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Original Game Score of the Year Awards

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Welcome to our 2018 Original Game Score of the Year Awards.  This year, we reviewed over 120 Video Game Soundtracks and listed below you'll find the five nominees we've selected, as well as our winner for this year. If you're new to our website and unfamiliar with our awards, we create annual videos showcasing a sample of at least five tracks from our selected nominees. Included in our videos are related game clips, proper track titles, composers, release date and the title of the video game the music was written for on an overlay. It takes a lot of time to properly research, review and compare these soundtracks. Our criteria is that the soundtracks must be original compositions and not a remix or rearrangement of any type. The soundtracks must also have a release date between October 2017 and October 2018—this gives us time to complete the long editing process by January. We hope every year to give video game music, it's composers, vocalists and musicians, the recognition they deserve.

This year, we've added the categories of Orchestral and Instrumental Track of the Year in addition to Vocal Track of the Year, Electronic Track of the Year and Rock Track of the Year we included in 2017. As we've stated last year, we wanted to find a way to honor some of the tracks that may not have made it into our selection for Original Game Score of the Year but stand out among their own genre. We created a video for each category following the same creation process as our Original Game Score of the Year video: sample of the chosen tracks, display video clips from the featured video game, place proper credits on the overlays, and the winner is revealed at the end of the video. If you wish to simply see our nominees and winners, scroll-down beneath each video to find them. The video game world is brimming with stand-out music each year and we hope we were able to encapsulate the best of it here on our site. We hope you enjoy our Awards and we'll see you next year!

Nominees

Octopath Traveler

Composed by: Yasunori Nishiki.

Release date: July 13, 2018.

This is the Police 2

Composed by: Ben Matthews & Kevin Penkin.

Release date: August 1, 2018.

God of War

Composed by: Bear McCreary.

Release date: April 20, 2018.

Xenoblade Chronicles

Composed by: Yasunori Mitsuda, ACE (TOMOri Kudo, CHiCO), Kenji Hiramatsu & Manami Kiyota.

Release date: May 23, 2018.

Frostpunk

Composed by: Piotr Musiał.

Release date: October 18, 2018.

Winner

Original Game Score of the Year

 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Yasunori Mitsuda, ACE (TOMOri Kudo, CHiCO), Kenji Hiramatsu & Manami Kiyota.

Electronic Track of the Year

Nominees

FROZEN SYNAPSE 2 - Contact

Composed by: nervous_testpilot.

Release date: September 14, 2018.

Celeste - Resurrections

Composed by: Lena Raine.

Release date: January 25, 2018.

OCTOGEDDON - Eiffel Scuffle (Paris City)

Composed by: Big Giant Circles & George Fan.

Release date:February 8, 2018.

WANGAN MIDNIGHT MAXIMUM TUNE 6 - Driving Instinct

Composed by: Yuzo Koshiro.

Release date: October 31, 2018.

GANG BEASTS - Incinerator Sonata

Composed by: doseone & Bob Larder.

Release date: December 12, 2017.

Winner

Electronic Track of the Year

 

Celeste - Resurrections

Lena Raine

Vocal Track of the Year

Nominees

Seers Isle - Seers Isle (Title Song)

Composed by: Christelle Canot.

Vocals: Christelle Canot.

Release date: September 18, 2018.

FORZA HORIZON 4 -Wading Through the Crowds

Composed by: Makoto.

Vocals: Karina Ramage.

Release date: October 26, 2018.

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine - Heavy Hand

Composed by: Ryan Ike.

Vocals: Joshua Du Chene & May Claire La Plante.

Release date: February 28, 2018.

FROZEN SYNAPSE 2 - My Killer

Composed by: nervous_testpilot.

Release date: September 14, 2018.

MOSS - Home To Me (feat. Maluka)

Composed by: Jason Graves.

Vocals: Maluka.

Release date: August 3, 2018.

Winner

Vocal Track of the Year

 

MOSS - Home To Me (feat. Maluka)

Jason Graves

Rock Track of the Year

Nominees

Yakuza 6: Songs of Life - Body and Soul

Composed by: ZENTA.

Release date: August 24, 2018.

Dragonball FighterZ - Wasteland Stage

Composed by: Toshiyuki Kishi, Hiromi Mizutani, Kenkji Katoh & Reno.

                Release date: January 26, 2018.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - Exploration

Composed by: ACE.

Release date:  May 23, 2018.

PAWARUMI - The Invader

Composed by: Gregory Desmurs.

Release date: January 30, 2018.

FINAL FANTASY XV: EPISODE GLADIOLUS - The Trails of the Shield

Composed by: Tetsuya Shibata.

Release date: March 21, 2018.

Winner

Rock Track of the Year

 

Dragonball FighterZ - Wasteland

Toshiyuki Kishi, Hiromi Mizutani, Kenkji Katoh & Reno

Instrumental Track of the Year

Nominees

Valkyria Chronicles 4 - A Moment of Quiet

Composed by: Hitoshi Sakimoto.

Release date: March 21, 2018.

FAR: Lone Sails - Coloured Engine

Composed by: Joel Schoch.

                Release date: May 17, 2018.

A WAY OUT - A WAY OUT

Composed by: Gustaf Grefburg & Sam Hulick.

Release date:  March 23, 2018.

Pato Box - Qualm

Composed by: Controvol.

Release date: March 16, 2018.

State of Decay 2 - New Prospects

Composed by: Jesper Kyd.

Release date: May 15, 2018.

Winner

Instrumental Track of the Year

 

FAR: Lone Sails - Coloured Engine

Joel Schoch

Orchestral Track of the Year

Nominees

MARVEL SPIDER-MAN - The Golden Age

Composed by: John Paesano.

Release date: September 21, 2018.

God of War - God of War

Composed by: Bear McCreary.

Release date: April 20, 2018.

Ni No Kuni II - The Boundless Skies

Composed by: Joe Hisaishi.

Release date: June 6, 2018.

Frostpunk - The City Must Survive

Composed by: Piotr Musiał.

Release date: October 18, 2018.

FINAL FANTASY XV:EPISODE IGNIS - Becoming the Fire

Composed by: Yasunori Mitsuda & Tadayoshi Makino.

Release date: March 21, 2018.

Winner

Orchestral Track of the Year

 

God of War - God of War

Bear McCreary