THE Grammys have included a new category to honour video game soundtracks, but the nominees aren’t what you’d expect.
There are many games that have been hailed for their music, with many people listening to their soundtracks in lieu of the usual pop stars’ albums.
Breath of the Wild was praised for its music.
From the whimsical such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s soundtrack, to the heavy metal soundtrack that accompanied Doom 2016.
In particular, indie games have been known for their music, with Undertale, Cuphead, and Celeste being standout favourites with fans.
However, the games chosen for this category have been considered strange by gamers.
Instead of these popular favourites, a number of mainline games and series have been chosen, despite lacklustre music.
The five soundtracks nominated are:
- Aliens: Fireteam Elite
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök
- Call of Duty: Vanguard
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
- Old World
Most of these games were not released this year, and were not lauded for their soundtracks when they were.
This year alone has produced a number of excellent soundtracks such as Bayonetta 3, Stray, and Tunic.
Gaming’s version of The Oscars, known as The Game Awards, included five very different games in its list for best soundtrack.
This list is as follows:
- A Plague Tale: Requiem
- Elden Ring
- God of War Ragnarök
- Metal: Hellsinger
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Metal: Hellsinger is an indie rhythm shooter that was particularly praised for its metal soundtrack.
Despite these odd choices, it’s still a step forward for gaming music, as the last time a game was honoured at The Grammys was Journey in 2013.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.