Special Achievement Awards: Best Music on PC
Nothing enhances a gaming experience quite like a stirring musical score can. In the past two decades, game soundtracks have evolved from simple series of digitized beeps into moving, professional compositions. The best of these are created specifically to enhance particular scenes in their respective games. Here is the winner of Best Music on PC:
Publisher: Gathering of Developers
Developer: Illusion Softworks
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There's more to a great game soundtrack than just good music. The best game soundtracks are pleasing to the ear, and they also significantly add to a game by providing atmosphere--not only to make a game seem more exciting, but also to make it seem more immersive. The best game soundtracks help you feel as though you're actually part of a game's world, and Mafia's excellent jazz soundtrack fits the game's setting--early 20th-century gangland America--perfectly. Mafia features the music of jazz virtuoso Django Reinhardt, and the game's surprisingly diverse soundtrack does an excellent job of making you feel as though you're truly a part of a bustling American city in the 1930s.