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Annual Game Music Awards 2011 :: Best Score Winners

SEMO is proud to present the winners of the 'best score' 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.


Best Score — Japan :: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword continued series' tradition with its large, adaptive, and highly thematic score. Yet the music often exceeded its predecessors with its rich stylings and immersive orchestrations — thanks to the creativity and experience of leads Hajime Wakai and Mahito Yokota.


Final Fantasy Type-0 Dark Souls

Other Nominations

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Earth Seeker
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Maelstrom
Nora and the Engraving Studio
The Last Story


Best Score — Western :: inFamous 2

inFamous 2's music team, led by Jonathan Mayer and Jim Dooley, concocted an intoxicating mixture of timbres, colours, and styles that was truly genre-defying and mesmerising. The title managed to hold it all together through its edgy, gritty nature and an outstanding recording and mixing effort.


Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Dead Space 2

Other Nominations

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Crysis 2
Might & Magic Heroes VI
Mortal Kombat
Shogun II: Total War
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Best Score — Contemporary / Alternative :: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Michael McCann extensively explored the concept of 'transhumanism' with his score for Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Headlined by an incredible main theme, the score portrayed the game's future-noir world in a deep and subtle manner with hybrids of electronic, acoustic, and vocal elements.


Portal 2 Child of Eden

Other Nominations

Black Rock Shooter: The Game
Dangan Ronpa
L.A. Noire
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact
Patapon 3
Shadows of the Damned
Tekken Tag Tournament 2


Best Score — Retro / Remixed :: Hard Corps: Uprising

Having a wide-spanning involvement in Hard Corps: Uprising, Daisuke Ishiwatari created music that complemented the title's action-packed gameplay and his own illustrations. What's more, while still denied an album release, the music greatly entertained gamers with its hard rock arrangements and originals.


Sonic Generations Super Mario 3D Land

Other Nominations

Bejeweled 3
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
de Blob 2
Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy
Kirby's Return to Dreamland
Rayman Origins
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3


Best Score — Independent :: Bloodrayne: Betrayal

By combining exuberant gothic stylings with powerful melodies, WayForward Technology's Jake Kaufman dazzled listeners with Bloodrayne: Betrayal's exuberantly produced orchestral score. In fact, he even went a step further by offering an authentic chiptune version reminiscent of Castlevania.


To the Moon Ctulhu Saves the World

Other Nominations

Alpha Squad
Fusion: Genesis
Irotoridori no Sekai
PixelJunk Shooter 2
Sword & Sworcery