Rock on without having to kill those pesky aliens thanks to Halo Trilogy

Halo's one of those games with a soundtrack so good (and everyone agrees on this) that you can find yourself distracted from listening to it by having to kill the pesky aliens threatening to obliterate mankind. (Don't alien coalitions ever have anything else better to do?)

Well, relief has come: Now you can buy the complete soundtrack music in disc form or download it from Nile Rodgers' Sumthing Else Music Works label.

But let's be clear: Regardless of the title, this is not "complete." The Halo 2 Vol. 1 soundtrack isn't included as part of this set. Nowhere is this rationalized. Maybe they excluded it because of all the fuss everyone made about it having a couple of tracks by actual bands.

Plenty of people are noticing the lack, and not all of them are happy about it, because Vol. Ihas some well-regarded cues in it, like "Peril" and "Heretic Hero." Instead, as a bonus (or a sop), a DVD offers a behind-the-scenes look at the "Halo Wars" recording sessions held at Ensemble Studios and the "Five Long Years" opening cinematic of the upcoming "Halo Wars" campaign. Judging by the reviews on Amazon and elsewhere, some people are okay about the substitution and some aren't.

The individual game soundtracks are generally very good. Listening to them will make you wipe the tension sweat off your brow as you recall the times you've been stuck in narrow places with an alien in your face, or delivering ass-kickings to the Covenant. I like the stirring and compelling music for Halo 3 the best, myself; your mileage may vary. Fans *cough* who own the Halo 2 Volume I soundtrack *cough* will be more than happy. And that sneak peek, well, that is mouth-watering.

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