Game of the Year 2017 Awards – Best Music or Score

COGconnected’s Best of 2017 Awards – Best Music or Score

While it may be overlooked more than we would like to admit, the music or score that accompanies a game can be instrumental in the experience. There is more too it than simply having some audio to create background noise; some games are able to incite a wide range of emotions entirely based on the audio alone. I don’t know anybody who played Final Fantasy 7 on the original PlayStation and doesn’t now feel their heart sink to hear those first few keys of Aerith’s Song.

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Luckily for us, this year’s nominee’s for the best music or score are a lot more uplifting. While they may reach a far wider range of music genres, the scores for these games fill us with a happy heart, a tapping toe, and an itchy trigger-finger. Cuphead and Super Mario Odyssey have fantastically jazzy themes – with New Donk City in particular – and the sprawling soundtrack of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is somehow calming, mysterious, and invigorating all in one. Persona 5 and Ruiner each deliver a higher tempo experience but with seriously different tones, as Horizon Zero Dawn and Nier Automata both feed into their truly epic stories. Rounding it out is indie title Nidhogg 2 with a style all of its own, a feature that makes the game stand out in the mind of games.

These are all games that delivered on overwhelming soundtracks, yet each handled them in an entirely different way. Check out our video below to see who received the award for Best Music or Score.

So there you have it. What did you think of our top three picks for the best music or score? Is there a different game you think should have been nominated? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or the Comments section below, and be sure to stay tuned for more of COGconnected’s 2017 Awards including Members Only, Finish Him!, and the Worst Game of the Year.