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Ilan Esherki, Shigeru Umebayashi - Ghost of Tsushima makes 'GamingBolt: Best Video Game Soundtracks of 2020'

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GamingBolt's Shubhankar Parijat looks back at the musical highlights of 2020.

Parijat writes ......Great music can make a game, just as bad music can break it, and this year, thankfully, we had plenty of examples of the former. From soulful soundtracks to set the mood to headbanging tunes to go along with high-octane action, there was a good variety of excellent music in games this year, and here, we're going to recognize that, as we talk about some of the games with the best soundtracks of the year, before crowning one of them as the winner.

Parijat picks the Milan Records 'GHOST OF TSUSHIMA' features music written by both Ilan Esherki and Shigeru Umebayashi  for the latest action-adventure game from Sony Interactive Entertainment.  Included in the album are tracks written by Eshkeri that serve as the sonic companion to the game's narrative, as well as music written by Umebayashi for the exploratory, open world dimension of the game. Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, Ghost of Tsushima is now available for PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system. 

Of the soundtrack, composer ILAN ESHKERI says, "Ghost of Tsushima is such a beautiful game set in a culture that has always fascinated me, with a powerful and compelling story. Everything about it touched me creatively and I learned so much on the journey. The score brings together Japanese music and instruments, with sounds I've performed and a symphony orchestra all led by melody. I hope together it creates an emotional world that touches you and draws you into the heart and spirit of Ghost."

Shubhankar Parijat continues.... The look and feel of the island of Tsushima was a big part of why Sucker Punch's open world samurai epic resonated with people as much as it did, and the game's excellent music was hugely responsible for that. From sweeping orchestras underpinning the majestic beauty of the island to slower tracks to go alongside Jin's internal conflict, Ghost of Tsushima's music never missed a beat.