Annual Game Music Awards 2013 – Soundtracks of the Year

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We are proud to present the winners in the ‘best score’ category of the Annual Game Music Awards 2013. These panel-voted, officially-recognised awards provide a thorough and wide-reaching recognition of achievement in game music over the last year. The panelists have selected their choices by carefully considering the merit of the game music created this year — as art and entertainment, as part of in-game experiences and as part of stand-alone albums. Congratulations to all winners, runners-up, and nominees.

Best Soundtrack — Eastern

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Masayoshi Soken’s revamped score for Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn boasted ambitious composition, high-quality production, and effective in-game integration. Throughout its six hour playtime, the soundtrack is filled with epic, beautiful, and unforgettable moments.

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Runners-Up

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
Fire Emblem: Awakening / Shin Megami Tensei IV (tie)

Other Nominations

Element4l
Grand Theft Auto V
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Tearaway
Rayman Legends
Remember Me
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
SimCity
Skylanders: Swap Force
State of Decay

 

Best Soundtrack — Western

Rayman Legends

Christophe Héral and Billy Martin captured the weird and wonderful worlds of Ubisoft’s Rayman Legends with an eclectic selection of music. Their offerings span cartoonsy orchestral performances, ethnic instrument performances, and experiments in jazz, chiptune, and musical theatre.

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Runners-Up

Tearaway
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Other Nominations

Element4l
Grand Theft Auto V
Remember Me
Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
SimCity
Skylanders: Swap Force
State of Decay

 

Best Soundtrack — Orchestral / Cinematic

Remember Me

Olivier Deriviere’s soundtrack for Dontnod and Capcom’s Remember Me is a well-conceived, perfectly-implemented blend of warm orchestral themes and jagged electronic manipulations. It enhances the game’s mind-boggling storyline while also excelling as a fresh and memorable stand-alone listen.

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Runners-Up

BioShock Infinite
Civilization V: Brave New World

Other Nominations

Aliens: Colonial Marines
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
SimCity
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
The Last of Us
Tomb Raider

 

Best Soundtrack — Contemporary / Alternative

Dead Rising 3

Led by Oleksa Lozowchuk, the ensemble soundtrack for Capcom Vancouver and Microsoft’s Dead Rising 3 proved to be diverse, gripping, and, above all, stylish. With thumping action themes, eerie ambient soundscapes, and diverse diegetic music, the soundtrack boasts both quantity and quality.

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Runners-Up

Resogun
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma

Other Nominations

99 Levels to Hell
Armored Core: Verdict Day
Dynasty Warriors 8
GRID 2
Payday 2
Ryu ga Gotoku 5
Samurai Gunn

 

Best Soundtrack — Retro / Remixed

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The score for Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds blended robust orchestrations of Koji Kondo’s legendary originals with fresh new compositions from relative newcomer Ryo Nagamatsu. It managed to delight A Link to the Past players and newcomers to the franchise alike.

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Runners-Up

DuckTales Remastered
Redux: Dark Matters

Other Nominations

Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
KRUNCH
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Super Mario 3D World
Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe
Surgeon Simulator 2013

 

Best Soundtrack — Indie / Casual Games

Guacamelee!

Rom Di Prisco and Peter Chapman created an instantly likeable soundtracks for Drinkbox Studios’ Guacamelee! The downloadable Metroidvania blends strong melodies, Mexican flavours, and electronica infusions to delightful effect.

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Runners-Up

Risk of Rain
Element4l / Valdis Story: Abyssal City (tie)

Other Nominations

Crimson Dragon: Side Story
Desktop Dungeons
Dragon Fantasy Book II
Ginga Force
Night of the Rabbit
Tiny Barbarian DX: The Serpent Lord

 

Best Soundtrack — Rhythm / Music Games

Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

Matthew Harwood and Disasterpeace’s chiptune-influenced soundtrack for the latest in Gaijin Games’ Bit.Trip titles is colourful and relaxing. Like all great rhythm game soundtracks, it is also splendidly integrated in the game, with every action the player takes influencing the musical composition. 

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Runners-Up

HarmoKnight
Deemo / Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 (tie)

Other Nominations

DJMax Technika Q
Dropchord
Gitadora
Maimai
Savant: Ascent
Soundodger+


About the Author

Chris Greening

Hello. A Brit currently living down under. Having recently completed my doctorate, I dedicate most of my time to researching how TB and related bacteria generate their energy. But I've also been working on websites related to game music since 2002. In that time, I have reviewed over a thousand albums and interviewed hundreds of musicians across the world. As the founder and webmaster of Game Music Online, I hope to build a cutting-edge, journalistic resource for all those soundtrack enthusiasts out there. In the process, I would love to further cultivate my passion for music, writing, and generally building things. Please enjoy the site and don't hesitate to get in contact if you're interested in writing anything yourself.



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