Our Game Soundtrack of the Year 2012 is Journey by Austin Wintory. This beautiful orchestral soundtrack is at times tense, dramatic and thrilling while managing to convey a range of emotion through its subtlety and delicacy. It has such an integral part in what made Journey an unforgettable experience for so many that it seems neither the game nor the soundtrack could properly exist without the other.
Journey was perhaps an obvious choice. We’ve been championing it since the game’s release in the early springtime and we’re not the only ones. Amid so much critical acclaim, Journey has recently become the first game soundtrack ever to have the honour of a Grammy nomination.
It wasn’t a runaway winner though, as part of the voting process we considered a range of soundtracks – both original scores and compilations. The only criteria for nomination was that the soundtrack featured in a game that was released in 2012.
The wonderful music from Mass Effect 3 wasn’t too far behind in second place. That’s hardly a surprise, Clint Mansell’s (Requiem for a Dream) involvement alone almost guarantees quality but several composers also returned from their work on Mass Effect 2 DLC to complete the third game in the series’ dramatic score.
Third place went to Halo 4, with a musical score by Neil Davidge (Massive Attack).
Here’s our top five represented as a bar chart.
And here’s the final ranking of every game soundtrack which received at least one vote.
- Mass Effect 3
- Halo 4
- Sound Shapes
- Asura’s Wrath
- Super Hexagon
- Max Payne 3
- Rayman Origins (Vita)
- Metal Gear Solid HD
- Kindgoms of Amalur: Reckoning