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 the 2001 Best Music Award:
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
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No other game in 2001 showcases the import and quality a video game soundtrack can reach as Hideo Kojima's magnum opus, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. While many of our other nominees use licensed music to flesh out their soundtracks, MGS2 features an original orchestrated soundtrack written by Harry Gregson-Williams, a man notable for scoring high-intensity action films like Enemy of the State, The Rock, and The Replacement Killers. Gregson-Williams' knack for fueling memorable action sequences with a pulse-quickening soundtrack does not go to waste in MGS2. The swelling orchestrated score enhances the urgency felt when evading the game's doggedly persistent enemies, and the theme music for the game's colorful characters is just as interesting and memorable as the characters themselves.
Grand Theft Auto III
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