- Composed by Michael Giacchino, Christopher Lennertz and Ramin Djawadi
- La-La Land Records / 2011 / 546m
A novelty when it was first released in 1999, Medal of Honour (sorry – I will be typing the word so many times, if I attempt to not use the British spelling then my small brain will become fried) was a first-person shooter game which put the player in the throes of battle in Europe towards the end of the Second World War. It was an instant success and inspired countless imitators and sequels (the series to date has thirteen games in it). There was much critical acclaim and that extended to its score, by a young composer named Michael Giacchino, just making his way in the business. It paved the way for the thriving orchestral game music industry we have today, made a star of Giacchino and has been hugely popular ever since. In 2011 La-La Land Records put out a mammoth eight-disc box set of music from the series. I have decided to review the represented scores separately and in chronological order (which isn’t quite how they are presented, in order to make them fit more conveniently onto a smaller number of discs).