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I realized last year when I was writing the award article for the year's best original soundtracks that I had completely missed a lot of them and had to do a lot of catching up at the time. I also noticed that quite a few great soundtracks went unrecognized in the voting, perhaps because the game itself went largely overlooked or it released so early in the year that most just forgot about it.  

As such, I thought it might be a good idea to start keeping track of the video game soundtracks that people really like, so when the award season comes along again we all have some place to come to and maybe remind ourselves of the best video game music of the year. I definitely need something like that to keep all the great soundtracks in mind come the end of the year.

So, if you play a game from this year with a soundtrack that you believe deserves some recognition, leave a recommendation and maybe even a link to a song from the game in this thread. I'll collect everyone's recommendations with the links into a table in this post as the year progresses. That way everyone who wants to can easily look up any of the recommended soundtracks.

Game Composer(s) Recommended listening
Octopath Traveler II
  • Yasunori Nishiki
  • Bear McCreary
  • Garry Shyman
Hi-Fi Rush
  • Shuichi Kobori
  • Reo Uratani
  • Masatoshi Yanagi
Hogwarts Legacy
  • Chuck E. Myers
  • Scott Rakozy
  • Peter Murray
  • Alexander Horowitz
Horizon Call of the Mountain
  • Alistair Kerley (and possibly others)
Sea of Stars
  • Eric W. Brown
  • Yasunori Mitsuda
The Legend of Heroes: Trail to Azure
  • Hayato Sonoda
  • Takahiro Unisuga
  • Saki Momiyama
  • Masanori Osaki
Fire Emblem Engage
  • Yasuhisa Baba
  • Kazuki Komai
  • Hiroki Morishita
  • Takeru Kanazaki
  • Fumihiro Isobe
  • Takafmi Wada


  • John Robert Matz

Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key

  • Kazuki Yanagawa
  • Kosuke Mizukami
  • Reo Uratani
  • Yuki Matsumura
  • Masako Otsuka
  • Asami Mitake

Diablo IV

  • Ted Reedy
  • Leo Kaliski

The Legend of Heroes: Trails Into Reverie

  • Hayato Sonoda
  • Takahiro Unisuga
  • Shuntaro Koguchi
  • Yukihiro Jindo
  • Mitsuo Singa

Final Fantasy XVI

  • Masayoshi Soken

Harmony: The Fall of Reverie

  • Lena Raine

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

  • Manaka Kataoka
  • Maasa Miyoshi
  • Masato Ohashi
  • Tsukasa Usui

Pizza Tower

  • Ronan de Castel
  • ClascyJitto
  • Post Elvis

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

  • Austin Wintory

Baldur's Gate 3

  • Borislav Slavov

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon

  • Kota Hoshino

Atomic Heart

  • Andrey Bugrov
  • Mick Gordon
  • Geoffrey Day
  • Christian Ugenti

Wanted: Dead

  • Stefanie Joosten
  • Keiichi Sugiyama
Last edited by Darashiva - 2 days ago