- Reviewed by: Mark Goninon
- Name: Battlefield V Original Soundtrack
- Label: EA Games Soundtracks
- Composer(s): Johan Söderqvist and Patrik Andrén
- Number of Tracks: 16
If you've already read my Battlefield V review you'll know that I not only enjoy playing the game but I thought the soundtrack was pretty good too. I often found myself whistling various themes from the soundtrack that I figured it'd only be a matter of time before I purchased it. Sure enough, I ended up purchasing a copy of the soundtrack off zdigital although I only just realised today that the soundtrack is also available off Bandcamp (which is usually my preferred way of acquiring DRM-free soundtracks nowadays). I don't believe there's anyway to get a physical CD copy of the soundtrack so you'll only be able to listen to it via streaming services or downloadable albums. Anyway, you're probably wondering now whether the purchase was worthwhile and whether the soundtrack still holds up after multiple listens...
On zdigital you get two options when buying the soundtrack: you can either buy the cheaper 320kbps version of the soundtrack (available in MP3 and M4A formats) for $13.49 AUD or the $16.49 AUD version which comes with high quality 24-bit/44.1kHz FLAC files. The soundtrack contains 16 tracks that you will hear during various parts of the game (whether it is during the single-player War Story or playing Conquest in multiplayer).
The entire soundtrack is a high-quality orchestral score, which is great since I wasn't too impressed by the electronica offerings in Battlefield 3 (so much so that it's probably the reason I didn't even bother with any of the Battlefield soundtracks until now).
With so many good tracks to choose from, it's hard to pick a favourite, although the tracks I do enjoy the most are the ones that take their cues from the original Battlefield theme as well as leitmotifs introduced in Battlefield 1: the heroic "Tirailleur", the adventurous and graceful "Spitfires", the captivating beat of "Sandstone" and (of course) the "Battlefield V Legacy Theme" are all good examples. But I shouldn't be discounting the more original tracks on this album either (which tend to be used during the War Stories) such as the track that plays during the Special Boat Service War Story called "Under No Flag" (affectionately known as "the Flute Theme" by Battlefield fans prior to the game's release) or the poignant "Glorifica" that plays during the War Story called "The Last Tiger". "I Vow to Thee My Country" is also the best rendition of the patriotic British hymn (a favourite of Winston Churchill's) that I've heard, except for maybe Geoff Knorr's version in Civilization V.
Score – 8/10If you like epic orchestral soundtracks that sound almost like something Hans Zimmer would compose, then give Battlefield V's soundtrack a listen. The music complements the game perfectly and it's also fantastic to listen to on its own.
If you're interested in purchasing the soundtrack, it's available for $13.49 AUD on zdigital for the 320kbps MP3 version. It's also available on bandcamp for $10 USD and for $12.99 AUD on Google Play.