‘Far Cry 6’ original soundtrack heavy with sociopolitical overtones

‘Far Cry 6’ original soundtrack heavy with sociopolitical overtones

If you have played a more recent Far Cry game, you normally know what to expect: incredible open world playgrounds, countless customizable weapons, lovable furry companions and, above all else, a twisted, unapologetic villain. We have been introduced to Vaas Montenegro, the insanity obsessed, maniacal face of Far Cry 3. We have come to know Pagan Min, the ruthless, self-proclaimed “King of Kyrat” in Far Cry 4. Joseph See, megalomaniac and self-appointed leader of the religious terrorist cult in Far Cry 5.

All of these characters, however, can’t seem to hold a candle to what comes next.

The main antagonist of Far Cry 6, Anton Castillo, played by Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito, looks about as brutal and manipulative as they come. Known as “El Presidente”, this merciless dictator finds himself and his nation of Yara — a fictional island located in the Caribbean — in the middle of a political revolution. We were introduced to this character in the game’s first reveal trailer. We see this powerful man attempting to teach his son, Diego, about what it takes to control, or “lead”, his people. The tones of Pedro Bromfman’s haunting score accompanies this harsh lesson of leadership, comparing it to the live grenade clasped tightly in Diego’s hands as father and son both look over a sprawling urban environment engulfed in the flames of revolution. Through this song, rightfully titled “El Presidente”, we can deduce that this will be the most intense Far Cry experience to date.

Composer Pedro Bromfman, known for scoring the award-winning Netflix show Narcos, gives us a glimpse into the world of Far Cry 6, setting the tone brilliantly through deep, penetrating tracks such as “Libertad”, the game’s main theme and a slow-burning introduction to this harrowing journey of overthrowing a dangerous political figure. The soundtrack gives us 21 epic and chilling tracks to accompany the player on their mission to confront and overthrow Castillo. The entire album is fraught with anxious and determined melodies, with some reaching epic, exhilarating highs, while others descend into desperate and fearful lows. You can tell that the haunting melodies of Bromfman’s score are meant as a driving force to the player, bringing this fictional war-torn country to life as its citizens fight for their freedom against tyrannical rule.

Far Cry 6 is the largest game in the series so far and you can tell from the game’s marketing as “a Ubisoft original”, that the developers intend to make it the most cinematic entry thus far. Pedro Bromfman’s beautifully arranged score only reinforces this and lets us, the players, know that Ubisoft is taking an extra step towards reinventing how open world storytelling can be done. Far Cry 6 will be available on October 7th for PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Google Stadia and Amazon Luna. I am personally excited to see what’s in store for players, as we all go toe-to-toe with Anton Castillo, possibly the most threatening Far Cry villain in the series, and help the country of Yara break free from the chains of this fascist dictator once and for all.

Purchase or stream ‘Far Cry 6 (Original Game Soundtrack)’:

Track listing:

  1. El Presidente
  2. La Espada
  3. Libertad
  4. The Tourist
  5. Rebuild Paradise
  6. Batter Up
  7. Valle de Oro
  8. Viva Clara
  9. We Are Lions
  10. Fist of the Revolution
  11. ’67
  12. Supremo
  13. Madrugada
  14. The Guerilla
  15. Tiger and Cub
  16. The Poison
  17. Los Montero
  18. El Este
  19. The Lion and the Lamb
  20. Balaceras
  21. Antón

Pedro Bromfman – “Libertad”

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Disclaimer: All views presented in this album review are those of the reviewer and not necessarily those of Top Shelf Music.

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