By MajorMitch 5 Comments
The soundtrack for God of War is as epic as they come, and perhaps no song exemplifies this as much as Minotaur Boss Battle. Prepare to crap your pants:
From the second the songs kicks off with some in-your-face vocal chants, you know you’re in for the fight of your life. A large portion of the God of War soundtrack is characterized by such chanting, and it’s all revved up to Mach 10 here. It’s a kick in the teeth if there ever was one, which is a great start to the boss battle that ensues. At this point in the game, you’ve been working your way through some incredibly trying challenges throughout the Temple of Pandora, and just when you think you’ve seen it all a giant freaking minotaur comes charging at you. All of the anxiety, fear, and exhaustion that has been building during your stay in the temple culminates in this single moment. This is the battle you came here to win, and a victory will finally lead you to your goal. You know it, the game knows it, and the music certainly knows it. That’s why the beginning of this song is so amazing. You’re bound to be running on empty by the time you get here, but the first ten seconds of this song still manage to remind you that this is your moment, and it pumps your adrenaline back up to max. It throws down the gauntlet, and provides the perfect start to one of gaming’s biggest and baddest boss fights.
While the first few seconds certainly steal the show, Minotaur Boss Battle maintains its intensity from start to finish, constantly reminding you of the ridiculous situation you’re in. I also love that it’s fully orchestrated (somewhat of a novelty at the time), and the instrumentation is fantastic. It does a great job at generating a vibe reminiscent of ancient Greece, and keeping it epic all the while. Most of this is true for the entire soundtrack, and it all comes together perfectly in Minotaur Boss Battle. But more than anything else, this is a song that has provided me with one of my most distinct gaming memories. It’s a great moment that's epic and over-the-top in all the right ways, and simply couldn’t have existed without a song such as Minotaur Boss Battle.
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