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Annual Game Music Awards 2011 :: Outstanding Audio Winners

SEMO is proud to present the winners of the 'best audio' category of the Annual Game Music Awards 2011. These panel-voted officially recognised awards provide a thorough and wide-reaching recognition of achievement in game music over the last year.


Outstanding Achievement - Main Theme :: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Rebirth

Keiki Kobayashi proved himself once again with this incredible opening theme. With heroic militaristic melodies from the Northwest Sinfonia and brooding Arabian performances from the Yuval Ron Ensemble, the clash of styles culminated with a mammoth build-up at the climax of the theme.


The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Ballad of the Goddess
Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Icarus
Final Fantasy IV Complete Collection - Opening Theme

Other Nominations

Batman: Arkham City - Arkham City Main Theme
Darkspore - Darkspore Theme
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Maelstrom - Theme of El Shaddai
Killzone 3 - And Ever We Fight On
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs - Theme from SOCOM 4
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Main Theme


Outstanding Achievement - Vocal Theme :: Disgaea 4 - Golden Memories

While Tenpei Sato has a long-standing reputation for creating vocal themes, Disgaea 4's "Golden Memories" is one of his very best. The vast vocal melody — gorgeously performed by Sarah Àlainn — brought so much to this lushly orchestrated ballad.


inFamous 2 - Fade Away
Atelier Meruru - Cadena
Portal 2 - Want You Gone

Other Nominations

Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
Chaos Rings Omega - Chaos Rings Omega
Devil Survivor 2 - World of Illusions
Homefront - Stand Your Ground
Senritsu no Stratus - Eternal Blue
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure - Skylanders Main Theme


Outstanding Achievement - Licensed Music :: LittleBigPlanet 2

LittleBigPlanet 2's weird and wonderful levels were enhanced with an eclectic selection of original and licensed music. On the licensed side, it was amazing how selections from artists as diverse as Shostakovich, Nightwish, and Squarepusher all found a memorable place in the game.


Driver: San Francisco Rocksmith

Other Nominations

Dance Central 2
Deepak Chopra's Leela: body.mind.spirit.play
Gran Turismo 5
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Michael Jackson: The Experience
Saints Row: The Third


Outstanding Achievement - Sound Design :: Battlefield 3

The Battlefield series has always placed more emphasis on sound design than music, and Battlefield 3 was no exception. Stefan Strandberg's team blended futuristic yet gritty ambient soundscapes with the sheer force of bullets and engines to incredible effect.


Dead Space 2 Dark Souls

Other Nominations

Dead Island
Forza Motorsport 4
From Dust
Resistance 3
Shadows of the Damned
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3


Outstanding Achievement - Voice Dialogue :: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Naughty Dog's Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception got everything right in the audio department this year and the voice dialogue was no exception. Charmingly scripted, convincingly performed, and excellently integrated, the dialogue immersed gamers into Drake's latest adventure.


Catherine Portal 2

Other Nominations

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy
Dragon Age II
L.A. Noire