Even the International Film Music Critics Association announced that the nominees for the yearly IFMCA awards, and there certainly are a few interesting choices among the nods for video games.
It’s certainly interesting to learn the IFMCA went very deep into the gaming ecosystem to find soundtracks in games that certainly aren’t exactly what you call mainstream. Valkyria Revolution (or Valkyria: Azure Revolution as it’s titled in Japan) was certainly hit and miss in the gameplay department, but Yasunori Mitsuda doesn’wont miss a beat. It’s a pity that several missed on his masterful score due to the game’s reception, plus it’s nice to see him recognized.
Ready at Dawn’s Deformers might have left behind the cinematic grandeur of The Order 1886, however, the soundtrack from Austin Wintory certainly demonstrates that a cartoony and comedic game can have an epic score.
The nominees are great choices, and to be perfectly honest, despite coming from an association that mainly concentrates on film, they put to shame many gaming-dedicated awards with how they were able to look far beyond the typical mainstream choices. They even included a game which I did not know in any way, and I won’t admit which one it is since I’m ashamed of it today.
Winners of the award will be declared on February 22nd.