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  • #1

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Original Soundtrack

    My new favorite game of all time and a gorgeous soundtrack to go with it. I 100% understand those who don't like this OST due to the fact that it is so vastly different in both composition and use within the game for which it was written, but I do NOT understand commentary that the game "has no soundtrack." As someone who actively listens for music in games, I recognized in all 200+ hours just how much music was in the game and how subtly and effectively it was put to use. I'm also super happy that Nintendo is back into letting companies release physical soundtracks at retail after such a long time of Club Nintendo only releases if anything.
  • #2

    Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Original Soundtrack

    Another soundtrack I'm glad actually happened with the vast amount of content it has. I wish the release had been less of a mess, but I'm glad I managed to get the edition I wanted. While this gets my #2 spot for the year, it actually was a BIT disappointing at the same time. I feel like the whole thing was more disjointed than the first game's OST. I understand when the quantity of music you have to put in a game is too vast for one composer, but I am starting to miss the stylistic consistency of hiring one person or at least a couple who are very similar and work well together to score games.
  • #3

    Octopath Traveler Original Soundtrack

    Honestly I haven't spent as much time with this as I should (partially because I'm waiting until I've played more of the game), but what I've heard is super super awesome.
  • #4

    STORMBLOOD: FINAL FANTASY XIV Original Soundtrack

    I got to go to a launch event and meet Soken in Tokyo, which made this one extra special to me. Yet another FFXIV expansion and yet another awesome selection of music from it. Still irritated these are on Bluray instead of multi-disc sets, but what are ya gonna do.
  • #5

    SINoALICE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

    Pretty much just sounds like more Nier music. Can't complain about that!
  • #6

    Bra Bra Final Fantasy VII Brass de Bravo

    Another one partially influenced by real-life experience - I got to go to the live concert this summer. Also it's great to have more FF7 music with live instrumentation.
  • #7

    Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Original Soundtrack

    More Joe Hisaishi is never a bad thing. Very much like what I've heard of this one (though like Octopath I'm waiting to listen to it a LOT until after I've played the game).
  • #8

    Super Mario Odyssey Original Sound Track

    Most disappointing 3D Mario soundtrack since Sunshine, but still a pretty good listen overall. What happened to Yokota??
  • #9

    NieR Orchestral Arrangement Special Box Edition

    Cheating and using the box set version of this so both albums can be on my list. I rather enjoyed the orchestra CDs, but I'm not sure I prefer listening to them versus their OSTs. They do have a different sound, though, which gives both a place in my listening repertoire.
  • #10

    Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! Let's Go, Eevee! Super Music Complete

    Full disclosure: Let's Go Eevee is the first Pokemon game I've been able to stomach my way all the way through. I've always found the Pokemon games to be tedious grindfests that take all the unfun parts of RPGs and strip away the characters and story that make those things bearable. Having been gotten into Pokemon Go by friends playing it and as a way to motivate myself to go out walking more (40 pounds lost! woo!) this was a game I found streamlined enough to actually get through. The music was also pretty delightful, and it led to my owning my first-ever Pokemon soundtrack, too! The bonus disc of the original music was great too (and wow I understand now why people talked about the horror of the Lavender town music after listening to that).