The 2011 Grimmys: Soundtrack of the Year

The Grimmys

A wise man once said, “It’s about the music!” Well, with video games, most of the time it isn’t. Most soundtracks go unnoticed, but the exceptional ones allow us to continue our journey while simultaneously melting our faces.

The Nominees

Grimmy WinnerBastion (Darren Korb) – The world of Bastion is being built right before your eyes, and Darren Korb’s soundtrack is always evolving. It doesn’t hurt that a few of the more pivotal tunes get stuck in your head along the way.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Jeremy Soule) – Anything less than epic would not do for music of Skyrim. Jeremy Soule rose to the occasion and delivered some of the most powerful music of the year while giving soundtrack owners a means to escape to frozen battles with dragons by just hitting a play button.

The Binding of Isaac (Danny Baranowsky) – dannyB takes us to hell and back as Isaac is faced with all sorts of decrepit minions of Mom. The hopelessness, horror, and ambience of the constantly changing caverns are only increased by this haunting score.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Michael McCann) – Cyberpunk probably needed a bit of a break, but Adam Jensen’s adventure wouldn’t have felt near as authentic if it weren’t for the fitting soundtrack. McCann focused on Deus Ex’s struggle between nature and technology by utilizing both acoustic and electronic instruments.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – What’s so special about another Zelda soundtrack? Aside from the new tunes offered up in Skyward Sword, the subtle use of recurring and familiar themes and the outright remixing of old favorites make this soundtrack feel both completely new and like an old friend.

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