Annual Game Music Awards 2012: Best Score Winners

We are proud to present the winners of the Annual Game Music Awards 2012. These panel-voted officially recognised awards provide a thorough and wide-reaching recognition of achievement in game music over the last year.


Best Score — Eastern :: Kid Icarus: Uprising

Spirited, diverse, and detailed, the score for Nintendo's Kid Icarus: Uprising blends bold new orchestrations with tributes to the franchise's 8-bit roots. The best of several outstanding 3DS productions released this year, and an example of an ensemble score done right.


Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Rhythm Thief & The Emperor's Treasure

Other Nominations

Ciel Nosurge
Etrian Odyssey IV
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Ragnarok Odyssey
Resident Evil: Revelations
SoulCalibur V


Best Score — Western :: Journey

Whether appreciated in-game or on-disc, Journey is a wondrous aural experience that ascends to the realm of the spiritual and mystical. Austin Wintory's much-decorated soundtrack is a major artistic breakthrough for game music.


Torchlight II Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Other Nominations

Borderlands 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Double Dragon: Neon
Hitman: Absolution
Mass Effect 3
Skylanders: Giants


Best Score — Orchestral / Cinematic :: Torchlight II

The dynamic, sprawling music of Runic Games' Torchlight II constantly offers new combinations of timbres and moods, yet remains focused and well-integrated. One of the best fantasy soundtracks in years, and the culmination of Matt Uelmen's work to date.


World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Other Nominations

Blade & Soul
Darksiders II
Kinect: Star Wars
Of Orcs and Men
Resident Evil 6
SoulCalibur V
The Secret World


Best Score — Contemporary / Alternative :: Armored Core V

The soundtrack for From Software's Armored Core V is filled with eclectic sounds and audacious experiments. Clearly not constrained by convention, Kota Hoshino's mechanised hybrids sound unlikely on paper, but are wonderful in execution.


Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward Touch My Katamari

Other Nominations

Anarchy Reigns
Binary Domain
Dead or Alive V
Max Payne 3
Painkiller: Hell & Redemption
Tekken Tag Tournament 2


Best Score — Retro / Remixed :: Retro City Rampage

The soundtrack for Retro City Rampage, just like the game itself, is an entertaining, fun homage to NES action favourites. Jake Kaufman, Matt Creamer, and Leonard Paul all impress with their stylistic versatility and virtuosic handling of NES hardware.


Kale in Dinoland Nintendo Land

Other Nominations

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
Mighty Switch Force!
Oracle III
SEGA & All-Stars Racing: Transformed
Spy Hunter
Ys: Foliage Ocean in Celceta


Best Score — Independent :: Dust: An Elysian Tail

Dust: An Elysian Tail boasts an imaginative soundtrack from Northern Ireland's HyperDuck Soundworks and guest contributor Alexander Brandon. Despite its vast scope and eclectic approaches, the entire soundtrack has a very warm, personal centre.


Oh! Samurai Girls! S Azkend 2

Other Nominations

Chaos Code
Face Noir
Retro / Grade


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