Even the International Film Music Critics Association declared the nominees for its yearly IFMCA Awards, and there certainly are a few interesting choices one of the nods for video games.
One of the nominees for “Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media” are Sega’s Valkyria Revolution and its soundtrack by legendary Xenogears maestro Yasunori Mitsuda, Ready at Dawn’s Deformers by Austin Wintory, The Farm 51’s Get Even and its score by Olivier Deriviére, Exploding Tuba Studios’ Divide by Chris Tilton, and Tequila Works’ RIME with its touching soundtrack by David García Díaz.
It’s certainly interesting to determine the IFMCA went very heavy into the gaming ecosystem to find soundtracks in games which certainly aren’t exactly what you’d telephone mainstream. Valkyria Revolution (or Valkyria: Azure Revolution since it’therefore titled in Japan) has been certainly hit and miss in the gameplay section, however Yasunori Mitsuda doesn’t miss a beat. It’s a pity that many missed on his paychecks as a result of game’s reception, plus it’s nice to see him recognized.
Prepared at Dawn’s Deformers may have left behind the cinematic grandeur of The Order 1886, but the soundtrack by Austin Wintory certainly indicates that a cartoony and comedic game could have an epic score.
The nominees are great choices, and to be absolutely honest, despite coming from an association that mainly focuses on film, they put to shame many gaming-dedicated awards with the way they managed to look much beyond the mainstream choices. They included a game which I did not know at all, and I won’t admit which one it is since I’m ashamed of it today.
Winners of the award will be announced on February 22nd.