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Ilan Esherki - Ghost of Tsushima makes 'RouteNote - Top 10 Video Game Soundtracks of 2020

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Now that the finish line of 2020 is in sight, we're looking back over this endless year and pulling together some of the highlights from the music world. Here are 10 of the best game soundtracks that we've heard this year.

Great video game music is seamless. As you play, the soundtrack draws no attention to itself – sometimes you almost don't notice it's there at all, but it influences your emotional response to the gameplay. Then when the music swells in a cutscene it nudges the narrative along, letting you sit back and be swept along with the drama.

In 2020 gaming provided the escape we all needed. Who cared if we couldn't go outside or see any other humans? A few examples follow of some of the most interesting game soundtracks of the past year.

Action-adventure game; Ghost of Tsushima mirrors the visuals and narratives of samurai films, and the soundtrack is no different, with composers Ilan Eshkeri and Shigeru Umebayashi striving to authentically reflect the music of feudal Japan under Mongol invasion. Quieter moments featuring trembling, breathy pipes and the twanging of traditional Japanese biwa sit amongst dramatic swooping strings and booming drums. It's a listening experience that immerses you completely in the open world.
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