Bronze: The Banner Saga by Stoic Game with the Soundtrack by Austin Wintory
Austin Wintory has created one of the best soundtracks alongside one of the best games of last generation with the release of the spectacular Journey. And while The Banner Saga doesn't really compare to the wonderful Journey, it's surprising to say that Austin Wintory's score in The Banner Saga is most definitely his best yet. While the winter fantasy theme has been beaten to death at this point thanks to Skyrim, Wintory is able to traverse new territory, channeling The Banner Saga's grim narrative into a forlorn, depressingly bleak fantasy score filled with the voices and hymns of the doomed souls in the world of The Banner Saga. Without Austin Wintory's magnificent score, The Banner Saga's darkly unique atmosphere wouldn't be as well-realized as it stands today, and that easily makes it one of the best soundtracks of this year.
by Isaac Wagner
Silver: Nidhogg by Messhof with the Soundtrack by Daedelus
Nidhogg is a really cool game. I didn't stick with it too long after the review process because I didn't have anyone to play it with, but the one thing that really stuck with me was the game's great soundtrack. It's a bizarre electronic soundtrack composed by renowned producer Daedalus. I am not familiar with his work but after hearing the work he provided for Nidhogg, I might actually check out his back catalogue sometime. Nidhogg only has four music tracks, one for each of the game's environments and each of these tracks really helps with the game's sense of place and atmosphere. Sounds like a weird thing to say about a game about two 2D swordsmen trying to battle each other, but it's true. The clouds level is a highlight because of it's chilling tranquil nature but there are other tracks that are much faster and intense, which fits with the gameplay exactly. It's a weird, varied soundtrack but it fits the action of Nidhogg like a glove and Nidhogg would be half a game without it.
by Ross Hartley
Gold: The Wolf Among Us by Telltale Games with the Soundtrack by Jared Emerson-Johnson
Of course this soundtrack won, look at our beautiful pink and cyan website and you can see that neon noir, darkly lambent 80s atmospheres and worlds and music really strikes a cord with us, and The Wolf Among Us realizes this perfectly. The vividly realized neon noir art style is incredibly well designed and does a great job in bringing the world to life. But that soundtrack, though! As soon as that theme song hits, I immediately fell in love with The Wolf Among Us. Jared Emerson-Johnson has scored the vast majority of Telltale's games, but honest I can't remember most of his work even though I've played all of Telltale's modern titles. The Wolf Among Us is by far his most successful soundtrack, and perfectly completes this sleazy, synth-filled world that I desperately hope continues on in a season 2.
by Isaac Wagner