Tuesday, December 27, 2016

SuperPhillip Central Best of 2016 Awards - Top Five Original Soundtracks

Welcome to the first of a variety of lists here on SuperPhillip Central! It's the ninth annual "SuperPhillip Central Best Of Awards", this time celebrating all the good and all the bad of 2016. While the world wasn't a winner this past year, in gaming, the industry truly shined. The SuperPhillip Central Best of 2016 Awards kicks off tonight with a look at the best original soundtracks of the year.

Video game music is something that is highlighted every Monday with SuperPhillip Central's Favorite VGMs, so it only makes sense that an awards category is dedicated to the best music of the year. Here we go with the top five original soundtracks of 2016!

5) Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)

This inaugural list of the SuperPhillip Central Best of 2016 Awards begins with Fire Emblem Fates, which saw three versions released early this year. Between the gorgeous melodies of story sequences and the more intense battle themes, Fire Emblem Fates has players and listeners covered with a variety of themes to fit any emotional mood.

4) Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS)

Yoko Shimomura delivers a lighthearted and catchy soundtrack with Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, the latest in the long-running handheld RPG franchise. You have a sense of wonder with themes like Forest Fairy Melody, while with other songs you get a feeling of rushing adrenaline as you face foes like with the songs of Big Bang! and Final Battle. Which ever song you listen to, you're bound to love it.

3) Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U, 3DS)

It doesn't matter the quality of the game-- whenever Sonic Team heads a game, you can bet your gold medal that the soundtrack is going to be exquisite. In Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games' case, not only is the soundtrack, a perfect representation of Rio, wonderful, but the game isn't too bad either. Nothing gets the feel of Rio better than the soundtrack of this game, crafted by some of Sega's brightest composers.

2) Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)

We just can't get away from Mario, can we! An assortment of composers created the superb sounds of the Paper Mario: Color Splash soundtrack. Regardless of what you think of the direction the gameplay of Color Splash went, I think most of us can agree that the soundtrack is nothing short of heavenly with blissful tunes and hum-able ditties. For much of the soundtrack, a smile never fails to be implanted upon my face. For these reasons (and the music just being marvelously crafted), Paper Mario: Color Splash is the runner-up this year for Best Original Soundtrack.

1) Final Fantasy XV (PS4, XB1)

Yoko Shimomura makes her presence felt yet again, but this time with a much grander in scope soundtrack, the Final Fantasy XV soundtrack! Though she composed a lot of the music for the game, Tetsuya Shibata, Yoshitaka Suzuki, among others also had a hand in crafting the glorious goodness of Final Fantasy XV's music. Pure, raw emotion is sewn into each track with the utmost of care, creating an end result that makes Final Fantasy XV's soundtrack the best original soundtrack of 2016 here at SuperPhillip Central.

We continue with more of the SuperPhillip Central Best of 2016 Awards tomorrow evening. Stay tuned, as the lists continue now until New Year's Day!

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