Annual Game Music Awards 2011: Best Score Winners


We are proud to present the winners of the Annual Game Music Awards 2011. These panel-voted officially recognised awards provide a thorough and wide-reaching recognition of achievement in game music over the last year.

  

Best Score — Japan :: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword continued series' tradition with its large, adaptive, and highly thematic score. Yet the music often exceeded its predecessors with its rich stylings and immersive orchestrations — thanks to the creativity and experience of leads Hajime Wakai and Mahito Yokota.


Runners-Up

Final Fantasy Type-0 Dark Souls

Other Nominations

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Earth Seeker
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Maelstrom
Nora and the Engraving Studio
Rewrite
The Last Story
 

  

Best Score — Western :: inFamous 2

inFamous 2's music team, led by Jonathan Mayer and Jim Dooley, concocted an intoxicating mixture of timbres, colours, and styles that was truly genre-defying and mesmerising. The title managed to hold it all together through its edgy, gritty nature and an outstanding recording and mixing effort.


Runners-Up

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Dead Space 2

Other Nominations

 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Crysis 2
Might & Magic Heroes VI
Mortal Kombat
Shogun II: Total War
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
 

  

Best Score — Contemporary / Alternative :: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Michael McCann extensively explored the concept of 'transhumanism' with his score for Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Headlined by an incredible main theme, the score portrayed the game's future-noir world in a deep and subtle manner with hybrids of electronic, acoustic, and vocal elements.


Runners-Up

Portal 2 Child of Eden

Other Nominations

Black Rock Shooter: The Game
Dangan Ronpa
L.A. Noire
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact
Patapon 3
Shadows of the Damned
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
 

  

Best Score — Retro / Remixed :: Hard Corps: Uprising

Having a wide-spanning involvement in Hard Corps: Uprising, Daisuke Ishiwatari created music that complemented the title's action-packed gameplay and his own illustrations. What's more, while still denied an album release, the music greatly entertained gamers with its hard rock arrangements and originals.


Runners-Up

Sonic Generations Super Mario 3D Land

Other Nominations

Bejeweled 3
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
de Blob 2
Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy
Kirby's Return to Dreamland
Rayman Origins
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
 

  

Best Score — Independent :: Bloodrayne: Betrayal

By combining exuberant gothic stylings with powerful melodies, WayForward Technology's Jake Kaufman dazzled listeners with Bloodrayne: Betrayal's exuberantly produced orchestral score. In fact, he even went a step further by offering an authentic chiptune version reminiscent of Castlevania.


Runners-Up

To the Moon Ctulhu Saves the World

Other Nominations

Alpha Squad
Eschatos
Fusion: Genesis
Irotoridori no Sekai
PixelJunk Shooter 2
Spacechem
Sword & Sworcery
 

  






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