Valkyria Revolution, RIME, Deformers and More Nominated for IFMCA Awards

The International Film Music Critics Association announced the nominees for its annual IFMCA awards, and they have a great selection.

The International Film Music Critics Association announced the nominees for the annual IFMCA Awards, and there certainly are some interesting choices among the nods for video games.

Among the nominees for “Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media” are Sega’s Valkyria Revolution and its soundtrack by legendary Xenogears maestro Yasunori Mitsuda, Ready at Dawn’s Deformers by Austin Wintory, The Farm 51’s Get Even and its score by Olivier Deriviére, Exploding Tuba Studios’ Divide by Chris Tilton, and Tequila Works’ RIME with its touching soundtrack by David García Díaz.

It’s certainly interesting to see how the IFMCA went really deep into the gaming ecosystem to find soundtracks in games that certainly aren’t what you’d call mainstream. Valkyria Revolution (or Valkyria: Azure Revolution as it’s titled in Japan) was certainly hit and miss in the gameplay department, but Yasunori Mitsuda doesn’t miss a beat. It’s a pity that many missed on his masterful score due to the game’s reception, and it’s very nice to see him recognized.

Ready at Dawn’s Deformers may have left behind the cinematic grandeur of The Order 1886, but the soundtrack by Austin Wintory certainly shows that a cartoony and comedic game can have an epic score.

All the nominees are great choices, and to be perfectly honest, despite coming from an association that mainly focuses on film, they put to shame many gaming-dedicated awards with how they managed to look far beyond the usual mainstream choices. They even included a game thatdid not know at all, and I won’t admit which one it is because I’m ashamed of it now.

Winners of the award will be announced on February 22nd.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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