Without a doubt, Halo 2 is the most highly anticipated video game release of all time. It's been pushed back a trillion times, which typically would get people bent out of shape, but not this game. All it did was add to the mystique and make gamers' mouths salivate at even the slightest glimpse of game footage. The game's release date has been set in stone, November 9, and lines are already starting to form. To coincide with the release of Halo 2 will be the Halo 2 Original Soundtrack, Vol. One. Also out November 9, the CD features new symphonic compositions by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori, the same cats that scored the first Halo. Anyone who played the first one knows that the music plays a pivotal role in the gaming experience and, at times, makes you completely lose your marbles (in a good way).
Adding to the soundtrack will be all-new, exclusive compositions from the likes of Incubus, Hoobastank and Breaking Benjamin, who contribute "The Odyssey", "Connected" and "Blow Me Away", respectively. Guitarist Steve Vai even makes a contribution on "Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix", which is a collaboration between soundtrack producer Nile Rodgers and songwriter, artist, and remixer Nataraj.
November 9 can't come soon enough.