The oprainfall Awards of 2012 (Part 2)

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Now we come to one of my favorite aspects of gaming: the music. Being a music major in college, I can give you first hand experience on how music can move people and even tell a story or describe locations all on its own. However, I won’t bore you with those details. I will, however, talk about our nominees for Best Music in a Video Game.

oprainfall Raindrop Trophy | oprainfall Awards BEST MUSIC

The nominees are…

  • The Last Story

The Last Story - Nobuo Uematsu | oprainfall Awards

Composed by Nobuo Uematsu, the composer behind Final Fantasy shows why he is considered a music genius. The music is more subtle and traditional compared to its oprainfall counterpart from last year but blends perfectly with all the other aspects of the game. If Sakaguchi doesn’t have this guy on speed dial, he should.

  • Persona 4 Arena

Persona 4 Arena - Shoji Meguro | oprainfall Awards

Composed by Shoji Meguro with arranging done by Toshiki Konishi and Atsushi Kitajoh, the score takes many of its themes from the Persona 3 and Persona 4 games while adding new themes for the opening, ending, and various points throughout the game. The music has that Jazz-Rock feel that you get from the older games and should appeal to fans of not just the Shin Megami Tensei series but for fans of those genres of music.

  • Code of Princess

Code of Princess Soundtrack | oprainfall Awards

Composed by ACE, the score features an eclectic mix of genres and sounds. This mix makes for an enjoyable soundtrack from one of our favorite games for the 3DS. But then again, what else would you expect from one of the composers of the Xenoblade Chronicles score. Speaking of which…

  • Xenoblade Chronicles

Xenoblade Chronicles - ACE+ | Oprainfall Awards

Composed by Yoko Shimomura, ACE+, Manami Kiyota, and Yasunori Mitsuda, this soundtrack is as epic as the game itself. Numerous large themes litter the game with large amounts of instrumentation, complete with choir. This soundtrack will leave you roaming the world of the Bionis and Mechonis longer than you would’ve imagined just to keep listening to it.

  • Rhythm Heaven Fever

Rhythm Heaven Fever | oprainfall Awards

Composed by Tsunku, TNX, and Nintendo SPD, the music for Rhythm Heaven Fever is a joy to listen to. The soundtrack mixed with the simplistic gameplay makes for a perfect union. Though only a couple tracks at most may find a way to your iPod, you will find yourself randomly singing the songs every now and then (Ba Bom Bom Bom).


Winner: Xenoblade Chronicles | oprainfall Awards

Xenoblade Chronicles

The debate started with Xenoblade and never quite ventured elsewhere. The soundtrack was not only the best of the year but arguably one of the best of all time.

If a soundtrack can make a game complete, then a distinct song can leave a lasting memory in your mind for a game. We have five worthy candidates for Best Song in a Video Game. But instead of having me tell you about them, I’ll let them speak for themselves.

oprainfall Raindrop Trophy | oprainfall Awards BEST SONG

The nominees are…

  • Toberu mono (The Last Story)

  • Gaur Plains Day Theme (Xenoblade Chronicles)

  • Pleasure Quarter (Gravity Rush)

  • Main Theme from Xenoblade Chronicles

  • Apotheosis (Journey)


Winner: Xenoblade Chronicles | oprainfall Awards

Main Theme from Xenoblade Chronicles

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that this particular theme was already voted our favorite song on the Xenoblade Soundtrack. It is moving, emotional, memorable, and worthy of Best Song in a Video Game for 2012.

A final battle you won’t want to miss, next.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.

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