- Oct 27, 2017
- Death Stranding - Ludvig did something magical here, I fell in love with DS's music and song choices from the game's debut.
- Devil May Cry 5
- Days Gone
- Bloodstained Ritual of the Night
As always, here’s an image I put together, illustrating my list:
- Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Masayoshi Soken, Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, Kenji Ito, Naoshi Mizuta, Masaharu Iwata, Hitoshi Sakimoto
The Copied Factory Final Boss Theme - simply the best track of the entire year, no contest
The Crystarium Theme #2 (Knowledge Never Sleeps)
Hades Theme (Who Brings Shadow/Invincible)
Shadowbringers - the second most badass song of the year after “Devil Trigger”
It simply can not be understated how superior this soundtrack is to all of the others in my list and overall in this year.
I’m not even joking, if it’s not on your list you should give it a listen, it will win you over.
- Kingdom Hearts III
Yoko Shimomura, Takeharu Ishimoto, Tsuyoshi Sekito
Dearly Beloved - seriously, this is THE BEST version of this track to date
Oscurita di Xehanort - talk about epic climactic finale!
Working Together - such jolly vibes
Scala Ad Caelum - the prettiest world in Kingdom Hearts history
In another year, this would’ve won. Unfortunately this soundtrack felt underutilized like FF XV’s.
Some tracks are just masterpieces while others are derivative, not the best soundtrack of the entire saga but
definitely one befitting the big finale of the trilogy.
- Death Stranding
Ludvig Forssell, Various Artists
The Face of Our New Hope
My thoughts: A wonderful soundtrack that somehow reminds me a lot of Deus Ex Machina.
I can see why it won at the VGAs, the licensed songs are good but the score is spectacular as well.
- Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Gunther Peninsula - 11/63
I honestly didn’t play this game and this was the biggest surprise for me when I started listening to the
soundtracks of this year’s games. Spectacular to say the least. Biggest surprise for me this year.
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Takeru Kanazaki, Hiroki Morishita, Rei Kondoh
Roar of Dominion (Rain)
A Funeral of Flowers (Rain)
Fodlan Winds (Rain)
Fire Emblem has always had mediocre music in my opinion but this is the first time it really shines.
It may not be the most original composition ever made, but it’s certainly a remarkable one. Huge props to the composers.
- Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & The Secret Hideout
Great Summer Adventure - this song alone is pure jolly vibes
Tower of Wood and Crystal
A very simplistic soundtrack that helps set the mood for the game. While it isn’t always jolly, the score helps you always
feel good and happy. Strongly recommend, it’s the feel good score of the year. This the Gravity Rush 2 of 2019, overlooked.
- Sayonara Wild Hearts
A game I’ve been wanting to play but haven’t had the time. Killer soundtrack, maybe if I had played through the game I would’ve
ranked this higher. But it was very enjoyable and I sometimes find myself listening to it casually.
- Astral Chain
Jena Anderson - Attack on Titan vibes!
I’ve never been a huge fan of Platinum Games’ scores, but this one really stands out to me. They really nail the aesthetic and
the action, you can picture what is happening on the screen by just listening to it. Although these types of scores with a lot of
electric guitars mixed with normal scores aren’t really my thing, I liked it.
- Katana Zero
LudoWic, Bill Kiley, Justin Stander
Breath Of A Serpent (Dragon) - this track is absolute fire.
My thoughts: awesome soundtrack for an fun game that makes you feel like a cool samurai in a cyberpunk game.
- Cadence of Hyrule
Danny Baranowski, Koji Kondo
Death Mountain (Combat) - awesome guitar riff
Composer may be kind of a douche, but the man’s got talent. He skillfully remixes and changes Koji Kondo’s tracks
into a very enjoyable result. Didn’t play this game nor do I intend to, but some of these tracks are bangers.
The stuff listed in the OP is just a selection. It has nothing to do with eligibility. I have to do a bit of adding to the archive and those will probably get on pretty soon.So I noticed two games that went under the radar this year (Later Alligator and A Short Hike) aren't listed in the OP. Would that mean if they aren't listed they can't contend unless someone like me lists the games and the Artists or would they still be eligible even if they're not listed? Just in case, Later Alligator's Soundtrack was composed by 2Mello and A Short Hike's was composed by Mark Sparling.
thanks for sharing this! Oh man, I wish I could edit mine now, that's totally my jam.
No problem, glad you like it! I have only completed a bit of one character’s story (~20 hours or so total game time).. I still have a lot of the game left to play. I bet there are even more beautiful songs beyond where I am. But even the bit that I’ve played has some gorgeous compositions.
Aw, no love for Legion Assault? That one's my personal favorite, at least out of the battle themes.Astral Chain - Possibly my most disappointing OST of the year still manages to not be on the bottom of the list. This isn't a bad OST or anything...actually, it's pretty good. But I was completely over the moon for the Satoshi Igarashi-led Transformers Devastation OST and expected similar feelings here. Unfortunately, the battle themes let me down the hardest, with several like Central City having their guitars take a less aggressive approach than I would have liked. Ark Mall is an example of something closer what I was looking for, where I feel like the music is "attacking" me more directly, or coming at me more, or however you want to put it. Anyway, there's some other great stuff here like Task Force Neuron and Kyle's theme. I just wish I liked most of the regular combat themes more.
There's some good stuff in there. Legion Assault, the first Jena Anderson theme, Dark Hero, etc. I just went through large chunks of the game where the combat music didn't really stick out to me and that was super disappointing when I was expecting another Transformers Devastation.
I would've put DMC5 in my own post but I feel a big knock against it is that the mix is kinda amateur hour. The only tracks I distinctly remember from my first playthrough were the vocal themes (because I'd already heard them) but stuff like the various boss themes never registered to me, they drown out in the game audio cacophony and a lot of instrumentation just lacks bite (compare game play of Metal Gear Rising's final boss to Devil May Cry 5's Cavaliere Angelo to illustrate what I mean - one is always discernible even when utter chaos is on the screen while the other, to put it nicely, isn't). Much of the music itself is alright but the game left a negative impression on me with the way it handles music.
Oh, shit. There's a name I didn't think I'd ever hear again.