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Ilan Esherki, Shigeru Umebayashi - Ghost of Tsushima makes 'COGconnected's Game of the Year Awards 2020: Best Music'

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COGconnected's PAUL SULLIVAN writes......Music is an underappreciated component of games. If it's done really well, it dramatically enhances the experience. The instruments and melodies blend perfectly into the visual design, bringing the whole thing into perfect focus. The beauty is, there's no singular way of doing that. Among our ten favorite video game soundtracks and scores from the past year is 'Ghost of Tsushima' - Composers: Ilan Eshkeri, Shigeru Umebayashi.

Ghost is a superbly designed game overall, and its soundtrack is perhaps the least appreciated component. There's so much feeling oozing from each note, the tempo and energy perfectly matched to each scene. Traditional Japanese instruments and themes are used beautifully, both during epic battles and while charging through yet another field of flowers. Most of the time, the music fades into the background while the gorgeous art gets the headlines. But at the perfect moment, a string triplet, or drum strike, or gentle flute reminds you of the stakes behind Jin's journey. It's a fantastic score, and deserving of more recognition than it received.

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