As much as I love video games, the time difference between the premiere of The Game Awards this year and my time zone was a bit too much for me to handle. So if you’re like me, and you’re using your day to catch up on all the news from the show, lend an ear and enjoy the music showcased last night.
Who won Best Score?
As a massive Square Enix fan myself, this doesn’t come as a surprise but it is still incredibly thrilling to see. Year upon year the composers the publishing powerhouse entrust with their games’ scores blow our expectations out of the water. And this year was no different. Congratulations to Mr Kawamori and the team!
A western K/DA?
I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t surprised when I saw this performance. The animation done for it is absolutely beautifully executed, and the visuals all-round are wonderful… But the song is pretty lackluster. It’s kind of like K/DA’s new song “I’ll Show You“, which has all the components for a great experience but the song itself is just very vanilla.
Experience OFK’s debut for yourself, and be the judge.
A Persona palate cleanser
Honestly, whenever good video game music gets mentioned at any point in time the Persona fans crawl out of the woodwork like you slapped down a summoning circle. So please enjoy, and appease these relentless Persona preachers all in one go.
Jam-out with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder
So The Last Of Us II won Game of the Year. Raise your hand if you’re surprised by this bit of “news”. Yeah, no, me neither. A beautifully built game, with a soundtrack that matches it perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for more, but the organisers at TGA decided to spoil us with a wonderful performance of Future Days by Eddie Vedder.
Fast forward through time
It’s been 35 years since Super Mario Bros. hit our chunky living-room CRT screens. Thirty-five! That’s old enough to have a child well established in the schooling system. That’s unbelievable! But not as unbelievable as how absolutely iconic the music from the series has become. If you were a fan of the heroic plumber duo, then sit back and enjoy your childhood in orchestral form.
That concludes it! If you watched all of TGA, how did you find the show this year? Was it better than last year, or do you feel they should stay away from certain gimmicky ideas to lure viewers?
Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out the list of winners for 2020.