Picking the Best Original Soundtrack is, to my mind, one of the more difficult awards to decide upon in our Game of the Year awards. Picking the narrative that affected me the most, the game that looks the best or even plays the best feels relatively simple by comparison, when soundtracks can feed into all the other aspects of a game, amplifying an aesthetic, underscoring dramatic moments, ratcheting up the tension of a particularly tense boss fight.
As you’d expect, our 2020 winner and two runners up come from rather different genres, accompany very different games and try to convey very different emotions and events.
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The Game Bakers’ sophomore title was a dramatic shift in game genre, jumping from the intense bullet hell boss rush of Furi to a laid back world exploring RPG all about the blossoming relationship of a young couple. Composer Danger goes from being one of an ensemble to the sole artists for Haven.
Citing Franco-Japanese animations like Ulysses 31 and The Mysterious Cities of Gold as inspiration, Danger filled it with an energetic sense of adventure, still featuring plenty of bass and exploration of electronic synthwave sounds, but now using it to compliment the exploration of the Haven’s broken islets, the drama of battling Rust-addled animals, and chilled moments as Yu and Kay simply relax and bond in the