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Annual Game Music Awards of 2010 :: Best Score Winners

In collaboration with our partners GameMusic.net, SEMO is proud to present the winners of the 'best score' category in the Annual Game Music Awards 2010. These panel-voted officially recognised awards provide a thorough and wide-reaching recognition of achievement in game music over the last year. Congratulations to all winners, runners-up, and nominees.

  

Best Score — Japan :: Nier

The portrayal of the desolate world of Nier by Keiichi Okabe's Monaca was both unique in its concept — with its focus on experimental vocal pieces rather than instrumental scores — and beautiful in its execution.


Runner-Up

Final Fantasy XIII


Other Nominations

Atelier Totori
God Eater
Last Ranker
Metroid: Other M
Sengoku Basara 3
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
Xenoblade

  

Best Score — North America :: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Led by Russell Brower, this long-anticipated score portrayed the rich universe of StarCraft II in a convincing and memorable manner while building upon existing cinematic conventions and featuring top-end production values.


Runner-Up

Civilization V


Other Nominations

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Dante's Inferno
Dark Void
Epic Mickey
Lost Planet 2
Halo: Reach
Medal of Honor
Splinter Cell: Conviction

  

Best Score — Europe :: Alan Wake

Breaking composer Petri Alanko's expansive score for the critically acclaimed Alan Wake captured the hearts of gamers and stand-alone listeners alike with its intimate orchestrations and psychological explorations.


Runner-Up

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow


Other Nominations

Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer
Arcania: Gothic 4
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Fable III
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
James Bond 007: Blood Stone
Mafia II
Two Worlds II

  

Best Score — Contemporary / Alternative :: No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

Blending tracks from Grasshopper Manufacture's internal team with those of various alternative artists, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle features a superbly produced score filled with style, attitude, and charisma.


Runner-Up

Vanquish


Other Nominations

Crackdown 2
Dead Rising 2
Gran Turismo 5
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
Red Dead Redemption
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype
The King of Fighters XIII
Yakuza 4

  

Best Score — Retro / Remixed :: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

By combining memorable new compositions with cheeky nods to various classics, chiptune punk rock band Anamanaguchi certainly offered an entertaining official score for this surprisingly good video game adaptation.


Runner-Up

Mega Man 10


Other Nominations

Akai Katana
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Pokemon Black & White
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Sonic the Hedgehog 4
ZombieSmash!