The International Film Music Critics Association announced the nominees for the annual IFMCA Awards, and there certainly are some interesting choices one of the nods for video games.
Among 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, along with Tequila Works’ RIME with its touching soundtrack by David García Díaz.
It’s certainly interesting to observe the IFMCA went quite heavy into the gaming ecosystem to find soundtracks in games that certainly aren’t what you’d predict mainstream. Valkyria Revolution (or Valkyria: Azure Revolution since it’s titled in Japan) has been certainly hit and miss in the gameplay section, but Yasunori Mitsuda doesn’wont miss a beat. It’s a pity that numerous missed his masterful score due to the game’s reception, plus it’s very nice to see him recognized.
Prepared at Dawn’s Deformers may have left behind the cinematic grandeur of The Order 1886, but the soundtrack from Austin Wintory certainly shows that a cartoony and comedic game could have an epic score.
Of the nominees are amazing choices, and to be honest, despite coming from an association that mainly concentrates on film, they put to shame most gaming-dedicated awards with how they managed to look far beyond the usual 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 this award will be announced on February 22nd.