (Eagle Claw Pt. 1 – Sean Murray – Call of Duty: Black Ops) Aria makes a rampage to Afterlife to confront Petrovsky
- Nyreen, Queen of Omega (I Rise, You Fall – Steve Jablonsky – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) Aria is assassinated by Centus, who proceeds to nominate Nyreen as unofficial governor of Omega. (Never liked Aria, she was a bitch)
- Maintaining Connection (Sightings – Christopher Drake – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) Ann Bryson lets Leviathan control her to lock onto its location, but she remains connected for too long and perishes as a result.
- Atlas (Mantis – Kazuma Jinnouchi – Halo 4) Shepard uses a modified Atlas to dive down where Leviathan lurks
- The Darkness Cannot Be Breached (Agnus Dei – Elliot Goldenthal – Alien 3) Shepard finds Leviathan, where he learns of the Reaper’s origins
- Stupid War (Siege – Hans Zimmer – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) Shepard and the squad make it onto Thessia where the damage is catastrophic
- Harvest (Infiltration – Hans Zimmer – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) Shepard has to fight through a few Harvesters to reach the temple
- Flipping Does Not Enhance Aim (Achilles & Hector Fight – Gabriel Yared – Troy [Rejected Score]) Shepard has a chance to fight Kai Leng again, but the results are not in his favor this time around.
- “What Were They Doing Here?” (Disc Wars – Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy) Shepard and squad try to determine the purpose of Sanctuary
- Control is the Key (Terminator Tangle – Marco Beltrami – Terminator 3) Shepard and squad fight through Reaper forces to make it to the spire of Sanctuary
- “They Are My Children!” (C.L.U. – Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy) Shepard faces off against Miranda’s father, right before she kills him
- One Last Night To Live (Funeral Pyre – John Powell – The Bourne Supremacy) Pretty much self-explanatory
- Kill Every Last One (Imagine the Fire – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises) Shepard cuts through every last Cerberus footsoldier in the base
- Look What We Have On Display (The Shadows Betray You – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises) The Proto-Reaper has now been discovered within the main facility
- “I Believe You All Have Met” (You Led Us Here – Hans Zimmer – Man of Steel) Okay, I’m stealing from Reclamation now, but at this point it doesn’t matter. The Illusive Man reveals Leng and Admiral Xen as his indoctrinated servants.
- Space Scumbag (Jake’s First Flight [Extended] [to 2:18] – James Horner – Avatar) Shepard kills Leng while Tali tries to fend off Xen
- Bosh’tet Chokes On It (The Fight – Alan Silvestri – The Abyss) Tali stabs Xen in the throat after a lengthy knife fight (always good fun)
- United (Ryan, Mr. President – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) Admiral Hackett addresses the fleets in preparation for the final battle.
- The Largest Fleet in the Galaxy (A Good Life…Good Enough/End Titles – Christopher Drake – The Dark Knight Returns) War Assets are over 5000 so this should turn out well. Replaced a cue from Joel McNeely’s Shadows of the Empire because it lacked enough meat during the battle scenes.
- Comrades, Friends (1976 – Hans Zimmer – Rush) Shepard makes one last speech to his crew before departing for the Citadel beam
- Hell on Earth (Radec’s Personal Guards – Joris de Man – Killzone 2) Shepard and crew fight through to the Thanix missiles
- One More Shot (Deep Beneath the Pacific – Ramin Djawadi – Pacific Rim) Shepard fires the last of the Thanix missiles at the closest Reaper
- “Serve Us”/”You Can’t Leave Me Behind” (No Stone Unturned – Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises) Shepard runs to the beam as Harbinger fires upon them, later, Shepard exfils his crew as he goes to the beam alone.
- Why Control When You Can Kill? (Dark Knight Rises Trailer 2 – Hans Zimmer? – The Dark Knight Rises) This cue was added to complement the tense discussion between Shepard and the Illusive Man, up to the point where he kills himself after fighting Indoctrination.
- “You Have a Choice to Make” (Old Snake – Harry Gregson-Williams – Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots) This cue has been changed to correspond with the discussion Shepard has with the Catalyst (within his mind, as the conversation never takes place, technically)
- Tali Steals the Shuttle (Warp Core Values – Michael Giacchino – Star Trek: Into Darkness) The theme of Tali never leaving Shepard behind would not have worked in this situation so it seems logical that she would risk everything to go back to the Citadel for him.
- “No” (Dark Knight Rises Trailer 3 – Hans Zimmer? – The Dark Knight Rises) The three RGB choices presented are rejected by Shepard because he realizes it as an indoctrination attempt. He is then subconsciously vocally engaged by a figure who takes on appearances from everyone he’s ever met (ex: Tali, Garrus, Anderson, Saren, etc.) This cue was changed from Christopher Drake’s Dark Knight Returns score because of its 9 minute length and this one had enough gravitas in such a short amount of time to make it serve its purpose without running over.
- “I’ll Give You A Fight” (Peace Walker Theme – Akihiro Honda – Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker) Tali distracts the Illusive Man long enough for the two of them to overpower and kill him, and Shepard activates the Crucible to destroy the Reapers. The Peace Walker theme is now being used as the unofficial “Resurrection” theme and I decided to reprise it here. This happens in movies a lot and the decision to replace the prior cue was again, because of running time. Besides, it’s a kick-ass cue and I think it fits well.
- Salvation Through Destruction (Shenzou – Steven Price – Gravity) Tali brings the injured Shepard back but the enemy forces cause her to divert to Earth in the shuttle while the Normandy makes the FTL jump
- A Lifetime of War (Picking This Life – Patrick Doyle – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) Shepard and Tali survive their landing and reiterate their love for one another. Replaced the long “Rise” cue with a reprisal of “Alive and Awake” from Dark Witness to make the scene thematically consistent, as well as a bit shorter.
- The Band is Back Together (Debriefing – Harry Gregson-Williams – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater) Shepard and Tali finally reunite with the crew of the Normandy when it returns to Earth in front of an applauding crowd. I didn’t like the original Man of Steel theme as the cue because it seemed a bit too “familiar” in terms of its placement and would have been distracting otherwise. This cue had enough subtlety and emotion to warrant its placement in the playlist. Inspiration for the scene came from the fan fiction “You Came Back To Me” by T. Bryson.
- An Eternity With Her Baelen’sor/End Titles (Ender’s Promise – Steve Jablonsky – Ender’s Game) I’d like to think that the final scene ends with Shepard and Tali laying on a bed, holding hands, staring out, contemplating the future.
- Totally Worth It (Zero Allies! – Kazuma Jinnouchi – Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker) This takes place during the credits and the final 30 seconds would open up to a wide shot of a house standing atop a familiar cliff (as an after-credits scene, which is a requirement for any film nowadays)
That concludes the playlist. I hope you enjoyed it and drop a comment below for any praise or thoughts for improvement.