Annual Game Music Awards 2015 – Scores of the Year

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We are pleased to present the winners in the ‘Scores of the Year’ category of the Annual Game Music Awards 2015. 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 Score — Traditional / Acoustic

The Great Ace Attorney

The score to Dai Gyakuten Saiban, or The Great Ace Attorney, exceeded already high expectations for the Ace Attorney series. Yasumasa Kitagawa and Hiromitsu Maeba worked together to create a streamlined but varied score with high-quality instrumentation and engaging melodies. 

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Runners-Up

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

Other Nominations

Grim Fandango Remastered
Nuclear Throne
Runbow
Shadowrun: Hong Kong
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

 

Best Score — Orchestral / Cinematic

Ori and the Blind Forest

For Ori and the Blind Forest, Gareth Coker created a score as magical as the acclaimed game itself. Elegant, melodious, and ethereal, his orchestral compositions elevate the heartfelt adventure of Ori in the breathtaking landscape of Nibel into a truly emotional experience for the players.

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Runners-Up

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Bloodborne

Other Nominations

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
Cities: Skylines
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
The Order: 1886
Xenoblade Chronicles X

 

Best Score — Rock / Electronic

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Bold, evocative, and sprawling with creativity, Hotline Miami 2 succeeds in the daunting task of improving upon its predecessor’s already fantastic soundtrack. Crafted by a large team of indie artists with superb electronic production values, nearly every moment of Hotline Miami 2’s 3+ hour score is exceptional.

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Runners-Up

Splatoon
Codename: S.T.E.A.M.

Other Nominations

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Axiom Verge
N++
There Came An Echo
Yakuza Zero

 

Best Score — Chiptune / Retro

Undertale

Undertale was 2015’s biggest gaming surprise and its incredible soundtrack was no small part of its greatness. An epic collection of gorgeously composed chiptune masterworks, newcomer Toby Fox has created a sublime auditory experience which proves as powerful on its own as in the game it was made for.

undertale

Runners-Up

Chroma Squad
Super Mario Maker

Other Nominations

Box Boy!
Castle in the Darkness
Horizon Chase
Super Galaxy Squadron
Touhou Kanjuden: Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom

 

Best Score — Rhythm / Music Game

Persona 4: Dancing All Night

The unique pop compositions of Persona 4 make a great basis for Dancing All Night and give the score a distinct voice above other rhythm games. Memorable and catchy themes, mixed with a great and varied list of remixers, turned out to be a winning combination.

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Runners-Up

Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure
Theatrhythm: Dragon Quest

Other Nominations

beatmania IIDX 22 PENDUAL
Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san
IA/VT Colorful
Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus
Superbeat: XONiC

 

Best Score — Western Localisation

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2: The Fafnir Knight

Yuzo Koshiro and Takeshi Yanagawa’s re-imagining of the Etrian Odyssey 2 soundtrack breathes new life into the revered originals. The new music for the game’s story mode, featured in both FM and live performance varieties, marries the styles heard in both Etrian Odyssey 2 and Etrian Odyssey 3 with great success.

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Runners-Up

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Other Nominations

Corpse Party: Blood Drive
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines
Strania: The Stella Machine
The Legend of Legacy
Yakuza 5

Winner descriptions by Oliver Jia, Emily McMillan, KT Wong, Christopher Huynh, and Don Kotowski. 

Posted on February 13, 2016 by Chris Greening. Last modified on February 13, 2016.


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Chris Greening

I've contributed to websites related to game audio since 2002. In this time, I've reviewed over a thousand albums and interviewed hundreds of musicians across the world. As the founder and webmaster of VGMO -Video Game Music Online-, I hope to create 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 say hello!



One Response to Annual Game Music Awards 2015 – Scores of the Year

  1. Jordan says:

    Hey Chris. First off great choices for the year, really solid soundtracks all around. Second, back in November of 2014 you interviewed Keiki Kobayashi, music director for the Ace combat series. I’m looking to contact Mr. Kobayashi, and I am wondering if he spoke or read any english, or if the interview had to be conducted in Japanese. Thanks a lot Chris, and keep doing what you’re doing.

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